No. 14 UCLA Falls to No. 7 California

Jan. 20, 2013

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Layshia Clarendon scored 22 points to help No. 7 California beat No. 14 UCLA 70-65 on Sunday.

Talia Caldwell added 14 points and 11 rebounds while Gennifer Brandon also had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Golden Bears (15-2, 5-1). It's Cal's third win over a Top 25 team in its last five games.

UCLA was within 54-50 late in the second half when Clarendon made a 3-pointer. She later stole an inbounds pass as part of a 10-2 run then made four free throws in the final 54 seconds left to seal the win.

Thea Lemberger scored 15 points for the Bruins (13-4, 4-2). UCLA has lost two straight after winning its previous six.

Three days after topping conference-leading USC, the Bears led nearly the entire game but had to hold off a late charge by the Bruins to move atop the Pac-12 standings.

It's the latest milestone for second-year coach Lindsay Gottlieb's team. In the past two weeks Cal has beaten No. 21 Colorado and split a pair of games with No. 6 Stanford.

The win over No. 14 UCLA helped break a four-way tie for first in the Pac-12. Stanford and USC play later Sunday, with the winner joining the Bears in first.

It didn't come easily.

Cal twice blew double-digit leads in the second half and was held without a basket over the final four minutes, allowing the Bruins to make one final push.

Atonye Nyingfa made a short jumper and Kari Korver followed with her third 3-pointer to bring UCLA within 64-60 with 1:06 left.

After Clarendon stopped the run with two free throws, the Bruins came back and pulled to 68-65 on Korver's layup with seven seconds remaining before Clarendon made two more free throws to seal the game.

Afure Jemerigbe had 10 points and four steals for Cal.

UCLA led 8-4 early before Cal went on a 20-4 run to move in front for good. Jemerigbe scored five straight points to start the run and Brittany Boyd's layup capped it and put the Bears up 24-12.

Brandon, who matched a school record with 26 rebounds in Cal's overtime win against USC on Thursday, later scored on a putback and Clarendon added a layup to make it 40-33 at the break.

The Bruins never got closer than four points in the second half.

Korver and Alyssia Brewer finished with 13 points apiece for UCLA.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Sunday, Jan 31
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 69 - 63
Friday, Feb 05
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
L, 61 - 65
Sunday, Feb 07
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 73 - 39
Friday, Feb 12
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 73 - 61
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
W, 63 - 59
Friday, Feb 19
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 77 - 72
Sunday, Feb 21
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 54 - 64
Friday, Feb 26
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 80 - 53
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 74 - 61
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Arizona
Seattle, WA
W, 72 - 51
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. California
Seattle, WA
W, 73 - 67 (OT)
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. Oregon State
Seattle, WA
L, 57 - 69
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Hawai'i
Los Angeles, CA
W, 66 - 50
Monday, Mar 21
vs. South Florida
Los Angeles, CA
W, 72 - 67
Saturday, Mar 26
vs. Texas
Bridgeport, CT
L, 64 - 72
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