EVANSTON, Ill. — Brittany Boyd scored 18 points and Talia Caldwell added 16 as No. 8 California beat Northwestern 71-65 Monday.
Gennifer Brandon's three-point play with 3:04 left put Cal (8-1) ahead for good. The Golden Bears won despite their struggles from the field, shooting 26 for 64 (39.1 percent).
Brandon had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Layshia Clarendon scored 11 for Cal.
Karly Roser scored 16 points and Dannielle Diamant had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Northwestern (6-4). Lauren Douglas added 14 for the Wildcats in their fourth straight loss.
The game had 13 lead changes and 12 ties before Cal went ahead for good on Gennifer Brandon's three-point play with 3:04 left in regulation. Brandon finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Layshia Clarendon added 11 for the Golden Bears.
The Golden Bears opened the second half with eight missed shots missed while the Wildcats moved to a 38-33 lead four minutes in after Roser drove the lane for a basket.
Northwestern lost despite going 26 of 33 from the free throw line.