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Basketball: Cal women rout Washington 78-50, claim historic share of Pac-12 championship

Talia Caldwell scored 22 points on 10-for-11 shooting and the No. 6 Cal women earned a first-ever share of the Pac-12 Conference title with a 78-50 win at Washington.

The Bears (27-2, 17-1) won their 15th straight game to capture a piece of the title with Stanford. Cal will receive the No. 2 seed into the Pac-12 tournament because Stanford has one more victory overall.

“I’m just so happy for this team and this program and the Cal administration who backed this sport when Cal was last years ago and said we’re going to make it a priority,” second-year Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “You don’t ever expect a moment like this but it was everything you would expect it to be.”

Among the congratulatory messages Gottlieb received after the game was one from Stanford coach Tara Van Derveer.

Gennifer Brandon had 12 points and 15 rebounds for Cal, Reshanda Gray scored 13 and Layshia Clarendon added 10.

The Bears tied a school record for overall victories in a season and finished the conference schedule 9-0 on the road.

This marks the first time since the 2003-04 season that Stanford has not won the regular season conference title outright. The Cardinal shared the title with Arizona in 2004.

 

Jeff Faraudo

  • Eric

    #1 seed???

  • Hungry

    Congratulations Bears. You’ve made us all proud!

  • milo

    HUGE! Go Bears!

    p.s. sign Coach Gottlieb to an extension immediately!

  • Berkeley87

    http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/DI_womens_basketball_2012-13/

    Vote for Cal’s Layshia Clarendon for national award. She has a GPA of 3.4+ while averaging about 16 points and 4 rebounds a game. She is a clutch player and leader by example in her hard work and excellence. She is only Pac-12 basketball player, female or male, nominated for this award that recognizes Community, Classroom, Character, and Competition. You can vote for her daily on each electronic device (at home, at work, via your smartphone)

    Go Bears…Go Vote…Now!!
    And tell your Cal Fan friends to vote for her to! Cal has a great team of starters and players off of the bench but Layshia definitely deserves this national award.