Dec. 6, 2002
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
Coming off a 63-41 win over Cal Poly on Wednesday, California (2-2) wraps up its six-game homestand this weekend at Haas Pavilion as host of the 12th-annual Oakland Tribune Classic. The tournament begins Saturday, Dec. 7 with Colorado (4-1) vs. Evansville (2-2), followed by Cal vs. Pennsylvania (1-2) at 3 p.m. Sunday's action begins at 1 p.m. with Penn vs. Colorado or Evansville, followed by Cal vs. Colorado or Evansville at 3 p.m. The first 400 youth ages 17 and under will receive a beanie bear when they enter the arena Sunday.
Four of the Bears' first five games are against East Coast schools.
Junior guard Nihan Anaz will make her Cal debut in Sunday's game after serving a five-game NCAA suspension for previous ties to a professional team abroad.
This year's Oakland Tribune Classic also marks the debut of a new sponsor for Cal women's basketball, See Jane Run - an Oakland-based women's active wear store. Colorado - a 2002 NCAA Elite Eight team - is the marquee attraction of this year's tournament.
So far this season, Cal has showcased its historically strong defense, allowing its opponents only 54.0 ppg. The Bears are still waiting for their offense to perform up to expectations as they are averaging only 56.2 ppg. Three-point shooting (37.9 percent) and assists (17.0 per game) are two offensive areas Cal has improved in this year.
Sophomore point guard Kristin Iwanaga leads the team in scoring at 11.8 ppg and paced the Bears in both of their victories with a career-high 20 points vs. Syracuse and 16 vs. Cal Poly. Sophomore power forward Leigh Gregory (11.3) and junior center Timea Ivanyi (10.3) also are scoring in double figures.
The Bears' depth has been apparent this season as 11 players average at least eight minutes per game. In the win over Cal Poly, all 15 dressed players saw minutes with 12 of them contributing to the scoring column. Sophomore guard Jacqueline Sanchez and freshman forward Renee Wright have arguably had the biggest impact off the bench, averaging 5.3 and 4.0 ppg, respectively. Wright also is second on the team in rebounding (4.8) behind Ivanyi (5.5) and has paced the Bears on the glass in two of four games.