Feb. 9, 2012
UCLA (12-11, 7-5) saw its four game winning streak come to an end at California as the Golden Bears earned a 67-58 win in a Pac-12 contest at Berkeley which featured two of the hottest teams in the conference. Cal, now 18-6, 9-3, improved its home court record to 11-1 and won its ninth game in its last 10 outings.
Cal broke open a close game by connecting on six of its first nine shots to open the second half of play on a 13-4 run and take a 40-30 lead at the 15:50 mark. The Golden Bears moved the lead up to 53-41 at the 10:34 mark on a basket by freshman guard Brittany Boyd and went on to take its biggest lead of the game, 57-43 at the 9:08 mark on a basket by freshman post Reshanda Gray.
UCLA used a 12-0 run to climb to within 57-55 on a three-point basket by sophomore guard Thea Lemberger with 3:52 to play after holding the Golden Bears without a point for over six minutes. Boyd's driving lay in with 2:42 broke the Cal drought and made it 59-55. The Bears took a five-point lead when Gray hit one of two free throws for a 60-55 advantage at 2:06. Cal free throws produced its final seven points of the contest to hold off the Bruins.
Cal took a 27-26 lead into the locker room of a hotly contested first half of action in which neither team led by more than five points. UCLA scored the final four points of the half to make the margin one at the break. The score was tied five times and there were six lead changes in that first 20 minutes of action. Markel Walker led UCLA with 10 first half points. The Bruins were forced to play much of the first half without the services of Corinne Costa, who set a school record with seven blocks in the first meeting of the two teams which was won by UCLA, 60-55. Costa picked up her third personal foul at the 5:36 mark and saw just eight minutes of action.
Walker led UCLA with 18 points, but had a nine-game streak of double digit rebound games stopped with five on the night. Senior guard Rebekah Gardner added 16 points and Lemberger finished with 10. Gray led Cal with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
The Bruins play next at No. 4-ranked Stanford on Sunday at Noon in a game televised by FSN.