No. 12 Cal Halts Kansas' Six-Game Win Streak
Dec. 21, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. –
Sophomore Sade Morris was the lone Kansas player in double figures with 10 points as the Jayhawks had their six-game win streak snapped by No. 12 Cal Friday evening. Junior Alexis Gray-Lawson poured in 25 points to lead the Golden Bears (9-2) to a 74-41 win over the Jayhawks (9-2) at Haas Pavilion.
Kansas fell in a deep 12-0 hole early as Gray-Lawson came out shooting lights out. The junior guard scored eight of the Golden Bear’s first 12 points, knocking down two three-point baskets and a lay-up before Kansas put up any points.
Freshman center Krysten Boogaard finally got some points on the board for the Jayhawks with a turnaround jumper under the basket at the 15:02 mark in the opening period. Freshman forward Nicollette Smith connected on a triple upon entering the game to trim the Cal lead to 12-5 just over five minutes into the game.
Cal answered right back with a three-point basket by sophomore guard Lauren Greif and four more points by Gray-Lawson to extend its lead to 19-5. Two baskets each by sophomore LaChelda Jacobs and Morris and a three-point basket by sophomore Kelly Kohn had Kansas back within 10 points, but Cal went on an 11-3 run to close out the half with a 37-19 advantage.
Morris knocked down two foul shots and junior guard Ivana Catic made a driving lay-up to open the second period, trimming the Cal lead to 14 points a minute and a half into the final half. Cal got five quick points off of free throws by Greif and a jumper by junior Ashley Walker to push the lead back to 19 a minute later. The Jayhawks would get no closer as Cal dominated for the remainder of the game.
Cold shooting and turnovers plagued KU as they managed to knock down only 15-of-49 shots from the field and committed 23 miscues. Cal connected on 25-of-56 shots from the field, including 5-of-12 from beyond the arc. The Golden Bears also handled the ball better, collecting only 13 turnovers in the game.
Kohn netted a season-high nine points for Kansas, while Jacobs and Boogaard each chipped in seven. Smith was KU’s leading rebounder with six boards to go along with her six points.
Greif finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for Cal, while Natasha Vital had 14 tallies.
Kansas will break for the Holidays before returning to action on Sunday, Dec. 30 with a game at home versus Boston University. Game time is slated for 2 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse.