March 23, 2009
The Cavalier women's basketball team saw its season come to a close on Monday night, as Virginia fell to California, 99-73, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It marks the second straight season that the Cavs have fallen in second round action.
California got out to a quick start, opening up a ten point lead at 30-20, and expanding on it from there. Lauren Grief hit a three pointer to extend the lead to 17 late in the first half, and the Bears went into halftime, leading 53-35. Cal's Ashley Walker scored 20 points in the first half.
The second half would see Virginia put in a valiant comeback effort. The Cavaliers went on a 16-5 run to cut the deficit to 68-57 with 11:43 remaining, but that's as close as the Cavaliers would get. California responded with a 13-4 run, and slammed the door on Virginia's hopes of advancing with the 99-73 victory.
Walker finished with a game high 32 points to lead the Bears. Alexis Gray-Lawson and Devanei Hampton each added 22 points to chip in.
Monica Wright paced Virginia with 26 points in the losing effort. The loss also denies head coach Debbie Ryan her 700th career victory. Virginia finishes with a record of 24-10.