Cal's breakthrough in 2013 gives the rest of the Pac-12 Conference's teams hope that they are closing the gap with perennial favorite Stanford.
Stanford has been picked by the Pac-12 coaches to win the conference title again this season behind reigning Player of the Year Chiney Ogwumike.
Caught in a late-season slump, Washington hopes the home-court advantage at Seattle's KeyArena will help it turn things around in the Pac-12 tournament.
Layshia Clarendon scored 18 points, Gennifer Brandon added 10 points and 15 rebounds, and No. 6 California beat Arizona State 66-53 on Friday night.
Stanford has reigned in the Pac-12 for a dozen years. Will this be the season it is knocked from the throne? Read on for our predictions for the league.
Stanford and Cal struggled but earned their places in the Pac-12 final.
California 67, Arizona St. 62
Arizona St. 45, California 44
The Pac-10 is considering a compromise that would have California and Stanford placed with the Northwest region schools to secure a north-south division split.
Arizona State, USC, UCLA and Cal are expected to be Stanford's stiffest competition in the Pac-10 this season.
The Trenton Regional is home to a particularly prolific and relatively rare convergence of the coasts, as a pair of Pac-10 teams and flyover resident Texas A&M join UConn in New Jersey.
What are the X factors in the regional semifinals? ESPN.com columnists Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel know which key factors could determine who moves on to the Elite Eight.
Dymond Simon had 15 points and Danielle Orsillo added 13 to help Arizona State (No. 18 AP) win its school-record 15th straight game with a 63-41 victory over No. 9 California on Thursday night.
Ashley Walker's layup with 1.8 seconds remaining gave California (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) a 54-53 win over Arizona State on Sunday.
Devanei Hampton had 19 points and 16 rebounds to lift the Golden Bears past Arizona State 65-61 on Sunday.
Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne is so impressed by Ashley Walker's rebounding prowess that she makes her own post players watch film of the California star. The Sun Devils saw Walker at her best in person.