Women's college basketball: Wildcats' second-half rally comes up short at No. 6 Cal

2013-02-11T00:00:00Z Women's college basketball: Wildcats' second-half rally comes up short at No. 6 CalThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

BERKELEY, Calif. - Talia Caldwell scored a career-high 20 points and had 12 rebounds, Gennifer Brandon also had a double-double and No. 6 California extended its winning streak to nine games Sunday with a 91-86 victory over Arizona.

Layshia Clarendon added 20 points despite a hip pointer in the first half and Afure Jemerigbe scored 11 for the Golden Bears. California (21-2, 11-1) leads the standings and is bidding for its first Pac-12 title.

Davellyn Whyte had a season-high 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for Arizona. The Wildcats (11-11, 3-8) committed 21 turnovers and had no answer for Caldwell and Brandon.

Caldwell was especially pivotal in helping Cal win its 13th straight game against Arizona. The senior center scored seven consecutive points for the Bears during one stretch in the second half and also made a wraparound pass to Clarendon for an easy layup.

Cal needed every bit of it.

Arizona trailed by 12 with 2 minutes remaining but closed within 90-86 on Kama Griffits' fifth three-pointer.

Brittany Boyd then missed two free throws for the Bears but the Wildcats couldn't capitalize. Brandon added an insurance free throw before Griffits' airball.

Griffits finished with 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting, but Arizona lost its seventh straight.

"Credit Arizona because I think it would have been easy for them to come in here and lay down when we got a lead," Bears coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "They certainly didn't do that. We had some missed rotations, they broke the press and got some open looks. We need to just lock in and guard the ball better."

• No. 4 Stanford 69, Arizona State 45: In Stanford, Calif., Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 points and had 14 rebounds, Bonnie Samuelson scored a career-high 19 points and Stanford (22-2, 11-1) won easily. Haley Videckis scored 11 points to lead ASU (11-13, 3-9), which has lost five straight for the first time since an eight-game skid from Jan. 18 to Feb. 6, 1997.

• No. 17 UCLA 80, Washington State 65: In Pullman, Wash., Jasmine Dixon, Alyssia Brewer and Mariah Williams scored 14 points each and UCLA (19-4, 10-2) won its sixth in a row.

• No. 21 Colorado 84, Oregon 59: In Boulder, Colo., Chucky Jeffery had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Colorado (18-5, 7-5).

• Washington 71, USC 68: In Seattle, Jazmine Davis scored 24 points, including the last four points of the game, to lead Washington.

• Utah 66, Oregon St. 40: In Salt Lake City, Iwalani Rodrigues scored 18 points and Michelle Plouffe had 14 points and 14 rebounds to pace Utah.

• No. 3 Connecticut 91, DePaul 44: In Storrs, Conn., Stefanie Dolson scored 23 points to lead Connecticut to a romp over late-arriving DePaul, which ran into blizzard-related travel delays and reached the arena only 75 minutes before the opening tip.

It was the first on-court meeting between UConn coach Geno Auriemma and DePaul coach Doug Bruno since they teamed to coach the U.S. women's team to a gold medal last summer.

DePaul, which had won four of five, didn't make it to Gampel Pavilion until about 2:15 p.m. for the 3:30 p.m. start.

• No. 8 Penn State 71, No. 23 Michigan State 56: In State College, Pa., Alex Bentley scored 24 points and Maggie Lucas added 19 to help Penn State earn its 18th consecutive home win and grab a two-game lead in the Big Ten.

Nikki Greene had 13 points for Penn State (20-3, 10-1), which closed the first half with a 21-7 run to take a five-point lead and opened the second half with another 21-7 run to build a 19-point margin.

• LSU 62, No. 9 Georgia 54: In Baton Rouge, La., Theresa Plaisance had 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots, and LSU snapped a two-game slide.

Plaisance's late-game failure at the foul line marred an otherwise dominant 20-point outing in a last-second loss to Tennessee on Thursday. But she came through in the clutch this time.

• No. 10 Kentucky 75, Vanderbilt 53: In Nashville, Tenn., A'dia Mathies scored a season-high 28 points, and Kentucky collected its second straight road victory. The Wildcats (21-3, 9-2) are finishing the regular season with five of their final seven SEC games on the road.

• No. 12 Tennessee 97, Mississippi 68: In Knoxville, Tenn., Meighan Simmons scored 24 points as Tennessee rolled to the easy victory.

The Lady Vols shot 59.4 percent (38 of 64) and beat the Rebels for the 24th consecutive time. Ole Miss (8-15, 1-9 Southeastern Conference) hasn't beaten Tennessee since a 78-72 victory on Feb. 4, 1996.

• Michigan 67, No. 13 Purdue 56: In West Lafayette, Ind., Kate Thompson scored 22 points, hitting six three-pointers to set Michigan's single-season record, and the Wolverines picked up a Big Ten road win.

• No. 14 Texas A&M 50, No. 15 South Carolina 48: In, Columbia, S.C., Kelsey Bone scored 13 points for Texas A&M, including the winning basket with 8.7 seconds left.

• No. 16 North Carolina 60, Georgia Tech 58: In Atlanta, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 14 points, including two late baskets, to help North Carolina get the win.

• No. 18 Dayton 68, Fordham 57: In New York, Amber Deane scored 14 points and Kelley Austria added 12 to lead Dayton to the victory.

• No. 19 Florida State 93, Miami 78: In Coral Gables, Fla., Leonor Rodriguez led six players in double figures with 21 points as Florida State swept the season series against Miami.

• No. 20 Delaware 71, James Madison 64: In Harrisonburg, Va., Elena Delle Donne had 20 points to become the Colonial Athletic Association's career leading scorer and added 10 rebounds to help Delaware to its 15th straight win.

• No. 23 Oklahoma 80, No. 22 Oklahoma State 61: In Norman, Okla., Nicole Griffin scored 21 points for Oklahoma, and Sharane Campbell and Joanna McFarland each posted double-doubles.

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