BERKELEY – Reshanda Gray scored 23 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, and grabbed 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season as No. 21 California held off Pacific 68-66 Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion to win their fifth consecutive game.
It was Gray's two free throws with 23 seconds left in regulation that allowed Cal (6-2) to tie the game, 63-63. She also grabbed a rebound with five seconds to go when the Tigers (4-3) missed a chance at the upset.
Pacific (4-3) took an early lead in overtime on two Kendall Kenyon free throws but Cal countered with two from Afure Jemerigbe to tie the score at 65-65. Gray hit her final jumper of the night with under three minutes to go to put the Bears ahead for good and secure the 68-66 win.
It was the first overtime game of the year for California and propelled the Golden Bears to back-to-back home wins for the first time this young season.
"I am really proud of our players for fighting to get back in that game and grinding out a tough win," California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "Pacific is a very good basketball team. Lynne [Roberts] is a very good coach. It was a battle today, and we obviously struggled a little bit, or a lot, on the offensive end. I was really impressed with our resolve and ability to win this game when we could have rolled over and didn’t, and that’s something that you want to find out about a young team."
Brittany Boyd was solid across the stat sheet for the second straight game with 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals. Boyd continues to climb up the California record book, moving to No. 8 on the all-time assists chart with 362 in her career and No. 6 on the all-time steals chart with 205 in her career.
"I am particularly proud of Reshanda [Gray] and Brittany [Boyd] who were leading in a lot of ways," Gottlieb said. "Certainly in the stat categories, but also in other categories like toughness and being All-Americans on and off of the court. We will take the win and try to get better for next week."
Jemerigbe added 10 points while freshman Courtney Range put together nine points and seven rebounds.
Cal hosts Bakersfield on Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m.