The No. 9 Cal Bears suffered their first regular-season loss since January on Sunday when No. 2 Duke came into Haas Pavilion and left with a 70-58 victory.
Cal (1-1) got off to an early lead, but Duke’s defense held the Golden Bears to just 32.3 percent from the floor (20-for-62) and the Blue Devils (1-0) led by as many as 17 points in the second half.
Cal made a run in the second half to close to within nine after Duke took a 15-point lead, but the Blue Devils stepped on the gas one more time and pulled away.
Chelsea Gray, Duke’s two-time All-America guard who was making her return from a dislocated kneecap she sustained in March, led the Blue Devils with 22 points and also had five assists. Tricia Liston had 13 points, as did Richa Jackson, and Elizabeth Williams hauled down 11 rebounds to pace Duke.
Afure Jemerigbe paced Cal with 16 points but was 4-for-11 from the floor. Brittany Boyd added 13 points and six assists and Reshanda Gray scored 10 points. Courtney Range led the Golden Bears on the glass with 10 boards.
Cal takes to the road for the first time this season on Friday night, when they visit George Washington in the nation’s capital. Tipoff is 4 p.m. local time. The Colonials opened their season Saturday with a 101-73 win over Jackson State.