Women's College Basketball

                    === Boyd, No. 8 Cal top Northwestern ===
 Evanston,  IL  (Sports Network) - Brittany  Boyd filled the stat sheet with 18
 points,  five  assists, five  steals and  four rebounds  in No. 8 California's
 71-65 win over Northwestern.
 Talia  Caldwell  netted 16 points  to go with six  boards for the Golden Bears
 (8-1), who have won two straight since dropping their first game of the season
 at Duke on Dec. 2.
 Karly Roser recorded 16 points and seven assists for Northwestern (6-4), which
 has dropped four consecutive contests.
 A  pair of Lauren  Douglas free throws cut the Wildcats' deficit to 59-58 with
 2:13 left, but Cal netted the next five points to seal the outcome.
 Caldwell  split two  free throws  at  the other  end, and  after Roser  turned
 the  ball over,  Caldwell made a layup  to make it 62-58. Kendall Hackney then
 missed a layup for Northwestern and Layshia Clarendon's jumper gave the Golden
 Bears a 64-58 edge with 45 ticks left.
 The  visitors sunk seven of their eight free throws down the stretch to secure
 the victory.
 Cal took a slim 33-32 cushion into the locker room at halftime.
 12/17 14:45:33 ET

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