BERKELEY – California women’s basketball duo Brittany Boyd and Gennifer Brandon are two of 25 players named on the preseason “Wade Watch” list announced Tuesady morning by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
The Bears are one of five schools in the country with multiple selections on the list with Cal representing the west coast in that group that includes Connecticut, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Duke. Boyd and Brandon, along with Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, represent the Pac-12.
It is Brandon’s second time on the list after being a midseason selection last season alongside former teammate Layshia Clarendon, while the selection is the first for Boyd by the WBCA.
Boyd is the lone guard from the west coast on the list as the Berkeley native continues to excel on the court. An All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Defensive Team selection last year, Boyd is Cal’s leading returning scorer with 12.5 points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists. A threat in scoring, assists, rebounds and steals, Boyd flirted with triple-doubles on four occasions during the season, coming closest against Fresno State in the NCAA First Round with 21 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. Boyd tied her program record with 10 steals at UCLA. The junior point guard announced herself to the nation in a game at No. 4 Duke where she scored 23 points and registered five steals in the second half alone, and finished the year averaging 13 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.6 steals in Cal’s NCAA Tournament run to the Final Four.
Brandon had an All-American season for the Bears, averaging 12.3 points and 11.1 rebounds en route to AP All-America honorable mention honors during Cal’s NCAA Final Four run. The Ann Meyers Drysdale Award candidate and WBCA All-Region selection solidified herself not only as one of the top post players but as one of the top players overall in the country with her dominating efforts throughout the season that included a 23-point, 26-rebound effort against USC - a mark that ranked second in the NCAA in the 2012-13 season for rebounds in a single game and broke a 19-year old Pac-12 record for rebounds in a conference game. Despite a season average of just 28 minutes played per game, Brandon ranked No. 16 in the NCAA with her 11.1 rebounds per game and was one of just 16 players in the country to average at least 12 points and 11 rebounds a game. She set a California single-season rebounding record of 389, the second consecutive year that Brandon set the program mark.
The Bears open the year with a free exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 1 against Vanguard before beginning the regular season a week later against Long Beach State. Single game, season ticket and mini-plan packages are available through the Cal Athletic Ticket Office, online or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS.