Jan. 15, 2011
Sunday, Jan. 16: California at Washington, 2:00 p.m.
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The California Golden Bears (10-5, 2-2 Pac-10) finish their first Pac-10 road trip of the season on Sunday, Jan. 16 when they take on the Washington Huskies (6-8, 1-4 Pac-10) at 2 p.m. in Seattle.
The Bears are currently tied for third in the Pac-10 after sweeping the Arizona schools last weekend. The Bears, who have outrebounded all but one of their home opponents this season, pulled in 41 more rebounds than Arizona State and Arizona. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell had 23 rebounds in the two games.
The Bears are looking to rebound from their stunning 77-63 loss at Washington State Friday night. Cal has not lost back-to-back games all season, but continue to struggle away from Haas Pavilion. The Bears are 2-4 in games not played on their home court.
The Bears did have their three-point shooting working for them against Washington State. Cal shot 50.0 from three-point range, the fifth time this season that the Bears made at least half of their long range field goal attempts. After going 0-for-3 from three point range against Arizona State, Cal's players have gone 13-for-22 (59.0 percent). Layshia Clarendon went 2-for-2 against Arizona and 3-for-4 against Washington State, giving her an 83.3 shooting percentage in her last two games.
As much as three point shooting has helped Cal, it was Washington State's three-point shooting that did in the Bears. The Bears, whose opponents make just 22.4 percent of three point field goal attempts, allowed a season-high 12 treys to the Cougars, with the team shooting 42.9 percent from long range, only the second time this season that an opponent shot better than 33.3 percent.
The Bears will try to get back into the win column taking on the Washington Huskies. Cal has won six of the last seven meetings against the Washington Huskies including a thrilling 75-68 overtime victory last season in Seattle (in a game that was played on Valentine's Day). Cal's last loss in the series was the 2008 regular season finale when the Huskies stunned the Bears, 74-66, and cost Cal the Pac-10 title. The Huskies lead the all-time series, 40-16. Eight of those wins have come in the Joanne Boyle era.
Fast Starts Prior to the Washington State game, the Bears had won the opening tip in 12 straight games. In one of the two games they didn't win the tip (against Saint Mary's), the Bears still managed to score first, hitting a jumper in the first 18 seconds of the game. Cal has scored ten times this season in the first 20 seconds of a contest and have four buckets that have come in the first ten seconds of a game. When winning the opening tip, the Bears have scored nine times in the opening possession with just three misses.
Crashing the Boards The Bears are second in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin, grabbing an average of 10.4 more rebounds per game than their opponents ranking them 5th in the nation. Cal has now outrebounded their opponents in 12 of their 15 games this season. The Bears pulled in 27 more rebounds than Arizona, the second largest differential of the season and the fourth time this season they have outrebounded an opponent by 20 or more. The Bear's top performance of the season was when they outrebounded Yale by 30. Cal's 64 rebounds in that game tied a program record for most rebounds in a game and set a Haas Pavilion mark for the same stat.
Talia Caldwell pulled in a career-high 18 rebounds in the Arizona game, the highest single-game total for a Cal player since Gennifer Brandon had 21 boards in the 2010 first round WNIT game against UC Davis. Only nine players in Cal history have had more than 18 rebounds in a game. It was the second highest single-game rebounding total by a Pac-10 player so far this season. Stanford's Kayla Pedersen had 20 rebounds against San Francisco.
Caldwell has moved up to second in the Pac-10 in rebounding, averaging 9.0 boards per game. Ify Ibekwe, who was the Conference rebounding champ last season, continues to lead this year with 10.5 per game. Caldwell ranks 50th among all NCAA Division I players in rebounds per game.
Threes Lindsay Sherbert's six three-pointers tied for the most hit in a single game this season by any Pac-10 player. Four other players have made six treys in a contest this season. Her 6-for-8 shooting improved her season accuracy to 41.1 percent, sixth best in the Pac-10.
Layshia Clarendon went 2-for-2 from three-point range against Arizona, improving her three-point shooting to 47.2 percent this season, ranking her second in the Pac-10.
Cal's defense held the Arizona schools to 4-for-29 (13.8 percent) shooting from three point range. For the season, opponents are being held to 24.5 percent shooting from long range, the best percentage in the Pac-10 and ranked 2nd in the nation.
Efficiency When DeNesha Stallworth shoots the ball, she is making her shots, most of the time. In fact, Stallworth, helped by her 12-for-14 performance in the Colliers International Classic Championships game, is connecting on 53.2 percent of her tries from the field. The mark is sixth best in the Pac-10 and ranks No. 39 among all NCAA Division I players. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell actually has a better percentage, making 56.1 percent of her shots, but she does not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings. Her percentage ranks fifth in the Pac-10.
200 wins Cal head coach Joanne Boyle comes into the game with a career record of 196-82 (.708), including a 129-53 (.713) mark at Cal. She needs four more victories to reach the 200th of her head coaching career. Boyle spent three seasons as the head coach for the Richmond Spiders (67-29) prior to her arrival in Berkeley.
Charitable Works This season, the Bears will again be doing the We Assist, You Assist promotion where fans can make pledges per assist to help a local charity. This season, the team has decided to focus their efforts on assisting Upward Roots. Upward Roots is aimed at generating positive change through community service. Their programs develop a greater sense of leadership and personal impact among under-served youth through the creation of self-initiated community service projects. The goal is to produce and sustain the concept that change can come from within and that every small action makes a resounding difference. Upward Roots strives to break the cycle from these youth being served to serving others. Every dollar raised, up to $10,000, will be matched by Coach Boyle.
Cal Coaches Corner Each Monday (beginning Dec. 13), head coach Joanne Boyle and one of the players will be featured weekly on the Cal Coaches Corner radio program. The show airs on KNEW Radio (910 AM) every Monday from 6-7 p.m. The program is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley, so fans are encouraged to come out and enjoy the show live. In addition to Coach Boyle and a women's basketball player, men's head coach Mike Montgomery will also be a weekly guest on the show, which is hosted by Todd McKim. The show allows fans to email questions for the coaches and players.