Media covering Pac-12 women’s basketball honored Cal’s Lindsay Gottlieb this week as the league’s coach of the year, but the coaches themselves gave the award to Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer.
For the 13th time.
Cal and Stanford shared the Pac-12 regular-season title, each at 17-1. It was the first-ever conference crown for the Bears, a distinction the media decided gave an edge to second-year coach Gottlieb.
The coaches, who vote for the traditional all-conference team, gave the John R. Wooden Coach of the Year award to VanDerveer for the third straight season.
Stanford (28-2) earned the No. 1 into the Pac-12 tournament by virtue of its better overall record than Cal (27-2).
Brittany Boyd, Gennifer Brandon and Layshia Clarenden of Cal were picked to the all-conference first team, as they were in the media vote. Eliza Pierre and Clarendon also were named to the all-defensive team.