Feb. 17, 2003
Up Next: Radio: KALX (90.7 FM) and on Calbears.com Thu. 2/20 UCLA (Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.) 7:00 p.m. Sat. 2/22 USC (Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.) 12:00 p.m.
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS California (8-15 overall, 4-10 Pac-10) hosts its final home games of the season this week when it welcomes UCLA (14-9, 9-5) Thurs., Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., and USC (12-13, 7-7) Sat., Feb. 22, at 12 p.m. Luana Coloma, Audrey Watler and Amber White will be playing the last games of their careers at Haas Pavilion.
After defeating UCLA, 69-61, last month in Los Angeles, the Golden Bears are in a position for their first season sweep of the Bruins since the 1989-90 season, 13 years ago.
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 59.9 points per game on .392 shooting while allowing their opponents 65.8 points on .442 shooting. Cal has a +1.3 rebounding edge (37.3-36.0) and, for the first time in program history, has eight players with at least five three-pointers.
Leigh Gregory has been on a tear over the last three 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. During this stretch, she has combined to shoot .833 (25-for-30) from the free throw line and is shooting .455 (15-for-33) from the floor.
Cal's defensive intensity has elevated itself over the last seven games. As a result, Cal's field goal percentage defense has dropped 17 points to its current level of .442. Oregon (Feb. 8) hit at just a .362 mark while Oregon State (Feb. 6) managed just a .382 shooting clip, and its top two scorers mustered just 16 combined points. 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 11 games, the Bears are allowing their opponents to shoot just .252 from beyond the three-point line, and only twice has a team made more than three treys during the stretch.
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.