Arizona 73, No. 23 California 72, OT
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ Stacie Tave scored Arizona’s final six points, including the game-winner with 12 seconds left in overtime, to lift the Wildcats to a 73-72 upset of No. 23 California on Sunday.
Cal (13-5 overall, 5-4 Pac-10) led by as much as three points in the extra period at 70-67 and 72-69. Arizona (10-8, 4-5), though, closed to 71-70 on Tave’s two free throws with one minute left.
After a missed shot by Cal forward Kesha Martin, the Wildcats grabbed the rebound and called time out. Tave then hit a 16-footer from the left side to put Arizona up, 73-72.
Tave then stole the ball with two seconds left, preventing Cal from getting a final shot.
Arizona jumped to a quick 20-6 lead in the first eight minutes and led 31-26 at the break.
Cal led by six points at 48-42 with 11:34 remaining, but Arizona retook the lead after an 11-2 run to go up 59-55 with 4:05 left.
The Bears forced the overtime period when center Ingrid Dixson put in a miss by Milica Vukadinovic as the buzzer sounded, tying the score at 65.
The loss broke a 13-game regular-season home winning streak for the Bears and marked Cal’s fourth setback this season by two points or less.
For Cal, Martin led all scorers with a career-high 27 points, with Vukadinovic adding 15 and Dixson 13.
For Arizona, Tave finished with a career-high 23 points, followed by Shawn Coder and Kim Conway with 12 each and Keisha Anderson with 10.