LOS ANGELES -- When Cal sophomore Layshia Clarendon stepped to the foul line twice in final 32 seconds Thursday against Arizona State, it seemed all too familiar.
This time, she made the shots -- all four of them -- to ice the Bears' 48-43 win over the Sun Devils in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals at the Galen Center.
The sixth-seeded Bears (17-14) take on No. 2 UCLA (26-3) Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the semifinals at the Staples Center. The Bruins won both regular-season matchups and have taken the past five meetings from Cal.
Top-seeded Stanford (27-2) plays its semifinal game at noon against Arizona, a 72-61 winner over USC.
Clarendon had missed a one-and-one free throw with 25 seconds left at ASU on Feb. 5, and the Sun Devils' Deja Mann made her pay for it by drilling a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. That started the Bears on a 1-7 spiral to the end the regular season.
Clarendon delivered this time after ASU sliced a 44-37 deficit to 44-43 in the final 41/2 minutes. She made two free throws with 32 seconds left and two more with 13.7 seconds left as Cal moved into the tournament semifinals for the fifth straight season.
"I don't know how many games have gone the other way because I missed my free throws," said Clarendon, who led the Bears with 22 points. "I just felt a lot of relief after those."
"Layshia has been playing with a lot of confidence," Cal coach Joanne Boyle said. "So honestly, when
The Bears finished just 8 for 14 from the line one day after shooting 11 for 28 in their win over Washington. But they held ASU (20-10) to 36 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers.
"It was sweet revenge," Clarendon said. "When we play ASU, it's always a battle. We were just a lot smarter at the end. We're growing as a team."
Said Boyle: "The kids really worked hard these last couple days. They had a different focus. I'm really proud with how they ended the game."
Cal (17-14) vs. UCLA (26-3), 2:30 p.m., CSNBA