Harvard-Westlake 41, Bakersfield Liberty 36--Karina Siam scored 12 points, including two free throws with eight seconds left, to help the top-seeded Wolverines hold off Liberty in a Southern Regional game at Studio City.
Lyndsey Medders had eight points and Erin Stepheson scored six for Harvard-Westlake.
Harvard-Westlake (27-5) defeated Liberty, 51-29, in the first round of the Santa Barbara tournament two months ago but had a much tougher time Tuesday.
"It's always hard to beat someone a second time," said Coach Melissa Hearlihy of Harvard-Westlake. "For some reason, our offense just couldn't take off. But the thing about this team is we just don't quit."
Eighth-seeded Liberty (19-9), the Central Section runner-up, tied the score, 36-36, with 45 seconds left, but Siam broke the tie four seconds later with a jump shot from the corner.