Feb. 7, 2003
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A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS California (8-12 overall, 4-7 Pac-10) seeks its first weekend sweep of the season when it hosts Oregon (8-13, 4-8 Pac-10) Saturday, Feb. 8. The Golden Bears are in position for two straight wins after a convincing 70-55 victory against Oregon State Thursday night. It was the largest margin of victory for Cal in the series since an 89-70 verdict in 1991.
Cal will be making its first television appearance of the season Saturday when FOX Sports Net broadcasts its game with Oregon. Joe Castellano and Mary Murphy will call the action.
For the first time during this season's conference play, Cal posted a victory in its weeknight encounter, giving it an opportunity for a weekend sweep. The last time Cal swept a weekend was, ironically, against Oregon and Oregon State at Haas Pavilion in the 2001 campaign. A victory against Oregon would not only give the Bears just their second sweep of the Oregon schools since the 1993 season, but also consecutive Pac-10 wins for the first time since that same stretch in '01 that produced five straight wins.
Timea Ivanyi currently leads the Bears with 10.2 points and is second with 4.8 rebounds per game. Nihan Anaz is right behind with 10.1 points per game, Leigh Gregory paces the club with 4.9 rebounds per game. The Bears are scoring 60.4 points per game on .393 shooting while allowing their opponents 65.9 points on .444 shooting. Cal has a +0.8 rebounding edge (37.2-36.4) and, for the first time in program history, has eight players with at least five three-pointers.
Cal's defensive intensity has elevated itself over the last few weeks. OSU (Feb. 6) managed just a .382 shooting clip, and its top two scorers mustered just 16 combined points, seven of which came when the game was essentially over. Two games earlier, 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), Ivanyi (13p-10r) and Renee Wright (12p-11r) each had their first career double-doubles. The Bears set season highs with 49 rebounds and 18 steals, and their 44 second-half points were the most in a half this year. The Bruins shot a season-low .290.
It's been all about balance this year for the Bears as 11 players see at least 10 minutes per outing and nobody averages more than 30 minutes. Eight different players have led or tied for team-high scoring honors and nine have paced the club in rebounding at least once.