Sunday wins and Saturday blowups

Cal pulled off a stunner last night at their own Haas Pavilion, in front of 10,126 fans: they beat higher-ranked Stanford 57-54. It was the first time the Bears had beat the Cardinal at home since 1993, and Alexis Gray-Lawson’s 37 points was the most by a Cal player since 1987.

Cal Coach Joanne Boyle, who was literally jumping up and down after the game, and her team should be proud. Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer was gracious in defeat, acknowledging the spirit and decibel-level of the Cal crowd.

Across the country, a controversy has emerged in the wake of the Connecticut-Syracuse game. It’s the question of who tripped who – did UConn Coach Geno Auriemma trip Syracuse player Nicole Michael, or vice versa?,0,747661.column?page=1


There are also rumors that the Big East Conference is demanding both side impose sanctions on themselves. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, number one Connecticut faces their most formidable opponent to date this season tonight in second-ranked North Carolina. Hold on to your seats.