Women’s Hoops: Cal Golden Bears Finish Regular Season With Upset Loss To Washington

The No. 18 Cal Golden Bears were knocked off at home Saturday, losing a 70-65 decision to the Washington Huskies, but will still have the No. 2 seed and a bye to the second round at the Pac-12 tournament next week.

The Golden Bears (21-8, 13-5 Pac-12) could still finish with the same conference record as Oregon State, which closes its season Sunday against Arizona State, but Cal will get the higher seed based on a 72-63 win over the Beavers on Jan. 3 in the only meeting between the teams.

Washington (17-12, 10-8) took the lead with a 9-0 first half run and held off every Golden Bear rally. The Golden Bears got it to 68-65 with 26 seconds to go, but Courtney Range missed a jump shot and two free throws and the Huskies were able to hang on for the win.

Kelsey Plum scored 22 points and had six assists for the Huskies. Jazmine Davis added 20 points, Talia Walton had 12 points and three steals and Aminah Williams grabbed eight rebounds.

Afure Jemerigbe had 24 points and six assists for the Golden Bears, who played without Brittany Boyd, who was out with a mild knee sprain. Reshanda Gray scored 16 points and yanked down 16 rebounds and Mercedes Jefflo had four steals.

Washington was 27-for-64 (42.2 percent) overall, 8-for-25 (32 percent) from deep and 8-for-12 (66.7 percent) from the line. Cal was 23-for-66 (34.8 percent), 9-for-27 (33.3 percent) and 10-for-21 (47.6 percent).

The Golden Bears owned a 49-37 rebounding advantage. The Huskies had nine turnovers while Cal turned it over 13 times.

Cal will be idle until Friday night, when they play in a Pac-12 conference tournament quarterfinal at KeyArena in Seattle.

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