TEMPE, Ariz. – Reshanda Gray posted her fifth double-double of the season, but foul trouble helped No. 19/24 Arizona State run away with a 68-59 win over No. 15/15 California Friday morning at Wells Fargo Arena.
The loss drops the Bears to 12-4 overall and 4-1 in Pac-12 play, and it ends Cal’s 19-game Pac-12 regular season winning streak that dated back to the Bears’ 67-55 victory over Stanford at Maples Pavilion on January 13, 2013.
“Arizona State is a great team,” California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “We’re fortunate in this conference to have several ranked teams. They’re terrific at home. They were tough, aggressive and well-balanced – everything we thought they’d be. I thought our kids competed, but today (Arizona State) was better. We’re looking forward to getting another chance against them at home, but right now we’re looking forward to Monday.”
Gray led all scorers with 16 points and added 10 rebounds and a steal while Afure Jemerigbe matched her season-high with 16 points as well. Brittany Boyd scored 11 with six rebounds for Cal.
Quinn Dornstauder led Arizona State (15-2, 4-1 Pac-12) with 13 points to help the Sun Devils remain unbeaten at home this season.
The two teams combined for a total of 51 fouls – 32 by the Golden Bears – in a top 20 matchup played in front of 4,077 fans. All five of Cal’s starters – Gray, Jemerigbe, Boyd, Justine Hartman and Mercedes Jefflo – were whistled for at least four fouls.
The Bears jumped out to an early 8-0 lead with Gray scoring all eight points for the Bears, but the Sun Devils fought their way back into the game with Gray, Boyd and Jefflo each playing limited minutes on the court due to foul trouble. Cal surrendered the lead for the first time with a layup by Sophie Brunner that made the game 16-15 with 7:14 to go in the first half. Both teams jockeyed for the lead for the remainder of the half as the Sun Devils led by as many as four until Mikayla Lyles sunk a three-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to cut the Arizona State lead to 27-26 at the half.
A six-minute stretch in the middle of the second half saw Cal relinquish the lead for good in the rowdy Wells Fargo Arena. With the Golden Bears leading 38-34 with 13:17 to go, Arizona State proceeded to go on a 17-3 run to push its lead up to 51-41 at the 7:06 mark, including nine unanswered with Boyd on the bench for Cal.
The Golden Bears cut the lead to as few as five points on three occasions – the last a 64-59 Arizona State lead with 30 seconds remaining – but Cal could not take full advantage of the ASU’s 19-for-34 effort at the free throw line.
California returns to action Monday afternoon with a 2 p.m. (PT) tilt against Arizona at the McKale Center. The game is scheduled to air live on the Pac-12 Networks with Aaron Goldsmith and Ros Gold-Onwude on the call.