Gennifer Brandon had 17 points and 10 rebounds Friday night, and No. 13 California scored the game's first 14 points in cruising past Lehigh 80-48.
After nearly blowing a 30-point lead, Stanford hung on to beat Cal 70-64. The two teams meet again Sunday, with the Cardinal looking to play 40 solid minutes and the Bears trying to finish what they started in Thursday's second half.
Cal's first trip to the Final Four undoubtedly and undeniably raised the bar in Berkeley.
Cal guard Brittany Boyd was sad when Cal made a coaching change, but she committed to the school anyway, and now, has helped the Lady Bears to the Final Four.
Cal's recent success has created a Bay Area bandwagon every bit as tempting as the one heading to the Super Bowl.
Cal wanted nothing more than to be considered Stanford's equal. Beating the Cardinal on Sunday and snapping their 81-game conference winning streak? Mission accomplished.
Gennifer Brandon and Brittany Boyd scored 19 points apiece to help No. 11 California rout Cal State Bakersfield 84-46 on Friday night.
Talia Caldwell scored 15 and made nine rebounds to help No. 11 California beat Eastern Washington 91-58 on Friday in the California Classic.
Afure Jemerigbe scored 15 points, and Gennifer Brandon added 14 points and 14 rebounds as No. 12 California defeated Saint Mary's 89-41 on Thursday night.