The Cal Golden Bears saw a six-point lead with 6:30 remaining before the USC Trojans went on a 14-2 run and never looked back en route to a 77-70 upset at Haas Pavilion Friday night.
The Golden Bears (13-5, 5-2 Pac-12 Conference) led 64-58 before the Trojans (14-6, 7-1) started their run, taking the lead on a layup by Cassie Harberts with 3:58 remaining. After USC took a 72-66 lead on a pair of free throws by Ariva Crook—who scored a career-high 34 points—Cal was never able to take possession of the basketball with less than a four-point deficit.
Harberts chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans.
Brittany Boyd finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Golden Bears, but was just 4-of-14 from the floor and committed six turnovers. Afure Jemerigbe also scored 17 points, Reshanda Gray added 13 and Gennifer Brandon had 11 points and 11 boards off the bench.
USC was 24-for-57 (42.1 percent) overall, 8-for-17 (47.1 percent) from 3-point range and 21-for-28 (75 percent) from the foul line. Cal was 24-for-66 (36.4 percent), 1-for-11 (9.1 percent) and 21-for-32 (65.6 percent).
The Golden Bears had a 45-37 edge on the glass and the teams were basically even in turnovers, with Cal committing 16 to 15 for USC.
The Golden Bears will try to bounce back Sunday night when they host UCLA for a 6 p.m. Pacific tipoff.