Cal women's basketball avoids upset thanks to huge comeback 

click to enlarge Oregon States' Jamie Weisner, left, drives the ball against California's Afure Jemerigbe (2) in the first half of Sunday's game. - BEN MARGOT/AP
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  • Oregon States' Jamie Weisner, left, drives the ball against California's Afure Jemerigbe (2) in the first half of Sunday's game.

BERKELEY — Layshia Clarendon scored 26 points and No. 6 Cal rallied from 17 points down in the first half to beat Oregon State 58-56 on Sunday, extending the longest winning streak in school history.

Clarendon did most of her work in the second half, including an off-balance 14-foot leaner that gave Cal a 57-51 lead with just under 4 minutes remaining. The Bears (25-2, 15-1 Pac-12) didn’t make another basket after that but held on for the win after being dominated for much of the game.

Jamie Weisner had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Mollee Schwegler added 15 points for Oregon State (9-19, 3-13). The Beavers have lost seven conference games by five points or fewer.

Cal’s 13th straight win assured it of finishing no worse than second place in the Pac-12 for the fourth time in six years, though coach Lindsay Gottlieb’s team is eyeing a bigger prize. The Bears have never won the conference championship, something they can accomplish with wins against Washington State and Washington next weekend.

They can thank Clarendon for still having a shot.

Playing in her final home game, Clarendon scored eight straight points during one stretch in the second half after Brittany Boyd had given the Bears a spark. Clarendon, who went 10 of 22 from the floor, also had the assist on Gennifer Brandon’s go-ahead jumper before helping Cal hold on over a frantic final 3 minutes.

Oregon State pulled within 57-54 on Ali Gibson’s 3-pointer, and after one free by Cal’s Talia Caldwell, Deven Hunter scored on a putback to make it 58-56. The Beavers took only one shot after that but ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley’s long jumper missed and Eliza Pierre grabbed the rebound to secure the win Cal’s 14th consecutive win over Oregon State.

 

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