Little did Mikayla Lyles know months ago while planning for a pair of panel discussions held last week on tolerance and inclusion of the LGBT community in athletics that it would become such a timely topic ahead of the Sochi Olympics.
Lyles, a senior guard for No. 23 California, teamed with Stanford's Toni Kokenis to host a session on each of their respective campuses just more than a week before the Olympics with Russia's anti-gay laws at the forefront for a world audience.
Lyles figures 300 people attended in all, and she and Kokenis are committed to continue their efforts in the Bay Area and beyond.
An added bonus for Lyles: She started for the first time in two games against the rival Cardinal, scoring a career-high 16 points Sunday.