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Cal Women's Basketball: Sara Anastasieska Says Charmin Smith Is 'Tough and Loud'

Bears redshirt senior guard likes the coaching style of Cal's new head coach

Cal's women's basketball team opens its season soon under new coach Charmin Smith, and guard Sara Anastasieska provided a glimpse of Smith coaching style.

"Charmin is definitely tough and definitely loud," Anastasieska said a few weeks ago. "She has attention to detail. She's very consistent. Shoe comes to every morning with a plan to work, and that's what we all do and are willing to do."

Anastasieska says Smith's demeanor is not much different from when she was a Cal assistant coach, but she does note a few differences between Smith and former Cal head coach Lindsay Gottlieb.

"I think Charmin is definitely louder and definitely more tough,"Anastasieska said. "But I think her coaching style is really good.  I really enjoy it. I like to work."

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Smith has already proven to be a solid recruiter, getting commitments from three top-60 propects for next season: Dalayah Daniels, Michelle Onyiah and Fatou Samb.

Anastasieska missed all of last season with a back problem and was out for all but 10 games of the 2017-18 season as well becasue of injury. In those 10 games, she averaged 2.8 points per game in 7.9 minutes per game.

She sat out the 2016-17 season after transferring .from Texas-San Antonio.

Cal played an exhibition game against Beijing Normal University this past weekend, winning that contest 95-77. The Bears will play a second exhibition game on Sunday against Vanguard. As of now that game is scheduled to be played in Berkeley starting at 2 p.m., pending electrical power issues.

The Bears open the regular season on the road, playing at Harvard on Nov. 8, then traveling to Storrs, Conn., to face Connecticut two days later. Cal's first regular-season home game is against UC Riverside on Nov. 17.