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California defeats Arkansas to win third straight Contra Classic

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Ashley Walker had a career-high 27
points in No. 16 California's 81-62 victory over Arkansas State on
Sunday night that gave the Bears their third straight Contra Costa
Times Classic championship.

Walker, the tournament MVP, also had eight rebounds and five
assists for the Bears (6-1), and was 10-of-13 from the field.

Alexis Gray-Lawson had 17 points for Cal and Keanna Levy added
12.

Rudy Sims had 19 points for the Lady Indians (5-4), with 15 of
those coming on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. Adrianne Davie,
Arkansas State's leading scorer, had 14 points before fouling out.

The game was decided in the paint, where Cal outscored Arkansas
State, 44-16, and outrebounded the Lady Indians, 46-28.

The Bears also scored 24 points off 24 Lady Indian turnovers,
while Arkansas State only managed 12 points off 17 Cal turnovers.

The Lady Indians had hopes of an upset, leading 6-5 in the early
going, but a Walker jumper put the Bears ahead for good.

Cal's 16-3 run made it 21-9, and Arkansas State only got within
nine points twice more during the game, never in the second half.

Joining Walker on the all-tournament team was her teammate Levy,
Davie and Sims from Arkansas State, and Niki Finelli of Harvard.

The Bears are enjoying their highest ranking ever in the AP
poll. Their only loss came at No. 14 Vanderbilt, 69-52, on Nov. 25.