COL BKB (W): California 73, LSU 63

March 31, 2013 at 1:59 AM

SPOKANE, Wash., March 31 (UPI) -- Layshia Clarendon's 19 points and six steals Saturday sparked No. 2 California over Louisiana State 73-63 in NCAA women's tournament play.

Gennifer Brandon provided 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Golden Bears (31-3), who used a ball-hawking defense to force 16 Lady Tigers turnovers and reach the NCAA Women's Tournament's Elite Eight.

Brittany Boyd added 14 points, seven assists and four steals for the victors.

Theresa Plaisance collected 15 points and hauled down 12 rebounds for sixth-seeded LSU (22-12).

Adrienne Webb added 15 points and Danielle Ballard also reached double figures with 14 for the Lady Tigers.

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