This team has already accomplished big things — like the first 30-win season in program history and second-ever trip to the round of 16. Yet the talent and makeup of this close-knit group of women has them wanting much more, and believing full well they can beat anyone, anywhere on any stage. With one more win, not only would Cal reach the regional final for the first time, Gottlieb would earn her fourth NCAA tournament victory since returning to Berkeley before last season for the most ever by a Cal women's coach.
On Wednesday afternoon, Cal released a rap video called "Started at the Bottom." It mentions President Barack Obama picking the Bears for his Final Four, and references the top-ranked team is where the "nerds really at" — Stanford. Guards Eliza Pierre and Mikayla Lyles adapted the lyrics off the original song by Drake.
Cal has three starters scoring in double figures, while the other two average 9.2 and 7.2 points, respectively. And Reshanda Gray brings her production of 8.3 points and 4.9 rebounds off the bench.
Gottlieb calls it "a coach's dream."
"Without a doubt it's the most balanced team I've ever been on," Clarendon said. "You can't stop one of us, because we just have that many weapons. And that is our strength this year as a program, completely."
While ready to take the next step for a program that has long lived in the shadow of Bay Area and conference rival Stanford, Cal is still making sure to enjoy this time together and have a little fun.
Gottlieb praised LSU coach Nikki Caldwell's coaching, but also made one thing clear about the former UCLA coach's style and where Gottlieb herself stacks up.
"They know that their coach is going to be outdressed," she said about her players. "I've lost the fashion battle already. ... I will watch film."