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Women’s basketball: Bears fall to No. 2 Duke

The No. 9 Cal women lost 70-58 to No. 2 Duke on Sunday afternoon in front of 10,771 5,023 fans at Haas Pavilion. (The original crowd count listed here came via a Cal news release).

Afure Jemerigbe had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bears (1-1) and Brittany Boyd had 13 points and six assists.

The Bears shot just 32 percent from the field.

Click here to read staff writer Stephanie Hammon’s full game account.


Posted on Sunday, November 10th, 2013
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Women’s basketball: Brandon’s surprise return sparks No. 9 Bears in season opening win

The No. 9 Cal women’s basketball team got an unexpected boost in its season opener Friday night with the return of star forward Gennifer Brandon.

Exactly three months after undergoing surgery to have a rod put in her right lower leg, the senior forward came off the bench to contribute to the Bears’ 70-51 win over Long Beach State.

“Just being out here today is a surprise,” Brandon said. “I’m still trying to embrace it. It’s a beautiful thing.”

The Bears, in their first game since reaching the Final Four last season for the first time, will be more severely tested Sunday when they face No. 3 Duke at Haas Pavilion.

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Posted on Friday, November 8th, 2013
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Basketball: Can the men match the women?

After five straight Final Four appearances by the Stanford women’s basketball team, Cal took a turn for the first time last season.

The Cardinal and Bears both are rated as preseason top-10 teams, so either could challenge to get there again next March.

With the college basketball season beginning Friday, there are no such lofty expectations for the Cal and Stanford men’s teams. The two programs have had their share of success but have combined for just one Final Four bid since 1960.

If the women can do it, why not the men?

Mike Montgomery, who has directed the Cal men to NCAA tournament berths in four of his five seasons and coached Stanford to the 1998 Final Four, declined to offer more than this concise explanation.

“They’re really good,” Montgomery said of the women’s programs. “End of story.”

In fact, the reasons are complex, involving differences in recruiting, national competitive balance, student-athlete priorities and, perhaps most of all, the impact of greater financial incentives in the men’s game.

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Here’s a look at Cal and Stanford men’s and women’s basketball teams that have reached the Final Four:


– Stanford: 1990-x, 1991, 1992-x, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

– Cal: 2013.


– Stanford: 1942-x, 1998.

– Cal: 1946, 1959-x, 1960.

x — indicates NCAA champion.

Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
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Women’s Basketball: No. 9 Bears roll

The ninth-ranked Cal women’s basketball team opened its season Friday night with a 91-62 win over Vanguard, the top-ranked NAIA team in the nation.

Brittany Boyd, Reshanda Gray and Courtney Range each had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Bears, who led 44-30 at the half. Boyd added five assists and four steals, and Afure Jemerigbe contributed 14 points.

The Cal women will hold a free, open practice Sunday at 11 a.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Bears open their regular season Friday at home against Long Beach State in the first game of a doubleheader also involving the men’s team.

Posted on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
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Women’s basketball: Bears No. 9 by coaches

The Cal women’s basketball team, coming off its first trip to the Final Four last season, is rated No. 9 in the USA Today preseason coaches poll, matching the Bears’ highest preseason ranking.

Cal was 32-4 last season and shared its first Pac-12 championship with rival Stanford.

Posted on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
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Women’s basketball: Brittany Boyd ready to shine

Courtesy of Stephanie Hammon of our staff, a report on the Cal women from Thursday’s Pac-12 media day:

From halfway around the world, Brittany Boyd showed this summer that she is ready to take the lead for the Cal women’s basketball team.

Coming off their first ever trip to the Final Four, the Bears will attempt to maintain their elite status in the women’s basketball world.

And with standout guard Layshia Clarendon now showing off her silky jumpshot and clutch scoring in the WNBA, Boyd knows it’s her time to take more of a starring role for Cal.

The junior point guard played “at a whole different level” during the team’s August tour in China, Cal associate head coach Charmin Smith said at Thursday’s Pac-12 media day.

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Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013
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Basketball: 5 questions with Lindsay Gottlieb

The Cal women’s basketball team, coming off its first-ever Final Four appearance, begins practice Tuesday.

The Golden Bears were 32-4 last season, shared the Pac-12 title and return three starters to a team projected as No. 3 in the country, according to Lindy’s magazine.

I spoke last week with coach Lindsay Gottlieb about her team. Here’s our conversation:

What do you and your players expect from this encore season?

“I think our baseline for everything has been raised. Our expectations now permanently for Cal women’s basketball have been raised. Does that mean we’re going to go to the Final Four every single year? No, everything has to go right. But if there’s a legacy that team left, it’s there’s a way you play at Cal. You play for each other, play with a lot of heart, play very hard, enjoy it. Now that that’s established, the level of expectation every day in practice is higher.”

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Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013
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Women’s basketball: Bears get top local prospect

Courtesy of Stephanie Hammon from our staff, here’s a story on the Cal women’s team securing an oral commitment from 6-foot-1 guard Gabby Green of St. Mary’s HS in Berkeley.

Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013
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Women’s basketball: Bears excited about trip to China . . . well, most of it, anyway

From New Orleans and a first-ever trip to the Final Four last spring, the Cal women’s basketball team resumes action next week with three exhibition games in China.

But the 10-day adventure is as much about team bonding and cultural adventure as basketball.

Senior guard Afure Jemerigbe said she is excited about walking on the Great Wall and bargain-hunting at Beijing’s famed Silk Market.

“Especially the shopping,” echoed Brittany Boyd, a junior all-Pac-12 guard. “Everything’s a little cheaper out there than the U.S.”

Coach Lindsay Gottlieb, who has heard stories about the aggressive vendors at the Silk Market, said, “I think our players will be able to hold their own in the shopping department,” she said.

Boyd isn’t as confident she’s ready to confront the irregularities of Chinese indoor plumbing. “I hear it’s like a little hole in the ground,” she said of the restrooms. “I’m a little nervous about that.”

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Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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Women’s basketball: 2-year extension for Gottlieb

Lindsay Gottlieb, who guided the Cal women’s basketball team to its first Final Four appearance last season, has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

“Each and every day that I come to work, I am honored to be the head women’s basketball coach at the top public institution in the world,” Gottlieb said. “I get to coach tremendous young women and work with smart, passionate, committed people, both on my staff and in our athletic department.

“I am thrilled to sign this extension with the University of California, and I am beyond grateful for the belief in me demonstrated by Sandy Barbour and Chancellor Dirks.”

Gottlieb has led the Bears to a 57-14 record in her first two seasons, including a school-record 32-4 in 2012-13, when she was a National Naismith Coach of the Year finalist.

NOTE: I will be at the Pac-12 football media day Friday and will file reports at BearTalk, on Twitter (CalBearsBang) and at our websites:, and  




Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013
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