BERKELEY, Calif. — Talia Caldwell had a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds to help No. 8 California continue the best start in school history with a 70-43 victory over George Washington on Friday night.
Layshia Clarendon and Gennifer Brandon each added 12 points for the Golden Bears (10-1), who open their Pac-12 season next week with three of their first four games against ranked opponents – including No. 1 Stanford twice.
Reshanda Gray chipped in with 11 points for Cal.
Megan Nipe and Shi-Heria Shipp each scored nine points to lead the Colonials (6-6), who were playing their first ranked opponent of the season. Tara Booker, who brought a .432 field goal percentage into the game, made one of 11 shots and finished with two points. She missed all eight of her long-range attempts.
Anjaleace White hit a short jumper with 14:04 remaining to bring the Colonials within 43-32. It was all Cal the rest of the way with the Bears leading by as many as 31.
California took a 39-22 lead into halftime, with the final points coming on free throws after Colonials coach Jonathan Tsipis was whistled for a technical foul.
The Golden Bears turned the ball over three times in the first minutes of the second half after coughing it up three times total in the first half.
George Washington pulled within 11 but could not take further advantage, hitting three of its first 11 shots after the intermission and turning the ball over twice. California quickly regained its composure and sailed the rest of the way, opening a 20-point advantage at the midway point of the half.
Tsipis, in his first season as a head coach, was the associate head coach for Notre Dame last year, the team that ended the Bears season in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Colonials also beat Cal in their only previous meeting, hitting a buzzer beater in the second round of the 2008 NCAA tournament.
The victory was number 599 for the Cal program.