Another season has passed, and that means that we must wish a fond farewell to another group of Bears who were absolutely critical to a four (or, in Gennifer Brandon's case, five) year stretch that saw the program hit its lowest point in the last nine years to reaching the absolute pinnacle of women's basketball. In the process they gave us indelible moments on and off the court. It's been a joy following their careers. I'll remember countless aspects of their time at Cal, from the specific to the general, but here's what I had to say about each player at their best, either on the court or off:
Simply put, the best rebounder I have ever watched at the collegiate level, no qualifications. Hell, she might have been better at rebounding than any other Cal basketball player has been good at any particular single basketball skill. And that ability was most notable in one of the most thrilling wins of the 2012-13 season:
Cal had one thing that USC didn't have: Gennifer Brandon. Her performance rescued Cal in a 71, 63, come-from-behind overtime victory.
A shooter who earned herself more playing time by working hard and improving her ability to work within an offense and to play solid defense. Her ability to keep defenses honest and to space the offense opened up opportunities for the rest of the team, and yet she will likely be remembered just as much for her off-the-court work. That and having the game of her life against Cal's biggest rival, when they needed it most: