BERKELEY -- It just made sense to Cal women's basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb.
She did a lot of research on possible NCAA tournament teams before finding out with her squad on Monday afternoon that the Golden Bears are a No. 2 seed in the Spokane Region and will play No. 15 Fresno State on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, in a 1:20 p.m. (PT) game.
"I did all the bracketology stuff and the S curve and breaking it down, and I thought our resume was pretty good," Gottlieb said. "I thought our resume was deserving of a two, and we're excited to get it."
The seeding is the best in the program's history. Its previous best was a No. 3 seed in 2008. When the seeding was announced on ESPN, a crowd watching the show at the Field Club at Memorial Stadium roared.
"I think it's huge. We've been breaking records, kind of been doing that all year long. We've been doing things this program has never done," Layshia Clarendon said.
Cal (28-3) will face a Fresno State squad that won the Mountain West tournament with a 76-70 victory over San Diego State.
Many of the Bears are familiar with the Bulldogs' Ki-Ki Moore, who leads Fresno State in scoring with 17.2 points per game.
"I know Ki-Ki played at Sacred Heart Cathedral (High) with Tierra (Rogers). Obviously she is a terrific player," Gottlieb said. "They won their tournament and beat a great San Diego State team, so I know they're really talented."
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The seeding milestone isn't lost on Gottlieb.
"Just being able to reflect on how far this program has come, to be a two seed and see your name called is really exciting. And at the same time, there's definitely a hunger with this group that we're not satisfied. ... We want to make a deep run, but we're excited."
The Bears were a No. 8 seed last year and advanced to the second round before a 73-62 loss to top seed Notre Dame.
This year, the Spokane bracket's top seed is a familiar foe -- Stanford.
"We're excited that we're in Spokane, and if the opportunity arises to meet Stanford, that means we're in the Elite Eight, which would be great," Gottlieb said.