Social media recap: The Force is with Cal during Star Wars-themed doubleheader

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Cal routed BYU Saturday evening 70-45 led by senior guard/forward Mikayla Cowling (21 points/8 rebounds) but for Golden Bears fans who are Star Wars fanatics, the victory had to compete with another event as the most exciting thing of the evening.

The game was part of a Star Wars-themed doubleheader with the men’s squad. The men played Cal State Fullerton Titans first. Interesting note: the associate head coach for the Titans is John Smith, the father of Cal freshman point guard Kianna Smith, Her older brother, Jamal, is the starting point guard for CS Fullerton. The men’s game went to overtime with Cal earning the win, 95-89.

Before the women’s game, Cowling was honored for reaching 1,000 career points, adding to the celebratory mood. From the pregame announcements sent to fans, to the in-game graphics, the night was a treat for Star Wars aficionados, especially given the premiere of the “The Last Jedi” last night, the latest film in the Star Wars space opera sequel trilogy.

Fans received free Star Wars-themed posters, the Jumbotron featured players doing impressions of Star Wars characters during timeouts and cosplayers dressed as the movie’s characters threw out free t-shirts with movie tickets inside. Here is a social media recap:

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