Sixth-ranked Stanford overcame combative Colorado on Sunday to remain tied for the Pac-12 lead after a 69-56 victory in front of 3,904 at Maples Pavilion.
The Cardinal (18-2, 7-1) blew a 21-point, second-half lead but ended a five-game homestand by sweeping the No. 20 Buffaloes. Stanford survived a tough stretch of conference play after facing five ranked teams in its first seven games.
"It's been really a bit funky," said Joslyn Tinkle, who had 16 points and five rebounds. "We're done with Cal, we're done with Utah and Colorado, and we haven't even seen Arizona and Washington."
Or the Oregon schools, who play host to Stanford next weekend.
Stanford remained tied with Cal atop the Pac-12. UCLA and Washington are each one game back.
The Cardinal opened the second half with a 16-4 run and then held on as Chiney Ogwumike had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Toni Kokenis added 15 points and five assists, and fellow guard Amber Orrange came off the bench to score 10.
Colorado (15-4, 4-4) was led by freshman Jamee Swan with 14 points and Chucky Jeffery with 13.
The Cardinal also survived a scare when Ogwumike left the game briefly when suffering a twisted ankle after getting fouled by Jeffery. Coach Tara VanDerveer said her star forward would be OK.
"We just had to battle through a lot of arms and legs all over the place," she said.
Cal 71, Utah 54: Reshanda Gray scored 11 of her 19 points during a 17-4 run in the second half before leaving with a left-hamstring injury in the No. 7 Bears' win over the Utes before 1,954 at Haas Pavilion.
Layshia Clarendon scored 23 points to help Cal (17-2, 7-1 Pac-12) stay tied with Stanford.
Michelle Plouffe led Utah (10-9, 1-7) with 19 points.
Cal was already without forward Gennifer Brandon, who injured her right foot Friday in a win over Colorado. Guard Brittany Boyd also came up limping on the same play that Gray strained her hamstring on.
Gray sat out the final 4:22 with an ice bag on her leg.
Utah committed 21 turnovers, including six in seven possessions after Cal switched to a four-guard lineup and a full-court press.
"That's what we're about, let's find a way and get it done," Bears coach Lindsay Gottlieb said.
Guard Eliza Pierre had five points, four assists and eight rebounds while playing the post position at the top of Cal's press in the second half.
"We were fighting for something. We were fighting for our season," Pierre said.
UCLA 54, Arizona State 50: Nirra Fields scored 13 points, Thea Lemberger hit a go-ahead 3-pointer midway in the second half, and the No. 19 Bruins (15-4, 6-2 Pac-12) held off the visiting Sun Devils (11-9, 3-5).
Washington 66, Oregon 53: Kristi Kingma scored 20 points to help the host Huskies (14-5, 6-2 Pac-12) defeat the Ducks (3-17, 1-7).
Michigan 74, Illinois 60: Trey Burke scored 19 points and the No. 2 Wolverines (19-1, 6-1 Big Ten) never trailed after the opening minutes of a win over host Illinois (15-6, 2-5) that could push Michigan to No. 1 in the nation for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
Duke's lopsided loss to Miami last week opened the door for a new No. 1 when the Associated Press poll comes out Monday.
Indiana 75, Michigan State 70: Junior guard Victor Oladipo had 21 points, seven rebounds and six steals to lead the No. 7 Hoosiers (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten) to a home victory over the No. 13 Spartans (17-4, 6-2).
Oregon: Freshman point guard Dominic Artis (Salesian High-Richmond) is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Artis is averaging 10.2 points and 3.8 assists.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.