The Cal Golden Bears never trailed in the final 38:03 and held off every run the Utah Utes threw at them Sunday afternoon for a 68-59 win at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.
No. 19-ranked Cal (12-3, 3-0 Pac-12 Conference) got out to a 28-15 lead midway through the first half by going on a 9-0 run, capped by Mikalya Lyles’ 3-pointer.
But the Utes (7-7, 0-3) battled back to close to within three points at 32-29 on a three-point play by Danielle Rodriguez with 2:17 to go in the half. Cal went to the locker room with a 34-29 halftime lead.
Utah got as close as one point early in the second half and stayed within five points until the Golden Bears put together 9-3 run in the final five minutes to get a working lead.
Brittany Boyd had 24 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Golden Bears, while Reshanda Gray finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Afure Jemerigbe also grabbed seven rebounds and Gennifer Brandon had three steals and two blocks.
Michelle Plouffe led the Utes with 19 points, 14 rebounds and four assists. Ciera Dunbar scored 12 points, Emily Potter had 11 points, three steals and three blocked shots, and Rodriguez scored 10 points.
Cal was 26-for-65 (40 percent) overall, 3-for-10 (30 percent) from 3-point range and 13-for-17 from the free-throw line. Utah was 19-for-55 (34.5 percent), 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) and 17-for-20 (85 percent).
The Golden Bears had a 43-37 edge on the boards and forced 14 Utes’ turnovers while committing only 10 of their own.
Cal remains on the road Friday for a 10 a.m. tipoff at No. 23 Arizona State.