Jan. 10, 2012
Thursday, Jan. 12: California at Colorado, 6 p.m. PT
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Sunday, Jan. 15: California at Utah, 1:30 p.m. PT
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BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears (11-5, 2-2 Pac-12) leave the state for the first time since Nov. 28 when they head to the Rockies to take on Colorado (13-1, 2-1 Pac-12) and Utah (8-6, 1-2 Pac-12), playing both teams for the first time as conference opponents. The Bears will take on the Colorado Buffaloes on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. MT in Boulder. Sunday's contest against Utah at 2:30 p.m. MT will be carried on Fox Sports Net/CSN California.
The Bears are currently the top team in the nation in rebounding margin. After outrebounding the Oregon schools by 47 in last week's games, the Bears now lead all NCAA Division I schools with a 18.3 more rebounds per game than their opponents. The Bears have outrebounded every single team they have played this season.
In the Bears four Pac-12 games this season, they have pulled in 101 offensive rebounds, with opponents getting 105 defensive rebounds. On the opposite end, Cal has won the battle with 110 defensive rebounds to just 35 opponent O-boards. In the Oregon game, the Bears limited the Ducks to four offensive rebounds and just one second-chance point. The Bears had 30 offensive rebounds in the Pac-12 opener against UCLA and have averaged 25.25 O-boards per game so far in Pac-12 play and are averaging 20.0 second chance points per game in that same span.
This week, the Bears head back on the road to face a pair of games that will be second-round WNIT game rematches. The Buffaloes ended Cal's season in 2010-11 with a 81-65 victory in Boulder. The Bears put an end to the Utes' 2009-10 season in Berkeley with a 64-54 victory, en route to the Bears' 2010 WNIT Championship.
The Bears have never beaten the Buffs, with Colorado holding a 5-0 series record. This will be the fifth time the two teams have played in Boulder.
The Buffaloes come into the game with a 13-1 overall record buck have an RPI ranking of 91. The Bears, who were ranked as high as 30 earlier this season, are ranked No. 48 in the most recent RPI rankings.
Rebounding After outrebounding the Oregon Ducks by 37, the Bears became the top team in the nation in rebound margin, averaging 18.3 more rebounds per game than their opponents.
The Bears have outrebounded their opponents by double digits in 12 games this season, including all of their victories and have five 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 have four games this season where they have pulled in 60 or more rebounds as a team, including 63 against Oregon, which was one shy of the Haas Pavilion record of 64 team rebounds in a game. The Bears had one game last season with more than 60 rebounds, the 64-board performance against Yale, which set the Haas Pavilion record, and tied the program record, for most rebounds in a game.
Low Down on Down Low The Bears have scored at least 40 points in the paint in five of their last seven games. The Bears 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. This season, Cal has outscored opponents 542-364 in the paint, an average of 11.9 ppg. In Pac-12 games this season, the Bears are outscoring opponents 148-88 (15.0 ppg).
Bench Scoring The Cal bench has scored 497 points this season, which is already more than last year's season-long total (419 points). The non-starters are contributing a average of 31.1 ppg this season with Cal's opponent's non-starters averaging 12.2 points per game. Against Dartmouth, Cal's non-starters scored 39 points in a game in which the Big Green scored a total of 39 points.
The Bears ten players averaging more than ten minutes per game and only one averaging less than ten minutes per game.
Leading Scorer Freshman forward Reshanda Gray moved back into the team scoring lead after her 15-point performance against Oregon State. Junior guard Layshia Clarendon had moved into the team lead, but Gray currently has a four-point edge over Clarendon in scoring this season. Gary has 170 points (10.6 per game) while Clarendon has 166 (10.4).
Brandon had a double double against Oregon, her fifth of the season, with 17 points and 19 rebounds. The 19 rebounds was the fourth highest total in a single game played at Haas Pavilion. Brandon owns two of the other single-game totals higher up on that list, including the Haas Pavilion record, 24, set this season against Ohio State, and the former record, 21, which she set as a freshman in the opening-round WNIT game against UC Davis (20).
Only one Cal player in the last 15 years has ended the season averaging nine or more rebounds per game, all-time rebounding leader Ashley Walker who accomplished the feat with 9.3 rpg in 2007-08. The last time that a player averaged more than 9.5 rebounds per game for an entire season was 1993-94 when Ingrid Dixon averaged a program-record 12.0 per game.
Brandon averages 22.9 minutes per game, and pulls in a rebound once every 2.06 minutes, on average. Against Cal State Bakersfield, she had 14 rebounds in 15 minutes on the court.
She only has one game this season in which she has pulled in fewer than seven rebounds (2, in 16 minutes at Hawai'i).
Brandon leads the Bears with an average of 13.0 points per game in Pac-12 contests.
She has raised her scoring average 3.0 ppg since the beginning of December. She came into the month of December with a 6.3 ppg average. She now averages 9.3 ppg.
Mikayla Lyles Sophomore guard Mikayla Lyles loves playing the Oregon schools. She scored a career-high 14 points against Oregon. This replaced her previous career high of 13 points she scored last season against Oregon State.
Lyles is the second of the returning players to score a career-high in points in a game so far this season. Gen Brandon's 24 points against Ohio State was the other.
1,000 Point Club The Bears are looking to add a 22nd member to the 1,000 Point Club. Since Colleen Galloway (1978-81, 2,320 career points) became the first player in program history to reach the mark, 20 other players have scored at least 1,000 points in their Cal careers. Natasha Vital was the last to do it, finishing her career in 2010 with 1,029 points.
Junior guard Layshia Clarendon is closing in on the honor. She comes into the weekend with 947 career points. She is averaging 10.4 ppg this season.
Top-10 in Steals Eliza Pierre is the first player the current Bear roster to crack a Cal career top-10 list. Pierre is currently tied for tenth (with Ashley Walker, 2006-09) in career steals with 178. One more steal will give her sole possession of tenth place and will knock Walker from the list. She needs 12 steals to move into a tie for ninth place with her former teammate Alexis Gray-Lawson (190, 2006-10).
Pierre is third on the team in steals this season with 17. Last season, Pierre had a Pac-10 leading 90 steals, the fourth-highest single-season total in Cal history.
Rookie Report Pt. I Freshman forward Reshanda Gray began her career with five consecutive games scoring in double digits. She is on her second longest stretch of double digit games with three in a row. She scored 15 points in 17 minutes against Oregon State. She had previously scored 15 in 16 minutes against Sac State, and 16 in 18 minutes at Hawai'i. Her most impressive performance was 23 points in 17 minutes against UNLV.
Gray's 10.6 points per game average is the highest among the freshman post players in the conference and fourth among all Pac-12 freshmen.
Rookie Report Pt. 2 Freshman point guard Brittany Boyd scored five baskets with six assists against Oregon State, having a hand in 11 baskets while playing just 15 minutes in the game. She has scored in every game this season and has had at least one assist in every contest.
She has the best assist-to-turnover ratio of any freshman in the conference, ranking eighth overall with a 1.29 mark.
She also leads the conference rookies and is third overall with 4.50 assists per game. Shanita Arnold, who leads the conference with 5.20 per game, also leads the conference in minutes per game (36.07) while Boyd only plays 21.7 per game.
We Assist, You Assist California women's basketball has announced that Team Up For Youth and the Coaching Corps program will be the focus of this season's We Assist, You Assist campaign. Fans are encouraged to pledge money, from pennies to dollars, for each assist tallied by the Bears this season. Coaching Corps is a program that pairs trained volunteer coaches with kids in low-income communities so that all children have the powerful experiences of playing and learning, winning and losing, and through it all, discovering their best selves. Dedicated college students serve as volunteer coaches and role models for kids in after school programs in under served communities. Coaching Corps harnesses the energy and passion of young adults to help kids in low-income communities. The goal is to help kids do better in school, have higher self-esteem, stay away from drugs and alcohol, and create a healthy and active lifestyle that lasts their entire lives. Donation forms can be downloaded from CalBears.com or picked up at any Bears home game this season.