No. 6 California 73, Washington St. 60

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 28, 2013
Layshia Clarendon scored 26 points as No. 6 California beat Washington State 73-60 on Thursday night to stay in first place in the Pac-12. Afure Jemerigbe added 14 points for California (26-2, 16-1), which has won 14 straight games. The win allowed Cal to set a program record for conference wins in a season, and to at least keep pace with No. 4 Stanford, which played Thursday at Washington. The victory left Cal one shy of the team record of 27 wins in a season set by the 2008 and 2009 squads. Cal is seeking the first Pac-12 title in its history. Lia Galdeira scored 18 points to lead Washington State (10-18, 6-11) which has lost four straight games. Mariah Cooks added 10. Cal held a 42-35 halftime lead after a close first half. Washington State scored the first two baskets of the second half, then Cal went on a 12-2 run, five points by Clarendon, to take a 54-41 lead. Mikayla Lyles sank a pair of 3-pointers to push the Cal lead to 62-45. Washington State scored the next seven points to cut Cal's lead to 62-52. But Cal replied with a 9-1 run and the lead was back to 71-53 with 2:30 left. Cal shot 44 percent and made 11 of 19 3-pointers. Washington State shot just 39 percent and made 5 of 16 3-pointers. Cal won the rebound battle 44-31. In the first, a pair of 3-pointers by Jemerigbe gave Cal an early 11-5 lead. Galdeira's 3-pointer gave WSU its first lead at 20-19 as the Cougars made eight of their first 12 shots. The teams traded baskets and the lead several times. Clarendon sank a pair of 3-pointers as Cal took a 33-31 lead with 3:23 left in the first. Cooks replied with a 3 to put Washington State back on top. But Cal closed the first half with three unanswered 3-pointers - two by Jemerigbe sandwiched around one by Clarendon - to take a 42-35 halftime lead. Clarendon had 18 points and four assists in the first half, while Jemerigbe scored 14 points. Cal made 50 percent of its shots and sank 7 of 12 3-pointers. Washington State also shot 50 percent in the first.
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