For almost 30 minutes, this one was a blowout. Then Brittany Boyd got started and almost led the No. 21 Cal Golden Bears to a miracle comeback.
The fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal hung on for a 70-64 win over the Golden Bears at Maples Pavilion despite having a 30-point lead cut to five in the final minute of play. Boyd scored all 25 of her points in the final 13:35 of the game after the Cardinal had taken a 59-29 lead.
Stanford won its 19th straight game thanks to a big finish to the first half. Leading 31-25 with 3:34 to go before halftime, the Cardinal (20-1, 9-0 Pac-12 Conference) scored the final 12 points of the half to take a 43-25 lead into the break and went on a 12-0 spurt early in the second half to push the lead out to 30.
From there, Boyd scored her first basket and Cal (14-6, 6-3) made a furious charge that came up short.
Chiney Ogwumike had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinal, Karlie Samuelson scored 14 points and Taylor Greenfield tossed in 10. Mikaela Ruef also grabbed 12 boards and Lili Thompson dished out eight assists.
Besides Boyd’s 25 points, Afure Jemerigbe had 18 points and Gennifer Brandon had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Cal was 26-for-71 (36.6 percent) overall, 6-for-16 (37.5 percent) from 3-point range and 6-for-12 (50 percent) from the foul line. Stanford was 27-for-64 (42.2 percent), 5-for-19 (26.3 percent) and 11-for-16 (68.8 percent).
The teams fought to a 44-44 draw on the boards, while the Cardinal turned the ball over 11 times to just nine for the Golden Bears.
The teams get together again on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., this time at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.