BERKELEY – Four players hit double figures and every Golden Bear scored as No. 9 California won its lone exhibition game of the year with a 91-62 victory against Vanguard Friday night at Haas Pavilion.
Brittany Boyd, Reshanda Gray and Courtney Range all scored 17 points, and Afure Jemerigbe added 14 to pace California against the preseason top-ranked team in the NAIA. Boyd flirted with a double-double with nine rebounds, five assists and four steals to go along with her 17 points.
Gray opened the game by scoring 12 of California’s first 16 points against a team that took No. 25 UCLA to the brink one night earlier. The junior added nine rebounds, one block and two steals to her tally while Range, a freshman from Manteca, also added nine rebounds, one block and one steal to her 17 points.
California took a 48-29 rebounding advantage in the game despite being without the services of senior Gennifer Brandon, who remains sidelined after offseason surgery. The Bears were particularly potent on the offensive boards with 20 thanks to six each by Gray and Range.
Cal also dished 18 assists on the night out of 32 made field goals.
Vanguard hung around for 30 minutes before the Bears were able to pull away for good in the second game of a doubleheader with the California women’s volleyball team. Leading 55-51 with 11:17 remaining in the game, Cal went on a 13-0 run over the next two minutes with Jemerigbe and Range scoring five each and Boyd adding three in the span to put 17 points between the two teams.
The California lead hit 20 for the first time with another layup by Boyd in the middle of a late 12-0 run to make the score 84-56 before the Bears pushed away for the 91-62 final.
California will hold an open practice at Haas Pavilion on Sunday, Nov. 3, beginning at 11 a.m. The regular season opener is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8, against Long Beach State in the first game of a doubleheader with the California men’s basketball team.