Feb. 5, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Thu., Feb. 7 at Oregon State Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR 7:00 p.m. Radio: 90.7 FM TV: none
Sat., Feb. 9, at Oregon McArthur Court, Eugene, OR 1:00 p.m. Radio: 90.7 FM TV: Fox Sports Net
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
Off to the best overall and Pac-10 start in school history, No. 9/9 California (19-3, 10-1 Pac-10, 1st Pac-10) travels to Oregon State (10-12, 3-8 Pac-10, T8th Pac-10) Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. and to Oregon (10-12, 4-7 Pac-10, 7th Pac-10) Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m.
The Golden Bears are coming off a home sweep of UCLA (67-53) and USC (60-55 OT) last weekend and have seven games to play during the regular season. Cal holds a one-game lead over Stanford and Arizona State for first place in the Pac-10.
Cal is in pursuit of consecutive 20-win seasons for only the second time in school history. In 1980-81 (20-13) and 1981-82 (23-10), Cal accomplished the feat for the first time. The 2007-08 Bears are also chasing the 1983-84 team (24-8) for the school record of 24 wins.
This year's Cal team boasts the No. 1 defense in the conference, surrendering school records for scoring defense at 54.0 ppg (12th in the nation) and field goal percentage defense at 34.5 percent (10th in the nation).
Cal's offense ranks third in the Pac-10 at 66.7 ppg. Overall, the Bears stand in the top three in the league in 13 of 19 categories. Junior forward/center Ashley Walker, a finalist for the Naismith Trophy, Wooden Award and State Farm Wade Trophy, leads Cal in scoring (16.1 ppg, 4th Pac-10), rebounding (9.3, 1st Pac-10), blocked shots (1.5.0 bpg, 2nd Pac-10) and free throw percentage (79.4 percent, 5th Pac-10).
Junior forward/center Devanei Hampton, the 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year, is second on the team in both scoring (12.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg). She hasn't played in the necessary 75 percent of Cal's games to qualify for the Pac-10 leaders' chart, having missed nine games this season following knee surgery. Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson, Hampton's Oakland Tech teammate, is third on the team in scoring (12.5 ppg, 13th Pac-10) and tops the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (44.3%).
Sophomore guard Lauren Greif, who hails from Portland, Ore., is making her second trip home to the Beaver State in a Cal uniform. Greif, who averages 6.6 ppg for Cal, led the state of Oregon in scoring in high school at 22.9 ppg. Sophomore point guard Natasha Vital is a steady influence for the Bears, averaging 7.3 ppg, 3.5 apg (6th Pac-10) and 3.5 rpg.