Cal upends Fresno St 90-76 in NCAA 1st round
- Article by: BETSY BLANEY
- Associated Press
- March 23, 2013 - 6:00 PM
LUBBOCK, Texas - Brittany Boyd scored 21 points and added a career-high 13 rebounds to lead second-seeded California over Fresno State 90-76 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Layshia Clarendon added 19 points and Gennifer Brandon had 17 points and 12 rebounds for California (29-3).
The Golden Bears fell behind early against the 15th-seeded Bulldogs, but found their footing midway through the first half to advance to play the winner of Texas Tech and South Florida.
Ki-Ki Moore scored a career-high 33 points on 12-of-28 shooting and Rosie Moult added 15 to lead Fresno State (24-9).
The Bulldogs kept it close with their 3-point shooting, making 12 of 29 from beyond the arc. Moult hit 4 of 11 and Taylor Thompson hit 3 of 6 from 3-point range.
California outrebounded the Bulldogs 51-28. The Golden Bears scored 56 points in the paint and held the Bulldogs to 26.
The Golden Bears shared the Pac-12 regular-season title with Stanford and began their 16-game win streak by beating the Cardinal in Palo Alto, Calif.
If the Golden Bears win their second-round game they will play in Spokane, Wash., and could possibly face Stanford for a third time this season in the regional semifinal.
Moore kept Fresno State in the game in the second half. She drove to the basket, hit from the outside and went 7 for 8 from the free throw line.
Fresno State is still looking for its first NCAA tournament win, having failed to get a victory for the past six years.
California went up 61-48 with 12:57 remaining in the game on the second of two field goals by Clarendon. Then Moult and Moore hit back-to-back 3s to pull within 64-55, but that was as close as the Bulldogs would get the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs used 3-pointers to go up early in the first half against the Golden Bears. But then Cal, which hit on only 3 of 9 from the field early, used a 10-0 run, including two baskets each by Boyd and Reshanda Gray, to go up 19-13 with 9:16 remaining.
But Fresno State kept shooting from beyond the arc, and by halftime equaled its per game average of 3s this season, hitting eight.
The half ended when Moore missed a short jumper with six seconds remaining and Boyd grabbed the rebound and went nearly the length of the court to hit a 3 at the buzzer. Her only other 3 in the first half came on her first shot that opened the game.
Cal scored on 12 straight possessions to end the half leading 48-41.
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