Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb never tries to hide her emotions, and those emotions rose to a new level after the Bears rallied from a 20-point second-half deficit to beat Arizona in overtime on Sunday afternoon in the Bears' final home game of the season.
Gottlieb took time in her postgame comments to say this one stacks up against some of the most memorable games since she became Cal's coach, and she started ratting off games that had a similar effect on her.
Two players who were not on the Cal roster last year -- freshman McKenzie Forbes and graduate transfer Recee' Caldwell -- were the stars of the game for Cal, and they joined Gottlieb in the interview room.
Forbes scored all 17 of her points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Caldwell scored 18 of her 24 points after halftime as the Bears overcame a 20-point deficit that Arizona had built in the third quarter.
"It's sad there aren't any more home games, but it's been a pretty nice ride here," Gottlieb said. "Senior nights tend to be emotional and special,. I'm kind of an emotional person anyway, but this is high levels even for me."
She was not as complimentary at halftime.
"I really challenged us at halftime," she said. "I really yelled at them about our effort and our body language and who we want to be."