Boyd has triple-double in No. 10 Cal's 107-94 win
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Brittany Boyd may be reinventing the point-guard position as a triple threat, although she's more concerned about getting her California teammates involved in victories.
Boyd recorded her third triple-double, and second in three games, with 19 rebounds, 16 assists and 11 points as No. 10 California stopped Sacramento State 107-94 on Wednesday.
''She's one of the best guards in the country,'' Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. ''These stats are ridiculous, just unreal. I see the way she looks in the huddle and how engaged she is with her teammates. She's become that leader and been good on defense. She's grown into a wonderful representative for Cal.''
Boyd, who had 11 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists against San Jose State on Friday, said she doesn't worry about statistics.
''I was more worried about stopping them,'' Boyd said. ''Our coaches emphasize rebounding and not giving the opponent a second chance. I want to be a rebounding guard and affect the game in more than one way.''
Boyd becomes the second player in Pac-12 history to record more than one triple-double, joining Stanford grad Nicole Powell, who had six of them. Powell is in her first year as an assistant coach at Oregon.
Reshanda Gray added a double-double with 37 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears (7-0). She also recorded a career-high six blocks. Gray, among the national leaders in scoring and field goal percentage, was 17 of 24 from the floor.
''I haven't been rebounding well lately so I'm trying to bring that back,'' Gray said.
Hallie Gennett scored 22 points and Margaret Huntington had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets (1-5), who will play three more Pac-12 schools on the road in the next 11 days. Adella Randle-El and Fantasia Hilliard each added 13 points and Takara Burse had 10.
''The game was a little crazy,'' Gottlieb said. ''They made us play like them and gave us some problems. I did not call one offense. We talked more about spacing. We what to play fast but control the tempo on defense.''
Sacramento State set a frantic pace that suited the Bears just fine. Cal is averaging 103 points over its last three games after averaging 80 during the first four.
Courtney Range scored 21 for Cal, and Brittany Shine and Mercedes Jefflo each added 14.
The Bears won their first seven games for the first time since the 2008-09 Sweet 16 team opened with seven wins.
The Hornets set a season-high for points in their fourth game with at least 91 points, but they have also allowed 90 or more points four times.
Sacramento State sent waves of substitutions into the game, with each change lasting an average of 2 1/2 minutes. The Hornets put subs into the game eight times during the first half, seven times subbing all five players and once sending in four.
Cal twice held leads of 13 points in the first half and led 52-45 at the intermission.
Sacramento State leads the nation in made 3-pointers and set the NCAA record for 3-point attempts with 58 in its season opener against San Diego State. ... Hilliard, the school record holder in assists and steals, is fourth on the NCAA's active career assists list with 554.
Boyd ranks third on the NCAA's active career assists list with 575. ... Boyd had four steals to move past UCLA's Michelle Greco for fifth on the Pac-12's all-time list with 291.
California hosted `'School Haas Rock'' as part of the early starting time (11 a.m. PST), with about 2,000 elementary school children in attendance. They were involved in educational activities before the game. ''It was an honor to play in front of those kids,'' Boyd said. ''I want to inspire them to higher education.''
Sacramento State travels to No. 17 Oregon State on Saturday.
California plays at Kansas on Sunday.