Feb. 7, 2012
Thursday, Feb. 9: UCLA at California, 7 p.m.
Live Audio/Video Streaming: CalBears.com; Gametracker: CalBears.com
Saturday, Feb. 11: USC at California, 8 p.m.
Live Audio Streaming: CalBears.com; Gametracker: CalBears.com
Television: Fox Sports Net/ CSN Bay Area
BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears (17-6, 8-3 Pac-12) will try to hold onto second place in the Pac-12 as they face third-place UCLA (12-10, 7-4 Pac-12) on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. The Bears will close out the weekend with a TV game, carried on FSN/CSN Bay Area when they host the USC Trojans (12-10, 6-5 Pac-12) on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.
Note: Season tickets for the Thursday, Feb. 9 game will say "USC" on them and season tickets for the Saturday, Feb. 11 game will list "UCLA" as the opponent. The games were switched after season tickets were printed. Please use the tickets on the correct date and do not pay attention to the opponent. If you have any questions, please contact the Cal Athletic Ticket Office.
Golden Bear Notes
The Bears were swept earlier this season when they took on the LA schools in Southern California with UCLA winning 60-55. USC handed Cal its only double-digit loss of the season, 74-54.
Since the LA losses, the Bears have won eight of their last nine games and have moved into sole possession of second place in the Pac-12, leading third-place UCLA by a full game.
On the LA trip, the Bears shot 28.3 percent from the field and scored just 54.5 points per game in the two contests. Since then, the Bears shave shot 42.2 percent from the field and have averaged 71.2 points per game in their last nine games.
The Bears will try to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Bruins, including three losses last season. Cal's last win over UCLA was in 2008-09 in Berkeley (64-48). The Bears last win at UCLA was a 73-70 overtime victory in 2007-08.
The Bears come into the week with more Pac-12 wins than they had all of last season when they went 7-11 in conference play. The Bears are also one win shy of matching last years win total when they finished the season with a 18-16 record.
Freshman point guard Brittany Boyd had a quiet game the first time she faced UCLA, with just two points and four assists in 15 minutes on the court. Boyd has been explosive in her last three games with 19-point performances at Stanford and Arizona State. In the last three games, all played on the road, Boyd has scored 53 points with 19 rebounds, 16 assists, and 17 steals.
Gennifer Brandon had a double double in the first UCLA game with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon, who is third in the Pac-12 and 15th in the country in rebounding (10.7 per game), pulled in 13 rebounds last Saturday at Arizona State.
* Junior guard Layshia Clarendon is averaging 16.0 ppg in her last four games and has scored in double digits in six of her last seven contests.
* Freshman forward Reshanda Gray has been in the starting lineup each of the last two games, averaging 17.5 points and 10.0 rebounds.
* Talia Caldwell had a double double at Arizona with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
* Caldwell and Gray combined to go 15-for-22 (68.1 percent) from the field at Arizona. The rest of the team shot 15-for-53 (28.3 percent)
* Brittany Boyd, in her last three games, scored 53 points with 19 rebounds, 16 assists, and 17 steals.
Welcome to the Record Book, Brittany Boyd In the Arizona State game, freshman point guard Brittany Boyd became just the third Cal player ever to grab ten steals in a game, tying for the single-game record with Eliza Sokoloska, who also accomplished the feat against Arizona State (2/9/95), and Mazetta Garrett who was the first to do so in a game against UCLA (11/21/80). Boyd is only the seventh player in all of NCAA Division I to have at least 10 steals in a game so far this season. Two players, Julie Wojta of Green Bay and Felicia Barron of Quinnipiac each had a dozen in a single game.
Boyd has 34 steals in Pac-12 games this season, tied for best in the conference. Overall, she is tied for second in the Pac-12 in steals, averaging 2.6 per game.
Home Cookin' Junior center Talia Caldwell has scored 135 of her 193 points at home this season. Caldwell averages a team-best 12.3 ppg at games played at Haas Pavilion this season. The Bears, who own a 10-1 record, have only lost to then-ranked No. 12 Ohio State this season in Berkeley, dropping that game by two points, 77-75.
Cal is outscoring opponents by 20.5 ppg at home this season and outrebounding teams by 20.2
Career Points Layshia Clarendon became the 22nd member of the California Golden Bear 1,000 Point Club on her first field goal attempt of the game at Stanford. Clarendon hit a jumper 20 seconds into the game to give her 1,001 career points. By the end of the contest, she had scored 17 points to give her 1,016 in her career, and move her up to No. 21 on the career scoring list. She has since moved into the top-20, currently ranked No. 19 on the career point list with 1,048. She needs 12 points to pass Patrycja Czepiec (1,059; 1995-97) to move into sole possession of 18th place on the career scoring list.
Rookie Report Pt. I Freshman forward Reshanda Gray had a career-high 13 rebounds (including eight O-boards) at Arizona to go with 22 points, one shy of a career high, as she posted the second double double of her career.
Her 10.7 ppg average is third best among Pac-12 freshmen. She is the most efficient-shooting rookie in the conference with a 54.7 field goal percentage, which ranks fifth overall.
Rookie Report Pt. 2 Freshman point guard Brittany Boyd is tied for second in the Pac-12, averaging 4.7 assists. She has 12 games this season with five or more assists, including five of her last six games She is the only freshman in the top-10 in the conference in assists and ranks 56th among all NCAA Division I players.
Boyd is tied for second in the Pac-12 with 2.6 steals per game, one of two freshmen in the top-10 in that category. She ranks 62nd among all NCAA Division I players in steals per game.
She also ranks seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.3, the only freshman in the top-10 in the Pac-12 for that stat.
Bear Rookies of the Past Cal has had at least one player earn Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors each of the last two seasons and have had six players earn the honor with five more honorable mentions since 2005-06. Alexis Gray-Lawson was the only Cal player to ever win the coveted Freshman of the Year award (2006).
Racking Up Points The Bears have moved up to third in the Pac-12 in scoring, averaging 70.6 points per game, trailing only the Stanford Cardinal and Oregon Ducks. Last season, the Bears averaged 62.9 points per game. The last time the Bears averaged more than 70 points per game in a season was the 1995-96 campaign, a year in which opponents averaged 81.3 ppg. This year, the opposition is putting up just 59.5 ppg. Last year, Cal opponents scored 60.7 points per contest.
Nine Points The Bears are now 1-4 this season against ranked teams but the Bears four losses against top-25 teams were by a combined nine points (lost by three to No. 16 Rutgers, one to No. 24 Texas, two to No. 12 Ohio State, and three to No. 4 Stanford.). Cal defeated No. 22 Virginia, 59-50, a nine point margin of victory.
The Bears only losses to schools outside the top-25 came against UCLA and USC. USC was the only team this year to win by double digits.
The Bears have two players, Layshia Clarendon (72.7) and Brandon (75.0) ranked in the top-15 in the Pac-12 for free throw efficiency in conference games this season.
Take It To the Hoop The Golden Bears scored more points in the paint (52) than Washington did across the entire floor (47). Of the Bears 29 field goals, 26 came inside the paint. They had two three-pointers and one jumper outside the lane. The Bears had a similar breakdown against Washington State with 25 field goals, 22 of which were scored in the paint, one three, and other jumpers.
The Bears had a similar game against UCLA where they scored all 24 points in the first half against UCLA in the paint and only hit three jumpers outside the paint in the entire game.
The Bears have outscored opponents 818-542 in the paint this season (12.5 more points per game than opponents) and have had an opponent outscore them in the paint only three times this season.
The Bears scored 46 points in the paint at Arizona and 42 at Arizona State.
Rebounding Margin The Bears remain the second-best team in the country in terms of rebounding margin with 15.1 more rebounds per game than their opponents. Liberty has overtaken the Bears as the top team in the nation in rebounding with a +15.7 mark.
The Bears have outrebounded their opponents by double digits in 16 games this season and have six games with a 20-or-more rebound differential including besting CSU Bakersfield by 36 (60-24) and the 63-26 (37) differential against Oregon.
The Bears outrebounded their opponents in every game this season except the Stanford game. Last season, Cal had 23 games in which they outrebounded their opponents and finished the year averaging 5.6 more rebounds per game.
Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament The Pac-12 Tournament will in some ways have a similar structure to last years' tourney. The first round games will be played at the Galen Center on March 7-8 with the semifinals and finals being played at the Staples Center on March 9-10. The games at Galen will be streamed live on YouTube. The games at Staples will be aired on FSN/CSN Bay Area. The difference is that with a 12-team conference, instead of the top-two seeds getting byes to the semifinals, this season the top four seeds will get a first-round bye, automatically advancing to the quarterfinals (March 9 at Galen). Ticket packages are available now on CalBears.com.
Play 4Kay Cal's home game on Saturday, Feb. 25 against Colorado will be the annual "Pink Game". All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. There will also be auctions and other opportunities for fans to make a financial contribution to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, the official charity of the initiative. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause. Kay Yow, the fund's namesake, was the head coach of the NC State Wolfpack women's basketball team from 1975 to 2009. A member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, she had more than 700 career wins. She also coached the U.S. women's basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in 1988 despite having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. She passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.
Cal Kids Day This Saturday's game against USC is another Cal Kids Day. 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 in the Club Room that includes poster making, face painting and basketball games. The fun zone will be open from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.