Second Place California Takes on Arizona State
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Release:  02/03/2012

Feb. 3, 2012

Saturday, Feb. 4: California at Arizona State, 1 pm Pacific Time
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BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears (16-6, 7-3 Pac-12) finish off their current road trip on Saturday, Feb. 4 when they take on the Arizona State Sun Devils (15-6, 6-4 Pac-12) at 2 p.m. MT (1 p.m. PT) in Tempe. The Bears have a one-game lead in the race for second place over Arizona State, USC, and UCLA.

This will be the only regular-season meeting this year between the Bears and the Sun Devils. Free live video streaming of the game will be available through the Fox Sports Arizona website.

The Bears come into Tempe after surviving an overtime threat against Arizona. The Bears last two games have gone to OT, only the second time in program history that they have played in back-to-back overtime games and the first time ever they have taken two consecutive road games into overtime.

In both games, big runs were the stories of the game. Against Stanford, the Bears closed out the game on a 22-8 run to force the extra period. In the Arizona game, it was the Wildcats who started the second period on a 22-7 tear. The Bears had to rally late, scoring six points in the final 2:42 while keeping the Wildcats off the scoreboard to send the game to overtime. The Bears outscored Arizona 10-6 in the extra period.

It was also the fifth time this season the Bears have scored 70 or more points in back-to-back games. The Bears opened the season with three consecutive games scoring at least 70 points. The Bears are third in the Pac-12, averaging 70.8 points per game.

The Bears will look for their eighth win in the last nine games when they face the Sun Devils on Saturday. Cal and Arizona State have had one game in each of the last three years decided by either one or two points. The Bears won 54-53 in Tempe in 2009. The Sun Devils won the last two nailbiters, with ASU eeking out a 63-61 victory in Berkeley in 2010 and a come-back 45-44 victory last year at ASU. Cal is 7-4 in the last four seasons against the Sun Devils with a 3-0 record against ASU when facing them in the Pac-12 Tournament including a 48-43 win last year that sent Cal to the semifinals.

Who's Hot
* Layshia Clarendon has scored in double digits in every game away from Haas Pavilion this season except the season-opener at Rutgers. She has averaged 15.4 ppg in her last four road contests. She scored a season-high 18 points at Colorado and 17 points, her second-highest tally of the season, at Stanford
* Freshman forward Reshanda Gray took advantage of her second career start at Arizona, putting up her second career double double with 22 points (one off her career high) and 13 rebounds (a career high)
* Talia Caldwell also had a double double at Arizona with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
* Caldwell and Gray combined to go 15-for-22 (68.1 percent) from the field at Arizona. The rest of the team shot 15-for-53 (28.3 percent)
* Brittany Boyd, in her last three games, has 43 points, 22 rebounds, 17 assists, and 11 steals.

Sister Sister One of the most anticipated match-ups of the season will be happening on Saturday at ASU. Cal's No. 25 (Gennifer Brandon) will be squaring off against Arizona State's No. 25 (Kimberly Brandon). This will be the fourth and final time the two Brandon sisters will play against one another (unless the two teams meet in the Pac-12 Tournament) with Kim finishing her senior season at ASU.

Kimberly Brandon leads the Sun Devils in scoring, averaging 11.2 points per game (21st in the Pac-12) while Gennifer Brandon averages 9.2 points per game. The younger Brandon, Gennifer, wins the rebounding war, averaging 10.6 rebounds per game (3rd in the Pac-12, 16th in the NCAA) while the elder Brandon, Kim, averages 7.0 rebounds (12th in the Pac-12).

The Brandons faced one another three times during Gennifer's freshman year. ASU swept the regular season games but the Bears took out the Sun Devils in the Pac-12 Tournament. Gennifer Brandon won the statistical Battle of the Brandons scoring 32 points (10.7 per game), 23 rebounds (7.7 rebounds), with seven blocks, one of which came on a shot by Kim. Kimberly Brandon scored 14 points (4.7 per game) with 10 rebounds (3.3 per game), two steals (neither of which was against Gennifer) and two assists.

Play 4Kay For 2012 and beyond, the WBCA Pink Zone has been rebranded as Play 4Kay. The mission of the initiative, which was brought to life in 2007, will remain intact: a nation of coaches raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund will continue to be the official charity of the initiative.

This Saturday's game at ASU will be a pink game. For Cal fans looking to participate in the month-long promotion, Cal's home game on Saturday, Feb. 25 against Colorado will be the designated Pink Game. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. There will also be auctions and other opportunities for fans to make a financial contribution to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

Kay Yow, the fund's namesake, was the head coach of the NC State Wolfpack women's basketball team from 1975 to 2009. A member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, she had more than 700 career wins. She also coached the U.S. women's basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in 1988 despite having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. She passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.