Cal women reach Elite Eight for first time with win over LSU
The Bears pulled away in the second half thanks to a five-minute scoring drought by the Tigers.
The Associated Press
SPOKANE — Layshia Clarendon scored 19 points to lead California to a 73-63 victory over Louisiana State on Saturday night, sending the Bears to the round of eight for the first time in program history.
Gennifer Brandon had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Brittany Boyd added 14 points for second-seeded Cal (31-3), which will play Georgia in the Spokane Regional final on Monday night.
Theresa Plaisance had 15 points and 12 rebounds for sixth-seeded LSU (22-12).
The Tigers were in the game until a scoring drought late in the second half ended their chances. They were seeking their first berth in the round of eight since 2008.
After the score was tied 26-26 at halftime, Cal opened the second half with an 8-2 run for a 34-28 lead.
But Adrienne Webb, Shanece McKinney and Bianca Lutley scored consecutive baskets for LSU to tie the score at 34-34.
The teams traded the lead several times after that.
Then LSU went more than five minutes without a field goal and fell behind 62-46.
Webb broke LSU's field-goal drought with 2:28 left in the game, but by then the Tigers trailed 64-49.