Feb. 1, 2011
Thursday, Feb. 3: California at Arizona, 7 p.m. MT
TV: none; Radio: 960 AM KKGN; Gametracker: CalBears.com
Saturday, Feb. 5: California at Arizona State, 4 p.m. MT TV: none; Radio: 960 AM KKGN; Gametracker: CalBears.com
The California Golden Bears (13-7, 5-4 Pac-10) are back on the road to start the second half of the Pac-10 season, opening up at Arizona (13-7, 4-5 Pac-10) on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. local time). The Bears will finish off the road trip taking on the Arizona State Sun Devils (13-6, 5-4 Pac-10).
Coach Joanne Boyle will be going for the 200th win of her career. Coach Boyle enters the week with a career record of 199-84, with 132 of those victories coming since she took over the Cal program in 2005.
Her team brings a two-game road win streak into Arizona. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell had a monster week last week, posting double doubles in back-to-back games for the first time in her career. Caldwell amassed 31 points, 22 rebounds, three blocks, and eight assists in the games in Oregon. Of her 22 rebounds, 14 were offensive boards, helping the Bears score 53 second chance points in the two games.
In the Oregon game, the Cal starting five accounted for all 81 points and 67 of Cal's 68 shots. Every member of the starting lineup ended the game with double digit points. It was the first time that the starting five each had at least ten points since Feb. 24, 2007 when the starters accounted for all the points in an 88-69 victory at Haas over UCLA and each ended up in double figures.
Sophomore guard Eliza Pierre tied a career-high by scoring 13 points against the Ducks. It was her fifth double-digit scoring effort of the season and the sixth of her career.
Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon scored a team-high 19 points at Oregon. Clarendon has scored in double digits each of her last three road games, averaging 15.7 points per game in that span. Clarendon also had 15 rebounds and 5 assists in the two games in Oregon.
The Bears start their Arizona trip in Tucson, taking on the Arizona Wildcats. The Bears have won 10 straight match-ups against Arizona, including an 80-60 victory earlier this season in Berkeley. The Wildcats last victory in Tucson was an 80-69 victory Jan. 7, 2005, the season before Joanne Boyle arrived in Berkeley. Their last victory was an 80-76 win at Haas Jan. 22, 2006.
Pac-10 First Half The Bears are half way through their Pac-10 schedule, in a tie for third place in the Conference standings. Last season, Cal held an identical 5-4 record at the halfway point of the season, but were 11-9 overall instead of 13-7. The Bears finished the second half of Pac-10 play 6-3 and were 11-7 overall in league play, finishing in fourth place.
In Conference games, Cal is one of only three teams (along with UCLA and Stanford) to have a positive scoring margin. Cal averages 64.7 points per game. Their opponents are averaging 63.9. Cal is third in the Conference in shooting percentage in Pac-10 games, making 43.9 percent of their shots. The Bears trail only Stanford in offensive rebounds against Pac-10 teams, averaging 14.7 per game.
Crashing the Boards The Bears are second in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin, grabbing an average of 9.5 more rebounds per game than their opponents ranking them 11th in the nation. Cal has now outrebounded their opponents in 15 of their 20 games this season but has lost all five of the games in which they have been outrebounded.
The Bears grabbed 50 rebounds in the Oregon State game, the fourth time this season they have grabbed 50 or more in a game. The Bears had 55 rebounds against Arizona when they played earlier this season.
Talia Caldwell pulled in a career-high 18 rebounds in the Arizona game, the highest single-game total for a Cal player since Gennifer Brandon had 21 boards in the 2010 first round WNIT game against UC Davis. Only nine players in Cal history have had more than 18 rebounds in a game.
Caldwell is back to being ranked second in the Pac-10 in rebounding, averaging 8.4 rebounds per game. Arizona's Ify Ibekwe leads the Conference with 9.4 rebounds per game.
Caldwell is averaging 4.4 offensive rebounds per game, best in the Pac-10.
When neither Eliza Pierre or Layshia Clarendon picked up a rebound in the Washington game, it snapped a streak of 19 consecutive games in which they had at least one rebound (dating back to last season's WNIT run). The longest consecutive rebounding streaks belong to Talia Caldwell and DeNesha Stallworth who have had at least one rebound in every game they have played so far at Cal. Stallworth also has scored in every game she has played in.
Cal Threes Mikayla Lyles has made nine of her last 18 three-point attempts (50.0 percent). Lyles is a pure three-point shooter with 16 of her 18 baskets this season coming from long range.
Lindsay Sherbert has eight games this season where she has hit two or more three pointers. Sherbert's top game of the season was making six (of eight) against Arizona.
Fouls Cal committed just 17 fouls in the two games in Oregon (7-OSU, 10-Ore.). The Bears have six games this season when they have been whistled for 10 or fewer fouls and are averaging 13.9 fouls per game, the 17th fewest fouls per game in the nation.
Opponent Threes The Bears are still among the nation's best in three-point defense. Opponents are only making 26.0 percent of the long range shots they are attempting against the Cal defense. This leads the Pac-10 and is ranked No. 10 among all NCAA Division I teams.
The Bears held Oregon to 0-for-11 from three-point range in the second half of last Saturday's game. The Wildcats were 3-for-16 (18.8 percent) in the first meeting of the season between the two teams.
Steals Eliza Pierre is currently averaging 3.0 steals per game, which leads the Pac-10. Her average ranks 26th among all NCAA Division I players. She has ranked as high as second in the NCAA this season in this stat.
Pierre did not have a steal against Arizona in their first meeting, the first time this season she was not credited with a steal.
Pierre ended last season with a team-best 71 steals (1.9 per game), just three shy of entering the Cal record book for single-season bests (74 ranks tenth). The single season steal record for Cal is 100 set by Eliza Sokolowska in 1994-95. Pierre currently has 59 steals.
Leading Scorers With freshman Mikayla Lyles' 11 points against Washington, she became the seventh different Cal player to lead the team in scoring in a game this season. All three freshmen have led the team in a game (Afure Jemerigbe scored 17 against UT Arlington and Lindsay Sherbert 20 against Arizona). DeNesha Stallworth and Layshia Clarendon have each had the team-high for points five times this season. Only two players, Eliza Pierre and Rachelle Federico, have not led the team in scoring.
200 wins Cal head coach Joanne Boyle comes into the game with a career record of 199-83 (.703), including a 132-54 (.705) mark at Cal, one shy of reaching the 200th of her head coaching career. Boyle spent three seasons as the head coach for the Richmond Spiders (67-29) prior to her arrival in Berkeley.
Efficiency DeNesha Stallworth is connecting on 51.9 percent of her tries from the field. The mark is sixth best in the Pac-10 and ranks No. 42 among all NCAA Division I players. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell actually has a better percentage, making 53.3 percent of her shots, but she does not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings. Her percentage ranks fifth in the Pac-10.
Double Doubles DeNesha Stallworth had four double doubles in the first four games of the season. It was the first time in her Cal career she has posted double doubles in back-to-back games let alone four in a row. Stallworth had 16 points with 10 rebounds against Oregon State, her seventh double double of the season.
Talia Caldwell's third double double of the season came against Arizona where she had 13 points and 18 rebounds against Arizona. Caldwell had back-to-back double doubles against Oregon State and Oregon, the first time in her career she had accomplished the feat in back-to-back games.
Lindsay Sherbert had the first double double of her collegiate career against Portland State, bringing in 10 rebounds with 15 points scored. She had her second at Oregon with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Rama N'diaye had the first double double of her career with 12 points and 11 rebounds against Arizona. N'diaye accomplished this coming off the bench, playing just 21 minutes in the game.
Cal Coaches Corner Each Monday, head coach Joanne Boyle and one of the players will be featured weekly on the Cal Coaches Corner radio program. The show airs on KNEW Radio (910 AM) every Monday from 6-7 p.m. The program is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley, so fans are encouraged to come out and enjoy the show live. In addition to Coach Boyle and a women's basketball player, men's head coach Mike Montgomery will also be a weekly guest on the show, which is hosted by Todd McKim. The show allows fans to email questions for the coaches and players.
Charitable Works This season, the Bears will again be doing the We Assist, You Assist promotion where fans can make pledges per assist to help a local charity. This season, the team has decided to focus their efforts on assisting Upward Roots. Upward Roots is aimed at generating positive change through community service. Their programs develop a greater sense of leadership and personal impact among under-served youth through the creation of self-initiated community service projects. The goal is to produce and sustain the concept that change can come from within and that every small action makes a resounding difference. Upward Roots strives to break the cycle from these youth being served to serving others. Every dollar raised, up to $10,000, will be matched by Coach Boyle.