Jan. 24, 2012
Saturday, Jan. 28: California at Stanford, 2 p.m.
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BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears (15-5, 6-2 Pac-12), who have yet to lose a game in the 2012 calendar year, head to The Farm for the Battle of the Bay Part 1, taking on the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (17-1, 8-0 Pac-12) on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. at Stanford.
The game will not be televised. However, there is a fan bus that will be headed to Stanford. For more details and to secure a seat, contact Jessica Dolan.
The Bears, who started conference play at 0-2, have now won six straight games, their first six-game win streak since they swept through the six rounds of the 2010 WNIT en route to their championship. The team, who closed out 2011 with two losses, has yet to lose a game in 2012.
During the current six-game win streak, the Bears have five players averaging double figures. Redshirt sophomore forward Gennifer Brandon leads the Bears, averaging 12.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game during that stretch. Junior guard Layshia Clarendon (11.7), junior center Talia Caldwell (10.3), freshman forward Reshanda Gray (10.0) and freshman point guard Brittany Boyd (10.0) are also averaging double digits.
Back in the 2008-09 season, the Bears had won five straight games before taking on the Cardinal in Haas. The Bears came away with a 57-54 victory. Cal went on to win six more games, extending the streak to a school-record 12 games before a 58-41 loss at Stanford ended the streak.
Since 1973-74, Stanford owns a 57-17 record in games against the Bears. Cal's last victory over the Cardinal at Stanford was a 72-57 win on Feb. 4, 2007. Lindsay Gottlieb and Charmin Smith were both assistant coaches on that team.
No Cal player on the current roster has been on a team that has defeated the Cardinal.
On April 4, 1896, the first known game of women's basketball between two colleges was played by Stanford and Berkeley. Stanford won that game, 2-1. Cal's left home Miss Katherine Jones scored a basket late in the first half to knot the game, 1-1. Stanford's right guard Miss Tucker scored the winning goal for the girls dressed in cardinal sweaters to give them the victory.
* Junior center Talia Caldwell scored 30 points in 44 minutes against the Washington schools last week.
* Junior guard Layshia Clarendon is 14-of-29 (48.2 percent) shooting in her last three games.
* Redshirt sophomore forward Gennifer Brandon has three double doubles in her last six games.
* Freshman point guard Brittany Boyd, in her last three games, has 21 assists (7.0 apg) and 8 steals to go with 36 points (12.0 ppg) and 14 rebounds (4.6 rpg).
999 Layshia Clarendon comes into the game with 999 career points. She is trying to become the 22nd member of Cal's 1,000 Point Club. Since Colleen Galloway (1978-81, 2,320 career points) became the first player in program history to reach the mark, 20 other players have scored at least 1,000 points in their Cal careers. Natasha Vital was the last to do it, finishing her career in 2010 with 1,029 points.
Trying for the Triple Double There has never been a player in Cal program history to pull off the triple double. Freshman point guard flirted with the feat twice this season with 9-9-7 performances. Boyd had seven points with nine boards and nine assists against UNLV. Against Washington State, she had nine points with nine rebounds and seven assists.
Take It To the Hoop The Golden Bears scored more points in the paint (52) than Washington did across the entire floor (47) last Thursday. Of the Bears 29 field goals, 26 came inside the paint. They had two three-pointers and one jumper outside the lane. The Bears had a similar breakdown against Washington State with 25 field goals, 22 of which were scored in the paint, one three, and other jumpers.
The Bears had a similar game against UCLA where they scored all 24 points in the first half against UCLA in the paint and only hit three jumpers outside the paint in the entire game.
The Bears have outscored opponents 706-452 in the paint this season (12.7 ppg) and only twice have had an opponent outscore them in the paint.
Late Bloomers In the 63-56 victory at Utah, both Gennifer Brandon and Reshanda Gray scored all of their points in the second half. Brandon scored 15 points in 17 minutes on the floor after halftime. Gray scored 11 in 13 minutes. The Bears also doubled their productivity in the second half, scoring twice as many points (42 vs. 21 first half points) and almost doubling their shooting percentage (29.4 percent in the first half and 59.1 in the second half).
Against Washington State, Layshia Clarendon scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half.
Against Washington, Caldwell scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half. Boyd scored 10 of her 14 points after the break.
Lights Out Talia Caldwell has shot 50 percent or better in each of her last five games. Caldwell went 8-for-10 against Washington and 5-for-6 against Washington State, finishing the week with a 81.2 shooting percentage. Caldwell has moved up to seventh in the conference with a 54.5 shooting percentage. Right behind her in eighth place, making 52.2 percent of her shots, is freshman Reshanda Gray.
Free Throws The Bears have had three of their best free throw performances of the season in the last five games with three performances over 72.5 percent. Cal has also had a better shooting percentage from the stripe than their opponent in three of their last five games.
Cal vs Ranked Teams The Bears are 1-3 this season against ranked teams with their lone victory coming against No. 22 Virginia, 59-50. The Bears three losses against top-25 teams were by a combined six points (lost by three to No. 16 Rutgers, one to No. 24 Texas, and two to No. 12 Ohio State).
Rebounding Margin The Bears remain the second-best team in the country in terms of rebounding margin with 16.1 more rebounds per game than their opponents. Liberty has overtaken the Bears as the top team in the nation in rebounding with a +16.8 mark.
The Bears have outrebounded their opponents by double digits in 14 games this season and have five games with a 20-or-more rebound differential including besting CSU Bakersfield by 36 (60-24) and the 63-26 (37) differential against Oregon.
The Bears have outrebounded their opponents in all 20 games this season. Last season, Cal had 23 games in which they outrebounded their opponents and finished the year averaging 5.6 more rebounds per game.
Rebounding Battle The Bears lead the Conference in rebounding battles. Cal has 377 offensive rebounds to opponents 431 defensive rebounds, with Cal winning that head-to-head match-up 46.7 percent of the time. On the other end, Cal has 565 defensive rebounds to 189 opponent O-boards, winning that battle 74.9 percent of the time.
In the Oregon game, the Bears limited the Ducks to four offensive rebounds and just one second-chance point. The Bears had 30 offensive rebounds in the Pac-12 opener against UCLA .
O-My Cal averages a conference-best 18.9 offensive rebounds per game. The Bears had a season-high 30 offensive rebounds against UCLA. Gennifer Brandon has had three games this season where she nearly had a double double on points and offensive rebounds alone with 9 O-boards against Santa Clara (13 points), Ohio State (24 points), and Oregon (17 points). Cal has two players among the top-5 in the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds: Brandon averages 3.8 per game; Talia Caldwell averages 3.5 per game.
Second Chances The Bears are taking advantage of those offensive rebounds, averaging 16.6 second-chance points per game.
Brandon has two of the top single-game rebounding performances in the nation this season. Her 24 rebounds against Ohio State is the second most rebounds in a single game this year, trailing only Kelli Riles of UNC Asheville who had 28 against SC Upstate. Brandon's 19 against Oregon ranks 23rd.
The 19 rebounds was the fourth highest total in a single game played at Haas Pavilion. Brandon owns two of the other single-game totals higher up on that list, including the Haas Pavilion record, 24, set this season against Ohio State, and the former record, 21, which she set as a freshman in the opening-round WNIT game against UC Davis (20).
She only has one game this season in which she has pulled in fewer than seven rebounds (2, in 16 minutes at Hawai'i).
Brandon leads the Bears with an average of 12.3 points per game in Pac-12 contests.
Rookie Report Pt. I Freshman forward Reshanda Gray began her career with five consecutive games scoring in double digits. She scored 15 points in 17 minutes against Oregon State. She had previously scored 15 in 16 minutes against Sac State, and 16 in 18 minutes at Hawai'i. Her most impressive performance was 23 points in 17 minutes against UNLV.
Gray's scored 11 points in 13 second-half minutes against Utah.
Rookie Report Pt. 2 Freshman point guard Brittany Boyd is third in the Pac-12, averaging 4.7 assists per game while averaging 23.2 minutes per game. She has 10 games this season with five or more assists.
In her last three games, Boyd has 21 assists (7.0 apg) and 8 steals to go with 36 points (12.0 ppg) and 14 rebounds (4.6 rpg).
Welcome to the Record Book, EP Eliza Pierre is now one of the top-ten players in program history for steals. Pierre moved into the top ten with a pair of steals against Oregon. Coming into the game, she needs five steals to move into a tie for ninth place with her former teammate Alexis Gray-Lawson (190, 2006-10).
Depth The Cal bench has scored 558 points this season, which is already more than last year's season-long total (419 points). The non-starters are contributing a average of 27.9 ppg this season with Cal's opponent's non-starters averaging 12.5 points per game. Against Dartmouth, Cal's non-starters scored 39 points in a game in which the Big Green scored a total of 39 points.
The Bears have ten players averaging more than ten minutes per game and only one averaging less.
We Assist, You Assist California women's basketball has announced that Team Up For Youth and the Coaching Corps program will be the focus of this season's We Assist, You Assist campaign. Fans are encouraged to pledge money, from pennies to dollars, for each assist tallied by the Bears this season. So far this year, the Bears have 280 assists, averaging 14.0 per game.
Coaching Corps is a program that pairs trained volunteer coaches with kids in low-income communities so that all children have the powerful experiences of playing and learning, winning and losing, and through it all, discovering their best selves. Dedicated college students serve as volunteer coaches and role models for kids in after school programs in under served communities.
Coaching Corps harnesses the energy and passion of young adults to help kids in low-income communities. The goal is to help kids do better in school, have higher self-esteem, stay away from drugs and alcohol, and create a healthy and active lifestyle that lasts their entire lives.