Women’s basketball: Bears seeded No. 2, to face Fresno St. in Saturday opener at Lubbock

The Cal women’s basketball team received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and will play Fresno State in the first round on Saturday at Lubbock, Texas.

The No. 2 seed is the highest in program history. The Golden Bears’ previous high seed was third in 2008. They were a No. 8 seed in the tournament last year.

Cal (28-3) will face No. 15 Fresno State at 1:20 p.m.

Stanford (31-2), which earned a No. 1 seed for the fourth straight year, opens the tournament Sunday at 2:20 p.m. against 16th-seeded Tulsa (17-16) in the first round at Maples Pavilion. Michigan and Villanova, both 21-10, will meet in the other first-round game at Stanford. The winners will play Tuesday for a berth in the Sweet 16 in Spokane.

Barring any upsets Stanford and Cal are on a collision course for their third meeting of the season. The schools split their Pac-12 Conference games this season. The local rivals could meet April 1 in Spokane for a shot at a Final Four bid.


Click here for staff writer Elliott Almond’s story on how Cal & Stanford are on a collision course for the Spokane regional final.

Jeff Faraudo