Jan. 6, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. -
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
Off to its best overall and conference start in 11 years, California (9-4, 2-2 Pac-10, 6th) begins a three-game homestand this week against Arizona (11-3, 3-0, 2nd) on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. The Golden Bears, who are 7-1 at home, then face Arizona State (8-4, 2-1, T4th) on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. Next week, Cal entertains No. 7 Stanford (11-2, 4-0, 1st) on Friday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.
Cal is coming off a weekend road split, losing to Washington, 65-54, and defeating Washington State, 85-71, to snap a two-game losing streak.
Here's a look at Cal's vitals heading into the Wildcat game:
- The 1992-93 Cal team was 10-3 through 13 games and 2-2 in Pac-10 play. Two victories by the Bears this week would equal that year's 11-4 mark through 15 games and would give them their first 4-2 record in the Pac-10 since 1991-92.
- Head coach Caren Horstmeyer is coaching her 99th and 100th games for Cal this week.
- Cal won only 10 games all of last season (19 losses) and was 5-8 through 13 games.
- In the various RPI/power ratings, Cal has made great strides since last year. Cal is No. 42 according to College Basketball News, No. 43 by the WBCA and No. 55 by Sagarin. CBN had the Bears No. 168 at the end of last season.
- Cal's offense and defense ranks in the top five in the Pac-10 - fifth in scoring at 69.8 ppg and fourth in scoring defense at 61.8 ppg. The Bears are averaging 12.2 ppg more than they did in 2002-03 and have been in the top five in the Pac-10 for scoring defense each of the last five years.
- Senior guards Nihan Anaz and LaTasha O'Keith are coming off career games vs. Washington State. Anaz posted a career-high 30 points, bettering her previous best by eight points, and O'Keith's career high of 20 points bettered her previous best by two.
- Anaz leads Cal in scoring (17.0 ppg) and steals (2.5 spg) and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in both categories.
- Junior forward Leigh Gregory and O'Keith also average career bests for points at 12.3 ppg and 10.0 ppg, respectively. Gregory paces the team in rebounding at 6.5 rpg. Junior point guard Kristin Iwanaga isn't far behind with a career-best 9.0 ppg.