- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - California staged a furious, late-game rally at Stanford as its leading scorer sat on the bench without a single point.

Down by 30 points with 13:35 remaining, Brittany Boyd told herself, “Don’t get blown out, do anything you can.”

Boyd scored 25 points as 21st-ranked Cal lost 70-64 to the No. 4 Cardinal on Thursday night in the first of two meetings between the rivals in a four-day span.

“It was in the huddles, we were still motivated,” Boyd said. “One thing about this team, we have heart - even if we’re down 50 we’re not going to give up. Everybody added something different.”


Chiney Ogwumike had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead Stanford, which will have ample motivation come Sunday’s rematch at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley - while the Golden Bears will be looking to prove they can pull it out this time after nearly succeeding with a monumental comeback.

“This is a great opportunity for us. Competitors want to run it back as quick as you can,” Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “It’s a unique situation.”

Karlie Samuelson came off the bench to score 12 of her 14 points in the first half for Stanford (20-1, 9-0 Pac-12), including a baseline 3 to beat the halftime buzzer.

Afure Jemerigbe added 18 points for Cal (14-6, 6-3) just more than a year after the Bears won 67-55 on Stanford’s home floor on Jan. 13, 2013, to split the season series and help them grab a share of the Pac-12 crown with the Cardinal. That also snapped an 81-game home winning streak for Stanford at Maples Pavilion against conference opponents.

Jemerigbe’s 3-pointer with 17 seconds left pulled Cal to 69-64.

“We played really well for, I want to say, about 30 minutes out of 40 but the games are 40 minutes long,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “The end of the game had to get everyone’s attention on our team and we need to get ready on Sunday against them again.”

Cal leading scorer Reshanda Gray, who came in averaging 17.3 points, didn’t score on three field-goal attempts while being limited to 14 minutes. She was whistled for her second foul at the 10:44 mark of the first half and took a seat.

In the second half, Gottlieb stuck with a lineup she thought was working best. After the game, she told Gray, “We’re rolling with you, next game.”

“She’ll be back Sunday, she’ll be ready,” Boyd said. “It proves that we can play with them. We knew coming in that we could play with them.”

The Cardinal ran their winning streak to 19 straight since a Nov. 11 loss at No. 1 Connecticut, and they had won their first eight conference games by an average of 25 points.

Once Ogwumike got warmed up, she dominated in the paint on both ends of the court. She shot 9 for 19 while facing physical defense. Mikaela Ruef added 12 rebounds and Taylor Greenfield 10 points.

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