Late Surge Lifts No. 14/17 ASU Past Cal, 67-52
BERKELEY - Senior Reshanda Gray shot 7-of-7 from the field to lead Cal with 17 points, but Arizona State (16-1, 5-0 Pac-12) strung together a late 16-5 run to defeat the Golden Bears (11-5, 3-2 Pac-12), 67-52, and remain unbeaten in conference play Friday night at Haas Pavilion.
Freshman Gabby Green added her Pac-12 career-high of 13 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists, but the Sun Devil defense was able to prevent All-American candidate Brittany Boyd from earning her sixth consecutive double-double by limiting the senior point guard to seven points, two rebounds and six assists.
Boyd came into the game blazing hot for the Golden Bears, averaging 15.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 9.2 assists over Cal's last five games.
Senior Promise Amukamara set the pace set the pace for the Sun Devils with a game-best 20 points. Arizona State has now strung together 12 consecutive wins to continue the best start in school history.
The win marked the first for Arizona State in Berkeley since claiming a 63-61 win on Jan. 30, 2010.
The game marked the return of California sophomore Courtney Range, who missed the last seven games after suffering a sprained knee in Cal's game at Kansas on Dec. 7. Range played 18 minutes in her return, scoring two points and pulling down four rebounds.
As a team, California lost the rebounding battle, 34-23. The 23 boards are the lowest in the Lindsay Gottlieb era. The Bears were, however, able to dish 14 assists on 21 made field goals.
Cal returns to the court on Sunday, Jan. 18, when it hosts Arizona. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m., and will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.
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