SEATTLE – Gennifer Brandon has 17 points and 16 rebounds and No. 5 California scored the first 11 points on its way to a 78-59 win over USC in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Conference tournament on Friday.
California, the No. 2 seed in the tourney despite sharing the regular season crown with Stanford, will face either No. 14 UCLA or Utah in the semifinals Saturday night.
Brandon led a balanced scoring attack for the Golden Bears, who clinched a share of their first conference title in school history last Saturday with a win over Washington. Afure Jemerigbe and Brittany Boyd both added 15 as California (28-2) won its 16th straight. The 28 wins sets a single-season school record.
Cassie Harberts led USC (11-20) with 24 points.