The Golden Bears (17-7, 9-4 Pac-12 Conference) opened with the game’s first seven points before the Wildcats (5-19, 1-12) roared back with 10 straight points of their own.
But Cal responded with a 13-2 run to take an eight-point lead, 20-12, with 8:56 left in the first half and was never seriously threatened again. The Bears took a 39-24 halftime lead on a buzzer-beating basket by Reshanda Gray and led by as much as 25 points in the second half.
Gray paced the Golden bears with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Gennifer Brandon scored 10 points off the bench. Brittany Boyd had an off night offensively, scoring just seven points on 3-of-11 shooting, but handed out six assists, while Mercedes Jefflo notched three steals.
Breanna Workman, Erica Barnes and Keyahndra Cannon scored 10 points each for the Wildcats, with Barnes blocking four shots, and Kama Griffitts had five assists.
Arizona was 20-for-52 (38.5 percent) overall, 2-for-5 (40 percent) from long range and 7-for-12 (58.3 percent) at the foul line. Cal was 23-for-54 (42.6 percent), 4-for-12 (33.3 percent) and 15-for-22 (68.2 percent).
The Golden Bears dominated the glass 44-25, with 16 of the boards coming on the offensive end. Cal turned it over 21 times to 17 for Arizona.
The Golden Bears will host Arizona State Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Pacific.