Feb. 14, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. -
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
California, which ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense, looks to step up its offensive production as it embarks on its final regular season road trip of the season. The Golden Bears (15-9, 7-7 Pac-10, 6th) travel to Arizona (7-18, 3-12, 9th) Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. MT and to No. 15/17 Arizona State (20-5, 11-4, 2nd) Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. MT.
The game against the Sun Devils can be seen live on Fox Sports Net, with Jim Watson (play-by-play) and Mary Murphy (color) as the broadcasters. In Berkeley last month, Cal defeated then-No. 13 Arizona State, 66-64, before losing to Arizona, 80-76, after holding a 38-29 halftime edge.
Cal looks to record its first winning record since 1992-93 (19-10) and earn its first postseason berth (second round NCAA Tournament) since the same season. Last season, the Bears tallied an 11-18 record.
The Bears surrender only 59.5 ppg, which is on track to shatter the previous school record of 63.2 (2001-02). Opponents are shooting only 37.1 percent against Cal, which is on pace to break a 27-year-old school record (40.2, 1978-79).
Over the last three games, Cal has allowed 52.3 ppg but is only 1-2 during that span because the Bears have posted only 50.0 ppg. In its last outing, Cal held No. 14 Stanford to season lows for points (55) and field goal percentage (38.8) but lost 55-46. Freshman forward/center Ashley Walker (Modesto, Calif.) leads the Pac-10 in blocks/game (1.75) and ranks in the top six in the conference in five categories. Freshman guard Jené Morris (San Francisco) is second in the Pac-10 in steals/game (2.45)
Freshman center Devanei Hampton (Oakland, Calif.) leads Cal in scoring (15.6 ppg, seventh Pac-10) and rebounding (8.09 rpg, second Pac-10), and freshman guard Alexis Gray-Lawson is second at 14.8 ppg (ninth Pac-10). Walker is third on the team in scoring at 13.1 ppg and second on the team and third in the Pac-10 in rebounding at 8.08 rpg. Morris is the fourth-leading scorer on the Bears at 8.6 ppg. Senior Reneé Wright (6.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg) joins the above mentioned freshmen in the starting lineup.
Sophomore forward Krista Foster (3.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg) and redshirt junior guard Sarah Pool (3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg) round out Cal's current seven-player rotation. Foster contributed three rebounds against Stanford, while Pool had a rebound and an assist. Four of Cal's starters average at least 30 minutes per game, and the fifth (Hampton) logs 28.2 mpg.