Ashley Walker holds the Cal Bears together

Last time I saw Cal senior forward Ashley Walker was on the bench this past Sunday, during the final minute of their game with UCLA. As the clock wound down and the Bears were still 12 points behind, Walker’s shoulder shook and a teammate beside her ran her hand across her back to comfort her.

So it’s nice to see this piece in today’s San Francisco Chronicle:

Walker said she battles through day-to-day drags on her energy, lapses she can’t afford on the court as the Bears’ centerpiece.

“There are definitely times when you’re sick or you’re hurting, or you’ve been up all night studying for a test and you’ve got to go to practice for three hours the next day,” Walker said. “And you might think that you are not going to be able to do it. But not everybody gets to do this. I try to remember that.”