Women's College Basketball

 
                           === Cal holds off Utah ===
 
 Salt  Lake City,  UT (Sports Network) - Layshia Clarendon scored 18 points and
 Afure Jemerigbe added 13 as seventh-ranked California held off Utah, 55-50, in
 the Pac-12 opener for both teams Friday night.
 
 The  Golden Bears (11-1, 1-0 Pac-12), who are in the midst of their best start
 in  program history,  logged their 600th all-time win. Brittany Boyd scored 11
 for California, which shot just 6-of-21 from the field in the second half.
 
 California has a rough schedule in the upcoming days. The Golden Bears play at
 No. 20 Colorado on Sunday before hosting current No. 4 Stanford on Tuesday.
 
 Michelle  Plouffe scored 16 points for Utah (9-3, 0-1), which also received 11
 points from both Taryn Wicijowski and Iwalani Rodrigues.
 
 Cal  built  a 32-20 lead  at the half  and was  ahead by as  many as 13 in the
 second stanza until Utah closed within 47-43 with 2:34 left following a jumper
 from Plouffe.
 
 Wicijowski sank a jumper in the waning moments to cut the margin to 53-50, but
 Jemerigbe sealed the outcome at the foul line.
 
 
 
 
 01/04 23:04:06 ET

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