No. 2 Stanford didn't need overtime Sunday to put away Cal in the regular-season finale at Haas Pavilion.
This Pacific-12 Conference showdown was a beat-down.
The Cardinal (28-1, 18-0 Pac-12) headed to the postseason with a convincing 86-61 victory over the Bears in front of an announced crowd of 7,864 at Haas Pavilion that included past Stanford stars Jayne Appel and Kayla Pederson.
"It's hard to credit Stanford enough," Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike might be the best post combination to ever play."
Then she added glumly, "Their supporting cast played really well and made life hard for us."
No one made it more difficult on the Bears (22-8, 13-5) than sophomore guard Toni Kokenis, who led the Cardinal to its 25th consecutive victory with 23 points.
But coach Tara VanDerveer was even more pleased with Kokenis' defense of Cal's leading scorer Layshia Clarendon, who scored nine points.
"She has played fabulous defense the whole season," VanDerveer said. "The bigger the game, the better she plays."
Stanford made sure this one wasn't a repeat of the season's first meeting between the Bay Area schools when it escaped with a 74-71 overtime victory at Maples Pavilion.
Kokenis also had six rebounds, four assists and a foam strip sticking out of a nostril to stop a nosebleed from the physically demanding game.
The sophomore made 3 of 6 from 3-point range overall, and freshman Bonnie Samuleson added three from beyond the arc in the first half when Stanford raced to a 43-24 lead.
"That's probably what they have been looking for all year," Gottlieb said.
The Bears will look for a lot more when they open the Pac-12 tournament Thursday against Utah or Colorado as the second-seeded team.
Cal didn't bring enough intensity in the season's most anticipated conference game. The Bears shot 37.3 percent and made only 1 of 10 3 pointers. They also shot a paltry 47.6 percent from the free throw line, while the Cardinal made 24 of 27.
"Are they 25 points better than us? I don't think they are," guard Eliza Pierre said.
But no one questioned that Stanford was better.
Gennifer Brandon had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Bears, who have lost 40 of the past 43 games to their Bay Area rivals.
Stanford held Cal to two points in the final 61/2 minutes of the first half and the Bears never got closer than 19 points after that.
Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points and nine rebounds, and sister Chiney added 12 points and 12 rebounds -- her 14th double-double of the season.
But Stanford also got help from 6-foot-3 forward Joslyn Tinkle, who had 16 points and five blocked shots.
It added up to the 75th consecutive conference victory and third season in a row to go undefeated in the league's regular season.
"Honestly, I think we play better on the road," VanDerveer said.
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