Cal's Brandon steps away for personal reasons

The Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Cal's All-Pac-12 forward Gennifer Brandon has taken leave from the team for personal reasons.

The school said in a statement Sunday there is no timetable for her return.

Brandon played 13 minutes in the No. 17 Golden Bears' opener before sitting out the past three games while recovering from stress fractures in her right leg. She had six points in that game. The Bears lost their first two games without her before edging Georgetown.

The fifth-year senior, who averaged 12.3 points and 11.1 rebounds last season, missed Sunday's game against Northwestern - which Cal won 65-51 - and will be out indefinitely.

''Gennifer Brandon is currently not involved in team activities as she handles more pressing personal matters. We love Genn,'' Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said in a statement released by the school. ''We support Genn. She remains a part of the Cal women's basketball family. We hope to have her back with us soon.''