The University of California at Berkeley women’s basketball team left Thursday for its first NCAA Tournament Final Four trip in the school’s history.
California rallied from down 10 with less than 7 minutes left in regulation to beat Georgia 65-62 in the Spokane Regional final and advance to the Final Four for the first time in school history.
There is no need for Lindsay Gottlieb to mention the Final Four every day. Sure, it’s on the minds of every one of her California players now that they are two victories from that elusive program first and a trip to the Big Easy.
Layshia Clarendon scored 27 points to help California beat South Florida 82-78 in overtime on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
C.J. Fair scored 18 points, James Southerland added 14 and the fourth-seeded Orange survived a second-half drought of more than 12 minutes without a field goal to beat No. 12 seed California 66-60 on Saturday night in the NCAA tournament.
The Golden Bears are preparing to face 15th-seeded Fresno State on Saturday and perhaps regain their stride following a hiccup in the Pac-12 tournament two weeks ago that broke a 16-game win streak.
The short distance has allowed Cal to keep its usual practice schedule, avoid changing time zones and even send a player or two back to Berkeley for class.
Fourth-ranked Stanford (31-2) was given the No. 1 seed in the Spokane Region of the NCAA women’s tournament. No. 6 California was awarded the No. 2 seed.
Cal (20-11) needed to play well in the Pac-12 tournament to ensure an NCAA invite but now will have to wait three anxious days to find out if it will get an at-large bid.
Cal Golden bears quarterback Allan Bridgford told new coach Sonny Dykes on Monday that he has decided to transfer.