PAc-12: Golden Bears cruise against Colorado for 7th straight win

2013-03-03T00:00:00Z PAc-12: Golden Bears cruise against Colorado for 7th straight winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

BERKELEY, Calif. - California coach Mike Montgomery won't let his thoughts turn to a possible NCAA tournament bid yet.

As long as the Golden Bears keep winning and playing defense like they are, it should take care of itself.

The Pac-12's hottest team kept rolling despite an off-night from leading scorer Allen Crabbe and locked up a first-round bye for the conference tournament with a 62-46 win over Colorado on Saturday.

"We were fired up defensively," Montgomery said after his team held an opponent to exactly 46 points for the third time in four games. "We've been getting out on the break more (and) we're starting to get some layups and run-outs as a result of defending, and (the players) are liking that aspect of it."

The Bears (20-9, 12-5 Pac-12) won their seventh straight and pulled within a half game of first-place Oregon in the standings.

Tyrone Wallace had 16 points and 11 rebounds while David Kravish had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears, who are in the midst of their longest winning streak in a decade.

Crabbe, the leading scorer in the Pac-12, was held to eight points while being saddled with foul trouble.

Women

• No. 4 Stanford 72, Washington State 50: In Pullman, Wash., Chiney Ogwumike had 28 points and 13 rebounds to help Stanford earn a share of the Pac-12 title.

Ogwumike recorded her 24th double-double of the season and broke Stanford's single-season rebound record with (381). She scored 22 points in the first half to give Stanford (28-2, 17-1) a comfortable 35-21 lead at the half.

Stanford will be the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 tournament.

• No. 6 California 78, Washington 50: In Seattle, Talia Caldwell made 10 of 11 shots and finished with 22 points, and California claimed a share of the Pac-12 title for the first time in school history.

The Golden Bears (27-2, 17-1) won their 15th straight.

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