Lyles and Boyd Stand Out But No. 4 Stanford Wins, 79-64
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Mikayla Lyles scored a career-high 16 points and Brittany Boyd scored at least 20 for the second consecutive game to go with six rebounds and six assists, but No. 4 Stanford took a 79-64 win at Haas Pavilion to run its winning streak to 20 games.
It was the second meeting between teh two rivals in a four-day span with No. 21 California (14-7, 6-4 Pac-12) nearly coming back from a 30-point deficit Thursday and a 20-point deficit Sunday.
Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Amber Orrange added 13 points for the Cardinal (21-1, 10-0 Pac-12), whose only loss came Nov. 11 at No. 1 Connecticut.
Cal has played the Cardinal tougher than any other conference opponent after Stanford won its first eight Pac-12 games by an average of 25 points.
Lyles' 3-pointer with 17:16 to play cut Stanford's lead to 39-32, then Ogwumike answered on the other end. When Lyles hit another 3 at the 14:10 mark, Ogwumike quickly scored.
The game at Haas Pavilion drew 5,715 fans, but it was a far cry from the dramatic way Thursday's game changed. Stanford led by 30 with 13:45 remaining and held on for a 70-64 victory on its home floor at Maples Pavilion.
Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb expects her team to make big strides over the final month ahead of the conference tournament March 6-9 in Seattle.
Bears leading scorer Reshanda Gray was held scoreless while playing only 14 minutes Thursday as Gottlieb stuck with a lineup she thought was clicking, but the coach told everybody afterward Gray would lead the way again Sunday. Gray's average dropped from 17.3 points to 16.5.
She was whistled for her first foul at 15:55 of the first half, then her second with 10:33 left when she tried to control the ball and hit Ogwumike in the face with her elbow.
Gray scored on her own putback, was fouled and converted the free throw for her first points 1:20 before halftime. The next time down, Boyd drove the lane for a three-point play with .9 seconds left as Cal cut its deficit to 35-25 at the break.
Gray fouled out with 5:09 left, finishing with seven points and five rebounds. Gennifer Brandon missed her initial six field-goal tries before scoring her first points with 4:26 to go and finished with four.
Cal was called for two early charges, while Stanford didn't pick up its first foul until 8:38 remaining.
Stanford used a 24-7 run late in the first half to go ahead 33-19, while Cal struggled to get open looks on the offensive end while shooting 2 for 9 from 3-point range and 31 percent overall in the opening half to 56 percent by Stanford.