The best start in school history? It's just taking care of business, says Talia Caldwell, who thinks there are better things ahead for the Cal women.
Caldwell had a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds to help the No. 8 Golden Bears continue the best start in school history with a 70-43 victory over George Washington on Friday night at Haas Pavilion.
"It feels good to get through the preseason," Caldwell said. "We can look into the Pac-12 and know our identity. We know what we can do and we want to do it better, cleaner and harder."
Layshia Clarendon and Gennifer Brandon each added 12 points for the Bears (10-1), who open their Pac-12 season next week with three of their first four games against ranked opponents -- including No. 1 Stanford twice.
"We need to raise our level, but we're ready for this," Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "This team has the highest basketball IQ I've ever coached. I think we have unlimited potential."
Megan Nipe and Shi-Heria Shipp each scored nine points to lead the Colonials (6-6).
Illinois 70, Georgia 59: Karisma Penn had 27 points and 19 rebounds, and host Illinois (7-5) sent No. 6 Georgia (12-1) to its first loss of the season.
Kentucky 90, Alcorn State 23: Samarie Walker had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 7 Kentucky (11-1) allowed its fewest points in school history with a win over visiting Alcorn State (0-9).
UCLA 97, Missouri 94: Shabazz Muhammad hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:01 left in overtime to help UCLA (10-3) upset No. 7 Missouri (10-2) in Los Angeles and extend the Bruins' winning streak to five games.
Travis Wear, who finished with a career-high 22 points, added a jumper with 12 seconds left to close out the Bruins' first win over a top-10 nonconference opponent since 2007.
Muhammad tied his career high with 27 points.
Phil Pressey finished with 19 points and a career-high 19 of Missouri's 21 assists,
Gonzaga 94, Baylor 87: Kevin Pangos made seven 3-pointers and scored 31 points to lead No. 13 Gonzaga (12-1) past visiting Baylor (8-4).