Cal women rally to beat Georgia 65-62 in overtime, make first appearance in Final Four 

click to enlarge California's Layshia Clarendon, left, passes in front of Georgia's Tiaria Griffin during the first half in a regional final in the NCAA Tournament on Monday. - ELAINE THOMPSON/AP
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  • California's Layshia Clarendon, left, passes in front of Georgia's Tiaria Griffin during the first half in a regional final in the NCAA Tournament on Monday.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Layshia Clarendon scored 17 of her 25 points in the second half and overtime, and California rallied from down 10 with less than 7 minutes left in regulation to beat Georgia 65-62 in the Spokane Regional final and advance to the Final Four for the first time in school history.

Clarendon and the second-seeded Golden Bears became the first team from the western U.S. other than Stanford to reach the Final Four since Long Beach State in 1988. They did it with a gritty rally down the stretch and big shots by Clarendon, Afure Jemerigbe and Talia Caldwell. Jemerigbe hit a 3-pointer with 2:48 left in overtime to give California a 59-55 lead and Clarendon added a putback for a 61-55 advantage with 1:26 remaining.

Jemerigbe finished with 14 points and Caldwell added 10.

Shacobia Barbee led Georgia with 14 points.

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