Boyd Leads California To LA Sweep In 72-57 Win at UCLA
LOS ANGELES – Brittany Boyd took over in the second half to lead California to its program-best third consecutive win at Pauley Pavilion with a 72-57 win at UCLA Sunday afternoon.
Boyd finished with 24 points, eight assists, five rebounds and five steals as California (14-5) remains fourth in the Pac-12 standings with a 6-2 conference record.
UCLA falls to 8-11 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-12 after dropping its sixth consecutive regular season game to California.
Boyd helped the Bears rebound from an early 10-0 deficit as Cal methodically chipped away at the UCLA lead. Boyd’s free throw with 43 seconds remaining in the first half gave Cal its first lead and halftime advantage at 29-28, and the Bruins never reclaimed the lead the rest of the way.
The teams traded baskets over the first four minutes with Kari Korver putting the Bruins back within one point, 37-36, with 15:51 to go before Boyd put her team into a comfortable position the rest of the way. With the senior guard having a hand in nearly every point, Cal went on a 15-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 52-36 lead, and the Bruins never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Courtney Range hit double figures for the first time since her return from injury with 11 points and Mercedes Jefflo added 10 points to aid the effort. Mikayla Cowling and Reshanda Gray both came close to notching double-doubles with Cowling earning eight points with nine rebounds and Gray getting eight points and eight rebounds.
In the process, Gray moved to No. 10 on the California all-time rebounds list with 799 in her career.
UCLA was led by Nirra Fields’s 19 points and six rebounds.
California returns home next weekend for a Saturday-Monday split against Washington and Washington State at Haas Pavilion.