Dec. 9, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Mon., Dec. 10 at Rutgers Louis Brown Athletic Center, New Brunswick, NJ 7:30 p.m. ET Radio: 90.7 FM/linked on CalBears.com TV: None
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
Riding a four-game winning streak, No. 11/12 California (8-1) faces one of its toughest tests of the season, as the Golden Bears travel to No. 4/3 Rutgers (6-2) Monday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
The Scarlet Knights, the 2007 NCAA runners-up, own a 2-0 mark over the Bears. Cal head coach Joanne Boyle, who also led Cal to an 8-1 start in 2006-07, is in search of her 50th career win with the Bears. The Bears also look to improve to 9-1 for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
Cal is 3-0 in games decided by eight points or fewer and has won its other five games by an average of 19.2 ppg.
Freshman guard/forward Kelsey Adrian posted 13 points and a career-high nine rebounds to lead Cal to a 68-42 road win over Princeton Dec. 8. The game marked the return of junior forward/center Devanei Hampton, who missed the first eight games of the season after having knee surgery Nov. 9. Hampton, a Wooden and State Farm/Wade Trophy candidate, tallied nine points, two rebounds, two assists and a block in 12 minutes.
Cal held Princeton to an opponent season low for points, improving the Bears' school-record scoring defense to 56.9 ppg. The Bears are also on school-record paces for field goal percentage defense (35.5%) and rebounding margin (+11.7). Cal averages 68.6 ppg, which is the team's best average since the 1995-96 season (71.8 ppg).
Junior forward/center Ashley Walker earned her fourth Pac-10 Player of the Week honor after averaging 20.7 ppg and 10.3 rpg in three games last week. Walker began the week in first in the Pac-10 in scoring (21.0 ppg, 15th NCAA) and rebounding (11.9 rpg, 6th NCAA) and second in blocked shots (2.25 bpg). She is now at 19.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg and 2.1 bpg. Sophomore forward/center Rama N'diaye started the week second in the conference in rebounding at 9.3 rpg (now 9.0 rpg). N'diaye, who also contributes 9.3 ppg, was named MVP of the Contra Costa Times Classic.
Cal starts a trio of guards in junior Alexis Gray-Lawson and sophomores Natasha Vital and Lauren Greif. Gray-Lawson is second on the team in scoring (11.2 ppg) and is third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (51.6%, 16-31). Gray-Lawson and Walker earned all-tournament honors over the weekend. Vital leads Cal in assists at 3.7 apg (6th Pac-10), while Greif is 10th in the conference in three-point percentage (40.7%).
Adrian has been a versatile presence for the Bears as they needed to make up for the absence of Hampton. Adrian, a member of Canada's senior national team, is the Bears' top contributor off the bench, posting 7.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg.