Down by as many as 15 points midway through the second half, the second-seeded Bears rallied against No. 7 Washington State before losing 91-83 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament at Key Arena in Seattle.
Ranked 2oth in the nation, Cal (21-9) trailed 78-63 with 7 1/2 minutes left. The Bears scrambled within six points in the final 2 minutes, but got no closer.
Reshanda Gray had 26 points and Gennifer Brandon 20 to lead the Bears, whose seeding for the NCAA tournament may suffer as a result of the loss. Cal entered the game projected as a No. 5 seed.
Afure Jemerigbe contributed 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals, while All-Pac-12 point guard Brittany Boyd scored nine points before fouling out with 5:47 left.
Lia Galdeira scored 27 for the Cougars (17-15), who lost twice to Cal during the regular season and hadn’t beaten the Bears since 2011.
No. 2 seed Cal’s quarterfinal game Friday at the Pac-12 tournament in KeyArena in Seattle will be Washington State after the No. 7 seeded Cougars (16-15) beat Oregon 107-100 in their opening-round game.
The 20th-ranked Bears (21-8) beat the Cougs twice this season, but needed overtime to post a 75-68 win at Berkeley on Feb. 27.
UCLA’s men beat Washington 91-82, preventing the Huskies (16-14, 8-9) from joining Cal, Stanford, Oregon and Utah in the logjam for fifth place.
Jordan Adams scored 31 points for the Bruins (23-7, 12-5), who have clinched the No. 2 seed to the Pac-12 tournament.
The 18th-ranked Bears (21-8, 13-5) are seeded No. 2 for the Pac-12 tournament and will play in Friday’s quarterfinal against the winner of a Thursday first-round game between No. 7 Washington State (15-15, 9-9) and No. 10 Oregon (15-14, 6-12).
The Bears beat WSU twice this season and defeated Oregon in the teams’ only meeting.
Friday’s quarterfinal game will tip off at 6 p.m. at KeyArena in Seattle.
With a win Friday, Cal would advance to Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. semifinal game. The championship game will be played Sunday at 6 p.m.
All Pac-12 women’s tournament games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks, except the championship game, which will be aired on ESPN.
Reshanda Gray scored a career-high 43 points to go with 16 rebounds and Brittany Boyd compiled a triple-double as the No. 18 Cal women held off Washington State 75-68 in overtime at Berkeley.
Their seventh straight victory keeps the Bears (21-7, 13-4) alone in second place. Cal can clinch second and the No. 2 seed for the Pac-12 tournament with a victory over Washington in their regular-season finale Saturday at Haas Pavilion.
Boyd scored eight of her 13 points in overtime. She also had a career-high 14 rebounds and 11 assists for the second triple-double in school history.
Gray shot 17 for 20 from the field — an astonishing 85 percent — and pocketed her seventh consecutive double-double, her 14th on the season.
The rest of the Cal team combined to shoot 7 for 49, just 14.3 percent. The Bears were 0 for 9 from the 3-point arc.
The No. 18 Cal women beat USC 76-67 in Los Angeles to retain their sole grip on sescond place in the Pac-12.
The Bears (20-7, 12-4) have won six straight.
Reshanda Gray had 22 points and 11 rebounds for her sixth consecutive double-double and Afure Jemerigbe scored 16. Brittany Boyd contributed eight points, eight rebounds and five assists, moving to third on Cal’s career assist list with 474.
The Cal women remain alone in second place in the Pac-12 after a 77-72 win at UCLA.
Guard Brittany Boyd had 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Bears (19-7, 11-4).
Reshanda Gray had 13 points and 15 rebounds, Afure Jemerigbe scored 15 points, and Gennifer Brandon came off the bench for 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Cal junior guard Brittany Boyd has been named to the Naismith Trophy Women’s Midseason 30 list, the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced.
Boyd has also been named to the midseason lists for the Dawn Staley Award (Phoenix Club of Philadelphia), the Nancy Lieberman Award (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame) and the Wooden Award (Los Angeles Athletic Club), in addition to being included on the initial and updated Wade Trophy (WBCA) award lists.
Boyd is one of just four players in the country to be named to all five of those lists, joining Jerica Coley (FIU), Bria Hartley (UConn) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor).
The former Berkeley High star averages 15.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.1 steals for the 16-7 Golden Bears.
Cal junior guard Brittany Boyd is one of 29 players named to the Nancy Lieberman Award watch list, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced.
The award is given to the top point guard in women’s Division I basketball. Candidates exhibit the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.
Boyd, who earlier was named to the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy watch lists, is averaging 13.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.47 steals per game for the No. 15 Golden Bears. Her 3.47 steals mark ranks second in the NCAA.
The Berkeley High grad is averaging 19.8 points and 4.0 steals through four Pac-12 games.
The list will be narrowed down to a final 20 candidates in February, with a final five to be decided by March. The Lieberman Award winner will be announced during Final Four weekend activities in April.
Other candidates include Odyssey Sims of Baylor, Amber Orrange of Stanford and Bria Hartley of Connecticut.
No. 1 UConn took charge from the start and dispatched Cal 80-47 in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The No. 21 Bears (7-3) shot 29.9 percent, including 1 for 9 from the 3-point arc.
Brittany Boyd had nine points, seven rebounds, six steals and five assists to lead the Bears, who had no player score double digits. But Boyd shot just 3 for 23
All-American Brenna Stewart had 29 points and 10 rebounds in just 27 minutes for the Huskies (12-0).
All-Pac-12 forward Gennifer Brandon has taken a leave from the Cal women’s team for personal reasons.
The school said in a statement Sunday that there is no timetable for her return.
Brandon played 13 minutes in the No. 17 Golden Bears’ opener before sitting out three games while recovering from stress fractures in her right leg. She had six points in that game. The Bears lost their first two games without her before edging Georgetown.
The fifth-year senior, who averaged 12.3 points last season, missed Sunday’s game against Northwestern — which Cal won 65-51 — and will be out indefinitely.
“Gennifer Brandon is currently not involved in team activities as she handles more pressing personal matters. We love Genn,” Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said in a statement released by the school. “We support Genn. She remains a part of the Cal women’s basketball family. We hope to have her back with us soon.”
Reshanda Gray shot 9 of 13 from the field, scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Bears past the Wildcats.