A night after scoring a Pac-12 tournament record 107 points, the seventh-seeded Washington State Cougars held off a late charge from the Cal Golden Bears, the tourney’s No. 2 seed, to upset the No. 20-ranked team in the country 91-83 in a quarterfinal at Key Arena in Seattle on Friday.
The teams played a back-and-forth, frenetically paced first half, with the Cougars (17-15) holding a 45-44 lead at the break.
The game got away from the Golden Bears (21-9) midway through the second half, when Washington State ran off a 13-2 run to take a 76-61 lead with 8:14 remaining.
Cal got back to within six points at 84-78 on a three-point play by Gennifer Brandon with 1:55 to go, but Tia Presley nailed a dagger 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring on Washington State’s next trip down the floor.
Lia Galdeira scored 28 points with seven rebounds and three steals for the Cougars. Presley added 19 points, Sage Romberg had 16 and Mariah Cooks tossed in 12. Dawnyelle Awa had four assists.
Reshanda Gray led the Golden Bears with 26 points and had three blocked shots. Brandon finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Afure Jemerigbe logged 16 points and five assists. Mercedes Jefflo also notched three blocks.
Washington State was 31-for-66 (47 percent) overall, 9-for-18 (50 percent) from deep and 20-for-31 (64.5 percent) at the foul line. Cal was 29-for-71 (40.8 percent), 2-for-13 (15.4 percent) and 23-for-30 (76.7 percent).
The Golden Bears had a 48-39 edge on the glass, but the Cougars had 10 turnovers to 13 for Cal, which will now have to wait until Selection Monday on March 17 to learn where they will be playing in the NCAA tournament, which opens March 22 and 23.
Here’s an updated look at the Pac-12 tourney results and schedule:
Game 1: (9) Colorado 76, (8) UCLA 65
Game 2: (5) USC 59, (12) Arizona 54
Game 3: (7) Washington State 107, (10) Oregon 100
Game 4: (11) Utah 65, (6) Washington 53
Game 5: (1) Stanford 69, (9) Colorado 54
Game 6: (5) USC 59, (4) Arizona State 57
Game 7: (7) Washington State 91, (2) Cal 83
Game 8: (11) Utah vs. (3) Oregon State, 8:30 p.m.
(5) USC vs. (1) Stanford, 6 p.m.
(7) Washington State vs. Game 8 winner, 8:30 p.m.
Semifinal winners, 6 p.m. (ESPN)