Late Surge Boosts Bears, 58-52
Feb. 25, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - California used a 8-0 run over 4:27 late in the second half to knock off host Arizona, 58-52, Thursday evening at McKale Center.
Though the Golden Bears led for most of the second half, the Wildcats took a pair of brief leads on three-pointers by Brooke Jackson and Ashley Frazier, respectively. The trey by Frazier gave Arizona a 49-48 lead with 6:04 to play, but would be the team's last field goal for almost five minutes.
Gennifer Brandon scored six-straight points for Cal (17-10, 11-5), converting four free throws around a short jumper, before Alexis Gray-Lawson canned a 10-footer from straightaway to complete the scoring spurt and build a 56-49 lead with 1:37 to play.
Meanwhile, Arizona missed five-straight shots and committed three turnovers. The Wildcats had just three miscues in the first half, but gave the ball away 10 times after the break, leading to 13 points for the visitors.
The last time the two teams met, Cal guard Alexis Gray-Lawson torched Arizona for 39 points. This time, the Wildcats held the joint leading scorer in the Pac-10 to just nine points on 3-of-11 shooting. However, the rest of the Golden Bears picked up the offensive slack.
Brandon led a Golden Bears bench that outscored the Arizona reserves, 33-9, as she finished with game-highs of 15 points and 14 rebounds. Natasha Vital also added 12 points and three assists.
The Arizona defense limited Cal to just 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the field and a 4-of-20 clip (.200) from three-point range. However, the Golden Bears claimed a 40-30 rebounding edge and made 10-of-14 free throws in the second half to pull out the win.
Arizona (13-13, 6-9) hosts #2-ranked Stanford on Saturday, February 27 on Senior Day with tip-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m. The Cardinal clinched their 6th-straight outright Pac-10 title on Thursday evening with a 62-43 win at Arizona State.
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