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Cal hands Arkansas first loss of season
Head coach of the University of Arkansas women's basketball team Mike Neighbors is pictured November 8, 2019 during his teams 82-52 victory of New Orleans.
BERKELEY, Calif. Jaelyn Brown had career highs of 30 points and 12 rebounds and Cailyn Crocker made two free throws with 2.5 seconds left to give California an 84-80 upset over No. 20 Arkansas on Sunday.
The Razorbacks had an 8-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter, taking a 78-77 lead on Alexis Tolefree’s jumper with 3:52 to play. Cal responded with a CJ West layup and a 3-pointer from Brown to take an 82-78 lead into the final minute.
The Bears had a chance to stretch the lead but missed a shot and Arkansas got possession on a held ball. Tolefree’s layup cut the deficit to two with 39.5 seconds to go. Sara Anastasieska missed a shot as the clock dipped under 10 seconds but Brown got the rebound. Her putback bounced off but the Bears kept possession because of a held ball. It took two fouls to get Crocker on the line where she swished both opportunities.
West finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Bears (3-2), who have won three straight.
Chelsea Dungee led the Razorbacks (5-1) with 24 points. Taylah Thomas added 16 points and Amber Ramirez 15.
Cal scored the last seven points of the second quarter to lead 47-39 at the half. Brown had 19 points, 15 in the second quarter, and West 10 with 10 rebounds for the Bears, who shot 50%. Dungee had 13 for the Razorbacks, who shot 42 percent but were just 2 of 9 from the arc.
Arkansas, which makes 11 3s a game, was 4 of 15 from distance.
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