BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Sara Hammond scored 10 of her 18 points in the second half, and No. 10 Louisville beat No. 24 California 70-57 on Sunday in a rematch of their 2013 national semifinal.
Shawnta Dyer matched her season best with 12 points for the Cardinals (11-1), who have won three straight since losing at home to No. 13 Kentucky two weeks ago. Jude Schimmel added 11 points, and Mariya Moore had 10.
Reshanda Gray had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Bears (7-3), who have lost three straight for the first time under coach Lindsay Gottlieb. Brittany Boyd added 11 points, and Gabby Green scored 10.
The Cardinals beat the Golden Bears 64-57 in last year’s Final Four, and then lost to Connecticut in the title game.
The rematch also was a close one, with Mercedes Jefflo hitting a 3-pointer early in the second half to help California get within two. The Golden Bears came out pressing and forced five Louisville turnovers in the opening minutes of the second half.
The Cardinals then scored 14 of the next 19 points to open a 60-49 lead with 9:04 left. Hammond capped the surge with a layup.
Schimmel hit three 3-pointers in the first half, one off her career high. The senior guard also finished with seven assists and a career-best nine rebounds.
Megan Deines hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining in the first half to help the Cardinals to a 42-34 lead at the break.
Louisville: Freshmen Myisha Hines-Allen and Moore are averaging double figures in scoring. Moore played at Salesian High in Richmond, less than seven miles from Haas Pavilion.
California: Guard Brittany Boyd leads the nation with two triple-doubles this season. Louisville’s Bria Smith is one of seven others to record a triple-double. … California freshman Penina Davidson is a member of the New Zealand national team.
Louisville hosts Evansville on Dec. 29.
California continues its four-game homestand against Old Dominion on Dec. 29.
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