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No. 10 Cal overcomes sloppiness to beat ODU 63-47

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HANK KURZ Jr. | November 30, 2012 09:28 PM EST | AP

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NORFOLK, Va. — Layushia Clarendon scored 15 points and No. 10 California survived a scare in a very sloppy road debut, beating Old Dominion 63-47 on Friday night.

Brittany Boyd added 11 points and Gennifer Brandon had nine points and 17 rebounds for the Golden Bears (6-0), who won despite committing 25 turnovers and missing 16 of 32 free throws.

Old Dominion (4-1), which opened with four wins for the first time since the 1998-99 season, trailed almost throughout, but pulled to 51-47 on a free throw by Galaisha Goodhope with 8:26 to play. Goodhope missed the second, but the Lady Monarchs maintained possession until Clarendon stole it for Cal.

The senior made a pair of free throws at the other end, sparking a game-ending 12-0 run.

Junior college transfer Shae Kelley led Old Dominion with 21 points and seven rebounds. The Lady Monarchs were outrebounded 66-33, including 27-13 at the offensive end, and shot a woeful 28.3 percent (17-60) but stayed in it by turning the Golden Bears' turnovers into 23 points.

The Golden Bears led 31-20 after a sloppy first half.

Cal used a 9-0 run to break away from an 8-all tie and led the rest of the way. The taller, more athletic Golden Bears could have all but put the game away before halftime because they dominated the backboards, outrebounding ODU 38-18 and grabbing 14 on the offensive end, but they missed repeatedly from in close. They scored 22 points in the paint in the half, but just 10 off second-chance opportunities.

Brandon was especially dominant with 14 first-half rebounds, but made just 3 of 12 shots.

The Lady Monarchs closed to 19-13 with just under seven minutes to play in the opening half, but Brandon had six points in a 12-5 run that rebuilt the Golden Bears' lead to 31-18.

A late basket by Myeisha Hall nudged the Lady Monarchs above 20 percent shooting in the half. They finished 6 for 29 (21 percent), while the Golden Bears were 12 for 33 (36 percent).