Feb. 21, 2003
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A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS California (8-16 overall, 4-11 Pac-10) says goodbye to three players Saturday, Feb. 22, when it hosts its final home game of the season at against USC (14-10, 9-6) at 12 p.m. Four-year letterwinner Amber White as well as walk-ons Audrey Watler and Luana Coloma will play the last game of their careers at Haas Pavilion. The players will be recognized in an on-court ceremony immediately following the conclusion of the game.
Saturday's game against USC is Senior Day presented by the Oakland Tribune. All youth (17-under) and Cal students with ID will be admitted free.
The Golden Bears will look to even the season series with the Women of Troy after suffering an 83-62 loss in Los Angeles four weeks ago. In that contest, Nihan Anaz had 15 points to pace the Cal, while four USC players scored in double figures, including all five starters. Rachel Woodward scored 17 of her game-high 19 in the second half.
Timea Ivanyi and Nihan Anaz are tied for the team lead in scoring with 10.2 points per game. Ivanyi also paces the club with 5.0 rebounds per game. The Bears are scoring 59.7 points per game on .392 shooting while allowing their opponents 66.0 points on .443 shooting. Cal has a +1.7 rebounding edge (37.5-35.8) thanks in part to a 40-31 edge on the boards Thursday against UCLA.
Leigh Gregory has been Cal's most consistent player over the last four games. She posted a career-high 22 points against Oregon, becoming the fourth Cal player this year to score 20+ points. In the same game she converted 13 of 15 free throws, marking the program's best single-game showing since Nov. 2000. Gregory added 17 points in both games in the state of Washington and chipped in 10 vs. UCLA. During this stretch, she has combined to shoot .500 (20-for-40) from the floor and .833 (25-for-30) from the free throw line.
Cal's defensive intensity has elevated itself over the last seven games. Oregon (Feb. 8) hit at just a .362 mark while Oregon State (Feb. 6) managed just a .382 shooting clip, while its top two scorers mustered just 16 combined points. Then-sixth-ranked Stanford (Feb. 1) was held to season lows in scoring (53), three-point baskets (2), and players scoring in double figures (1). And two games before that against UCLA (Jan. 26), the Bruins were held to a season-low .290. The Bears set season highs with 49 rebounds and 18 steals. Over the last 12 games, the Bears are allowing their opponents to shoot just .254 from beyond the three-point line, and only three teams have made more than three treys during the stretch.