TEMPE, Ariz. (CBS / AP) — Brittany Boyd had 19 points, a conference season-high 10 steals, six assists and six rebounds as California rallied from a lengthy scoring drought to beat Arizona State 67-62 on Saturday.
The Golden Bears (17-6, 8-3 Pac-12) overcame a stretch of 6:06 during which they missed 10 straight shots to keep sole possession of second place, three games behind No. 4 Stanford.
Kali Bennett had 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots for Arizona State (15-7, 6-5), which has lost two in a row after winning five straight.
Layshia Clarendon scored 16 points and Reshanda Gray added 13 with seven rebounds for the Golden Bears, who have won eight of their last nine – the only loss coming at Stanford last week.
With California holding a 64-61 lead with 20 seconds remaining, Boyd stole the ball from Arizona State’s Deja Mann with 11 seconds left and made a layup to secure the win. Boyd, a freshman, came into the game with 50 steals in 22 games, fifth-best in the Pac-12. The 10 steals tied a school-record that had been reached twice.
California out-rebounded Arizona State 42-27 to help overcome 35 percent shooting in the second half.
Mann had 11 points and Alex Earl 10 for the Sun Devils.
Gray quickly scored two baskets in the first two minutes of the second half to get California a 39-32 lead, but Arizona State ran off nine straight points after the Golden Bears missed 10 consecutive shots to give the Sun Devils a 44-41 lead with 12:06 remaining.
The Sun Devils went on an 11-2 run to erase an early deficit and led 21-16 with 8:51 remaining in the first half after the second of two Earl 3-pointers. Boyd scored 11 points and had three steals to lead California to a 35-32 advantage at the break.
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