The No. 4 Stanford Cardinal completed a weekend sweep of the No. 21 Cal Golden Bears on Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion, getting 29 points from Chiney Ogwumike for their 20th straight victory.
For the Golden Bears (14-7, 6-4), they’ll have to be satisfied with two competitive losses at the hands of their biggest rival and hope they can springboard them to a strong finish. Cal made its first Final Four a year ago, but has struggled against ranked opposition this season—Sunday’s loss drops the Golden Bears to 1-5 against opponents in the Top 25.
Stanford (21-1, 10-0) took control of the game with a 24-7 spurt late in the first half to take a 14-point lead. The Cardinal led by 10 at halftime, 35-25.
Ogwumike also blocked three shots for the Cardinal, while Karlie Samuelson scored 16 points and Amber Orrange had 13. Mikaela Ruef contributed 11 rebounds and five assists along with nine points.
Brittany Boyd paced the Golden Bears with 20 points and six assists. Mikayla Lyles added 16 points. Afure Jemerigbe had seven rebounds.
Fouls were a problem for Cal—Reshanda Gray was limited to seven points, 10 below her average, in 25 minutes before fouling out as the Golden Bears were whistled for 27 fouls to 16 for the Cardinal.
Stanford was 26-for-47 (55.3 percent) overall, 3-for-8 (37.5 percent) from 3-point range and 24-for-30 (80 percent) at the foul line. Cal was 23-for-61 (37.7 percent), 6-for-17 (35.3 percent) and 12-for-21 (57.1 percent).
The Cardinal had a 33-30 edge on the glass and had 10 turnovers, compared to 11 giveaways for the Golden Bears.
Cal visits Washington Thursday at 8 p.m. Pacific while Stanford will play at Washington State the same night at 6 p.m.