WACO, Texas -- Cal did nearly everything it needed to in order to spring the upset against Baylor on Monday night.
The seventh-seeded Golden Bears all but matched the No. 2 seed Lady Bears in shooting and rebounding for most of the game, but they just had no answer for Baylor All-American Odyssey Sims.
The senior guard scored 11 of her game-high 27 points during a 13-2 run in the second half, and Cal's season came to an end on Baylor's home floor with a 75-56 loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
"We wanted to play until somebody beat us, and Baylor did that tonight," Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "It was a heck of a battle. I was really proud of the way our players competed. I'm going to leave here really proud of our seniors. They had the most successful run in the history of Cal basketball."
Cal's backcourt tandem of Afure Jemerigbe and Brittany Boyd kept their team in the contest with 17 and 15 points, respectively, but the Golden Bears, a Final Four team last year, were outscored 44-28 in the paint.
Boyd was often gimpy and grimacing but played all but the final 46 seconds despite dealing with a right ankle injury. She also had seven assists, three steals and a blocked shot.
Reshanda Gray battled foul trouble the entire way and managed only two points in 24 minutes. She sat out the last 81/2 minutes of the first half with two fouls, then picked up two more within a minute before finally fouling out with 1:20 to go.
Gennifer Brandon gave Cal (22-10) a lift with nine points and a game-best 15 rebounds, but she and fellow posts Gray and Courtney Range combined to make only 7 of their 22 shots.
"We got a lot of good inside looks," Gottlieb said. "A lot didn't go down. Maybe we didn't get to the free-throw line when we expected to.
"We still were aggressive and assertive in the paint, both off the dribble and to the post. It just didn't produce the same amount of points it normally does. That's a huge difference, because we rely on that."
Despite the Golden Bears' struggles underneath the basket, they trailed by only three with 10 minutes to go.
That's when Sims took over.
She made a layup and a floater to extend Baylor's advantage to seven, then finished the spurt with seven straight points, including a 3-pointer from NBA range to make it a 66-52 advantage with 4:31 remaining.
Cal couldn't keep up, making only one field goal over the game's final 8:27.
Sims, the Big 12's top player, also had eight rebounds and six assists for Baylor (31-4). Nina Davis, the league's top freshman, had 13 points and six rebounds. Niya Johnson had 11 assists.
The final score belied how close the game was for much of the way, particularly in the first half.
The lead changed hands with seemingly every basket and 17 times in all before halftime, and neither team ever led by more than four.
Baylor got a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left in the first half to grab the 34-33 lead at intermission.
Next up for Baylor is Kentucky (26-8) in the Notre Dame Regional semifinals Saturday in South Bend, Ind.
That will be a rematch of the highest-scoring Division I women's game ever. The Wildcats won 133-130 in four overtimes the first weekend of December at the Dallas Cowboys' NFL stadium, which will host the men's Final Four. Sims scored 47 points before being one of seven Lady Bears to foul out of that game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.