BERKELEY — Freshman Londynn Jones came off the bench to give the No. 16 UCLA women’s basketball team an offensive jolt, going 3 for 4 from 3-point range and finishing with 19 points to spark the Bruins to a 67-54 win over Cal on Friday night.
UCLA set the tone for the game on the boards, out-rebounding Cal 48-28 and pulling down 20 caroms off the offensive glass, and it helped the Bruins to a 15-point lead at intermission, 35-20.
The Golden Bears got the deficit into single digits briefly early in the third quarter after a Karisma Ortiz jumper made it 42-33, but Emily Bessoir answered with a jumper and Gina Conti hit a 3-pointer to get the Bruins back into a double-digit lead they maintained the rest of the way.
Jones finished 7 for 12 from the field to lead UCLA (21-6 overall, 10-5 Pac-12), which has a showdown with third-ranked Stanford on Monday night. Charisma Osborne had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Bessoir finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Jayda Curry had 15 points to lead Cal (12-14, 3-12). Kemery Martin and Leilani McIntosh each had 14 points.
UCLA plays at No. 3 Stanford on Monday at 6 p.m.
Cal hosts No. 25 USC on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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