Feb. 10, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
No. 20/20 California (18-6, 8-5 Pac-10, T3rd) looks to bounce back from a 79-76 overtime loss to Washington and sweep the season series against Washington State (5-19, 1-13, 10th) for the second consecutive year Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Today is Black Heritage Day at Haas Pavilion, and there will be festivities beginning at 12:30 p.m. outside and inside the arena (only inside if it's raining) celebrating the significant contributions of African-American culture.
After surrendering a 19-point second-half lead to the Huskies Thursday, the Bears are 0-2 in overtime games this season. Sophomore center Devanei Hampton led Cal with 25 points and 13 rebounds for her fifth double-double. WSU, which has lost 13 straight games, is coming off a 60-34 loss at Stanford. The Bears defeated the Cougars, 55-48, in Pullman Jan. 11.
Cal is off to its second-best start in school history through 24 games. The 1983-84 Bears were 19-5 at this point in the season. This year's Pac-10 mark through 13 games is second best in school history to the 1991-92 squad (9-4). In addition, Cal looks to equal or better the 1991-92 squad, which tied for third, for the best Pac-10 finish in the program's history.
The Bears have also already equaled last year's team's win total (18-12 final record) with five regular-season games to play. The school record is 24 wins in 1983-84.
Cal also has its eyes on at least three school records this season. On the defensive end, Cal's scoring defense (59.7 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (36.6%) are both on school-record pace. Offensively, Cal's field goal percentage of 46.6 percent is approaching the school record of 46.8 percent, set in 1991-92.
Sophomore posts Ashley Walker and Hampton, both national players of the year candidates, are Cal's leaders this season. Walker paces the team in scoring (17.2 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg), while Hampton is second on the team in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg). In Pac-10 games, Hampton averages 17.2 ppg and 8.3 rpg.
Rounding out the starting unit are senior guard Keanna Levy and freshmen guards Lauren Greif and Natasha Vital. Levy has been effective in her first season as a starter, averaging 7.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg. Greif and Vital came up big for the Bears in the win at Stanford, recording 15 points and a career-high 19 points, respectively. Vital assumed the starting point guard role after sophomore Alexis Gray-Lawson (the 2005-06 Pac-10 Player of the Year) suffered an ACL injury at Kansas Dec. 10.