The Cal Golden Bears, ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press’ latest poll, scored the last six points of the first half to take a slim lead over the Lafayette Leopards at Haas Pavilion Sunday afternoon, then pulled away with eight straight points early in the second half of a 77-60 win.
The Golden Bears (8-3) led just 30-27 at halftime before outscoring Lafayette (6-5) 47-33 after the break.
Reshanda Gray led the Golden Bears with 20 points and eight rebounds. Brittany Boyd logged 13 points, seven assists and four steals and Courtney Range scored 11 points off the bench. Afure Jemerigbe and Kyra Dunn blocked two shots apiece for Cal.
Linnel Macklin and Danielle Fiacco scored 13 points each for the Leopards, with Fiacco also blocking six shots. Emily Homan added 11 points for Lafayette, while Maddie Fahan had nine rebounds and Kristan Liddle had three assists.
Lafayette was 23-for-74 (31.1 percent) overall, 4-for-18 (22.2 percent) from 3-point range and 10-for-12 (83.3 percent) from the foul line.
Cal was 27-for-62 (43.5 percent), 7-for-21 (33.3 percent) and 16-for-23 (69.6 percent). Lafayette won the rebounding battle 49-42, but turned the ball over 16 times compared to 14 for the Golden Bears.
Cal will open Pac-12 Conference play at home on Friday night when they host Oregon State (8-4) for an 8 p.m. tipoff at Haas Pavilion.