Jan. 6, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
After winning seven of its last nine games, including a home win over WSU, California (8-5, 2-2, T6th) hits the road for three tough games. The Golden Bears travel to the desert to take on Arizona (10-3, 2-1, T3rd) Friday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. MT and then visit No. 24 Arizona State (10-3, 2-1, T3rd) Sunday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. MT, before travelling to No. 8 Stanford (11-2, 3-1, 2nd) Jan. 13.
Several Cal players are expected to celebrate milestones in Arizona. After tallying 14 points against the Cougars, senior forward Leigh Gregory is 16 points shy of becoming the 17th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Senior guard Kristin Iwanaga and senior forward Kiki Williams -- a graduate student -- will play in their 100th game at Cal against Arizona. Gregory has seen action in 95 games.
The Bears also look to snap an 18-game losing streak against the Wildcats, which is the team's longest versus any conference opponent. It'll be a tough task, as Arizona has the nation's longest home winning streak at 33.
Cal entered the week second in the nation in three-point percentage at 47.5 percent and may still hold that slot at 47.1 percent following shooting 5-for-12 (41.7 percent) vs. Washington State. The Bears began the week leading the Pac-10 in three-point percentage and free throw percentage (73.8) and likely still hold both distinctions.
The Bears rank fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring at 68.9 ppg and have three players among the Pac-10 leaders in scoring -- Gregory (13.2 ppg), Iwanaga (10.9 ppg) and Williams (10.8 ppg).
Freshman center Jessica Lawson, who is the first Cal freshman to start since Gregory and Iwanaga did so in 2001-02, averaged 13.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg during the last two contests, improving her marks to 9.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg on the year.
Sophomore point guard Sarah Pool, who missed last season with a back injury, continues to direct Cal's offense, averaging 4.7 apg. She began the week third in the Pac-10 in assists and ninth in steals.
Junior forward Renee Wright has assumed the role of super sub after starting the first eight games of the year. The product of Antelope, Calif., is averaging 7.2 ppg and and 3.5 rpg.