LAST SEASON: 25-10, 13-5 (second in the Pac-12).
COACH: Lindsay Gottlieb, 2nd season, 25-10; 5th overall, 81-49.
KEY PLAYERS: Senior guard
Layshia Clarendon (12.8 points, 3.9 rebounds), sophomore center
Reshanda Gray (10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds), sophomore guard
Brittany Boyd (10.2 points, 4.8 assists), junior forward
Gennifer Brandon (8.9 points, 9.9 rebounds).
SCOUTING REPORT: The Bears have all their key players back from a team that lost to national runner-up Notre Dame 73-62 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Gottlieb has brought enthusiasm to Berkeley as Cal tries to match cross-bay rival Stanford as the West Coast's premier women's program. The Bears were picked to finish second to Stanford in the Pac-12 coaches' poll. ... Gottlieb lost guards
Lindsay Sherbert and
Erika Johnson. Both transferred -- Sherbert to Gonzaga, Johnson to North Carolina. But the Bears have experience with seniors Clarendon
, Talia Caldwell and
Eliza Pierre. All three have had big roles in rebuilding the program. ... Cal also sees promise in the sophomore class with Boyd, 6-2
Justine Hartman and the 6-3 Gray. . ... Cal opens the season ranked 13th in the AP poll. The biggest nonconference game is Dec. 2 at No. 3 Duke.
-- ELLIOTT ALMOND