Cal hands Arkansas first loss of season

By: The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, November 24, 2019
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.
Photo by David Gottschalk
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.

— 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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