Sarah Morton had 18 points and eight assists as Washington upset California, 60-49, on Thursday night in Berkeley, Calif.
Kristi Kingma added 16 points and six assists for the Huskies (10-11, 5-7 Pacific-10 Conference), who dealt the Golden Bears’ hopes of qualifying for the NCAA tournament a serious blow.
Layshia Clarendon had 13 points, and DeNesha Stallworth 12 for Cal (14-9, 6-6), which hard a hard time putting the ball in the basket. The Bears shot 31 percent from the field, 53 percent from the free-throw line and 18 percent on 3-point attempts. Meanwhile, Washington had its best shooting performance of the season at 51 percent.
This was the second time this season that Morton and Kingma led the Huskies to an upset of Cal. In their first game in Seattle, the pair combined for 27 points, eight rebounds and five assists as Washington won, 57-48.
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The Huskies took control of this game almost immediately, reeling off a 21-2 run after Cal scored the first basket. The Huskies made 12 of their first 16 shots, while the Bears missed 13 of 17.
But with the margin 26-9, Afure Jemerigbe gave Cal a spark, scoring six points in an 10-0 burst that got the Bears within seven.
Washington answered when Mollie Williams hit her first 3-pointer of the season, and Regina Rogers powered her way to a score in the paint to give the Huskies a 31-19 lead at halftime.
Cal got within five late in the second half after falling behind by as many as 18, but Morton’s 3-pointer with 1:41 left – and the shot clock running down – sealed the win.
At No. 3 Stanford 100, Washington State 59: Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 19 points, Kayla Pedersen added 15 points, five assists and five rebounds, and the Cardinal broke its own Pac-10 record by winning a 49th straight against conference competition in the rout of the Cougars.
Stanford (21-2, 12-0) extended its home winning streak at Maples Pavilion to 57 games – and is two away from tying the school-record run of 59 wins in a row set from Nov. 25, 1994, to March 14, 1998.
Jazmine Perkins 18 points to lead Washington State (7-17, 5-7), which has yet to beat Stanford in 52 all-time meetings.
“In my years in the Pac-10 I have not seen a team improve as much as they have improved,” said WSU coach June Daugherty, who also coached Washington for 11 seasons. “It’s kind of scary what level they can go to.”
Southern Cal 70, at Oregon State 51: Briana Gilbreath had 19 points and a season-high 13 rebounds for the Trojans on their way to the win over the Beavers.
USC (14-8, 6-5) trailed by six points at halftime but quickly turned the momentum with a 14-5 run to start the second half and a 10-0 run that broke a 42-42 tie. The Beavers (8-15, 1-11) shot 6 of 26 (23.1 percent) in the second half.
No. 9 UCLA 75, at Oregon 48: Rebekah Gardner scored 18 points, and the Bruins matched their best start in 34 years by trouncing the Ducks.
Atonye Nyingifa added 12 points, and Markel Walker had nine points and 13 rebounds for the UCLA (20-2, 10-1). The 1976-77 Bruins team that featured Ann Meyers also opened 20-2.
Amanda Johnson had nine points and seven rebounds to lead the Ducks (12-11, 3-9), who scored their fewest points in 57 games under head coach Paul Westhead.
It was the fifth straight loss for Oregon and seventh in eight games.
At UCLA 64, Oregon 54: Malcolm Lee scored 25 points as the Bruins beat the Ducks for their fourth in a row and eighth in nine games.
UCLA (17-7, 8-3) got 10 points each from Lazeric Jones and reserve Jerime Anderson, whose 3-pointer put them ahead for good with 8:43 remaining.
Joevan Catron scored 15 points and Jay-R Strowbridge added 14 for the Ducks (12-12, 5-7), who were coming off an 81-76 upset of then-No. 20 Washington and had won four of their previous five games.
Catron’s jumper tied the game for the last time at 41-all. From there, Anderson scored five in a row, then Lee scored six of UCLA’s next eight points to put the Bruins ahead 54-46.