Poll

Weekend poll: Would you prefer to know the future of the Kings before their final game on April 17?

Leading Off: Surprising Cal women carry Pac-12's banner

Published: Saturday, Apr. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Saturday, Apr. 6, 2013 - 4:25 pm

So what's more surprising? Defending champion Baylor and Brittney Griner getting bounced out of the women's NCAA Tournament or Cal reaching its first Final Four in program history?

Cal made it, not Stanford. It sounds crazy.

We're usually talking about coach Tara VanDerveer and her perennial powerhouse in Palo Alto this time of year, but Lindsay Gottlieb's Bears play Louisville on Sunday in the first of two semifinals in New Orleans.

This is terrific for women's basketball, particularly on the West Coast. The significance of the moment includes the following:

• Cal is only the third Pacific-12 Conference team – with Stanford and USC – to reach the Final Four.

• This was the Bears' first 30-win season (32-3).

• Gottlieb is 56-13 since succeeding the highly regarded Joanne Boyle. Most impressively, while Boyle elevated the program and placed the Bears on the cusp of challenging the Cardinal's status as the dominant team in the western United States, her former assistant has taken Cal to the next level.

Additionally, former Sacramento High School stars Brittany Shine and Kyra Dunn have transferred from Florida and Pittsburgh, respectively, and will be eligible next season.

What to watch

NCAA Men's Tournament semifinals, 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Ch. 13: It's Louisville vs. Wichita State, followed by Michigan vs. Syracuse.

What to do

Baseball, St. Louis at Giants, 1:05 p.m., AT&T Park: Ryan Vogelsong makes his regular-season debut for the Giants.

Weekend poll

Would you prefer to know the future of the Kings before their final game on April 17?

• Yes

• No

• Doesn't matter

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Friday's results

If the Kings stay in Sacramento, what is more important to you?

• Better team: 67%

• Better arena: 33%

Total votes: 303

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