Cal Kids Day as Bears Host Ducks on Saturday
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Release:  01/07/2012

Jan. 7, 2012

Saturday, Jan. 7: Oregon at California, 2 p.m.
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BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears (10-5, 1-2 Pac-12) close out the current homestand on Saturday, Jan. 7 when they host the Oregon Ducks (9-6, 1-2 Pac-12) at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

The game is the first Cal Kids Day of the season. All kids 12th grade and under can purchase $1 general admission tickets for all Pac-12 weekend home games this season. Fans are encouraged to come early for the pre-game FunZone on the plaza that includes inflatables, poster making, and face painting. There will also be Women's Basketball Puzzles given away to youth 12th grade and under attending the game (while supplies last). The players will also be available for a post game autograph session.

The Bears earned their first Pac-12 win with a 73-56 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night. Freshman forward Reshanda Gray helped seal the victory with a dominant second-half performance, scoring 11 points with seven rebounds after the break.

Sophomore guards Mikayla Lyles and Lindsay Sherbert both had hot-hands, with the two combining to go 5-for-8 from three-point range in one of Cal's best three-point shooting nights of the season.

Despite facing almost nothing but zone defense, the Bears continue to be able to find ways to score right in front of the hoop. Against Oregon State, Cal scored 34 points in the paint. The only had three field goals that were outside of the paint and inside the three-point arc. The Bears have averaged 39.6 points per game in the paint the last six games, with their opponents scoring 22.3 in that same zone over that same span.

Saturday's game features the high-scoring Oregon Duck offense. The Ducks are once again among the nation's top scoring teams, averaging 78.0 points per game (14th in the NCAA). Despite holding Oregon to just 60 points last season, the Ducks still pulled a stunning 60-46 upset last season at Haas Pavilion in a game in which the Bears went 1-for-26 from the three-point line. Cal had won ten meetings in a row between the two teams prior to that loss. The Ducks lead the overall series, 36-25.

Saturday's game is also the last in a series of ten consecutive games that the Bears have played in the state of California. Cal leaves the state for the first time since Nov. 28 when they head to the Rockies to take on Colorado and Utah.