California Goes For Fifth Straight W Against UW
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Release:  01/17/2012

Jan. 17, 2012

Thursday, Jan. 17: Washington at California, 7 p.m.
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Sunday, Jan. 22: Washington State at California, 3:30 p.m.
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BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears (13-5, 4-2 Pac-12), sitting alone in third place in the Pac-12 standings, return home for a pair of contests at Haas. The Bears host the Washington Huskies (10-5, 2-3 Pac-12) on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. The Bears close out the week with a contest on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. against the Washington State Cougars (9-8, 3-4 Pac-12). Please note the date change for the Sunday game. Some schedules and some tickets list the old date of 1/21 for that game.

The Bears come into the weekend riding a four-game win streak, their second-longest of the season. In the last four games, the Bears have outscored opponents by an average of 15.0 points per game. Redshirt freshman forward Gennifer Brandon has scored 60 points with 50 rebounds during the win streak, averaging a double double of 15.0 ppg and 12.5 rpg.

Junior guard Layshia Clarendon scored 29 points last week, helping the Bears earn the road sweep. All eyes will be on Clarendon this week as the guard, who currently has 976 career points, will try to become the 22nd member of Cal's 1,000 point club. She is 24 points shy of the mark.

The Bears continue their rebounding domination. The Bears lead the nation in rebounding margin, averaging 17.0 more rebounds per game than their opponents. The Bears have won the rebounding battle in all 18 games this season. Brandon comes into the week ranked tenth in the nation in rebounding, averaging 11.2 rebounds per game.

Cal will face the Washington schools this week. Last year, the Bears went 0-4 in the regular season against UW and WSU, the first time since 2002-03 that Cal had been swept by the schools from the Evergreen State. Cal did avenge the losses to the Huskies in the Pac-10 tournament, winning 58-48 in the opening round of the tournament.

The Huskies center Regina Rogers leads the nation in field goal percentage, making 65.3 percent of her attempts. Freshman forward Reshanda Gray paces the Bears with a 52.0 percent accuracy.

Even with two losses last season, Cal has still won six of the six of the last eight meetings between the two teams, though the Huskies lead the all-time series, 42-17.

Late Bloomers The rarefied air of Cal's two "elevation" games last weekend didn't seem to tire the Bears. In last Sunday's 63-56 victory at Utah, both Gennifer Brandon and Reshanda Gray scored all of their points in the second half. Brandon scored 15 points in 17 minutes on the floor after halftime. Gray scored 11 in 13 minutes. The Bears also doubled their productivity in the second half, scoring twice as many points (42 vs. 21 first half points) and almost doubling their shooting percentage (29.4 percent in the first half and 59.1 in the second half).

Against Colorado, Layshia Clarendon scored 12 of her 18 points after halftime. Clarendon, who had double digits in both games, played all 80 minutes. She did not sub out in either contest.

O-My Cal averages a conference-best 19.6 offensive rebounds per game. The Bears had a season-high 30 offensive rebounds against UCLA. Gennifer Brandon has had three games this season where she nearly had a double double on points and offensive rebounds alone with 9 O-boards against Santa Clara (13 points), Ohio State (24 points), and Oregon (17 points). Cal has two players among the top-5 in the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds: Brandon averages 3.89 per game; Talia Caldwell averages 3.61 per game.

Second Chances The Bears are taking advantage of those offensive rebounds, averaging 17.0 second-chance points per game.

Leading the Nation After outrebounding the Oregon Ducks by 37, the Bears became the top team in the nation in rebound margin, averaging at the time 18.3 more rebounds per game than their opponents. The Bears are now averaging 17.0 rebounds per game, which still is the best mark among all 336 NCAA Division I teams.

The Bears have outrebounded their opponents by double digits in 14 games this season 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 outrebounded their opponents in all 18 games this season. Last season, Cal had 23 games in which they outrebounded their opponents and finished the year averaging 5.6 more rebounds per game.

Haas Sweet Haas The Bears are 8-1 at home this season with their only loss coming against No. 12 Ohio State, 77-75. The Bears are outscoring their opponents by 21.8 points per game and outrebounding visitors to Haas by 22.9 rebounds per game.

Junior center Talia Caldwell has scored 105 of her 134 points this season at Haas, averaging 11.7 points per game on the home court and 8.1 rebounds.

Welcome to the Record Book, EP Eliza Pierre is now one of the top-ten players in program history for steals. Pierre moved into the top ten with a pair of steals against Oregon. Coming into the week, she needs seven steals to move into a tie for ninth place with her former teammate Alexis Gray-Lawson (190, 2006-10).

Rebounding Battle The Bears lead the Conference in rebounding battles. Cal has 353 offensive rebounds to opponents 390 defensive rebounds, with Cal winning that head-to-head match-up 47.5 percent of the time. On the other end, Cal has 508 defensive rebounds to 165 opponent O-boards, winning that battle 75.5 percent of the time.

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 .

Depth The Cal bench has scored 528 points this season, which is already more than last year's season-long total (419 points). The non-starters are contributing a average of 29.3 ppg this season with Cal's opponent's non-starters averaging 11.9 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 have ten players averaging more than ten minutes per game and only one averaging less.

Leading Scorer For the first time in her Cal career, junior guard Layshia Clarendon leads the Bears in scoring average. Clarendon overtook the team lead after the UCLA game, passing freshman forward Reshanda Gray, who led the team in scoring most of the season. Gray retook the team lead after the Oregon series, but Clarendon pushed back to the top after the Colorado game in which she scored 18 points.

Clarendon was Cal's second leading scorer last season, but was quickly closing in on the team lead when the season came to an abrupt end during the WNIT Tournament. Clarendon had raised her season average to 13.2 ppg by the end of the season with DeNesha Stallworth's average falling to 13.3.

Gennifer Brandon Redshirt sophomore froward Gennifer Brandon paces the Bears at 11.2 rebounds per game, 10th in the nation and remaining at second in the Pac-12.

Brandon has two of the top single-game rebounding performances in the nation this season. Her 24 rebounds against Ohio State is the second most rebounds in a single game this year, trailing only Kelli Riles of UNC Asheville who had 28 against SC Upstate. Brandon's 19 against Oregon ranks 23rd.

Brandon leads the Bears with an average of 14.0 points per game in Pac-12 contests, ranking her ninth in scoring in conference games.

Brandon has scored in double digits each of the last four games and in eight of her last nine games.

Rookie Report Pt. I Freshman forward Reshanda Gray began her career with five consecutive games scoring in double digits. 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 scored 11 points in 13 second-half minutes against Utah.

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 17 of her first 18 games.

She is third in the Pac-12, averaging 4.3 assists per game while averaging 22.1 minutes per game.

Boyd has scored in double digits each of her last three games (averaging 12.0 ppg). She also has 12 assists and seven steals in that same span.

She has eight games this season with five or more assists.

Who's Hot
* Eliza Pierre has hit a three-pointer in each of her last three games. She had four steals at Utah, the third time this season she has had four steals in a game. She also has three blocked shots in her last three games.
* Talia Caldwell scored 26 points in her last two home games with 22 rebounds. Caldwell is 4-for-5 from the free throw line in her last four games.
* Layshia Clarendon leads the team in steals in Pac-12 games with 12 steals in the first six conference games. She has had at least one steal in each of her last six games. Clarendon also leads the Bears with a 1.36 assist-to-turnover ratio in the Pac-12 games.

Sunday Game The Bears game against Washington State was moved to Sunday in order to give the game a national television presence on Fox Sports Net. This change was announced on September 15. Most printed schedules reflect the Sunday date however there are some schedules that have the old Saturday date and most season tickets also have the incorrect date. All tickets that have the Saturday date will be honored on Sunday, so please go through the doors as usual with those tickets.

This Week's Promotions On Thursday, Jan. 19, the California Golden Bear softball team will hold an autograph session in the Club Room from 6-7 p.m. It is an opportunity for fans to meet the team that made it to the 2011 Women's College World Series.

Sunday, Jan. 22 is another Cal Kids Day. General admission tickets for youth 12th grade and younger are just $1. The first 500 youth in attendance will receive a free Cal Women's Basketball replica jersey t-shirt.

Weather permitting, there will be inflatables outside on the plaza along with face painting, poster making, and the Blue & Gold bling station. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the Cal Kids Day activities will be moved indoors to the Club Room. The pregame activities take place from 2-3:30. There will also be a post-game team autograph session on the court.

Pac-12 Tournament Tickets On Sale Now Tickets for the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament (March 7-10) are now on sale. The All-Session Passes include tickets to both the men's and women's tournaments. The first rounds of the women's tournament will again be held at the Galen Center on the campus of USC with the semifinals and finals being contested at the Staples Center. Click Here for more details or to order yours today.