Jan. 13, 2003
Up Next: Radio: KALX (90.7 FM) and on Calbears.com TV: none Thurs. 1/16 Washington Haas Pavilion, Berkeley 7:00 p.m. Sat. 1/18 Washington State Haas Pavilion, Berkeley 2:00 p.m.
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS California (5-8 overall, 1-3 Pac-10) returns for its first home game since Dec. 29, when it hosts Washington (12-2, 4-1) Thurs., Jan. 16 and Washington State (0-13, 0-5) Sat., Jan. 18. The Golden Bears are seeking their first win against the Huskies since 2000 while trying to take a victory from the Cougars for the third straight time.
Cal's offensive output continues to rise. After averaging only 56.8 points per game last year, the team is now averaging 59.8 ppg. Offensive rebounding has been critical to this improvement, as the Bears average 14.5 per game to their opponents' 10.8. Leigh Gregory continues to pace the team in rebounding with 4.7 per game and a team-high 28 on the offensive end.
Free throw percentage also is improving as the Bears have shot 72.7% from the line in the last five games to raise their season average to 65.7%. Five players are shooting at least 75.0% from the stripe, led by Kristin Iwanaga's 86.7%.
The Bears are also on pace to eclipse last year's mark in blocked shots. Nine players have combined to swat away 25 shots through 13 games. In 28 games last year, Cal collected just 34 blocks.
With career-high scoring efforts against Oregon, junior guard Nihan Anaz and junior center Timea Ivanyi are now a close one-two in scoring for the Bears. Anaz, who poured in a game-high 22 against the Ducks, is scoring 9.3 ppg, while Ivanyi is averaging 9.1 ppg after posting 17 points vs Oregon. Ivanyi also ranks seventh among the Pac-10 leaders with a .523 field goal percentage.
Balance has been the name of the game this year for the Bears as 11 players see at least 10 minutes per outing and nobody averages more than 29 minutes. Seven different players have led or tied for team-high scoring honors and eight have paced the club in rebounding at least once.
After opening the season with eight of their first nine games at home, the Bears have played their last four on the road. Only two of the next five will be at Haas Pavilion before Cal finishes the season with five of its last nine at home. When playing at home, Cal is allowing the opposition just 61.8 points, compared to giving up 72.6 points on the road.
Sophomore forward Alisa Lewis is the only Cal player to hail from the state of Washington. Lewis attended Gonzaga Prep High School in Spokane, Wash., about an hour drive from Pullman, Wash.