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Cal women at powerhouse Baylor for NCAA second round, envision being on other side in future

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    California's Afure Jemerigbe, from left, Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray take questions during an NCAA college basketball tournament news conference, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Waco, Texas. California is scheduled to play Baylor on Monday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (The Associated Press)

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    California's Afure Jemerigbe responds to a a question during an NCAA college basketball tournament news conference, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Waco, Texas. California is scheduled to play Baylor Monday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (The Associated Press)

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    California's Reshanda Gray responds to a question during an NCAA college basketball tournament news conference, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Waco, Texas. California is scheduled to play Baylor on Monday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (The Associated Press)

California coach Lindsay Gottlieb can envision her team one day being in the position the Golden Bears face now.

Cal plays its second-round NCAA tournament game Monday night at perennial power Baylor. It is a battle of Bears for a return trip to the Sweet Sixteen for one of them.

Gottlieb says her players embrace the stage they're on. She also believes her program is at a stage where eventually people will be asking the next team what it's like to go play Cal.

Baylor, a two-time national champion under coach Kim Mulkey, is trying to get to the Sweet Sixteen for the sixth consecutive season. The Lady Bears (30-4) have their fourth consecutive 30-win season.

Cal (22-9) made an unexpected run to the Final Four last year.