Jan. 10, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. -
Up Next: Radio: KALX (90.7 FM) and on Calbears.com TV: none Sat. Jan. 11 at Oregon State Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR 7:00 p.m.
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS California (5-7 overall, 1-2 Pac-10) closes out its trip to the Pacific Northwest, and looks for its first win in three games, when it faces Oregon State (7-7, 1-4), a team that has dropped four straight, Saturday, Jan. 11.
A win against the Beavers would give the Bears their best record after four Pac-10 games since they also were 2-2 to open the 1992-93 conference slate. Oregon State leads the all-time series 25-18, including a pair of wins last year. The Bears have won in Gill Coliseum just once since the 1992-93 season, a 79-72 decision two seasons ago.
Cal's offensive output continues to rise. After averaging only 56.8 ppg last year, the team is now averaging 61.7 ppg. Offensive rebounding has been critical to this improvement, as the Bears average 14.4 per to their opponents' 10.7.
The Bears are coming off their best shooting night of the season as they posted a 53.3% field goal mark at Oregon, their first 50%+ showing in 29 games. Typically a second half team, the Bears shot a blistering 73.7% in the first half.
In addition, free throw percentage also is on the rise as the Bears have shot 71.4% from the line in the last four games to raise their season average to 64.5%
With career-high scoring efforts against Oregon, junior guard Nihan Anaz and junior center Timea Ivanyi are now tied as team-high scoring leaders with 9.7 points per game. Anaz poured in a game-high 22 against the Ducks, including 13 in the second half, while Ivanyi added 17 points in just 15 minutes of action. Ivanyi also ranks among the Pac-10 leaders with a 55.0 field goal percentage.
Sophomore power forward Leigh Gregory, who has scored in double figures in eight games this season is averaging 9.5 points and leads the team with 4.8 rebounds. Her numbers are up from her freshman year when she posted 8.8 ppg and 3.7 rpg.
Balance has been the name of the game this year for the Bears as 11 players see at least 10 minutes per and nobody averages more than 29 minutes. Seven different players have led or tied for team-high scoring and rebounding honors at least once.
Three players and assistant coach Kirsten McKnight have ties to the state of Oregon. Freshmen guards Lexie Helgerson and Sarah Pool hail from Portland and Central Point, respectively. Senior forward Audrey Watler, who did not make the trip, played two seasons at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg before transferring to Cal, and McKnight previously played and coached for the Ducks.