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No. 9 California holds off gutsy Oregon State

CORVALLIS — Natasha Vital scored all 17 of her points in the second half to lead No. 9 California to a 56-45 win against Oregon State on Thursday night in a game that the Beavers led 13-11 at halftime.

The Golden Bears survived an 11-point first half to get their 20th win, giving California consecutive 20-win seasons for just the second time in school history.

California had more turnovers (12) than points (11) at the half. Oregon State had 11 turnovers.

The Golden Bears avoided the school record for fewest points in a half by one.

California (20-3, 11-1 Pacific-10 Conference) scored the first six points of the second half to take a 17-13 lead and never trailed again.

Rama N'diaye's lay-in with 8:50 remaining capped a 6-0 California run. The Golden Bears later went ahead 43-32 on Ashley Walker's three-point play with 3:39 left.

Oregon State (10-13, 3-9) got as close as six late, but California made 11 of 12 foul shots in the final 1:01 to put the game away.

California's Ashley Walker had 16 of her 17 points in the second half and also grabbed eight rebounds. Alex Mitchell had 13 points and Ashley Allen 10 for Oregon State. California is off to its best start in program history.

The teams combined to shoot 10 of 41 in the first half. California went scoreless for more than 11 minutes, though Oregon State scored just seven points in that stretch.

No. 6 Stanford 72, Oregon 43

At Eugene, Candice Wiggins had 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and No. 6 Stanford rode a commanding first half to a victory over Oregon.

Kayla Pedersen scored 13 of her 17 points in the first half, and Jayne Appel had 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocks for the Cardinal (21-3 overall, 10-2 Pac-10), who have won nine in a row.

The 29-point win is Stanford's largest margin of victory in Eugene since 1991. Nicole Canepa had 12 points for Oregon (10-13, 4-8), which shot 32.1 percent.

The Ducks made their first shot to start the game before the Cardinal rolled off 23 consecutive points to take control. Wiggins then connected on three consecutive baskets, and Appel followed with a layup to push the Cardinal lead to 40-10.