Chiney Ogwumike had 23 points and 12 rebounds and No. 4 Stanford held off a late charge by 21st-ranked California for a 70-64 win Thursday night in the first of two meetings between the rivals over a four-day span.
Karlie Samuelson came off the bench to score 12 of her 14 points in the first half for Stanford (20-1, 9-0 Pac-12), including a baseline 3 to beat the halftime buzzer. The Cardinal led by 30 in the second half before the Golden Bears fought back to make things interesting down the stretch.
Brittany Boyd led Cal (14-6, 6-3) with 25 points and Afure Jemerigbe added 18 just more than a year after the Bears won 67-55 on Stanford's home floor on Jan. 13, 2013, to split the season series and help them grab a share of the Pac-12 Conference crown with the Cardinal. That also snapped an 81-game home winning streak for Stanford at Maples Pavilion against conference opponents.