Feb. 14, 2003
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A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS Three of California's final five regular season games are on the road, continuing with a Sat., Feb. 15, encounter at Washington (18-5, 10-4 Pac-10). The Bears are coming off their third straight loss of three points or less, while the Huskies are fresh off a 25-point upset of No. 6 Stanford Thursday night.
Timea Ivanyi currently leads the Bears in scoring with 10.2 points per game, although she is followed very closely by Nihan Anaz who adds 10.1 points per contest. Leigh Gregory paces the club with 4.9 rebounds per game. The Bears are scoring 60.2 points per game on .393 shooting while allowing their opponents 65.4 points on .441 shooting. Cal has a +1.1 rebounding edge (37.1-36.0) and, for the first time in program history, has eight players with at least five three-pointers.
Gregory provided the big spark in the Bears' disappointing last-second loss to Oregon Saturday. The sophomore forward tallied a career-high 22 points, making her the fourth Cal player this year to score 20+ in a single game. In addition, Gregory converted 13 of 15 free throws, marking the program's best single-game showing since Nov. 2000. She also paced the club at Washington State Thursday, dropping 17 points on five-for-nine shooting.
Cal's defensive intensity has elevated itself over the last six games. As a result, Cal's field goal percentage defense has dropped 18 points to its current level of .441. Oregon (Feb. 8) hit at just a .362 mark while Oregon State (Feb. 6) managed just a .382 shooting clip, and its top two scorers mustered just 16 combined points. Sixth-ranked Stanford (Feb. 1) was held to season lows in scoring (53), three-point baskets (2), and players scoring in double figures (1). And two games before that against UCLA (Jan. 26), the Bruins were held to a season-low .290. The Bears set season highs with 49 rebounds and 18 steals. Over the last 10 games, the Bears are allowing their opponents to shoot just .259 from beyond the three-point line, and only twice has a team made more than three treys during the stretch.
With a minimum of six games still to play, Cal has already surpassed last season's win total (7) with its eighth win last week against OSU. And its four Pac-10 wins have doubled the conference results of a year ago (2).
It's been all about balance this year for the Bears as 11 players see at least 10 minutes per outing and nobody averages more than 30 minutes. Eight different players have led or tied for team-high scoring honors and nine have paced the club in rebounding at least once.