Brittany Boyd scored 22 points, including the game-winning jumper with 14 seconds left, and California survived for a 64-63 victory over feisty Fordham in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday.
California (22-9), a Final Four team last season, held on when Erin Rooney's final shot for the Rams came up short.
There were eight ties and nine lead changes in the second half, including lead changing three times in the final 32 seconds.
Rooney had 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Fordham (25-8), the Atlantic 10 tournament champ playing in its first NCAA tourney in 20 years.
After Rooney drove for a layup against Boyd with 19 seconds left, Boyd responded with a jumper at the other end before the Rams called timeout to set up a final play for Rooney.
Boyd also had 10 assists and six rebounds.