Cal women's basketball completed the finest season in the history of the program when it reached the Final Four this year. There was more good news Sunday, as forward Reshanda Gray got the call to represent her country at the 2013 Women's World University Games.
California forward Reshanda Gray is one of 12 athletes that has been selected to compete for the United States at the 2013 Women's World University Games, which was announced Sunday by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee after three days of trials that included 33 of the nation's top collegiate athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) women's basketball competition will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. Organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and held every other year, the WUGs is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born 01/01/89 through 12/31/95). The USA Basketball women's team will regroup in Colorado Springs for training June 25-July 1 before traveling to Russia to compete.
Gray, a rising junior from Los Angeles, Calif., averaged 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in less than 20 minutes of action. An All-Pac-12 selection as a freshman, the 6'3 forward impressed the national pundits with her defense and strong offensive play that was especially evident in the NCAA Tournament. In her lone start of the season against Utah, Gray put up 19 points and eight rebounds on 6-of-9 shooting. She finished fourth in the Pac-12 with her .510 field goal percentage.
Corona Centennial RB Tre Watson verbally committed to Cal. Watson is the third verbal for Cal's 2014 recruiting class, joining safety Koa Farmer (Notre Dame HS) and WR Jalen Harvey (El Cerrito HS).
Cal's season ended with a 3-1 loss to Michigan on Sunday, which eliminated the Bears from the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional. Cal finished the season 38-19, but missed reaching the NCAA Super Regionals for only the second time in the past nine years.
Cal ended the regular season with a 3-2 walkoff win over Gonzaga on Monday at Evans Diamond. Mitchell Kranson singled home John Soteropulos with the winning run in the 12th inning, giving the Bears their sixth walkoff win of the season. Cal finished the 2013 season with a 23-31 record.
Michael Weaver was named Cal's Muscle Milk Student Athlete of the Week after winning individual medalist honors at the NCAA Pullman Regional. Weaver shot 14-under par for the tournament to lead Cal to its 11th tournament victory of the season, breaking the modern NCAA record for team wins in a season.
Weaver's teammate, Michael Kim, was one of three finalists for the prestigious Ben Hogan award. Kim was beaten out for the honor, however, by Washington's Chris Williams, the top-ranked amateur golfer in the world. With the award comes an exemption into the PGA TOUR's 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. For being a finalist, Kim earned a $12,500 scholarship grant for the Cal men's golf program.
The Cal women won their sixth straight Pac-12 championship over the weekend. The second-ranked Bears edged out top-ranked USC for the conference crown.
Help Cal sell its allotment of tickets to the 2013 Collegiate Rugby Championship (7s), being played June 1 and 2 in Philadelphia. Tickets are $35 for the entire two-day event.