Resilient Cal ends Washington State's upset run, 64-49

By Greg Beacham

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 9 2012 6:51 p.m. MST

Washington State head coach June Daugherty yells out to her team during the first half of the NCAA college semifinals Pac-12 Conference tournament basketball game against California, Friday, March 9, 2012, in Los Angeles.

Gus Ruelas, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Gennifer Brandon had 13 points and 15 rebounds, Britt Boyd added 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and California ended 11th-seeded Washington State's surprising Pac-12 tournament run with a 64-49 victory Friday in the semifinals.

Talia Caldwell had 11 points and nine rebounds for the second-seeded Golden Bears (24-8), who reached the tournament finals for just the second time in school history. They will face No. 2 Stanford, which has won eight straight Pac-12 tournaments.

The Bears rallied from a small second-half deficit with a 16-4 run in the final minutes to finish off Washington State (13-20), which reached the semifinals with the first two tournament victories in school history.

Sage Romberg scored 11 points and April Cook had 10 for the Cougars, who still were a stunning addition to a semifinal bracket otherwise filled out with the Pac-12's usual suspects: Stanford, Cal and Arizona State.

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