Jan. 25, 2011
Thursday, Jan. 27: California at Oregon State, 7:00 p.m.
TV: none; Radio: 960 AM KKGN; Gametracker: CalBears.com
Saturday, Jan. 29: California at Oregon, 12:30 p.m. TV: Comcast Sports Northwest; Radio: 960 AM KKGN; Gametracker: GoDucks.com
The California Golden Bears (11-7, 3-4 Pac-10) begin a four-game road trip on Thursday, Jan. 27 when they take on the Oregon State Beavers (7-11, 0-7 Pac-10). The game tips at 7 p.m.
The Bears will finish the week with an early 12:30 game on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Oregon (12-6, 3-4 Pac-10) which will close out the first half of the Pac-10 schedule. The Bears begin their second trip through the Pac-10 opponents the next week, Feb. 3-5, in Arizona.
Cal heads on the road after another two solid home performances, the 82-71 victory over USC and their 65-56 loss to UCLA in which the Bears nearly erased a 14-point lead held by the No. 8 team in the country.
Freshman forward DeNesha Stallworth scored 22 points against UCLA and 21 points against USC. It was just the second time in her career that she had back-to-back 20 point games (the other was during the WNIT tournament when she scored 28 at Oregon and 26 at home against BYU). She went 18-for-29 from the field (62.1 percent).
Stallworth was a key element to Cal's second half comeback against UCLA, scoring 14 of her 22 points in the second half (6-for-8 shooting), as well as pulling in six rebounds and dishing three assists. Stallworth has yet to have three games in a row in her career scoring 20+ points.
The Bears, who are 2-5 away from Haas Pavilion this season, will play their next four games away from the home court. Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon has played consistently well on the road and at home. Clarendon is averaging 12.6 point per game in road contests, just 0.6 points less than her season average of 13.2 points per game. Sophomore guard Eliza Pierre averages 8.4 points per game in contests not played at Haas compared to 5.9 points per game during home games. Freshman Mikayla Lyles averaged 9.5 points per game in Cal's first Pac-10 road trip of the season up to Washington.
First up will be the Oregon State Beavers. Cal leads the all-time series 31-28. The Bears have won nine straight against OSU, including a pair of double overtime victories in Corvallis (2007 and 2010,) and 12 of their last 13 meetings. Oregon State's last victory over the Bears was a 63-55 victory in 2006 at Haas. The last time Oregon State defeated Cal in Corvallis was 2003, a streak of seven wins for Cal.
The Bears finish off the weekend with a game Saturday, Jan. 29 at Oregon. It has an early 12:30 p.m. tip to accommodate TV. The game will be broadcast in the Pacific Northwest on Comcast Sports Northwest but will not air in the Bay Area.
Crashing the Boards The Bears are second in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin, grabbing an average of 8.7 more rebounds per game than their opponents ranking them 15th in the nation. Cal has now outrebounded their opponents in 13 of their 18 games this season but has lost all five of the games in which they have been outrebounded.
Talia Caldwell pulled in a career-high 18 rebounds in the Arizona game, the highest single-game total for a Cal player since Gennifer Brandon had 21 boards in the 2010 first round WNIT game against UC Davis. Only nine players in Cal history have had more than 18 rebounds in a game.
Four different players have combined for 13 double-digit rebound performances this season. In all but two of those games, the player logged a double double.
Caldwell, who ranked as high as second in the Pac-10 in rebounding, has dropped to fourth, averaging 8.1 rebounds per game.
Caldwell is averaging 4.1 offensive rebounds per game, dropping to second in the Pac-10, percentage points behind El-Sara Greer of Oregon State.
When neither Eliza Pierre or Layshia Clarendon picked up a rebound in the Washington game, it snapped a streak of 19 consecutive games in which they had at least one rebound (dating back to last season's WNIT run). The longest consecutive rebounding streaks belong to Talia Caldwell and DeNesha Stallworth who have had at least one rebound in every game they have played so far at Cal. Stallworth also has scored in every game she has played in.
Cal Threes Mikayala Lyles has made eight of her last 14 three-point attempts (57.1 percent). Lyles is a pure three-point shooter with 15 of her 17 baskets this season coming from long range.
Lindsay Sherbert and Layshia Clarendon each have seven games this season when they have hit two or more three pointers. Sherbert's top game of the season was making six (of eight) against Arizona. Layshia's top single-game performance was hitting three (of four) against Washington.
Opponent Threes The Bears are still among the nation's best in three-point defense. Opponents are only making 25.9 percent of the long range shots they are attempting against the Cal defense. This leads the Pac-10 and is ranked No. 11 among all NCAA Division I teams.
Steals Eliza Pierre is currently averaging 3.1 steals per game, which leads the Pac-10. Her average ranks 19th among all NCAA Division I players. She has ranked as high as second in the NCAA this season in this stat.
Pierre did not have a steal against Arizona, the first time this season she was not credited with a steal. She returned to form against Washington, grabbing six steals, the most since Thanksgiving weekend against Portland State when she also had a half dozen.
Pierre ended last season with a team-best 71 steals (1.9 per game), just three shy of entering the Cal record book for single-season bests (74 ranks tenth). The single season steal record for Cal is 100 set by Eliza Sokolowska in 1994-95. Pierre currently has 55 steals.
Leading Scorers With freshman Mikayla Lyles' 11 points against Washington, she became the seventh different Cal player to lead the team in scoring in a game this season. All three freshmen have led the team in a game (Afure Jemerigbe scored 17 against UT Arlington and Lindsay Sherbert 20 against Arizona). DeNesha Stallworth and Layshia Clarendon have each had the team-high for points five times this season. Only two players, Eliza Pierre and Rachelle Federico, have not led the team in scoring.
200 wins Cal head coach Joanne Boyle comes into the game with a career record of 197-83 (.704), including a 130-54 (.706) mark at Cal. She needs three more victories to reach the 200th of her head coaching career. Boyle spent three seasons as the head coach for the Richmond Spiders (67-29) prior to her arrival in Berkeley.
Efficiency When DeNesha Stallworth shoots the ball, she is making her shots, most of the time. In fact, Stallworth, helped by her 12-for-14 performance in the Colliers International Classic Championships game, is connecting on 52.8 percent of her tries from the field. The mark is sixth best in the Pac-10 and ranks No. 40 among all NCAA Division I players. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell actually has a better percentage, making 54.3 percent of her shots, but she does not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings. Her percentage ranks fifth in the Pac-10.
Double Doubles DeNesha Stallworth had four double doubles in the first four games of the season. It was the first time in her Cal career she has posted double doubles in back-to-back games let alone four in a row. Stallworth's streak was halted against Fullerton when she only had 8 rebounds to go with 19 points. She got her fifth double double of the season at Illinois and her sixth at Washington.
Talia Caldwell had her second double double of the season against Long Beach State with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Caldwell's first career double double came last season against Long Beach State where she logged 10 and 10. Caldwell added her third double double of the season with 13 points and 18 rebounds against Arizona.
Lindsay Sherbert had the first double double of her collegiate career against Portland State, bringing in 10 rebounds with 15 points scored.
Rama N'diaye had the first double double of her career with 12 points and 11 rebounds against Arizona. N'diaye accomplished this coming off the bench, playing just 21 minutes in the game.
Cal Coaches Corner Each Monday through March 21, head coach Joanne Boyle and one of the players will be featured weekly on the Cal Coaches Corner radio program. The show airs on KNEW Radio (910 AM) every Monday from 6-7 p.m. The program is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley, so fans are encouraged to come out and enjoy the show live. In addition to Coach Boyle and a women's basketball player, men's head coach Mike Montgomery will also be a weekly guest on the show, which is hosted by Todd McKim. The show allows fans to email questions for the coaches and players.
Charitable Works This season, the Bears will again be doing the We Assist, You Assist promotion where fans can make pledges per assist to help a local charity. This season, the team has decided to focus their efforts on assisting Upward Roots. Upward Roots is aimed at generating positive change through community service. Their programs develop a greater sense of leadership and personal impact among under-served youth through the creation of self-initiated community service projects. The goal is to produce and sustain the concept that change can come from within and that every small action makes a resounding difference. Upward Roots strives to break the cycle from these youth being served to serving others. Every dollar raised, up to $10,000, will be matched by Coach Boyle.