Northwestern started the season (6-0) with their only name opponent, Boston College. Then the Wildcats lost on the road to DePaul and their second leading scorer, Maggie Lyon (6'1" frosh), disappeared from the next two box scores. Their senior center and third scorer & top rebounder, 6-5 Dannielle Diamant, lasted only two minutes @ Illinois State in their 2nd loss and DNP in their 3rd consecutive loss at home to Bowling Green.
NW's starting lineup in their last game was made up of two freshmen, two sophomores & their star senior, Kendall Hackney. They mainly employ six players: three 6-2 forwards, a 6'5" post and a Canadian guard. The six player is another guard.
Cal's press might create havoc with this opponent. The Bear posts may have difficulty scoring inside over the Big Ten team's height. Cal also has superior experience over NW...GO BEARS!