No. 6 Cal women rout Oregon State 60-38
Gennifer Brandon came back strong and Brittany Boyd had a career night to keep California on the top of the Pac-12 standings.Brandon bounced back from an ankle injury that kept her out one game, getting 11 points and nine rebounds Friday night to help the sixth-ranked Bears to a 60-38 win at Oregon State.Boyd had 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to go with four assists and four steals for Cal (18-2, 8-1 Pac-12), which gave up the third-fewest points to a conference opponent in program history.Brandon, who has 10 double-doubles on the season, sat out the Golden Bears' previous game - a Jan. 27 71-54 home win against Utah - with an ankle injury.Friday, she wasn't feeling well but started strong with 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting to go with eight rebounds in the first half."She knew we needed her. I thought she was a warrior," Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "I don't think she has all her energy, so I think that speaks to how much she's improved as a basketball player."Boyd shot just 4 of 14 but filled up the rest of the stat sheet. Her 11 rebounds were a career high by two and a team high."It's beautiful to have somebody else, a guard, take over in the rebounding," said Brandon, a 6-foot-2 junior forward of Boyd, a 5-9 sophomore guard.Gottlieb called Boyd, who got her second double-double of the season and fourth of her career, "terrific.""She had a couple shots that didn't go down, yet she still controlled the game," the coach said. "We know she's going to score more points on some nights, but when she's that kind of point guard it makes our team better."Ali Gibson had 13 points and six rebounds to lead Oregon State (9-12, 3-6).Cal led by 13 at halftime then left no doubt with a 10-0 second-half run to go up 45-20.Oregon State got no closer than 16 from there.Cal shot 24 of 60 overall (40 percent), while Oregon State was 16 of 59 (27.1).The Golden Bears allowed their third-lowest total to a conference opponent in program history.Cal nearly matched its 11.9 rebounding margin (fourth-best in the country) with a 50-40 edge."They only outrebounded us by 10 but they made us pay for those offensive rebounds," Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said. "This is a team, if we're not on our game, they could outrebound us by 30. That's the feel."Oregon State led 6-4 early before Cal used a 9-0 run to take the lead for good.Brandon scored five points in that stretch, and Eliza Pierre's layin finished it to give the Golden Bears a 13-6 lead.The Beavers later closed within 17-12 before Cal outscored Oregon State 10-2 over the last seven-plus minutes of the half to lead 27-14 at halftime.Brandon and Layshia Clarendon combined for 17 in the first half.Oregon State had its lowest first-half point total in a conference game this season by 10 points. It was also the fewest points Cal has allowed in a half this season.The Beavers shot 6 of 28 in the first half, including 0 for 7 on 3-pointers, while the Golden Bears were 12 of 30 overall.