BERKELEY, Calif. (AP)Cate Reese scored six of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, Shaina Pellington added 12 points and No. 18 Arizona beat California 62-56 Saturday night to win its fifth game in a row.
Kailyn Gilbert scored 10 points for Arizona (11-1, 2-0 Pac-12).
Jayda Curry led Cal (9-4, 0-2) with 13 points – eight in the fourth quarter – but was just 4-of-17 shooting. Leilani McIntosh scored 12 points, Kemery Martin 11 and Ugonne Onyiah added 10.
Curry made back-to-back layups 18 seconds apart in a 14-5 run that cut Cal’s deficit to six points when Onyiah made two free throws with 3:35 left in the third quarter and Curry, McIntosh and Martin each hit a 3-pointer in an 13-4 run early in the fourth that made it 50-all when Curry hit two free throws with 6:20 to play. Cate Reese made a jumper, Esmery Martinez took a steal the other way for a layup with 5:36 remaining and the Wildcats led the rest of the way.
Martinez, Arizona’s third-leading scorer (12.7 per game) and leading rebounder (9.8), fouled out with two points and four rebounds – both season lows – in 13 minutes.
Evelien Lutje Schipholt made a layup for Cal to open the scoring just 6 seconds in but Jade Loville made a 3-pointer 50 seconds later that gave the Wildcats the lead for good and sparked a 10-0 run the Golden Bears went scoreless for the next 5-plus minutes.
Lutje Schipholt made a layup to cap an 8-2 spurt that closed the first quarter and trimmed Cal’s deficit to 12-10 going into the second. The Wildcats, who shot just 31.3% (5 of 16) in the first quarter, hit 10 of 14 from the field in the second, including nine consecutive made field goals to close the half 33-20 lead.
Arizona wraps up its Bay Area road trip Monday at No. 2 Stanford
California plays the second of three consecutive home games when Arizona State visits Haas Pavilion on Monday
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