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.
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