Jan. 11, 2011
Friday, Jan. 14: California at Washington State, 5:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Northwest; Radio: 960 AM KKGN; Gametracker: CalBears.com
Sunday, Jan. 16: California at Washington, 2:00 p.m.
TV: none; Radio: 960 AM KKGN; Gametracker: CalBears.com
The California Golden Bears (10-4, 2-1 Pac-10) head to the Evergreen State for a pair of road games. The Bears begin in Pullman, Washington on Friday, Jan. 14, taking on the Washington State Cougars (3-13, 1-3 Pac-10). The game has a special 5:30 p.m. start time to accommodate TV. It will be televised on Fox Sports Northwest, a station not available in the Bay Area.
The Bears finish the road trip on Sunday, Jan. 16 when they take on the Washington Huskies (6-7, 1-3 Pac-10) at 2 p.m. in Seattle.
The Bears are currently tied for third in the Pac-10 after sweeping the Arizona schools last weekend. The Bears, who have outrebounded all but one of their home opponents this season, pulled in 41 more rebounds than Arizona State and Arizona. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell had 23 rebounds in the two games.
The Bears won both games by double-digit margins, giving Cal eight victories this season in which they have won by ten or more points. Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon scored 38 points in the two games.
The Bears had three players hit career marks in the Arizona game. Freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert tied a career high scoring 20 points, hitting a career-high six three pointers. Caldwell pulled in a career-high 18 rebounds. Senior center Rama N'diaye didn't hit career highs for points or rebounds, but her 12 points and 11 rebounds was the first double double of her career.
The Bears now hit the road taking on the Washington schools. Cal has won the last ten games against Washington State with Cal's average margin of victory over that span being 18.7 points. Cal defeated the Cougars 62-44 last season in Pullman and had a 75-68 victory in Berkeley. Cal leads the all-time series 35-19. Joanne Boyle never having lost to the Cougars.
Cal has won six of the last seven meetings against the Washington Huskies including a thrilling 75-68 overtime victory last season in Seattle (in a game that was played on Valentine's Day). Cal's last loss in the series was the 2008 regular season finale when the Huskies stunned the Bears, 74-66, and cost Cal the Pac-10 title. The Huskies lead the all-time series, 40-16. Eight of those wins have come in the Joanne Boyle era.
Fast Starts The Bears have won the opening tip in 12 straight games. In one of the two games they didn't win the tip (against Saint Mary's), the Bears still managed to score first, hitting a jumper in the first 18 seconds of the game. Cal has scored ten times this season in the first 20 seconds of a contest and have four buckets that have come in the first ten seconds of a game. When winning the opening tip, the Bears have scored nine times in the opening possession with just three misses.
Crashing the Boards The Bears are back to leading the Pac-10 in rebounding margin, grabbing an average of 11.0 more rebounds per game than their opponents ranking them 6th in the nation. Cal has now outrebounded their opponents in 11 of their 14 games this season. The Bears pulled in 27 more rebounds than Arizona, the second largest differential of the season and the fourth time this season they have outrebounded an opponent by 20 or more. The Bear's top performance of the season was when they outrebounded Yale by 30. Cal's 64 rebounds in that game tied a program record for most rebounds in a game and set a Haas Pavilion mark for the same stat.
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. It was the second highest single-game rebounding total by a Pac-10 player so far this season. Stanford's Kayla Pedersen had 20 rebounds against San Francisco.
Caldwell has moved up to second in the Pac-10 in rebounding, averaging 9.3 boards per game. Ify Ibekwe, who was the Conference rebounding champ last season, continues to lead this year with 10.5 per game. Caldwell ranks 51st among all NCAA Division I players in rebounds per game.
Threes Lindsay Sherbert's six three-pointers tied for the most hit in a single game this season by any Pac-10 player. Four other players have made six treys in a contest this season. Her 6-for-8 shooting improved her season accuracy to 41.1 percent, sixth best in the Pac-10.
Layshia Clarendon went 2-for-2 from three-point range against Arizona, improving her three-point shooting to 43.8 percent this season, ranking her third in the Pac-10.
Cal's defense held the Arizona schools to 4-for-29 (13.8 percent) shooting from three point range. For the season, opponents are being held to 22.4 percent shooting from long range, the best percentage in the Pac-10 and ranked 4th in the nation.
Steals Eliza Pierre is currently averaging 3.2 steals per game, which leads the Pac-10. More impressively, her average ranks 14th among all NCAA Division I players.
Pierre had just one steal against Arizona State, snapping a streak of 12 straight games with at least a pair of steals. She did not have a steal against Arizona, the first time this season she was not credited with a steal.
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 45 steals. Clarendon is second on the team with 23 steals.
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 53.0 percent of her tries from the field. The mark is sixth best in the Pac-10 and ranks No. 43 among all NCAA Division I players. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell actually has a better percentage, making 57.6 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.
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.
200 wins Cal head coach Joanne Boyle comes into the game with a career record of 196-81 (.708), including a 129-52 (.713) mark at Cal. She needs six 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.
Non-Conference The Bears ended the pre-Pac-10 schedule with an 8-3 record. The Bears have won at least eight games against non-conference regular-season opponents during the regular season in each of Joanne Boyle's years as head coach except last season when the squad went 6-5 to start the year. Boyle's Bears have gone 50-12 against non-Conference opponents during the regular season. This is the eighth consecutive season that Cal will finish the non-conference regular season portion of their schedule with a winning record.
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.
Cal Coaches Corner Each Monday (beginning Dec. 13), 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.
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