Reshanda Gray spent the closing minutes pounding her chest in celebration and running up and down the bench high-fiving as California’s supporting cast closed out an impressive NCAA Tournament opener at home in Haas Pavilion.
The sixth-ranked Ducks (6-1, 3-1) are riding a modest two-game winning streak heading into Friday night’s game against California (4-3, 2-3).
Before the season, Las Vegas bookies said the California Golden Bears would be lucky to win three games (they set the over-under line at 2.5 wins). That’s what happens when you only beat Portland State the prior year. But after two fairly dominant victories to start the year, the team has to be feeling good about its chances to cover that bet.
California athletic director Sandy Barbour will step down from her position effective July 15.
The 67-year-old Montgomery decided to retire following an up-and-down season that ended last Wednesday with a loss to SMU in the quarterfinals of the NIT.
Jabari Bird scored 15 of his 20 points after halftime, when Cal (21-14) had to overcome a seven-point deficit. Justin Cobbs had 18 points and David Kravish 12.
Jabari Bird scored 19 points, David Kravish had 13 points and eight rebounds and California beat Arkansas 75-64 on Monday night to advance to the third round of the NIT.
A year after the Bears’ surprising run through the NCAA tournament, their season ended in the second round this time after Baylor took over in the second half Monday night and won 75-56.
Olympian Missy Franklin set a record in winning her first NCAA title for California on Friday and Georgia stretched its lead in the team standings on the second day of the NCAA women’s swimming and diving championships.
Askia Booker scored 17 points, Xavier Talton added 13 and Colorado held off California 59-56 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament on Thursday.