HONOLULU -- Virginia women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle did not have to swallow any pride while congratulating Cal on the Golden Bears' 59-50 victory over her No. 22-ranked Cavaliers on Sunday night at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.
Inside, she was bursting with it.
"Now that the game's over, yeah, I'm happy and proud for them," said Boyle, who was Cal's head coach from 2005 through last season and coached and/or recruited all but one of the current Golden Bears before leaving to take the Virginia job in April. "They played well, and I wish them nothing but the best."
Cal improved to 4-2 with the win -- the first over a top-25 opponent for new coach Lindsay Gottlieb. Virginia fell to 5-2.
Golden Bears center Talia Caldwell, a junior co-captain, said she was able to put the past aside.
"At first I thought (seeing Boyle with Virginia) was so weird and awkward, but once the game started I didn't even look at their bench and I forgot about that dynamic," Caldwell said.
Cal led 30-18 by halftime. The Cavaliers clawed back and closed it to 42-41 with 6:30 remaining in the game, but the Bears pulled away and finished the game with a 7-2 run.
"It was good to see (Boyle) at the banquet, it was fun, but deep down we wanted to win," said Cal junior guard Layshia Clarendon, who finished with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. "We were going to have energy for this game no matter what."
Despite the victory over her mentor, Gottlieb said the roles are far from being reversed.
"For me, personally, I wouldn't be where I am today, with the job I love, without Coach Boyle," said Gottlieb, who was Boyle's assistant for three seasons at Richmond and three at Cal. "The friendship trumps everything."
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