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California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb and guard Eliza Pierre in Saturday's practice
 
California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb and guard Eliza Pierre in Saturday's practice

March 18, 2012

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (AP) - Ninth-seeded California meets No. 8 seed Iowa on Sunday in a first-round game of the Raleigh regional at Purcell Pavilion in the Joyce Center with the winner likely having to face top seed Notre Dame on its home court in the next round.

Three of Cal's nine losses were to No. 2 Stanford, including one in the finals of the Pac-12 tourney.

Cal (24-9) been especially tough on the boards and led by 6-2 Gennifer Brandon, 6-3 Reshanda Gray and 6-3 Talia Caldwell had an average rebound margin of 13.2 over its opponents this season.

No player on Cal's current roster has been to the NCAA tournament before, as the Golden Bears are making their first trip since 2009.

"I've never been here before so it is something that when you don't hear your name called and the difference when you do, it was ecstatic," leading scorer Layshia Clarendon said.

"It's that thing of not having it and then having it. You appreciate hearing your name called and you get to write your name in the NCAA bracket as opposed to the WNIT bracket. It is a great experience, a humbling experience because we worked so hard to get here."

Sunday's game starts at 12:10, which is 9:10 a.m. on the west coast, a little bit early. First-year coach Lindsay Gottlieb brought her team to town Thursday to get acclimated to the time change and says it's now not a big deal.

"I can tell this team they are playing on the moon at 3 a.m., and when that ball is tipped, I think they would be ready to go," she said. "I don't think it will be a factor."

Iowa (19-11) could be a bit rusty, not having played for more than two weeks. The Hawkeyes won eight straight before losing to Nebraska in the Big Ten tournament March 2. Six of those wins came after leading scorer Jaime Printy (16.9 ppg) tore her ACL at Wisconsin on Feb. 2.

"The first thought that went through your head when she went down was ... I can't say it," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said.

 

 

"You are completely sick. Anytime a player gets hurt, it's an awful situation for any team. But when you take a person that has been in the starting lineup for three years and is the leading scorer and was preseason pick all-Big Ten, it is a little bit magnified. ... Even though Jamie was our leading scorer and took the most shots, truly our team has never been a team that has been star-oriented or that we have set everything up for this player."

Kamille Wahlin has really stepped up her game, averaging 17 points since Printy was hurt.

"I think everyone is going to pitch in a little extra, because they know that's what they have to do," Wahlin said.

Making their fifth straight trip to the NCAAs, the Hawkeyes are hoping their long respite won't have an effect, but it's been difficult keeping an edge by scrimmaging and practicing for more than two weeks.

"It is a strange layoff, too, because it is the only time of the year when you don't know where you are going to play, who you are going to play and when you are going to play," Bluder said. "So we go through about a 12-day period when we don't even know who the opponent is going to be, so that time you work on your weaknesses. You look at what you need to do to make your team better and then after Monday night, we shifted the focus to California."

Event Calendar

Delta

November 3
7:00 PM
Roberts Wesleyan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 11
7:00 PM
Central Michigan Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 14
7:00 PM
WNIT Quarterfinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 17
7:00 PM
WNIT Semifinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 20
3:00 PM
WNIT Final
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

CBS Sports Network
November 22
8:00 PM
UL-Lafayette
Houston, Texas (Campbell Center)
November 26
1:00 PM
TCU
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 30
TBA
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
December 4
1:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 7
7:00 PM
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
December 10
TBA
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
TBA
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
December 27
TBA
Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena)
December 29
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)

ACC Network Extra
January 2
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavilion)
January 5
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 8
3:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN Flex
January 12
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACC Network Extra
January 16
7:00 PM
Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

ESPN2
January 19
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
January 22
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Carmichael Arena)

ESPNU
January 26
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 29
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
February 2
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
February 6
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
February 12
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 16
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
February 19
5:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

ESPN2
February 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 26
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
March 17
TBA
NCAA First/Second Rounds
TBD
March 24
TBA
NCAA Regionals
TBD
March 31
TBA
NCAA Semifinals
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
April 2
TBA
NCAA Final
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)

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