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Gottlieb's upbeat approach leads Cal to Final Four

Thursday - 4/4/2013, 5:19pm  ET

California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb speaks at a news conference the day before a regional final in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Spokane, Wash. California plays Georgia on Monday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

AP Sports Writer

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Lindsay Gottlieb sure will be stylin' in the Big Easy for the Final Four.

From the second she returned to campus as California's head coach two Aprils ago, Gottlieb spoke of this moment.

And as much as the outgoing Gottlieb encourages her players to enjoy their time in the spotlight on women's basketball's big stage, assistant Kai Felton had to talk her into having a little fun with her gameday attire for Cal's debut in the showcase event.

It's not every day you get to coach in the Final Four, or go to New Orleans to do it. For Cal, this is a monumental step out from the shadows of Bay Area rival Stanford.

Gottlieb is downright giddy this is happening to a team of unselfish young women she loves dearly.

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