Cal women sharp after 11-day layoff

Cal's Ashley Walker (44) drives around Kansas forward Porscha Weddington during the first half of Friday night's game in Berkeley.
Cal's Ashley Walker (44) drives around Kansas forward Porscha Weddington during the first half of Friday night's game in Berkeley. AP

BERKELEY -- Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 16 of her season-high 25 points in the first half and No. 12 Cal returned from an 11-day break for final exams to beat Kansas 74-41 on Friday night in its last non-conference game of the season.

This game was a far different outcome for Gray-Lawson than Cal's previous matchup with Kansas last December, when she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. She needed surgery and missed the rest of the season.

"I was kind of excited," Gray-Lawson said. "I've been preparing for this game. All of them (teammates) said that if I was going to get hurt in the second half, I might as well do something in the first half."

Friday, she scored 12 points in the first 11 minutes, making four of five shots as Cal began the game shooting 61 percent.

Lauren Greif added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Bears (9-2), who improved to 5-0 at home with their 29th consecutive non-conference win at home.

Natasha Vital scored a season-best 14 points as Cal ended the Jayhawks' six-game winning streak and equaled its start from a year ago. Before the game, former Davis High standout Ashley Walker received the game ball from her 1,000th point, scored against UC Riverside on Nov. 15. Walker, who scored nine points Friday, gave the specially marked ball to her mom as a souvenir.

Sade Morris had 10 points and four rebounds for Kansas (9-2).

Cal was missing Devanei Hampton, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year. Hampton, who had been back in action the last two games, was evaluated in a shootaround earlier in the day after her surgically repaired right knee flared up and showed some swelling.

No. 14 DUKE 92, BUCKNELL 49, at Durham, N.C. -- Chante Black and Joy Cheek each scored 19 points and Duke (9-3) routed Bucknell (4-7).

No. 17 NOTRE DAME 67, IUPUI 44, at Indianapolis -- Charel Allen had 12 points and five steals and Notre Dame (10-1) won its eighth in a row.

Men's Top 25

No. 10 MARQUETTE 89, COPPIN ST. 42, at Milwaukee -- Dominic James and Jerel McNeal scored 18 points each for Marquette (9-1) in a battle of Eagles.

No. 15 CLEMSON 90, DePAUL 74, at Guaynabo, Puerto Rico -- Trevor Booker had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers (10-0) over the Blue Demons (2-7).

No. 21 BYU 70, S. UTAH 55, at Provo, Utah -- Jonathan Tavernari scored 19 points and the Cougars (10-2) ran their home winning streak to 38 games, the longest active streak in the nation.


ST. MARY'S 89, EAST TENNESSEE ST. 65, at Honolulu -- Six Gaels scored in double-figures as the Gaels (9-1) cruised past the Buccaneers (5-6) in the first semifinal of the Rainbow Classic.