No. 9/9 Cal Hosts Oregon, Oregon State Tied for Pac-10 Lead
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/08/2008

Jan. 8, 2008

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BERKELEY, Calif. -

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Thu., Jan. 10, vs. Oregon
Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 12, vs. Oregon State Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA, 2:00 p.m.

Radio: 90.7 FM (both) TV: Comcast SportsNet (Oregon)

A Look at the Golden Bears

Off to its best start in 24 years and owning program-best national rankings of No. 9 in both polls, California (13-2, 4-0 Pac-10, T1st) returns home to host Oregon (8-6, 2-1 Pac-10, 3rd) Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Oregon State (8-6, 1-2, T7th) Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m.

Saturday is the first of four Cal Kids' Days. Admission is $1 for all youth 12th grade and under, and fun activities are scheduled for outside Haas Pavilion beginning at 12:30 p.m. The first 500 kids will receive a Cal women's basketball drawstring bag, and the first 3000 fans will receive the second set of Cal trading cards.

At 13-2, Cal has equaled the 1983-84 Bears for the best start in program history through 15 games. In 1983-84, Cal posted a 17-2 record before losing its 20th game. That year, the Bears set a school record for wins, finishing with a 24-8 record.

Cal is 4-0 to start Pac-10 play for the first time since the 1991-92 team opened with the same record. The Bears, who are riding a five-game winning streak for the first time since 2004-05 and a 10-game home winning streak, have never remained undefeated to start Pac-10 play past the fourth game. Last season, Cal tied the 1991-92 Bears for the best Pac-10 mark in school history at 12-6 to place third. Arizona State is tied for first with Cal at 4-0 in 2007-08.

This year's Cal team has produced solid statistical numbers on both sides of the ball. The Bears rank first in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (54.3 ppg, school record) and third in scoring (69.1 ppg), which is their best average in 12 years. Overall, Cal is tops in the conference in six of 19 categories and ranks in the top three in 13.

Cal has shown in 2007-08 that it has multiple offensive options and is led by junior All-America candidates Ashley Walker (16.9 ppg, 3rd Pac-10), Devanei Hampton (12.8 ppg) and Alexis Gray-Lawson (12.5 ppg, 11th). Sophomore guard Natasha Vital scored a season-high 18 points to propel Cal to a 73-70 overtime win over UCLA Jan. 6. Coupled with a 57-52 triumph over USC Jan. 4, the Bears earned their first sweep in L.A. over those schools since 2000-01. Sophomore guard Lauren Greif, who hails from Portland, Ore., is a dangerous three-point threat at (42.0%, 3rd Pac-10), with Gray-Lawson second at 43.9 percent.

Sophomore forward/center Rama N'diaye (8.9 ppg), freshman guard/forward Kelsey Adrian (6.1 ppg), senior forward Krista Foster (2.6 ppg), junior forward Shantrell Sneed (2.7 ppg) and freshman guard Rachelle Federico (1.1 ppg) are all shown they can provide a spark for the Bears off the bench.