Cal Women's Basketball: Swedish Guard Commits to Cal
Cal reportedly has received a 2020 commitment from Alma Elsnitz, a 5-foot-10 guard from Sweden, according to a Twittter message from Passion Hoops International.
And on April 2, Elsnitz announced on social media that she has committed to Cal
Elsnitz, 18, plays for her hometown club RIG Lulea.
She played in the 2019 FIBA Under-18 Women's European Championship in Skopje, North Macedonia, and averaged 8.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in that event, with Sweden placing fourth.
According to the Twitter message, Elsnitz is a strong two-way player who finds ways to score.
It's hard to guage how much impact Elsnitz will have as a freshman, but head coach Charmin Smith has already shown she is an excellent recruiter. The Bears signed the nation's sixth-ranked recruiting class in November, according to ESPN's HoopGurlz. Only Oregon, UConn, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Stanford have classes that rank higher.
The Cal class features three five-star recruits: Dalayah Daniels (Seattle, Wash./Garfield High School), Michelle Onyiah (Eastvale, Calif./Eleanor Roosevelt), and Fatou Samb (Houston, Texas/Westside High School). Daniels is ranked as the 14th-best prospect in the nation in 2020, while Onyaih ranks 34th and Samb is 53rd.
The Bears also signed international guard Ornela Muca (Athens, Greece), a member of the Under- 18 Albanian Women’s National Team.
Here are some highlight of Elsnitz, who is No. 14.
Cal finished last in the Pac-12 standings in Smith's first season as a head coach, but the Bears upset ranked teams in two of their final three games, knocking off No. 13 Arizona on the road in their final regular-season game and upsetting No. 25 Arizona State in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament.
The Bears' season came to an end when it lost to Arizona 86-73 in the second round of the conference tournament.
Smith talked about her goals for the season in the video above, and it appears the team achieved those goals.