Power Rankings: No. 5 women’s basketball

The fact that the Cal women’s basketball team, fresh off its first Final Four appearance, is only No. 5 in the power ranking is, personally, hogwash. Upon further introspection, however, I do think the Bears landing No. 5 is fairer than it seems at face value for two reasons. First,
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Taller than Life: The ascent of Eliza Pierre

Whether she is needed on the basketball court or at home, Eliza Pierre assumes the role of a leader when she is needed most.

Despite being the shortest player on the Cal women’s basketball team at 5-foot-7, Eliza Pierre makes herself stand above everyone on the team. Whether in the locker room, on the team bus or on the court, her vivacious presence has fueled the Bears. “You know those commercials of Energizer with the
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UnSeung Hero: A talk with Lindsay Gottlieb, Part 2

Six hundred words are just not enough to cover Cal women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb. The interview article from last Friday had to leave out many of her insights due to space constraints. Despite the full recording of the interview posted on the Daily Cal website, I wanted to revisit
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Cal defeats Utah at home sans Brandon

Even without stalwart Gennifer Brandon, the Cal women’s basketball team reminded everybody that its bench was more than capable of handling the job. The No. 7 Bears (17-2, 7-1) sealed their fifth consecutive victory, 71-54, on Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. Reshanda Gray replaced Brandon, who started all 18 games
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Cal leaves Lehigh high and dry

Gottlieb's deep bench of returners overpowers opponents in landslide

If Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb proved anything in the season opener against Lehigh, she has no reservations about going to her bench. When up-and-coming sophomore Brittany Boyd showed a hint of pain, Gottlieb placed in senior guard Eliza Pierre. When starting forward Gennifer Brandon blew a defensive assignment, sophomore Justine
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Cal extends Pac-12 tournament run in win over Buffs

Thursday night was never a guarantee for the Cal women’s basketball team. After receiving a first-round bye with the No. 2 seed, the Bears entered the Galen Center prepared to face No. 10-seeded Colorado in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament. Based on those standings alone, it should have been
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Cal charges past Buffs for home win

It’s not often that the Cal women’s basketball team peaks in the first 20 minutes. A “second-half” team by nature, the squad generally uses the first half to feel for a rhythm before it comes out all pistons burning to stifle the opponent in the final period. It’s an easily
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Big second half delivers Cal home victory

For much of the second half on Thursday, Utah coach Anthony Levrets looked restless on the sidelines. Despite his nonstop charade of body language, his frustrated facial expression never changed. The first eight minutes were painful for Levrets and the Utes. After a strong first half in which Utah entered
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