The California Golden Bears women’s basketball team pulled away from LSU Lady Tigers in the waning minutes to secure a berth in the Elite Eight of the NCAA playoffs. With their 73 – 63 victory over the Lady Tigers, Cal (31 – 3) faces the Georgia Lady Bulldogs–another SEC opponent, who upset Stanford 61 – 59 in an earlier Spoken Region semifinal.
Second-seeded Cal rallied in the final six minutes to dispose of the sixth-seeded Lady Tigers (22 – 12), breaking open a game that was closely contested up until that point. Cal knocked down 21 of 32 free throws to secure the win, but it was their swarming defensive pressure which proved to be LSU’s undoing.
Cal was led by Layshia Clarendon’s 19 points, with Gennifer Brandon chipping in 17 points and 13 rebounds. Brittany Boyd scored 14 points and fed her teammates for seven assists.
The Lady Tigers were led by Adrienne Webb’s 15 points and Theresa Plaisance (15 points, 12 rebounds). Danielle Ballard added 14 points, while Shanice McKinney scored six points, pulled down five rebounds, and blocked five shots.
Despite the valiant effort, LSU could only shoot 1-of-12 from 3-point range, and 38.8 percent overall from the field, much of that due to Cal’s oppressive defense.
The women from Cal will face off against the Georgia Lady Bulldogs Monday in the Spokane Arena.