Cal guard Brittany Boyd was chosen No. by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft while teammate Reshanda Gray, regarded beforehand as a potential lottery pick, slipped to the second round. She was taken No. 16 by the Minnesota Lynx.
Boyd, a Berkeley High grad, is the second Cal player in three years to be selected in the first round of the WNBA draft.
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Cal’s Reshanda Gray and Brittany Boyd are projected as possible top-10 picks in Thursday’s WNBA draft.
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The Cal women’s season ended Sunday evening with a 72-66 loss to Texas in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Haas Pavilion.
The fourth-seeded Bears (24-10) for 22 points from Mercedes Jefflo and a near triple-double from senior guard Brittany Boyd. She finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.
Pac-12 Player of the Year Reshanda Gray fouled out in just 19 minutes after being held to seven points and three rebounds.
The fifth-seeded Longhorns (24-10) advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 11 years.
Jefflo’s 6-for-11 effort from the 3-point arc sparked a Cal attack that made 11 3-point baskets. But the Bears turned the ball over 20 times.
The Cal women won their NCAA tournament opener for the fourth straight year, beating Wichita State 78-66 at Haas Pavilion on Friday afternoon.
The fourth-seeded Bears (24-9) will play No. 5 seed Texas on Sunday. The Longhorns (23-10) beat Western Kentucky 66-64. Tipoff is 6 p.m. and the game will be aired on ESPN2.
Reshanda Gray led five Cal players in double figures with 22 points. She also had nine rebounds. Mercedes Jefflo added 14 points and Brittany Boyd had 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Cal shot 52 percent and outrebounded the Shockers (29-5) by a 38-27 margin.
The Cal women host Missouri Valley champion Wichita State in their NCAA tournament opener Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
Staff writer Stephanie Hammon explores whether the fourth-seeded Bears (23-9) are at risk of wearing down in the postseason because of depth issues. Click here for her story.
The Cal women’s basketball team earned a No. 4 seed and will host two rounds of action in the NCAA tournament this weekend.
The Bears will play their opening game Friday against No. 13 Wichita State. Tipoff is 4:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
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Cal lost 61-60 to 19th-ranked Stanford in the championship game of the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament in Seattle.
The fourth-seeded Bears (23-9) fell short of winning their first Pac-12 tournament title. Third-seeded Stanford (24-9) won its 11th conference tournament crown and the league’s automatic NCAA tournament bid.
Both schools are expected to be first- and second-round NCAA tournament hosts. ESPN.com’s Charlie Crème had both projected as No. 4 seeds.
Cal played 13 first-half minutes without star senior point guard Brittany Boyd, who took an accidental elbow to her left cheek 4 minutes into the game and left the floor bleeding. She finished with seven points on 2-for-9 shooting, along with two rebounds, three assists and four steals in 27 minutes.
Likewise, senior forward Reshanda Gray was saddled with foul trouble and scored just six points in 29 minutes.
Stanford led by four points before Mercedes Jefflo made a 3-pointer for the Bears just before the final horn.
“That was a really good game. I thought Stanford was a little bit better than us in some critical moments and made some plays,” Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “But we took a punch literally and figuratively — our leader and point guard goes out with blood gushing — and everybody else rallies and that was something I’m proud of.”
Courtney Range led Cal with 17 points, Jefflo scored 16 and Mikayla Cowling added 14. Taylor Greenfield scored a career-high 20 points for Stanford.
Seniors Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray powered the fourth-seeded Golden Bears to a 68-55 win over Colorado and into Sunday’s championship game of the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament against Stanford.
The rivals square off at 6 p.m. in an ESPN game with the league’s automatic NCAA tournament bid on the line.
Boyd had 18 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and four steals and Gray had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears (23-8).
Cal turned 16 Colorado turnovers into 20 points.
Senior guard Brittany Boyd had 20 points and 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season and the fourth-seeded Golden Bears (22-8, 13-5) beat No. 5 Washington 69-53 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament at Seattle.
Cal will play Saturday in the semifinals against No. 9 Colorado, which upset top-seeded Oregon State 68-65. It’s potentially a break for the Bears, who easily beat Colorado 75-59 this season, but lost 73-55 at Oregon State just last week.
The Bears and Buffaloes tip off at 8:30 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.
It’s the eighth time in nine years the Bears have reached the semifinals of the conference tournament.
Mercedes Jefflo scored 16 points and Reshanda Gray had 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Bears limited Washington (23-7, 11-7) to 32-percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers.
San Jose native Jazmine Davis scored 21 points to lead the Huskies.
Cal trailed 19-12 before using a 12-0 run to take the lead.
A preview of Cal’s trip to Seattle for the Pac-12 women’s tournament, courtesy of staff wrier Elliott Almond:
CAL PAC-12 TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
RECORD: 21-8 overall, 13-5 in Pac-12. Tied for third with Stanford.
NEXT OPPONENT: Quarterfinals at 8:30 p.m. Friday against the winner of Thursday night’s first-round game between fifth-seeded Washington and No. 12 Utah.
CAL UPDATE: The fourth-seeded Golden Bears have one of the conference’s best teams, led by All-Pac-12 seniors Reshanda Gray (Pac-12 player of the year) and Brittany Boyd (Naismith Award semifinalist). Also, Mikayla Cowling and Gabby Green were named to the all-Pac-12 freshman team. Cal, though, might have two big hurdles to reach the championship Sunday in Seattle. It possibly could play hometown favorite Washington (22-8) and then top-seeded Oregon State, which defeated the Bears 73-55 in the regular-season finale last weekend. “Overall, our program is at the point where we want to win championships,” coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “So there is a little disappointment” in tying for third in the regular-season standings.
However, Gottlieb said the competitive Pac-12 campaign prepared Cal for the postseason. “We have a team when things are clicking we can be really good,” she said. “This could be one of our best March runs.”