Jan. 21, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Updated Cal Notes After USC Game
- California (8-9, 2-6 Pac-10, 8th) -- the nation's third-best three-point shooting team -- looks to snap a four-game losing streak against No. 25 UCLA (11-6, 5-3, T3rd) Saturday, Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The game will be broadcast live nationally on Fox Sports Net. Three of the four losses have been by 11 points or fewer.
- The Bears also look to end a three-game losing streak to the Bruins. Last season, UCLA defeated Cal, 67-66, in Pauley Pavilion on a last second layup by Nikki Blue and 97-69 at Haas Pavilion. Cal's bench accounted for 44 of the team's points in Berkeley. Cal last defeated UCLA, 69-61, in Berkeley in 2002-03.
- Cal defeated No. 22 Oregon, 61-57, Dec. 27, 2004, on Fox Sports Net last season - the Bears only TV game of 2003-04.
- The Bears are 7-2 this season at home and posted a perfect home non-conference mark (6-0) for the second straight season.
- Cal is coming off a 76-71 loss to USC on Thursday after racing to an 11-4 lead and holding a 35-34 edge at the break. The Bears are now 6-5 this season in games decided by 10 points or fewer.
- Senior forward Leigh Gregory leads a trio of double-digit Cal scorers and will be playing in her 100th game as a Golden Bear against UCLA. Kristin Iwanaga and Kiki Williams will be playing in their 104th games against the Bruins. Gregory, who is a tri-captain with Iwanaga and Williams, averages a career-best 12.6 ppg (10th Pac-10) after leading the Bears with 16 points against USC. Gregory became Cal's 17th 1,000-point scorer with her 14-point effort against Stanford last week. She is 16th all-time in school history with 1,027 points, surpassing Chris Sellin (1,008, 1979-82). Gregory has a chance to conclude her career as one of the top 10 scorers in school history. Jennie Leander (1996-99) is 10th at 1,144 points. Paige Bowie is 15th with 1,043 points.
- Also in double-figure scoring for the Bears is freshman center Jessica Lawson (10.6 ppg) and senior guard Kristin Iwanaga (10.3 ppg), who is second in the conference in minutes played (33.53). Lawson has posted double-figure points in five of her last six games, while Iwanaga tallied 13 points against USC. Lawson leads the Bears and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in blocks at 1.06 per game. Her 18 blocks surpasses Olga Volkova, who led the team with 17 blocks last year.
- Iwanaga already is Cal's career free throw percentage leader at .888 (206-232) and is on pace to graduate as the Pac-10 career free throw leader. To do so, she has to keep up her pace of two made free throws for every game she plays in. She has played in 103 games and has made the necessary 206 free throws. Iwanaga began the week ranked second in the nation for free throw percentage at 94.4 and is now at 94.9 percent after sinking all five of her foul shots against USC. Courtney Boynton (Lipscomb) began the week in first at 97.5 percent (39-40). Boynton now is at 95.2 percent (40-42). Iwanaga would lead the nation in three-point percentage at 65.9 percent (27-41), but she hasn't made the necessary two treys per game (17 games - 34). She does lead the Pac-10, though, in three-point percentage.
- Cal began the week third in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (42.9) but now stands at 41.7 percent after hitting only 20 percent (2-10) vs. USC. The Bears still lead the Pac-10 in three-point percentage and free throw percentage (73.7). Cal's three-point field goal defense is greatly improved this year, as the team ranks fourth in the Pac-10 at 29.3 percent (58-198) after allowing teams to hit 37.0 percent from long range last year (107-298).
- Cal is averaging 67.4 ppg (6th Pac-10), which is its highest average since 1995-96 when the Bears poured in 71.8 ppg.
- Redshirt sophomore guard Sarah Pool leads Cal and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in assists at 4.47 apg. The 76 assists in 17 games matches her 2002-03 freshman year mark of 76 assists through 29 games.
- Also among the Pac-10 leaders are: Kiki Williams (2nd FT%, 90.2)...Lawson (5th FG%, 54.9)...Gregory (6th FG%, 51.9).
- Sophomore guard Keanna Levy posted a career-high 10 points against USC.