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LOS ANGELES – Gennifer Brandon scored 16 points to lead a balanced offense as No. 6 California beat No. 15 UCLA 79-51 Friday night, handing the Bruins their first home loss of the season.
Brittany Boyd and Layshia Clarendon had 14 points each and Reshanda Gray added 10 to lead the Bears (22-2, 12-1 Pac-12) to their 10th straight win.
Atonye Nyingifa scored 20 points for UCLA (19-5, 10-3 Pac-12), which had won six straight since a loss at California on Jan. 20.
Cal hasn't lost since a defeat to No. 4 Stanford on Jan. 8.
The Bears built a 19-point lead in the first half and led by 18 at the break.
UCLA made an early run in the second half in an effort to cut into Cal's halftime lead. Nirra Fields made a steal and dribbled the length of the court to score and pull the Bruins to 47-36 with 13:57 remaining. But they could get no closer the rest of the way.
UCLA shot just 34 percent (19 for 56) from the field.
The Bruins started slowly, missing their first five field-goal attempts and allowing Cal to jump out to an 11-6 lead after a basket by Clarendon, her only two points of the first half.
UCLA pulled to 11-10 after an outside shot by Kacy Swain, but the Bruins' poor shooting in the first half cost them. UCLA shot only 29 percent (9 for 31) in the opening 20 minutes.
Alyssia Brewer and Markel Walker, two of the Bruins' top three scorers averaging a combined 22.7 points per game, went scoreless in the first half, shooting a combined 0 for 7 from the field. Nyingifa's 10 points led the Bruins at the half.
The Bears had balanced scoring in the opening half as all eight who played scored at least two points. Brandon led the way with 10 points and Reshanda Gray had eight.
Cal finished the first half strong. After the Bruins pulled to 20-16 with 7:01 to play, the Bears got hot, taking their biggest lead of the half at 37-18 lead on a 3-pointer by Mikayla Lyles with 52 seconds until the break.
Brandon's outside jumper at the buzzer gave the Bears a 39-21 lead at the half.