SEATTLE -- After nearly a week of getting accolades and attention for claiming a share of the first conference title in school history, No. 5 Cal responded exactly how coach Lindsay Gottlieb expected.
Gennifer Brandon has 17 points and 16 rebounds, and the Golden Bears scored the first 11 points on their way to a 78-59 win over USC in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Conference tournament Friday.
Cal, the No. 2 seed in the tourney despite sharing the regular season crown with Stanford, will face No. 14 UCLA in the semifinals Saturday night.
The Bears (28-2) clinched a share of the conference title with a win over Washington last Saturday in Seattle, and plenty of congratulations awaited them when they returned to Berkeley.
"Winning that game was a genuine show of emotion because it was their first time doing it. It was true and it was really neat," Gottlieb said. "At the same time, we were able to appreciate that moment and move on quickly, and there was never a feeling from anyone in our locker room that that's enough, that we have arrived. They've stayed hungry.
"Everyone was locked in after the smiles and everything of last weekend."
Cal has reached the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament for the seventh straight year and keeps alive the Golden Bears hopes of earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The 28 wins also are a single-season school record. Brandon led a balanced scoring attack with Afure
Talia Caldwell scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds and the Golden Bears topped the 70-point mark for the eighth time in their past 10 games.
Brandon's 16 rebounds were her third-most of the season. She had a school-record 26 rebounds against USC earlier this season.
Cassie Harberts led USC (11-20) with 24 points.
Stanford 79, Washington State 60: Chiney Ogwumike had a double-double by halftime, finished with 23 points and 21 rebounds and No. 4 Stanford remained perfect against Washington State.
It was the second 20-20 game this season for Ogwumike and the first by a player in the history of the Pac-12 tournament. Ogwumike's skill on the interior overwhelmed the Cougars in the first half before she got help from her teammates in the second half as Stanford (29-2) finally pulled away.
Ogwumike was 6 of 7 shooting and 5 of 7 at the line and recorded a double-double within the first 13 minutes. She finished the first half with 17 points and 12 rebounds, but the rest of Stanford's lineup was a combined 6 of 20 in the first half.
"We got a lot of contributions from a lot of different people," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "Having said that, we're going to have to play a lot better tomorrow."
The Cardinal won its 15th straight and improved to 55-0 all-time against the Cougars. Stanford will play No. 18 Colorado in the semifinals Saturday night.
Lia Galdeira led WSU (11-20) with 16 points. The Cougars had coach June Daugherty back on the bench a day after she underwent emergency surgery to remove her appendix.