Jan. 12, 2010
The California Golden Bears (6-8, 0-3 Pac-10) return home to Haas Pavilion for a weekend series. They open up on Thursday, Jan. 14 with a 7 p.m. game against the Washington Huskies (8-6, 3-1 Pac-10). The game will be televised live in the Bay Area on CSN Plus.
The Bears are seeking their first Pac-10 victory of the season and are trying to avoid losing four games in a row for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Thursday's game will be the first time Cal has played at Haas Pavilion since Dec. 9, a span of 35 days away from the home fans.
Freshman forward DeNesha Stallworth is coming off her best game of the season. Stallworth, who has been a consistent scoring force for the Bears, putting up double-digit scoring stats in 12 of Cal's 14 games this season, scored 30 points in Sunday's game at USC. Stallworth is ranked 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring this season, averaging 14.4 points per game. She is second among Pac-10 freshman this season, trailing only Davellyn White of Arizona who is averaging 16.4 points per game.
Senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson also ranks in the top-10 in scoring. Her 14.7 points per game average is the ninth best in the Conference this season. Last weekend, Gray-Lawson scored 20 points with 8 rebounds against UCLA and 20 points with 8 rebounds against USC.
Freshman forward Gennifer Brandon has been a strong force off the bench for the Bears. Brandon is ranked tenth in rebounding in the Pac-10, averaging 6.8 boards per game. Among the Pac-10 freshmen, she is second, trailing only Markel Walker of UCLA who is averaging 7.9 rebounds per game. Stallworth is third among freshmen rebounders (12th overall) at 6.7 rebounds per game. Freshman center Talia Caldwell is third among freshmen (13th overall) at 6.3 rpg.
Stallworth is shooting 50.0 percent from the field, the eighth-highest field goal percentage among all NCAA Division I freshmen (52nd overall). Taryn Wicijowski is the top shooting freshman in the nation, hitting 60.6 percent of her shots while playing for Utah. Boston College's Carolyn Swords leads the nation in shooting percentage, making 66.2 percent of her attempts.
THIRTY POINT CLUB Freshman DeNesha Stallworth scored 30 points in Sunday's loss at USC. The career-high mark was the first time this season that any Cal player scored 30 or more points. It is only the second time in Cal history that a freshman has logged a 30-point game. Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 30 points her rookie year against Stanford. Last season, there were five game in which a Cal player scored 30 or more points. Ashley Walker had four of them. The fifth was Gray-Lawson's 37-point performance against Stanford. Stallworth is the second Pac-10 freshman this season to score 30 points in a game. Davellyn Whyte of Arizona scored 34 points against USC. Overall six Pac-10 players this season have scored 30 or more points in a single game.
TWENTY POINT CLUB Stallworth's performance in the USC game was the first time this season she has scored 20 or more points in a single game. Alexis Gray-Lawson leads the team with four twenty point games. She has scored twenty points in back-to-back games, scoring an even 20 against both UCLA and USC. Layshia Clarendon had the longest string of consecutive 20-point games so far this season with three in a row in December (Long Beach State- 21, Boston College 20, Nevada 22).
FIELD GOALS DeNesha Stallworth's 13 made field goals against USC is tied for the most baskets in a single game by a Pac-10 player this season. Oregon's Amanda Johnson scored 13 baskets in a non-conference game against Portland in December.
REBOUNDING Freshman guard Layshia Clarendon has led or been tied for the team high in rebounding each of the last five games. Clarendon averaged 2.4 rebounds per game in November. She is averaging 8.6 rebounds per game in the last five games and has raised her season average to 5.4 boards per game. Clarendon and Alexis Gray-Lawson had eight rebounds apiece against both UCLA and USC.
YOUTH MOVEMENT Cal started four freshmen against Stanford and against USC. Cal is the only team in the Pac-10 going with a four rookie lineup. The Arizona Wildcats are the only other team close, with three newcomers in their starting lineup, but only one is a freshman, the other two are JC transfers. This is the second time in Cal head coach Joanne Boyle's Cal career that four freshmen have gotten the starting nod. In Boyle's first season with the Bears (2005-06), Cal's normal starting lineup included four freshmen (Alexis Gray-Lawson, Jene Morris, Devanei Hampton, and Ashley Walker) and a lone senior (Rene Wright). Gray-Lawson would go on to be named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year that season with Walker and Hampton both earning spots on the All-Freshman team.
GRAY-LAWSON IN THE RECORD BOOKS Alexis Gray-Lawson scored her 1,500th career point in dramatic fashion. With time expiring in the first half of the Jan. 2 game at Stanford, Gray-Lawson pulled up for a buzzer-beating three-pointer, the 1,500th points of her career. Gray-Lawson is the ninth Bear to score 1,500 or more career points. Gray-Lawson enters the series against the Washington schools 13 points away from moving up to seventh on the Cal career point list. Gray-Lawson is just 42 points behind Devanei Hampton, who is currently in sixth place on the career list. Hampton ended her storied Cal career with 1,588 points.
Gray-Lawson already holds the career mark for made three-pointers, a record that she continues to add to. Gray-Lawson has made at least one three-point basket in every game but one this season (Saint Mary's) and has a streak of 12 straight games in which she has made at least one three-point basket. She made a career-high 6 treys against San Jose State, the game in which she became Cal's all-time leading three-point shooter.
Gray-Lawson, who recently moved into the career top-10 in assists, is one steal away from ranking in Cal's top-10 in that statistical category as well.
A LOOK AT WASHINGTON The University of Washington Huskies (8-6, 3-1 Pac-10) has won three games in a row. They dropped their Pac-10 opener at Oregon, but got past Oregon State then swept the Arizona schools at home last weekend. They have not won four-straight Pac-10 games since 2007, when UW won five straight conference games (Dec. 21 - Jan. 4). UW is tops in the Pac-10 in blocks with 4.6 per game. The Huskies blocked 10 shots in the wins over the Arizona schools.
Cal has won six of the last eight meetings between the two teams, including sweeping all three games against UW last season. The two teams last faced one another in the second round of the 2009 Pac-10 tournament in Los Angeles, where Cal cruised to a 61-41 victory. In the first meeting of the 2008-09 season between the two, Cal held Washington to just 9 first half points with Cal earning a decisive 62-34 victory. Washington took 21 three-point shots in the game, connecting on two of them. The Huskies have not won at Haas Pavilion since a 79-76 overtime victory on Feb. 8, 2007.
LIVE STREAMING AUDIO The California Golden Bear's Women's Basketball team will be streaming live action for their entire 2009-10 season as part of the Cal ISP Sports Network online through CalBears.com. The Cal ISP Sports Network will be providing the audio broadcasts for all games will be available free on the internet for fans to listen via the CalBears.com website. Bay Area broadcasting veteran Dave Lewis has been hired to call the play-by-play for the game broadcasts. U.C. Berkeley's student radio station, KALX-FM, which has carried women's basketball games for the past 27 years, will continue to broadcast most home games and select road games this season. CLICK HERE to access the live audio feed.