California Golden Bears women's basketball

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California Golden Bears
University of California, Berkeley athletic logo.svg
University University of California, Berkeley
Conference [[{{{conference}}}|Pac-12]]
Location Berkeley, CA
Head coach Lindsay Gottlieb (3rd year)
Arena Haas Pavilion
(Capacity: 11,877)
Nickname Golden Bears
Student section The Bench
Colors Blue and Gold[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Final Four
NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances
1982, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Conference regular season champions
1981, 1982, 2013

The California Golden Bears women's basketball team is the women's college basketball team of the University of California, Berkeley. The team plays its home games at Haas Pavilion, which was built on top of the old Harmon Gymnasium using money donated in part by the owners of Levi-Strauss.[2] The arena was originally known as Men's Gymnasium and then later Harmon Gymnasium until the late 1990s when it went through massive renovations which displaced the team for two seasons. The program has been to the NCAA tournament a total of nine times, and won three conference championships. The current head coach is Lindsay Gottlieb, who began her tenure in 2011.


The first season of women's basketball at Cal was played from 1972–1973, right after Title IX went into effect. The longest tenured coach in Cal history was Gooch Foster, who captained the team from 1979 to 1996. Cal was quite successful during this period; it won the conference twice in a row, and had 11 winning seasons. Since the early 1990s and through the early 2000s, however, success had been hard to come by, as the Bears had only three winning seasons through the 2005–2006 season.

In 2006–2007, Cal women's basketball began a resurgence, with its first 20 win season since 1992, a second straight trip to the NCAA Women's Tournament, beating Stanford and ending their 50-game Pac-10 winning streak at Maples Pavilion, a No. 25 ranking in the final USA Today–ESPN women's basketball poll, and Boyle and Devannei Hampton receiving Pac-10 Coach and Player of the Year trophies, respectively.[3][4][5]

In 2007–08, Cal tied the 1983–84 Bears for the most wins in school history (24-4, with one game remaining in the regular season). The Bears have been ranked as high as 8th in the national polls and set a Pac-10 record attendance in women's basketball with 10,525 witnessing Cal's 60-58 loss to Stanford at Haas Pavilion.

2008-09 was another good season for Cal women, as the team led by seniors Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton completed a successful 15-3 conference record. They had reeled off 11 straight wins to open the season, including a home win over rival Stanford (their first home win against the Cardinal in over 20 years), but fell to the Cardinal in the rematch on the road, and later suffered back to back losses towards the end of the season that took them out of the running for the conference title. Despite a heartbreaking early exit from the Pac-10 tournament at the hands of Southern California, the Bears completed a successful tournament run as the Bears saw their first Sweet 16 in school history. They went up against the undefeated UConn Huskies and even had a nice lead in the opening minutes but ultimately fell to the eventual national champions.

California Team photo 2008, Paradise Jam Tournament winner

In 2008, California traveled to St. Thomas to participate in the Paradise Jam Tournament. In a first round game 3rd ranked California took on South Florida and won easily, 85–55.[6] In the second round California played Texas Tech and won 68–54.[7]

On the final day, California easily beat Iowa 76–43 to go undefeated and win the 2008 Paradise Jam Championship (Reef)[7] California's Ashley Walker won the Tournament MVP.[8]

In 2009-10 the Bears brought in a top 10 recruiting class to make up for the losses of Walker and Hampton. The young Bears (the starting lineup during conference play featured four freshmen along with star senior Alexis Gray-Lawson) had an up and down year, going 6-5 in non-conference play including a home loss to nearby San Jose State. After an 0-3 conference start that left them two games under .500, the Bears started to find their form, going 12-5 the rest of the way including the Pac-10 tournament. However, the second half success was not enough for an NCAA tournament bid and Cal wound up settling for the WNIT. Although Alexis Gray-Lawson had to sit out the NIT opener because of an injury suffered in the Pac-10 tournament, the Bears edged UC Davis in overtime. Gray-Lawson returned for round 2, and the Bears romped through the remaining games against Utah, Oregon, BYU, Illinois State and finally Miami (FL) in the championship game at home to win the tournament. (It was the first ever championship game held at Haas Pavilion.) Gray-Lawson ended her career as the all-time Cal leader in three points made and games played.[9]

2012–13 season

The 2012 - 2013 season started with high expectations with almost the entire team returning and the Bears were ranked #13 in the AP pre-season poll, their highest ranking since 2009.[10] Through the middle of the season, the Bears have lived up to the expectations and have been ranked as high as 6th.[11] Post season success has led to a second seed in the NCAA tournament and the team's first ever advancement to the Final Four.[12][13] After a tough loss to Louisville in the semifinal game, the team finished a very successful year. "What I said to our team in the locker room is that we can be disappointed about a half a basketball that we wish we had back. We could be disappointed to not be playing on Tuesday night," Gottlieb said. "But I'm going to think about that for two minutes, and for the next 10,000 minutes I'm going to think about what this group did for the University of California." [14]

Season-by-season results

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Debbie Gebhardt (NCIAC) (1973–1974)
1973–74 Debbie Gebhardt
Debbie Gebhardt: 5–5 (.500) 2-3 (.400)
June Scopinich (1974–1975)
1974–75 June Scopinich 4–7
June Scopinich: 4–7 (.364)
Barb Iten (NCIAC) (1975–1977)
1975–76 Barb Iten 6–12 3–7
1976–77 Barb Iten 15–7 9–3
Barb Iten: 21–19 (.525) 12-10 (.545)
Marci Cantrell (NorCal) (1977–1979)
1977–78 Marci Cantrell 18–12 7–5 3rd
1978–79 Marci Cantrell 14–17 8–4 3rd 0-3 (WNIT)
Marci Cantrell: 32–29 (.525) 15-9 (.625)
Gooch Foster (NorCal/NorPac/Pac-10) (1979–1996)
1979–80 Gooch Foster 17–13 7–5 3rd (NorCal)
1980–81 Gooch Foster 23–13 10–2 1st (NorCal) 1-2 (WNIT)
1981–82 Gooch Foster 23–10 10–2 1st (NorCal) 1-1 (AIAW Quarterfinals)
1982–83 Gooch Foster 17–12 12–2 2nd (NorPac)
1983–84 Gooch Foster 24–8 12–2 4th (NorPac) 1-1 (WNIT)
1984–85 Gooch Foster 15–12 7–5 5th (NorPac)
1985–86 Gooch Foster 16–12 7–5 4th (NorPac)
1986–87 Gooch Foster 21–10 10–8 5th (Pac-10) 2-1 (WNIT)
1987–88 Gooch Foster 15–15 6–12 T-6th (Pac-10)
1988–89 Gooch Foster 13–15 8–10 T-4th (Pac-10)
1989–90 Gooch Foster 17–12 9–9 T-4th (Pac-10) 0-1 (NCAA First Round)
1990–91 Gooch Foster 14–14 7–11 7th (Pac-10)
1991–92 Gooch Foster 20–9 12–6 T-3rd (Pac-10) 0-1 (NCAA First Round)
1992–93 Gooch Foster 19–10 10–8 T-4th (Pac-10) 1-1 (NCAA Second Round)
1993–94 Gooch Foster 8–20 2–16 T-9th (Pac-10)
1994–95 Gooch Foster 10–17 5–13 T-8th (Pac-10)
1995–96 Gooch Foster 7–20 3–15 10th (Pac-10)
Gooch Foster: 279–222 (.557) 137-131 (.511)
Marianne Stanley (Pac-10) (1996–2000)
1996–97 Marianne Stanley 6–21 2–16 10th
1997–98 Marianne Stanley 6–22 2–16 T-9th
1998–99 Marianne Stanley 12–15 6–12 T-6th
1999–00 Marianne Stanley 11–17 6–12 8th
Marianne Stanley: 35–75 (.318) 16-56 (.222)
Caren Horstmeyer (Pac-10) (2000–2005)
2000–01 Caren Horstmeyer 12–16 8–10 T-6th
2001–02 Caren Horstmeyer 7–21 2–16 9th
2002–03 Caren Horstmeyer 10–19 5–13 9th
2003–04 Caren Horstmeyer 12–17 4–14 9th
2004–05 Caren Horstmeyer 11–18 4–14 10th
Caren Horstmeyer: 52–91 (.364) 23-67 (.256)
Joanne Boyle (Pac-10) (2005–2011)
2005–06 Joanne Boyle 18–12 10–8 6th 0-1 (NCAA First Round)
2006–07 Joanne Boyle 23–9 12–6 3rd 0-1 (NCAA First Round)
2007–08 Joanne Boyle 27–7 15–3 2nd 1-1 (NCAA Second Round)
2008–09 Joanne Boyle 27–7 15–3 T-2nd 2-1 (NCAA Sweet Sixteen)
2009–10 Joanne Boyle 24–13 11–7 4th 6-0 (WNIT Champions)
2010-11 Joanne Boyle 18–16 7–11 6th 1-1 (WNIT Second Round)
Joanne Boyle: 137–64 (.681) 70-38 (.648)
Lindsay Gottlieb (Pac-12) (2011–present)
2011–12 Lindsay Gottlieb 25–10 15–6 2nd 1–1 (NCAA Second Round)
2012–13 Lindsay Gottlieb 32–4 17–1 T 1st 6–2 (NCAA Final Four)
2013–14 Lindsay Gottlieb 22–10 13–5 2nd 1-1 (NCAA Second Round)
Lindsay Gottlieb: 79–24 (.771) 43–9 (.827)
Total: 646–536 (.547)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Source: 2011-12 Golden Bears Record Book and California Season Statistics


Head Coach Years Win-Loss Pct.
Debbie Gebhardt 1973–1974 5–5 .500
June Scopinich 1974–1975 4–7 .364
Barb Iten 1975–1977 21–19 .525
Marci Cantrell 1977–1979 32-29 .525
Gooch Foster 1979–1996 279-222 .557
Marianne Stanley 1996–2000 37-75 .318
Caren Horstmeyer 2000–2005 52-91 .364
Joanne Boyle 2005–2011 137-64 .681
Lindsay Gottlieb 2011– 79–24 .770


Retired numbers


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  14. Special Season Ends with Loss to Louisville
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