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Women’s basketball: Golden Bears rally past Georgia in overtime, earn first Final Four bid

President Obama had it right — the Cal women are Final Four bound for the first time.

The Golden Bears, down 10 points with less than 7 minutes left in the NCAA regional final at Spokane, Wash., rallied for a 65-62 overtime victory over the same Georgia team that knocked Stanford out of the tournament two days earlier.

“I knew this was possible,” Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “I believed in this group more than anyone ever, and I still can’t believe this in my wildest dreams.”

Cal (32-3) will play either Louisville or Tennessee in the national semifinal on Sunday at New Orleans.

Senior guard Layshia Clarendon scored 17 of her 25 points in the second half and overtime to spark the comeback. Talia Caldwell grabbed eight rebounds, leaving her two short of becoming just the third Cal player to accumulate 1,000 career points and rebounds. 

The Bears become the first West Coast team other than Stanford to make it to the Final Four in 25 years. During that time, either teams from the West reached the regional final, only to come up short.

Cal is just the third school from the Pac-12 to get there, joining Stanford and USC.

For details, check out staff writer Elliott Almond’s story from Spokane.

For Final Four ticket info, click here.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Calfan1

    Go lady bears!!

    let’s show some love to this team.

  • Eric

    Nice gritty win. When you start as poorly as we did, and still win, it says a lot about the team’s heart.

  • Alaska Bear

    Couldn’t be prouder. Lady Bears are first and foremost a team with that intangible chemistry. Keep it going. Go Bears!!!

  • bearable

    I think Gottlieb should coach the men’s team?
    Hey….I’m just thinkin’ out loud. Go Bears!

  • BlueNGold

    Way to go Bears!! This is an impressive achievement, and Cal fans everywhere are excited at the prospects for the future of women’s hoops.

  • milo

    Coach G = Nat’l COY

  • SteveNTexas

    I only got to see the last 7 min or so –Perfect!

  • discdude

    Good job Lady Bears!