Jan. 27, 2003
Up Next: Radio: KALX (90.7 FM) and on Calbears.com TV: none Wed. Jan. 29 Stanford Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, Calif. 7:00 p.m. Sat. Feb. 1 Stanford Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif. 2:00 p.m.
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS Fresh off its 69-61 upset victory at UCLA Sunday, California (7-10 overall, 3-5 Pac-10) faces the league's top team twice this week. The Golden Bears will play at Stanford (15-2 overall, 7-1 Pac-10) Wed., Jan. 29 at 7:00 p.m. before hosting the Cardinal again at Haas Pavilion three days later, Sat., Feb. 1, at 2:00 p.m.
Timea Ivanyi and Renee Wright each had their first career double-doubles at UCLA. Ivanyi had 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Wright posted 12 points and 11 boards. Nihan Anaz led the team with 17 points and Kristin Iwanaga also added 14. The team set season highs with 49 rebounds and 18 steals, and their 44 second-half points were the most in a half this year. The Bears held the Bruins to just .290 shooting from the field.
Balance has been the name of the game this year for the Bears as 11 players see at least 10 minutes per outing and nobody averages more than 30 minutes. Eight different players have led or tied for team-high scoring honors and nine have paced the club in rebounding at least once.
In addition, the team is dishing off 15.4 assists per game, well ahead of the 11.6 they averaged a year ago. Four players each had at least four assists against WSU for the first time in program history. And the team has recorded 20 assists four times this season.
Anaz has regained the scoring lead, 10.6 ppg, after pacing the club in scoring the last two games. She has scored in double figures in four of the last six games and has dished at least four assists in five of the last six contests. Ivanyi is close behind with 10.2 points. She is shooting .559 for the season and has been better than .500 in the last four outings and in six of the last seven. Iwanaga is scoring 8.1 ppg and her 14 points against UCLA marked her best showing since going for 16 at Cal Poly 14 games ago. Leigh Gregory also is averaging 8.1 points and has nine double-digit scoring efforts this year to lead the squad.
Cal has been much improved as of late in defending the three-point shot. Over the last six games, opponents are shooting just .177 (11-for-62) beyond the arc. In Pac-10 games only, the Bears rank first with a .247 three-point pct. defense.
Senior Amber White will be playing in her 100th career game at Stanford Wednesday night. In addition, head coach Caren Horstmeyer needs just three wins to reach 250 for her career. She is currently fourth in career wins among active Pac-10 women's basketball coaches.