BERKELEY Layshia Clarendon scored 14 points as No. 6 Cal beat Oregon 77-55 Friday night to tie a school record with its 12th straight victory.
Afure Jemerigbe added 13 points for the Bears (24-2, 14-1 Pacific-12 Conference), who early on looked somewhat ragged offensively with starting point guard Brittany Boyd sitting out because of a strained groin.
Cal started pulling away with a 12-2 run to close the first half en route to matching the record win streak set by the 2008-09 team. The Bears can break the mark against Oregon State on Sunday.
Jordan Loera and Ariel Thomas scored nine points each to lead the Ducks (4-23, 2-13).
Boyd, a sophomore who leads Cal in assists and ranks third in scoring at 12.5 points per game, sat among her teammates throughout the first half.
She came out in the second half with her hair tied up and was sitting next to the coaches when play resumed, as though she'd be ready if needed. She wasn't.
The Bears turned a nine-point halftime lead into an 18-point cushion midway through the second half and remained tied with Stanford atop the conference standings. If Cal wins its final three games, it will gain at least a share of its first-ever Pac-12 title in women's basketball.
No. 4 Stanford 90, Oregon State 53 in Stanford Chiney Ogwumike had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Cardinal (25-2, 14-1 Pac-12) rolled past the Beavers (9-18, 3-12) for Stanford's 11th straight victory.
No. 5 Duke 61, No. 19 Florida State 50 in Durham, N.C. Elizabeth Williams had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help the Blue Devils defeat the Seminoles.
Chloe Wells added 15 points for the Blue Devils (25-1, 15-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their 37th consecutive home game against ACC competition. The Seminoles are 20-6, 10-5.
Saint Louis 65, No. 15 Butler 61 in Indianapolis Mike McCall had 18 points and Kwamain Mitchell scored 10 of his 12 in the second half to help the Billikens (21-5, 10-2 Atlantic 10 Conference) rally past the Bulldogs (22-6, 9-4). Dwayne Evans added 17 points for Saint Louis, which won for the fourth time this season against a Top-25 opponent.
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