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Stanford 79, California 65

BERKELEY, Calif. - Kiana Williams had 21 points, six rebounds and five assists, and No. 5 Stanford made it a weekend sweep of California with a 79-65 victory.

Haley Jones also scored 21 and Lexie Hull added 15 to help Stanford win its fifth straight game since a loss at Texas on Dec. 22.

Now come perhaps the toughest back-to-back tests yet for Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer's young Cardinal: a weekend road trip to play the Oregon schools.

Stanford (15-1, 4-0 Pac-12) made 9 of 14 shots out of halftime to pull away as Cal began 2 for 10 and the Cardinal produced a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter.

Cal scorng leader Jaelyn Brown, averaging 14.8 points, had 14 after being held to four on just four shots in Friday's loss.

The Golden Bears (8-7, 0-4), playing a difficult stretch with four straight games facing teams that were ranked in the top-five this week, lost their fourth straight game and fifth in six following a seven-game winning streak.

But Cal responded with more energy on both ends after Stanford took the first game of the Battle of the Bay on Friday night in lopsided fashion, holding the Bears to season-lows in points and field-goal percentage at 27.3. The 33-point victory was Stanford's largest margin in the rivalry since a 78-45 win Jan. 2, 2011.

Still, VanDerveer considered it only a "halftime" of sorts afterward Friday considering the teams had to play again so soon. In the initial meeting VanDerveer became the first women's coach with 500 regular-season victories in a single conference having accomplished the feat in the Pac-12 - formerly the Pac-10.

Cal scored 13 points off Stanford's 11 first-half turnovers to stay within 36-29 at halftime despite Stanford shooting 52% in the initial two quarters.

Stanford has won nine of the last 11 against Cal overall but the teams had split the previous two season series.

Cal freshman guard Jazlen Green was placed in the concussion protocol following an evaluation by the medical staff. She hit her head in a collision with Lacie Hull at the 6:56 mark of the second quarter. Green didn't return but was able to walk off the court with supervision, holding the left side of her head.

Associated Press

January 12, 2020

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