Like Stanford in last year's national semifinals, Cal's posts presented Connecticut problems. But freshman Tiffany Hayes' 28 points helped push the unbeaten Huskies past the Bears and into the Elite Eight.
Last year, coach Joanne Boyle made the decision to stay at Cal versus returning to her alma mater. And now, with Boyle's Bears giving the Bay Area another top-10 program, the Cal-Stanford women's basketball rivalry is finally taking off.
A Bay Area team sits atop the Pac-10, but it's not Stanford. With just seven players getting significant minutes and Devanei Hampton returning to form, Cal handed Arizona State its first league loss to take sole possession of the Pac-10 perch.