Cal senior forward David Kravish was struggling to hold onto his confidence. He was coming off a 2-for-11 shooting performance in a loss at Utah and wasn’t satisfied with his contributions to the Bears’ up-and-down season.
Then he got what he called “a nice little kick in the head moment” while on the phone with fiancé Ashton Pohlman before Cal’s game at Stanford a week ago.
“I was beating myself up and she snapped at me,” Kravish said.
“Who’s telling you not to believe in yourself?” she said. “If I was there, I’d punch you right now. You need to believe in yourself before anybody else will believe in you.”
A student at Arkansas and Kravish’s girlfriend since his junior year in high school, Pohlman apparently struck just the right note. Kravish responded with a career-high 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Stanford, playing once more with the confidence he’s shown much of his career.
Kravish will play his final regular-season home game Sunday against Oregon State, joined for senior day ceremonies by Pohlman, his parents and other family and friends. For most of four seasons, he has been a model of consistency and dependability.