Reshanda Gray is ready to mix it up down low.
When: 11:30 am
Cal advanced to the finals of the Pac-12 tournament with an ugly win over Washington St. notable mostly for weird stats. How did Cal win a game in which they turned the ball over 25 times? By winning the rebounding battle 49-16. Brittany Boyd nearly had a quadruple double - 14 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 8 turnovers!
As a result the Bears get another shot at Stanford. Might this time be a bit different? Well, maybe. Stanford, for all their strengths, isn't as deep as they usually are. The rotation is only 7 seed, and Stanford's key players have played the following minutes so far in the Pac-12 tournament:
Nneka Ogwumike - 64, 39 minutes yesterday
Chiney Ogwumike - 65, 38 minutes yesterday
Toni Kokenis - 68, 40 minutes yesterday
Cal, conversely, has only one player (Layshia Clarendon, of course) who has averaged anywhere near that many minutes through the first two days. Will that depth be a factor? Do the Ogwumikes actually get tired? Let's find out! Stanford needs them at their best, because the Cardinal got all of 16 points from their non-Ogwumikes against Arizona St.
If you're looking for an in-depth preview of what Stanford brings to the table, you can check out what I wrote last week, which more or less still applies. Cal is still the underdog with everything to gain and little to lose. A win would make Selection Monday pretty darn exciting, so Go Bears!