The Cal Golden Bears, who fell to 19th in the latest Associated Press women’s college basketball poll, got 44 points from Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray and held off the Arizona Wildcats for a 79-64 win at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., Monday afternoon.
Cal (13-4, 5-1 Pac-12 Conference) was able to gain a split on their trip to the Grand Canyon State after losing at Arizona State on Friday.
The Golden Bears broke out to a 40-31 halftime lead and maintained a double-digit advantage through most of the second half. The Wildcats (4-13, 0-6) could get no closer than seven points after halftime, cutting Cal’s lead to 67-60 on an Erica Barnes jumper with 2:44 to go, but Gray converted a pass from Boyd into a layup and later made the first of two free throws to put the Golden Bears back up by 10 with 2:14 remaining.
Boyd had 24 points, seven assists and four steals, despite shooting just 4-of-14 from the floor. She hit 15-of-17 from the free-throw line, however. Gray finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
LaBrittney Jones, Carissa Crutchfield and Barnes had 16 points apiece for the Wildcats, with Jones grabbing eight rebounds. Kama Griffitts added 10 points.
Cal was 26-for-54 (48.1 percent) overall, 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) from 3-point range and 23-for-29 (79.3 percent) from the free-throw line. Arizona was 24-for-65 (36.9 percent), 5-for-13 (38.5 percent) and 11-for-12 (91.7 percent).
The teams were even on the boards 37-37, with the Wildcats committing 14 turnovers to just 11 for the Golden Bears.
Cal returns to Haas Pavilion Friday night to host the USC Trojans (13-6, 6-1) for a 6 p.m. Pacific tipoff.