Cal senior center Talia Caldwell scanned the scoresheet after her fourth double-double of the season and discovered something that really surprised her.
"You know what's my favorite stat? I had three assists," she said after getting a career-high 20 points and 12 rebounds as the sixth-ranked Golden Bears beat Arizona 91-86 on Sunday at Haas Pavilion.
Caldwell could afford to feel good about her modest season-high assists total.
After averaging just five points through the first nine Pac-12 games, she's scored 48 in her past three and given Cal's interior game a much-needed spark while helping the Bears stay tied with Stanford atop the conference standings.
Gennifer Brandon also had a double-double, and Layshia Clarendon added 20 points despite a hip pointer in the first half. Afure Jemerigbe scored 11 for Cal (21-2, 11-1).
The Bears, bidding for their first Pac-12 title, extended their longest winning streak in four years to nine games after holding off a late rally by the Wildcats, who have lost 13 straight to Cal.
Arizona (11-12, 3-9) cut a 12-point lead to 90-86 with 24 seconds remaining after Kama Griffitts' fifth 3-pointer of the game. But Brandon made one free throw,
Stanford 69, Arizona State 45: Bonnie Samuelson scored a career-high 19 points, and Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 points and had 14 rebounds as the No. 4 Cardinal routed the Sun Devils at Maples Pavilion.
"Coach pulled me aside just before the game and said, 'I have confidence in you,' " Samuelson said of Tara VanDerveer. "I may not make every shot, but that was nice to hear. I was ready to shoot every time I caught the ball."
Joslyn Tinkle added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Stanford (22-2, 11-1 Pac-12), which extended its winning streak to eight with its 11th victory in 12 games. Stanford has beaten Arizona State (11-13, 3-9) 14 consecutive times.
Cardinal guard Alex Green, who began her career as a starter, returned from a torn left Achilles tendon that had sidelined her for 15 months. Stanford, though, played without starting guard Toni Kokenis for a second straight game because of an undisclosed health problem.
Indiana 81, Ohio State 68: Victor Oladipo scored a career-high 26 points, Cody Zeller added 24 and Christian Watford 20 to lead the No. 1 Hoosiers to a huge road win over the No. 10 Buckeyes.
Indiana (21-3, 9-3 Big Ten) was coming off a stunning collapse Thursday night at Illinois, which went on a 13-2 run to close the game in a 74-72 victory.
Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten's leading scorer and an Indiana native, had 26 points for Ohio State (17-6, 7-4), which dropped two games back of the Big Ten leaders with seven games left.
Duke 62, Boston College 61: Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 10 rebounds, hitting the game-winning free throw with 26 seconds left to help the No. 4 Blue Devils (21-2, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) rally from early and late deficits to beat the host Eagles (10-13, 2-8).
Syracuse 77, St. John's 58: James Southerland scored 13 points in his first appearance in seven games, C.J. Fair had 17 points and nine rebounds and the No. 9 Orange (20-3, 8-2 Big East) beat the Red Storm (15-9, 7-5) in Syracuse, N.Y.
St. John's coach Steve Lavin missed the game after the overnight death of his father, leaving the reins to assistant coach Rico Hines. Cap Lavin, 82, was a guard for USF in the early 1950s who was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 1997. A longtime Marin County resident, he had been under hospice care in San Francisco.
"What a tough way to come out and be a head coach for the first time, huh?" Hines said. "Losing Cap is a big blow. He was an ambassador of the game. He loved the game of basketball. My heart was heavy all day."
Southerland missed the previous six games because of an eligibility issue regarding academics.
Illinois 57, Minnesota 53: Tyler Griffey scored 16 points, and the Fighting Illini went 11 for 23 from 3-point range in a win over the No. 18 Golden Gophers in Minneapolis.
Colorado 72, Oregon State 68: Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points, including six free throws in the final two minutes, as the Buffaloes (16-7, 6-5 Pac-12) overcame a seven-point second-half deficit to beat the Beavers (12-12, 2-9) in Corvallis, Ore.
USC 71, Washington 60: J.T. Terrell scored 18 points, and the host Trojans (11-13, 6-5 Pac-12) never trailed in winning their third game in a row. Scott Suggs scored all 16 of his points in the second half to lead the Huskies (13-11, 5-6).