Stanford, California women gear up for big seasons

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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Tara VanDerveer plans to reach out to every one of her Pac-12 coaching colleagues soon to let them know she's rooting for a strong nonconference showing by all.

The Stanford coach is cheering for continued strides in West Coast women's basketball, knowing full well these teams still lag behind on the national stage largely based on the region where they play.

Across San Francisco Bay in Berkeley, Lindsay Gottlieb is all for her California players celebrating their preseason No. 13 ranking, then going out and backing it up.

Stanford and Cal are picked to go 1-2 in the Pac-12 this season, and both coaches -- at different stages of their respective careers -- know the roles their programs continue to play in boosting the sport's profile on the Left Coast.