No. 5 California handles USC in Pac-12 quarters

By The Sports Network
March 8, 2013 - 8:03pm

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Gennifer Brandon tallied 17 points, 16 rebounds and four steals as the fifth-ranked California Golden Bears defeated Southern California, 78-59, in quarterfinal action of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Afure Jemerigbe and Brittany Boyd each scored 15 -- with Boyd also grabbing nine boards -- and Talia Caldwell donated 12 points and nine rebounds for California (28-2), which will take on UCLA in Saturday's semifinal.

The Trojans (11-20) gave up 11 unanswered points to start the contest and never recovered. Cassie Harberts had 24 points, while Christina Marinacci and Ariya Crook each scored 10 in defeat.

The Golden Bears used a 10-0 surge to increase their edge to 25-6 just past the midway point in the first half and carried a 37-22 lead into the break.

USC was just 7-for-26 from the field in the initial 20 minutes and trailed by as many as 27 points before the final buzzer.

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