Dec. 29, 2009
SAN DIEGO -
The California Golden Bears (5-5) close out their non-conference schedule on Wednesday, Dec. 30 taking on the Nevada Wolfpack (6-6) in the Consolation Championship of the Maggie Dixon Surf `n Slam Tournament.
Since 2001, this four-team, two-game tournament has been held every year from Dec. 26-31. The tournament expanded in 2005 to eight teams. San Diego State joined USD as a tournament host, creating two separate four-team brackets, the Torero Division (USD host) and the Aztec Division (SDSU host).
Cal leads the all-time series against Nevada, 8-3, and has won the last five meetings with Nevada's last victory over Cal coming in the 1976-77 season. The Bears defeated the Wolfpack, 67-53, last season at Haas Pavilion.
Senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson has a chance to become the ninth player in Cal history to score 1,500 points in her career. After scoring 17 points against Boston College, Gray-Lawson now has 1,486 career points, 14 shy of the milestone. Last season, Gray-Lawson scored the 1,000th point of her career at the Paradise Jam Tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a tournament coordinated by the same group doing the Surf `n Slam Tournament in San Diego.
The tournament has already seen one Cal player reach a milestone. Freshman guard Layshia Clarendon was a member of Cal's starting lineup against Boston College, the first start of her career. She took advantage of the opportunity to also post her first career double double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Clarendon is the fourth different Bear this season to score in double digits and pull in double digit rebounds in a game. Freshman forward Gennifer Brandon leads the Bears with a pair of double doubles.
Clarendon has scored 20 or more points in each of her last two games.
Freshman forward Talia Caldwell continued her hot shooting. Caldwell, who leads the Pac-10 with a 68.4 field goal percentage, went 7-for-9 from the floor against Boston College. She has made 25 of 33 shots in the month of December, translating to a 75.8 efficiency.
The Bears fly back to Northern California on Thursday morning to begin final preparations for their Pac-10 opener against the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 12 p.m. at Maples Pavilion at Stanford. The Stanford game will be carried live on Fox Sports Net and locally in the Bay Area on Comcast Bay Area.