President Obama has Cal women in Final Four

JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer Published:

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Lindsay Gottlieb had barely gotten done talking to her California team about ignoring any outside NCAA tournament chatter when she learned President Barack Obama had picked her Golden Bears to reach the Final Four.

Getting by rival Stanford in the process.

Her players quickly texted and teased. And, now, there's no way the coach won't let them enjoy the ultimate compliment -- for a little while, at least. Even Gottlieb herself was giddy, calling her retired judge father, Stephen, and waking him late Tuesday on the East Coast.

Before Cal can even think about the program's first Final Four, it must travel to Texas to take on a familiar in-state opponent for Saturday's first round: feisty Fresno State.

And there's that likely matchup with Stanford in the Spokane regional final.