LOUISVILLE, Ky. — California coach Lindsay Gottlieb knows seasons aren't made from the second game on the schedule.
But Sunday gave her plenty of reasons to smile after beating No. 8 Louisville, 75-71.
Gottlieb had heard the offseason talk about Cal rebuilding a Sweet 16 team from last year that had two players — Brittany Boyd (12th) and Reshanda Gray (16th) — taken in the first 16 picks of the WNBA Draft.
"We had a lot to prove, just in terms of our toughness and our ability to put young and new players on the court and have them perform," Gottlieb said.
The Golden Bears (2-0) were led by a veteran and newcomer and used their significant size advantage to overcome 27 turnovers to earn the upset. Junior Courtney Range and freshman Kristine Anigwe each scored 19 points as Cal outrebounded Louisville 50-27.
Range also had 13 rebounds to lead Cal to their first victory against a top 10 team since winning at Stanford 67-55 on Jan. 13, 2013. Anigwe, a McDonald's All-American and one of the country's best incoming post players, grabbed eight and was 8 of 10 from the floor.
• Makayla Epps drained a jump shot off a spin move and hit a pair of clutch free throws in the final 36 seconds of overtime to lift No. 18 Kentucky over No. 15 Arizona State 68-64.
• Lexi Bando scored 18 points, Jillian Alleyne had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Oregon upset No. 22 North Carolina 79-77, marking the first time the Tar Heels ever opened the season with two straight losses.
• Erica McCall scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and No. 16 Stanford closed the game with a 19-1 run to defeat Gonzaga 65-48.