Jan. 21, 2003
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A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS California (6-9 overall, 2-4 Pac-10) heads south to take on Southern California (7-11, 2-5) Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. and UCLA (11-5, 6-1) Sunday, Jan. 26, at 12 p.m. The Golden Bears are coming off their second conference victory and are trying to win two in a row for the third time this season.
Cal's offensive output continues to rise. After averaging only 56.8 points per game last year, the team is now averaging 60.6 ppg. Offensive rebounding has been critical to this improvement, as the Bears average 14.5 per game to their opponents' 11.2. Leigh Gregory continues to pace the team in rebounding with 5.1 per game and a team-high 36 on the offensive end.
The Bears are also on pace to eclipse last year's mark in blocked shots. Nine players have combined to swat away 29 shots through 15 games. Timea Ivanyi and Olga Volkova each have six to pace the club. In 28 games last year, Cal collected just 34 blocks.
With a career-high 24 points against Washington, on 11-for-13 shooting, Ivanyi has taken over the team scoring lead with 9.9 points per game. She also ranks among the conference leaders with a .556 field goal percentage. Nihan Anaz, who tallied her career-high four games ago with 22 at Oregon, averages 9.5 ppg.
Kristin Iwanaga continues to pace the club in free throw shooting (.844), assists (46) and three-point field goals made (15). She tallied nine points in the Washington game, her highest scoring output in 10 games.
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. Eight different players have led or tied for team-high scoring honors and nine have paced the club in rebounding at least once. In addition, the team is dishing off 15.8 assists per game, well ahead of the 11.6 they averaged a year ago. Four players each had at least four assists against WSU for the first time. And the team has recorded 20 assists four times this season, including each of the last two games.
The reserves were mainly responsible for the team's most recent victory against Washington State, accounting for 50 of the team's 73 points. Sarah Pool had a career-high 16 points (4-4 FG, 5-6 FT) to lead the Bear attack and was followed closely by Kiki Williams who added 15. Seven players came off the bench in the contest, and all made a mark in the scorebook.