SB Nation blog California Golden Blogs contributor norcalnick picked his Golden Bears to finish third in the Pac-12 in his Pac-12 women’s basketball preview and wondered if he might’ve been a homer for picking Cal third.
Maybe, but there’s a lot of reason to have high expectations for Cal in the Pac-12 standings, perhaps even higher than last season.
Part of that is because of what might be obvious: both Arizona State and UCLA suffered major losses of different kinds in the offseason leaving room for someone to move up into the top of the standings this year. But also because Cal might have filled a major hole this year: ball handling.
Entering last season, one of the big questions for Cal with Alexis Gray-Lawson departed and Avigiel Cohen injured was how Cal would fill what appeared to be a void in the area of ball handling. Both Layshia Clarendon and Eliza Pierre were expected to shoulder that burden and with the experience of WNIT championship behind them, the young team had justifiably high hopes.