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Cal Outlasts No. 25 USC In OT 81-78

February 19, 2023
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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Jayda Curry scored a season-high 27 points, including tying her career-high with four 3-pointers, and Michelle Onyiah had six points in overtime as California upended No. 25 USC 81-78 on Sunday.

The win was Cal’s first win over a top 25 team since March 5, 2020 when it defeated then No. 24 Arizona State, 71-67, at the Pac-12 Tournament and the first win at home against a ranked opponent since the 84-80 win over then No. 20 Arkansas on Nov. 24, 2019.

The Bears shot 44.4% from deep, the highest percentage of any USC opponent this season, who came into the game leading the Pac-12 in 3PT percentage defense.

The Trojans, back in the rankings for the first time since 2016, had their chances to win this one after falling to No. 3 Stanford 50-47 on Friday.

From the final four minutes of regulation until Destiny Littleton hit a 3-pointer with 1:08 to go in overtime, USC missed eight straight shots. After Littleton tied the game at 78 and Leilani McIntosh put the Golden Bears on top with two free throws with 44 seconds to go, the Trojans came up empty on their next possession despite two offensive rebounds.

Onyiah made 1 of 2 from the line with eight seconds to go and Littleton's late 3 was off the mark.

Kemery Martin scored 15 points and Evelien Lutje Schipholt added 14 with eight rebounds for the Golden Bears (13-14, 4-12 Pac-12 Conference). Onyiah finished with nine, including the first basket in overtime and a three-point play that made it 78-75 with 1:37 to go.

Kadi Sissoko, a graduate transfer, scored 30 points for the Trojans (19-8, 9-7), two shy of her career high from Minnesota. Rayah Marshall added 14 points, Littleton and Kayla Williams both had 13.

Both team shots 60 percent in the first quarter, which ended tied at 24 but trailed off dramatically from there, with the Golden Bears taking a 45-42 lead at the half.

Both teams scored 25 points in the third quarter before struggling again in the fourth.

It appeared Curry would have a chance to win the game at the end of regulation when a foul was called on her desperation attempt from the top of the key, but after a long review the officials changed the call.

The Golden Bears honored their 2012-13 Final Four team before the game. That team was coached by Lindsay Gottlieb, who is in her second season at USC after a stint as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA.

USC closes the regular season next weekend against Washington on Thursday and Washington State on Saturday while Cal travels to No. 4 Utah and No. 21 Colorado.

California heads on the road to take on No. 4 Utah on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m.

Cal Outlasts No. 25 USC In OT 81-78

3,103 Views | 4 Replies | Last: 1 yr ago by CyBear77
MafDen
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The Bears are playing with increased confidence. It good to see victories. Well done.
HoopDreams
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MafDen said:

The Bears are playing with increased confidence. It good to see victories. Well done.


I've said before that Cal's small lineup with one post is the best

That lineup beat a #25 USC who were bigger at every position
Ashfield63
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HoopDreams said:

MafDen said:

The Bears are playing with increased confidence. It good to see victories. Well done.


I've said before that Cal's small lineup with one post is the best

That lineup beat a #25 USC who were bigger at every position

Yes, they were cohesive and dynamic playing so well as a team: Jayda, Lei, Kemery, Karisma and Michelle @ the Post!!!! They were not rattled having to play in OT.....Plus 81 points scored....Exciting time at Haas!!! GO BEARS!
CyBear77
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good point about the small lineup...kind of like the Warriors with their small lineup with Looney in the middle.
I like having Peanut in there to play against the other team's big, because she is strong enough and savvy enough...so with her and Evelien with the three guards - not too bad even though usually smaller at each position...
They managed to stay even on the boards with USC with the smaller lineup...
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