Duke women too much for California
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Brittany Boyd prefers to pass in her role as California's point guard, but her team needed her to shoot.
Boyd scored a career-high 28 points as the No. 10 Golden Bears lost to No. 4 Duke 77-63 on Sunday.
"It was more of me attacking," Boyd said. "They kind of left me open in the middle, and actually I was looking for my teammates. Usually, I don't get that a lot, and it's easy for me to dump it off. I was just taking what they were giving me."
Boyd scored 23 points in the second half to lead California (6-1). She made 9 of 12 shots from the floor, including both of her 3-point attempts, after shooting 2-for-11 in the first half.
Layshia Clarendon added 13 points for the Golden Bears, who shot a season-worst 36 percent from the field.
Tricia Liston scored 22 points to lead Duke (6-0).
Chelsea Gray added 13 points for the Blue Devils, who built a big lead early with a 22-2 run in the first half. Elizabeth Williams had 12 points and Alexis Jones had 11 points as Duke won for the 65th time in its last 67 home games.
"We knew coming into the game that they were going to be physical and it was going to be a blood bath out there," Gray said. "We just had to focus on rebounding and getting stops when we needed them."
California led 13-10 six minutes into the game before Duke's decisive run.
The Golden Bears cut Duke's lead to 34-24 early in the second half, but they never got closer. Gray hit a tough bank shot and two free throws as the Blue Devils responded with a 9-0 spurt.
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