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In the Cal Classic final, Cal looked very together 11/27/2016

Logo_GoldenBear_whtIn the Cal Classic final against Duquesne, Cal got 51 points and 23 rebounds from three all-tournament forwards, and beat the Dukes 86-66.

Cal senior forward Courtney Range — they might list her as a “guard-forward”, which doesn’t describe Range as well as it describes most 2/3/4s — was the most valuable player in more than than one way. She’s taken on the senior responsibility at press conferences — she’s the union representative for 12 Cal students, which requires poise and fluency. Range also gathered 43 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists in two games.

Cal’s public address man calls the occasional Range trey with: “Long range three”. It’s a clever call, well used sparingly.

Sophomore Kristine Anigwe recorded 29 and 19, and I bet you could find people who’d say she had a bad weekend. Coach Gottlieb said Anigwe was making the extraordinary look ordinary, so substitute “ordinary” for “bad”. Anigwe made 29 and 19 look ordinary and somewhat disappointing.

Junior Penina Davidson is likes James Worthy in this regard: Worthy was the quietly dominant one in the Big Three dynamic of those great Lakers teams.

Ballhandling guard Asha Thomas made one turnover in the Cal Classic. She reminded me of Coach Mary Hegarty, who used to say she was just giving the ball to Denise Curry at UCLA, in an ironic bit of self-deprecation and unselfishness.

Junior guard Mikayla Cowling had 19 points and 14 assists. Those numbers made me think: “Huh? Really?”, because I feel like I wasn’t paying attention.

So this is the best thing I can say about the Golden Bears at their home tournament: Their guards were quietly spectacular. This coincides with what Coach Gottlieb said about her team: “We’ve got so many pieces to put together, and today you saw all of them.”

The worst thing I can say about the Golden Bears is to recite the old principle that the home team naturally invites three teams in the “stretch us hard but likely not beat us, especially when we play together” range. I hope the team takes that in a tongue-in-cheek, challenging way.

About the all-Cal Classic players from visiting teams:

USF senior guard Rachel Howard earned it. USF is a rocky program, rebuilding everywhere. I liked their senior guard Raushan Gultekin — she’s noticeable for diving under bigger players, and getting to the ball first. Then while I think to write that down, she’s chasing another loose ball.

Duquesne sophomore guard Chassidy Omogrosso was deserving. Duquesne is a striking family organization — they actually read each others’ retweets. Good basketball team, too.

Western Carolina junior forward Sherae Bonner had 15 points and 26 rebounds. Bonner had the Catamounts’ only double-double — none of her teammates made two doubles, which suggests their team’s unevenness.

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