BERKELEY, Calif. — Layshia Clarendon scored 26 points and No. 6 California rallied from 17 points down in the first half to beat Oregon State 58-56 on Sunday, extending the longest winning streak in school history.
Clarendon did most of her work in the second half, including an off-balance 14-foot leaner that gave Cal a 57-51 lead with just under 4 minutes remaining. The Bears (25-2, 15-1 Pac-12) didn't make another basket after that but held on for the win after being dominated for much of the game.
Jamie Weisner had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Mollee Schwegler added 15 points for Oregon State (9-19, 3-13). The Beavers have lost seven conference games by five points or fewer.
California's 13th straight win assured it of finishing no worse than second place in the Pac-12 for the fourth time in six years, though Coach Lindsay Gottlieb's team is eyeing a bigger prize. The Bears have never won the conference championship, something they can accomplish with wins against Washington State and Washington next weekend.
They can thank Clarendon for still having a shot.
Playing in her final home game, Clarendon scored eight straight points during one stretch in the second half after Brittany Boyd had given the Bears a spark. Clarendon, who went 10 of 22 from the floor, also had the assist on Gennifer Brandon's go-ahead jumper before helping Cal hold on over a frantic final 3 minutes.
No. 4 Stanford 74, Oregon 50
At Stanford, Calif., Chiney Ogwumike scored 27 points, grabbed a school record 24 rebounds and set a Stanford career mark with her 52nd double-double Sunday, leading No. 4 Stanford to a win.
Ogwumike, a junior, broke the career double-double record she had briefly shared with her older sister, Nnemkadi Ogwumike.
The Cardinal (26-2, 15-1 Pac-12) won their 12th straight game since suffering a 67-55 loss to Cal on Jan. 13 and remained tied atop the conference standings with the Bears.
Freshman Jillian Alleyne had a double-double for the Ducks (4-24, 2-14) with 12 points — all in the second half — and 10 rebounds. Devyn Galland scored 10 points, while Liz Brenner had 8.