Dec. 4, 2011
BERKELEY-The California Golden Bears (5-2) will play in the championship game of the Cal Classic, presented by DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina, taking on the UNLV Lady Rebels (7-1) on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears, who have hosted the Cal Classic since 1978, advanced to the championship game of their home tournament for the 29th consecutive time. Cal has won its tournament six of the last eight years and 17 times overall.
This is the third time that UNLV has played in the Cal Classic. The Lady Rebels have twice advanced to the championship game, facing Cal on both occasions. The Bears defeated the Rebels, 58-50 to win the 2005 title. UNLV defeated Cal, 74-70, to win the 1984 Classic.
Cal is coming off its largest margin of victory of the season, a thirty point win over CSU Bakersfield in Saturday's opening game. The Bears also had their most dominant rebounding performance, outrebounding the Roadrunners 60-24 (+36). Cal was already leading the Pac-12 in rebounding margin, coming into the weekend an average rebounding margin of +14.8 , the seventh best among all NCAA Division I teams.
Junior forward Gennifer Brandon, who is now averaging 10.0 rebounds per game, grabbed 14 boards in just 15 minutes on the court. Freshman forward Reshanda Gray had her first double-digit rebound performance, pulling in her tenth board in the final minute to earn her first career double double.
Cal had three players score in double digits with none of them in the starting line-up. In addition to Gray's 13 points, fellow freshman post Justine Hartman (12) and sophomore guard Lindsay Sherbert (10) also had double digits to help the bench put up 53 points.
Freshman point guard Brittany Boyd, a member of the starting line-up, had her second seven-assist performance of the season. Boyd also scored four points with six rebounds and two steals in 19 minutes.