Clarendon leads Cal to first-ever Final Four

By
Updated: April 2, 2013

Layshia Clarendon led all scorers with 25
points as the second-seeded California Golden Bears outlasted the fourth-
seeded Georgia Bulldogs in overtime, 65-62, in the Spokane Regional Final of
the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Final Four for the first time in school
history.

Clarendon shot 9-of-18 from the field, including 3-of-7 from 3-point range for
Cal (32-3), which will take on either Louisville or Tennessee in New Orleans
on April 7. Afure Jemerigbe tallied 14 points, Talia Caldwell netted 10
points, and Reshanda Gray added eight points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

Cal becomes the first Pac-12 school other than Stanford to advance to the
Final Four since USC in 1986.

For Georgia (28-7), Shacobia Barbee logged a double-double with 14 points and
10 rebounds, while Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine James scored 12 and 11
points, respectively.

The Bulldogs opened up a 26-21 halftime lead by shooting 42.3 percent from the
floor while holding Cal to a lowly 24.2 percent shooting.

Georgia continued to lead for the majority of the second half, including 49-39
with under seven minutes to play, but Cal ripped off a 13-1 run to take a
52-50 advantage with 2:19 remaining following a pair of Brittany Boyd free
throws. The Bears had a chance to extend their lead at the foul line with 26
seconds left, but Jemerigbe missed the front end of a one-and-one. On the
Bulldogs’ final possession, Armstrong corralled an offensive rebound and put
back a layup to tie the game with seven seconds left. Clarendon’s 3-point
attempt at the buzzer did not fall and the game went to overtime.

Georgia got the scoring started in the extra session with a Khaalidah Miller
3-pointer, but from there Cal scored nine straight points to take the lead for
good.

The Bears dominated the rebounding battle, 54-41, but nearly cost themselves
with a poor showing at the foul line (12-of-24).