FRESNO -- Davis High graduate Ashley Walker, a former three-time Bee player of the year, had 31 points and a career-high 23 rebounds in No. 13 Cal's 83-79 victory over Fresno State on Saturday in both schools' season opener.
Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 15 points and Kelsey Adrian had 13 for the Golden Bears, who finished the game with an 11-3 rally.
Gray-Lawson, the 2006 Pac-10 player of the year who missed last season's final 23 games with a knee injury, scored the Bears' final six points in her first game since Dec. 10, 2006.
Walker, a junior all-conference forward who led the Pac-10 in rebounding last season, hit the go-ahead jumper with 1:33 to play, giving the Golden Bears their first lead of the second half. After Gray-Lawson hit a layup to put Cal up 79-76 with 1:18 left, Bailey Amundsen tied it with a 3-pointer for Fresno State.
But Gray-Lawson hit a 3-pointer with 37 seconds to play, and Fresno State's Emma Andrews missed a fast-break layup. Gray-Lawson hit a final free throw to finish off Cal's first game since learning Pac-10 player of the year Devanei Hampton could miss the first six weeks of the season after arthroscopic knee surgery.
Tierre Wilson, Fresno State's only returning starter, scored 22 points and Amundsen had 18 for the Bulldogs.
TOP 25 -- Candyce Bingham scored 20 points and Angel McCoughtry added 19 to lead No. 21 Louisville over host Ball State 81-62. ... Jhasmin Player scored a career-high 29 points to lead No. 15 Baylor to a rout of Saint Mary's in the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament in Waco, Texas. ... Mallorie Winn scored 17 points and Marcedes Walker added 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 20 Pittsburgh to a 81-58 victory over Arizona in the WBCA Classic. ... Allie Quigley scored 25 points to help No. 25 DePaul beat host Southern Illinois 78-63.
No. 23 STANFORD 97, NORTHWESTERN STATE 58, at Stanford -- Stanford's balanced offense, quick tempo and crisp ball movement made for another lopsided victory.
Lawrence Hill and Drew Shiller each scored 15 points, Mitch Johnson added 14 points and four assists, and the 23rd-ranked Cardinal routed Northwestern State in the Basketball Travelers Classic.
Fred Washington finished with 14 points and Kenny Brown scored 10 for Stanford (2-0), which will face fellow unbeaten UC Santa Barbara today during the final day of the round-robin event.
PACIFIC 90, WESTERN MICHIGAN 76, at Eugene, Ore. -- Chad Troyer scored 24 points and hit four 3-pointers to help the Tigers knock off the Broncos in the World Vision Invitational. Steffan Johnson scored 17 points and dished 12 assists for Pacific.
FRESNO STATE 71, LIBERTY 62, at Fresno -- Kevin Bell scored 21 points and Fresno State's offense learned from its first-game mistakes on its way to beat Liberty 71-62 at the Save Mart Center on the second day of the World Vision Invitational.
The Bulldogs settled for perimeter shots in the first half of their season opener Friday, but used penetration, transition scores and patience to earn their second win of the season.
TOP 25 -- James Florence scored 30 points and tiny Mercer became the latest spoiler from the Atlantic Sun Conference, stunning No. 18 USC 96-81 and spoiling O.J. Mayo's college debut. Mayo scored 32 to lead the host Trojans. ... Roy Hibbert overcame a slow start to finish with 23 points and eight rebounds after Georgetown unveiled a banner commemorating last season's Final Four appearance, and the No. 5 Hoyas beat visiting William & Mary 68-53. ... Jerel McNeal scored 20 points to lead No. 11 Marquette over visiting IUPUI 76-68. ... Bryce Taylor, Tajuan Porter and Malik Hairston each scored 17 points to lead No. 12 Oregon to a 100-70 victory over visiting Pepperdine in the World Vision International. ... Sam Young scored a career-high 24 points and No. 22 Pittsburgh romped to its second victory in as many days, 88-61 over visiting North Carolina A&T.