Texas tops Cal to advance to first Sweet 16 in 11 years

UT, Longhorns
UT, Longhorns
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Imani McGee-Stafford had 20 points and 11 rebounds while creating a daunting mismatch inside, and fifth-seeded Texas advanced to the program's first Sweet 16 in 11 years with a 73-70 win against No. 4 seed California on Sunday night.

Brooke McCarty scored twice on driving layups down the stretch on the way to 16 points, and Texas pushed the pace to force Cal into bad decisions.

A year after losing a tough second-round game on Maryland's home floor, the Longhorns insisted they would have no problem taking on the Golden Bears (24-10) with another feisty home crowd against them.

Now, they're headed to the Albany Regional and a potential date with two-time defending champion Connecticut.

Cal's Mercedes Jefflo scored with 1:30 remaining to cut the Texas lead to 64-60 before Kelsey Lang answered on the other end.

Lang added 14 points as Texas (24-10) took another impressive step under third-year coach Karen Aston.

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