Lindsay Gottlieb had barely gotten done talking to her California team about ignoring any outside NCAA tournament chatter when she learned...
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BERKELEY, Calif. — Lindsay Gottlieb had barely gotten done talking to her California team about ignoring any outside NCAA tournament chatter when she learned President Obama had picked her Golden Bears to reach the Final Four.
Getting by Bay Area rival Stanford in the process, no less. Her players quickly texted and teased. And now there’s no way the coach won’t let them enjoy the ultimate compliment for a little while. Even Gottlieb was giddy, calling her retired judge father, Stephen, and waking him on the East Coast.
“We could win a lot of games and my father will still be more probably excited if the president is talking about it,” Gottlieb said. “With everything that’s happened this year you kind of try not to get too excited about things, but I’m a child of a political family and that was pretty cool.”
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However, Cal first must travel to Texas to take on a familiar opponent for Saturday’s first round: postseason-tested Fresno State.
And there’s still that probable matchup with Stanford in the Spokane regional final for a spot at the Final Four in New Orleans. The Cardinal has reached five straight Final Fours; Cal is looking for its first.
At No. 2 in its region, Cal (28-3) earned the highest NCAA seed in program history. The Bears wound up ranked No. 6 in the AP poll and shared the Pac-12 regular-season title with Stanford, then lost 70-58 in the conference tournament semifinals to UCLA.
Utah 56, at Long Beach State 49
Michelle Flouffe had 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Utes (19-13) turned back the 49ers (16-16).