Gray-Lawson leaves on stretcher after neck injury

Cal leading scorer Alexis Gray-Lawson was taken to a hospital

for precautionary tests after injuring her neck with five minutes

left during Cal’s 64-44 loss to No. 2 Stanford in the Pac-10

Conference tournament semifinals on Saturday.

Gray-Lawson, landed backwards and hit her head on the court

after her shot was blocked by Michelle Harrison. The senior and

three-time first-team All-Pac 10 selection lay motionless on the

court for about 15 minutes before being taken away. She injured her

neck.

Cal coach Joanne Boyle said Gray-Lawson was alert before leaving

for the hospital.

“They took her over to the hospital, more I think for

precautionary reasons,” Boyle said. “When we were out there, she

was talking and moving. She was talking not a lot, but she made eye

contact. Just her neck was sore.”

Boyle visited Gray-Lawson right after the game and characterized

her as being in good spirits, laughing and joking, and was holding

normal conversation with her coach and family members.

She remained in the hospital as the Bears flew back to the Bay

Area.

Gray-Lawson, who was averaging 17.9 points coming into the game

for the Bears (18-13), was held to just four on 2-for-10

shooting.