Feb. 28, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. -
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A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS California (9-17 overall, 5-12 Pac-10) plays its final regular season game of the season when it faces No. 24 Arizona Sat., March 1, at McKale Center. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net with Dave Sitton and Mary Murphy on the call.
The Golden Bears, along with all other Pac-10 teams, will be participating the second annual State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament next week in San Jose. Cal has secured the number 9 seed, but their first round opponent (Fri., March 7) will not be determined until the conclusion of Saturday's play.
Nihan Anaz leads the Bears in scoring with 10.2 points per game. She is followed closely by Timea Ivanyi who averages 10.1 ppg and a team-high 5.1 rebounds per contest. Leigh Gregory adds 9.3 ppg. The Bears are scoring 59.2 points per game on .389 shooting while allowing their opponents 65.2 points on .438 shooting. Cal has a +1.5 rebounding edge (37.5-36.0), thanks in part to outrebounding four of its last seven opponents by at least seven boards.
Kristin Iwanaga currently ranks No. 1 in Cal history with a career free throw percentage of .870. She is just short of the qualifying standard for the Pac-10 record books where her percentage would rank her in the top position. She also is fourth all-time at Cal in three-point percentage with a career .387 clip.
During a five-game stretch from the Oregon game through the USC victory, Gregory scored in double figures in each contest, including a career-high 22 points against Oregon. In the same game she converted 13 of 15 free throws, marking the program's best single-game showing since Nov. 24, 2000. During this stretch, she combined to shoot .531 (26-for-49) from the floor and .839 (26-for-31) from the free throw line.
Kiki Williams, one day removed from her 21st birthday, was the only Bear to finish in double figures Thursday night at Arizona State as she came off the bench for a season-high 16 points. The Bears have held three of their last seven opponents to 38 percent shooting or below. Last weekend, they allowed USC just 50 points on .339 shooting, including just six baskets and a .250 clip in the second half. Cal also forced Stanford into its lowest scoring total of the year (53) and held UCLA to just .290 shooting at Pauley. Cal is 9-1 this year when its opponent shoots .420 or below.
Over the last 13 games, the Bears are allowing their opposition to shoot just .250 from beyond the three-point line, and only three teams have made more than three treys during the stretch.