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Cal WBB falls to Oregon State, awaits tournament fate

Can Cal extend their season one more game against the 3 time reigning Pac-12 champs?

NCAA Womens Basketball: Pac-12 Conference Tournament Championship-UCLA vs Oregon State Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Wiese and the Beavers (28-3) won their sixth straight, leading by as many as 16 in the first half and holding off every run by the Golden Bears. It was Oregon State's second win in a week over California, knocking off the Bears in the regular-season finale by 15.

Mikayla Pivec added 17 points for Oregon State, the top seed in the conference tournament. The Beavers won their first Pac-12 Tournament title a year ago, the precursor to a run to the Final Four. They will face No. 15 UCLA or Arizona State in Saturday's semifinals.

Kristine Anigwe led California (19-13) with 26 points. The Bears likely needed one more victory to bolster their NCAA Tournament hopes.

Instead it'll be an antsy wait for California when the NCAA tournament field is announced on March 13.

When: 11:30 am PT
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Tournament Info

The Bears defeated USC in the early afternoon yesterday. I wasn’t able to see the game, but you can find solid recaps around the internets. The quick summary? Kristine Anigwe is really good, and occasionally other teams are incapable of doing anything to stop her. Woe unto those teams.

Next up is the Oregon State Beavers, who are playing for a 1 seed in the NCAA tournament to go along with their 1 seed in the Pac-12 tournament. Cal hasn’t beaten Oregon State in 3 years, and has lost each game since that win by at least 10 points. To be fair, Oregon State has won 3 straight conference titles, so Cal is hardly alone in having trouble besting the Beavers.

It will take something approaching Cal’s very best effort to take down OSU after a one day turnaround. But that’s the task the Bears face this a.m.