BERKELEY — After sharing the Pac-12 Conference regular-season title, the Cal women’s basketball team earned a No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament and a first-round date with Fresno State.
“When you reflect on what on what this team has done, and where this program was years and years ago, I think it’s pretty neat that we’re on that 2-line,” said coach Lindsay Gottlieb, whose Golden Bears were a No. 8 seed the previous year, her first in Berkeley. “But right now our focus is on Fresno State. I can think about the big picture when it’s all said and done.”
Cal (28-3) is the only non-No. 1 seed to beat one of the four top seeds in this year’s tournament.
The Bears, who lost in the second round last year, will travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face 15th-seeded Fresno State (24-8) for Friday’s 1:20 p.m. game. The Bulldogs won the Mountain West Conference tournament title in their first season in the conference.
The two teams last met in the 2009 NCAA Tournament with Cal winning 70-47. Fresno State is 0-5 in tournament history.