Jan. 7, 2011
Saturday, Jan. 8: Arizona at California, 2:00 p.m.
TV: none; Radio: 960 AM KKGN; Gametracker: CalBears.com
The California Golden Bears (9-4, 1-1 Pac-10) close out a three-game homestand by taking on the Arizona Wildcats (11-3, 2-1 Pac-10) on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. It's a Cal Kids Day - presented by Outback Steakhouse - with general admission tickets for youth 12th grade and younger just $1.
The Bears got their first Pac-10 victory of the season, extinguishing the Arizona Sun Devils, 67-55, Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears rebounded from their Pac-10 opening loss to the Stanford Cardinal by playing one of their most solid all-around games of the season against the Sun Devils. The Bears, who have not lost back-to-back games this season, jumped right into things against ASU, going on a 10-2 run to start the game. Cal also had a 12-0 run in the first half to take a ten-point halftime lead. It was the eighth time this season the Bears had a 10 point or better lead at halftime.
Cal shot 50.0 percent in the game (26-of-52), the third time this season the Bears have shot 50.0 percent or better in a game. The Bears actually started off hotter, connecting on 16 of their first 24 shots (66.7 percent) including a stretch of seven straight makes. Sophomores Layshia Clarendon and DeNesha Stallworth, who combined for 40 of Cal's 67 points, shot a combined 59.2 percent from the field. Clarendon started the game 8-for-10 before missing her final three attempts. Clarendon also went 8-for-10 from the free throw line, scoring a season-high 24 points.
The Bears were also back to winning the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Sun Devils by 14. It was the eighth time this season Cal has outrebounded their opponent by double-digits. Cal averages 9.8 more rebounds per game than their opponents. ASU came into the game averaging 6.8 more rebounds than their opponents. Cal's rebounding domination has been a team effort with four different players leading the team in rebounding in the last five games. Sophomore guard Eliza Pierre led all rebounders in the ASU game, pulling in eight. No ASU player had more than four. Cal's Stallworth had seven and freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert had six.
The game was a battle in the paint with the two teams scoring a combined 58 points down low while only making one three point basket (Cal: 0-for-3; ASU 1-for-13).
The Wildcats come into Haas after falling to Stanford, 87-54. Cal has won the last nine contests against the Wildcats. Cal's last loss to Arizona was a Jan. 20, 2006 80-76 game at Haas Pavilion. In the past, though, it was the Wildcats who dominated the series. Arizona had a 19-game win streak against Cal from 1996-2005 which was snapped with a 70-61 victory on Feb. 5, 2005 at Haas Pavilion.
Threes Freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert is tenth in the Pac-10 with a 35.4 percent efficiency. Sherbert hit her 17th three-pointer of the season against Stanford, tops on the team. Sherbert has mainly treated the home town crowd to her three-point shooting with 12 of those swishing through the rims at Haas Pavilion.
Cal's defense held Arizona State to a 1-for-13 performance from long range, lowering the opponent three point percentage to 22.7 percent, the sixth best mark in the nation.
Crashing the Boards The Bears have outrebounded their opponents in 10 of their 13 games this season. Despite being outrebounded by the Cardinal, the Bears are still averaging 9.8 more rebounds per game than their opponents, second-best mark among Pac-10 teams and ranked 20 among all NCAA Division I teams.
The Bear players have had 11 double-digit rebound performances this season. Stallworth leads the team with five. Both she and Talia Caldwell had double digit rebounds at Illinois (Stallworth 10, Caldwell 13).
Steals Eliza Pierre is currently averaging 3.5 steals per game, which leads the Pac-10. More impressively, her average ranks sixth among all NCAA Division I players. Kevi Luper of Oral Roberts leads the nation at 3.9 per game.
Pierre had just one steal against Arizona State, snapping a streak of 12 straight games with at least a pair of steals.
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 45 steals. Clarendon is second on the team with 21 steals.
Efficiency When DeNesha Stallworth shoots the ball, she is making her shots, most of the time. In fact, Stallworth, helped by her 12-for-14 performance in the Colliers International Classic Championships game, is connecting on 53.8 percent of her tries from the field. The mark is sixth best in the Pac-10 and ranks No. 36 among all NCAA Division I players. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell actually has a better percentage, making 57.6 percent of her shots, but she does not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings. She has moved up to third in the Pac-10 rankings.
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.
Cal Coaches Corner Each Monday (beginning Dec. 13), 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.