No. 7 California 53, No. 20 Colorado 49

Brittany Boyd scored 15 points, and No. 7 California got some

timely rebounding to withstand a late surge by No. 20 Colorado for

a 53-49 victory Sunday.

Afure Jemerigbe and Reshanda Gray added 10 points apiece for Cal

(12-1, 2-0 Pac-12 Conference), which won its sixth straight.

Chucky Jeffery score 10 of her 13 points in the second half,

leading a rally by Colorado (11-2, 0-2 Pac-12). But she also

committed a key turnover in the final seconds that denied the

Buffaloes a chance to try to tie the game. It was the second

consecutive loss in the league for Colorado after an 11-0 start in

non-conference play.

Arielle Roberson added 11 points for Colorado, which lost to No.

4 Stanford in the Pac-12 opener Friday.

With Cal leading 51-43 with less than three minutes left,

Colorado ran off six straight points, capped by Brittany Wilson’s

fast-break layup with 16.7 seconds left.

Cal’s Layshia Clarendon missed two free throws, but Talia

Caldwell managed to tie up Jeffery on the rebound, and the

possession arrow gave the ball back to Cal. Clarendon was again

fouled with 10.3 seconds left, and she made one of two.

But Colorado never got a chance to attempt a tying 3-pointer

when Jeffery turned the ball over with 5.2 seconds to go.

Colorado again missed two free throws – this time by Boyd – but

Jemerigbe pulled down the offensive rebound. Jemerigbe made a foul

shot to finally clinch the victory.