Women's Basketball v. Oregon State 2.24.13 Photo Essay

Plus Select-A-Seat!

What a game! Down 17 against the Beavers, Cal came roaring back to win by 2.

But before we get to that, let's look at Select-A-Seat first. This was an opportunity to upgrade your seats, if need be. For many people, it was frustrating. They came all the way up to Memorial Stadium to find out that they didn't have the opportunity to upgrade like they would like. In the past, opportunities to organize seats came through the internet. This is the first time in my memory that it was done in person.

I went first to the Ticket Will Call, but apparently was wrong to do that.

551347_10101887841068173_1746744755_n_medium

I was supposed to come up here and register here first. So, I did that!

484995_10101887841093123_329184778_n_medium

Then. they told us to head in and get the seats (maybe). They had highlights of Cal football up on the big screens. Apparently, the day before, they had the Cal-OSU MBB game up on the big screens. They also had various Cal players hanging around.

602181_10101887841167973_208623193_n_medium

It was actually pretty straight forward once you got in. Went to your section, talked with the employee there and tried to upgrade, if possible. There were little cards for every open seat. It seemed like a rather large amount of time intensive work. It seemed a lot less efficient than doing it online. However, it probably allowed for the opportunity to make personal connections AND resolve any issues in person. So, there are upsides.

And now I have seats!

From there, it was down to the game itself. Pretty solid turn out for Senior Day, the last home game of the regular season.

Here comes the band:

559766_10101887841652003_170009841_n_medium

Don't forget to vote for Layshia Clarendon for the Senior CLASS Award! Everybody's great efforts have pushed her into the lead now. Still like a month to go, though!

522658_10101887841751803_245416227_n_medium

If you aren't a big Twitter fan, we've started a campaign for her called #LayshiaFacts. It has gotten somewhat popular and become self-sustaining. We're so happy to see other WBB fans (and the team, coach, players, and frigging Pac12 itself!) join in on the fun. The gatekeepers are dead. Anybody can try to start anything now. If it is good, it'll rise to the top.

We're all in this together. Us, the fans, Cal, the team, the Pac-12. Nobody is superior to anybody else. Some might have somewhat larger megaphones, but that only goes so far. It is sort of insane, but welcome to the new way.

Then, the national anthem!

6701_10101887841846613_741509809_n_medium

With the Senior Day upon us, Cal honored each senior. They came walking out with family or friends. All videos by valued reader CalBear81:


Here, for example, is Talia Caldwell, with her family.

558130_10101887841916473_446132119_n_medium

They gave the fans posters to hold up for the Seniors. Here is the Layshia Clarendon section waving their posters as Layshia comes in.

306270_10101887842091123_714428095_n_medium

And here she is!

549396_10101887842146013_2131929698_n_medium

All the seniors taking photos together.

419882_10101887842240823_632546815_n_medium

Of course, CheerSF was there! I have come around on them and will no longer make fun of them for being always so happy. Happiness has a place in this world. Not everybody can be so emotionally empty and full of self-loathing like I am.

26320_10101887842330643_487914128_n_medium


LET THE GAME(S) BEGIN!

69214_10101887842530243_302265770_n_medium

On the right is Michael Lewis. You may know him as the guy who wrote the books "Moneyball" and "The Blind Side" amongst other things. He is perhaps the world's most popular non-fiction writer of the last 10 years. He lives in Berkeley and apparently comes to a lot of the games. He was there with his son (who had a basketball jersey with the name Lewis on). Oski came over and played around with his son.

How odd it is to have such a jewel of an author sitting so nonchalantly a mere 10 feet from you. BERKELEY!

559676_10101887842585133_236115829_n_medium

549342_10101887842669963_1817155091_n_medium

OSU got out to a big lead early. It looked like Cal had their opportunities. The shots just didn't land. And OSU seemed to hitting some big 3s.

59778_10101887842764773_383633981_n_medium

532982_10101887842879543_130227558_n_medium

This is a thing they do for the kids where they have to put various items of clothes on and then hit a shot. Normally, the kids are like 10-15 or so, but here they were much younger. They could barely put the clothes on. That jersey was as big as the kid! Very cute.

577433_10101887842949403_1470773115_n_medium

3535_10101887843059183_177381148_n_medium

Boyd, looking pretty buff, on the cycle.

601428_10101887843114073_1073504288_n_medium

13001_10101887843183933_1319438215_n_medium

480862_10101887843278743_493172757_n_medium

If you couldn't see before, here is a shot of the back of the Cal jerseys. They have this look that is difficult to see. It is kinda cool, but also a bit tough to make out.

387489_10101887843348603_1240823661_n_medium

By half, Cal was down 12. They had actually cut the deficit some. I had faith that Cal would win. Not joking. I knew we were down 12, but I had that sort of arrogant hubris that we allege the USC fans have. OSU was beneath us. We're Cal! We were better than this and in the 2nd half there would be a "correction."

285677_10101887843383533_1277754780_n_medium

And there was! Cal chipped away and chipped away. The shots were falling. We still struggled with free throws a bit, though.

426536_10101887843742813_1007264405_n_medium

Here is Coach Gould (former Cal RB coach and current UC Davis head coach) with former Cal DLineman (and current Saint) Cameron Jordan. Look at the all maroon suit that Gould is wearing. LOVE IT!

1856_10101887844042213_1971298996_n_medium

479862_10101887844112073_1470411693_n_medium

482745_10101887844326643_184469929_n_medium

549814_10101887844441413_2116339419_n_medium

551472_10101887844526243_1899419608_n_medium

The crowd was great. As Cal got closer and closer they got more and more excited. When Cal cut it down to 5, we were going crazy. When we finally tied it up, people were on their feet. It was a great scene there at Haas!

This is weird here. The score was 58-54, but the scoreboard had broken.

374564_10101887844695903_1215263443_n_medium

The final score was 58-56. The last minute was really stressful. OSU had the last shot and got off a fairly decent shot that didn't go in. Extremely nerve-wracking.

Here is the end of the game:



528211_10101887844755783_2098103009_n_medium

The team celebrated in the middle of the Court.

533140_10101887844840613_1833285981_n_medium

Coach Gottlieb came out to congratulate Oregon State for their effort. Classy!

285654_10101887844895503_2044806397_n_medium

The Pac-12 Network interview Layshia after the game.

318154_10101887844975343_1207645131_n_medium

Thanks and GO BEARS!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join California Golden Blogs

You must be a member of California Golden Blogs to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at California Golden Blogs. You should read them.

Join California Golden Blogs

You must be a member of California Golden Blogs to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at California Golden Blogs. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker