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Women's basketball upset by Cal in Pac-10 Tournament

March 11, 2011

Layshia Clarendon scored 22 points and hit four key free throws in the final 32 seconds as California beat Arizona State 48-43 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament.

Talia Caldwell had nine points and nine rebounds for the sixth-seeded Golden Bears (17-14), who scored the game's final four points and will play second-seeded and No. 7 UCLA on Friday.

Becca Tobin led the third-seeded Sun Devils (20-10) with 10 points.

Arizona State trailed by three when Tenaya Watson rebounded her own miss and was fouled with 47 seconds left. She made both free throws to cut the lead to 44-43.

Dymond Simon then bumped Clarendon near midcourt with 32 seconds to play, and Clarendon hit both foul shots to put California ahead 46-43.

After Watson missed a short jumper, Clarendon went back to the foul line where she sealed the win.

Watson had eight points for Arizona State while Simon, the team's leading scorer at 13.7 points per game, was held to six points on 1-of-10 shooting. The Sun Devils had won three straight and will now hope their 20 wins are enough for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

Cal, which led 27-23 at halftime, went up by eight early in the second half. The lead dissipated to 38-37 with 9:19 to go on Janae Fulcher's layup, but the Sun Devils didn't score another basket for the next 5:10.

The Bears followed with a 6-0 run, including a pair of jumpers from Clarendon, the last of which made it 44-37 with 4:28 left.

Deja Mann broke the Sun Devils' drought with a layup, and Tobin added a jumper to cut it to 44-41 with 1:44 remaining.

The Bears will be making their fifth straight appearance in the semifinals.