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Buzzer-beater lifts Cal to win over No. 10 Arizona State Sun Devils

TEMPE, Ariz. — Penina Davidson hit a layup, her only points of the day, at the buzzer to lift California past No. 10 Arizona State 50-49 on Sunday.

Katie Hempen made a 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left to put the Sun Devils ahead after they had rallied from a 14-point second half deficit.

Mikayla Cowling scored 16 points to lead the Bears, who won their seventh straight win since losing to the Sun Devils in Berkeley on Jan. 16.

Brittany Boyd added nine points and six rebounds and the Bears held Arizona State, the third-best shooting team in the league to 20-of-62 (32 percent) from the field.

Sophie Brunner had 10 points and nine rebounds to lead the Sun Devils, who were coming off an emotional 53-52 win over No. 12 Stanford on Friday.

After trailing 32-18 early in the second half, Arizona State ran off nine straight points, capped by a free throw by Hempen.

Elisha Davis added 10 points for Arizona State (21-3, 10-2 Pac-12).

California (18-5, 10-2) got 10 points from Reshanda Gray. California took advantage of Arizona State’s cold shooting and mistake-filled half to take a 26-16 lead at the break.

The Sun Devils missed 10 straight shots during one stretch and 18 of their last 20 attempts of the half in shooting 6-of-29 (21 percent) from the field. Hempen and Promise Amukamara missed all 12 of their shots combined.

The taller Bears outscored Arizona State 24-10 in the lane. Their first five baskets were all layups, three off Sun Devil turnovers in the first three minutes. During the one of Arizona State’s scoring droughts, California ran off eight straight points to go up 22-9 with 7:29 left.

TIP-INS:

California: The Golden Bears had not beaten a top 10 team since beating No. 5 Stanford on Jan. 13, 2013. … California lost to Arizona State 67-52 in Berkeley on Jan. 16. The Bears have held three straight opponents held under 20 points in the first half.

Arizona State: Arizona State’s 53-52 win over Stanford on Friday was the Sun Devils’ fifth contest this season to be decided by five or fewer points. They had won all five. … Arizona State’s 16 first-half points were the lowest output of the season. The Sun Devils came into the game averaging 70.3 points a game.

UP NEXT:

California: vs. UCLA on Thursday

Arizona State: at No. 7 Oregon State on Friday