Eliza Pierre, one of the Pac-12's top perimeter defenders, will be one of four seniors honored on Cal's Senior Day on Sunday. - Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Cal honors its seniors in their final weekend at Haas Pavilion

The California Golden Bears will honor their seniors as they play their final two games at Haas Pavilion against the Oregon schools this weekend. While the official Senior Day festivities will take place on Sunday against Oregon State, Talia Caldwell will be honored prior to the Oregon game for scoring her 1000th point. Both games will be available to watch on Pac-12 Networks. For plenty more on Cal, check out the women's basketball section at California Golden Blogs.

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A tribute to Cal

The California Golden Bears women's basketball team has had a banner year. They won a share of the Pac-12 title, their first in program history. They enter the conference tournament with a program-best 15 game winning streak. Four Bears received All-Pac-12 honors, another probably should have, and the media honored second year coach Lindsay Gottlieb with the Coach of the Year award. Oh, and they beat Stanford.

But a beautifully done post-game Senior Day ceremony made me think back on all they've been through to get to this high point in the program - with hopefully more to come - and why watching the journey has helped make the destination that much sweeter. Looking back at the games of theirs that I've covered over the years and the photos we've accumulated to accompany them, I've tried to recapture the major moments of that journey.


Video highlights, photos from Cal's Senior Day win

The Pac-12 Networks highlight package of Cal's win over Oregon State, featuring clips of Layshia Clarendon coming off screens and shooting off the dribble.


Clarendon leads Cal to victory over Oregon State

The California Golden Bears managed to fight their way back from a 17-point first half deficit to beat the Oregon State Beavers 58-56 in front of a home crowd ready to celebrate their seniors on Senior Day.

A few Swish Appeal regulars were at the game sitting with folks from SB Nation's California Golden Blogs, so for now we'll defer to norcalnick for a summary of the action and a brief assessment of how important senior guard Layshia Clarendon was

...the reason that Layshia Clarendon is the MVP of this team is because when nothing else is working, they can give her the ball and she will go to work.

I've never seen Cal just hand her the ball and let her break down the offense herself so frequently. But it was absolutely the right decision. She finished with 26 points, 18 of them coming in the second half when the offense was "give the ball to Layshia, set a screen, and maybe grab a rebound if Layshia actually misses." It worked to perfection.

After the game there was an absolutely outstanding Senior Day ceremony at Memorial Stadium's University Club, which included beautiful video tributes to Cal's four seniors (and free food, which was awfully tasty). We'll have more on the game and the post-game ceremony later.

For more on Cal, visit CGB's women's basketball section.


Cal looks to take care of business on Senior Day

The California Golden Bears will face the Oregon State Beavers at 2 p.m. PST on Pac-12 Networks. Although Senior Day offers fans an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the Bears' talented senior class, the players are approaching it as just one more game they have to win to keep pace in conference play.


Cal ties program record with 12th straight win

Even with star point guard Brittany Boyd out due to a groin injury, the California Golden Bears (24-2) managed to keep the Oregon Ducks (4-23) at bay in a 77-55 win, matching a program-record 12th straight, in their seniors' penultimate game at Haas Pavilion.


Cal honors Talia Caldwell for 1000th career point

Cal honored senior center Talia Caldwell tonight a few minutes before tip-off with a game ball for scoring her 1000th point against Arizona State when they were last at Haas Pavilion.

Caldwell proceeded to add to both her career scoring and rebounding numbers by scoring the first points of the game after a pair of offensive rebounds. Caldwell helped to get Cal out to 10-0 start with 15 minutes left, but without point guard Brittany Boyd on the floor due to injury the offense sputtered a bit after that and Oregon went on a run to help them tie the game at 18-18 with 4:20 left.

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