Feb. 14, 2012
Thursday, Feb. 16: California at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Live Audio Streaming: CalBears.com; Gametracker: GoDucks.com
Live Streaming Video: GoDucks.com (paid premium service)
Saturday, Feb. 18: California at Oregon State, 2 p.m.
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Live Streaming Video: OSUBeavers.com
BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears (18-7, 9-4 Pac-12) try to cement their second-place standing in the conference with a pair of road games. On Thursday, Feb. 16, the Bears will take on the Oregon Ducks (14-11, 6-7 Pac-12) at 7 p.m. in Eugene. The Bears finish off the trip by facing the third-place Oregon State Beavers (17-7, 8-5 Pac-12) on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. in Corvallis.
Golden Bear Notes Despite last week's 76-75 overtime loss to USC, the Bears still remain alone in second place in the Pac-12 standings with a game lead over Oregon State and two games up on the three teams tied for fourth (Arizona State, USC, UCLA). The top four teams in the conference earn first-round byes in the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament.
After starting Pac-12 play 0-2, the Bears turned things around with their home series against the Oregon schools, defeating Oregon State 73-56 and Oregon 90-67. Those were the first two games of a six-game win streak. Overall, the Bears are 9-2 since New Year's Day, with both losses coming in overtime by a combined four points. Cal has yet to lose a game in regulation in the 2012 calendar year.
The Bears' "bigs" had big games against the Oregon schools the first time around/ Redshirt sophomore forward Gennifer Brandon scored 28 points with 27 rebounds in the two games. Junior center Talia Caldwell scored 26 points with 22 boards. Freshman forward Reshanda Gray also scored 26 with 12 boards.
Sophomore guard Mikayla Lyles has had a couple of career games against Oregon. Lyles scored a career-best 14 points earlier this season against the Ducks. Last season, she had a career-high seven rebounds in the home contest against Oregon.
Cal has won 11 of the last 12 games against the Ducks with Oregon's lone win being the 60-46 victory in Berkeley last season. Overall, Oregon leads the series, 36-26.
Cal's recent success against Oregon State is even more dramatic. The Bears have won the last 11 games against OSU and 15 of the last 16 meetings. Oregon State does lead the all-time series, 33-28.
Both games will be "Pink" games, part of the month-long WBCA "Play 4Kay" promotion to raise money and awareness for the Kay Yow Foundation, a breast cancer charity. Cal's home pink game will be Saturday, Feb. 25.
* Reshanda Gray has been in the starting lineup each of the last four games, averaging 15.3 points and 10.0 rebounds with two double doubles
* Lindsay Sherbert had three made-threes against USC and five overall last week. Sherbert has made at least one three-point basket in each of the last six games. She leads the team with 30 made this season and a 34.9 percent efficiency. In her last three games, she has gone 7-for-14 from long range, making 50.0 percent of her attempts.
* After averaging 5.0 ppg in her previous four games, Gennifer Brandon exploded for 22 points against USC (making 10 field goals), also grabbing 17 rebounds. Her 17 rebounds were only the third-most by a Cal player in a game this season. The top two performances: Brandon with 24 against Ohio State and Brandon with 19 against Oregon the first time around.
* Brittany Boyd has scored in double digits each of her last five games.
Bonus Basketball The Bears have played three overtime games so far this season. It is the fourth time that a Bear team has gone to OT in at least three games during a season. Cal had a program-record four overtime games during the 2006-07 season, including a double overtime game at Oregon State. The Bears went 2-2 in OT games that season. This year, the Bears are 1-2 in their overtime contests.
Racking Up Points The Bears have moved up to third in the Pac-12 in scoring, averaging 70.6 points per game, trailing only the Stanford Cardinal and Oregon Ducks. Last season, the Bears averaged 62.9 points per game. The last time the Bears averaged more than 70 points per game in a season was the 1995-96 campaign, a year in which opponents averaged 81.3 ppg. The Bears, who have scored at least 70 points in three of their last five games, scored a season-high 90 points in the first meeting this season with the Ducks.
Making Shots The Bears are third in the Pac-12 with a 41.9 percent field goal percentage. Cal's efficiency is helped by the performances of Reshanda Gray, who is making 55.4 percent of her shots (5th best in the Pac-12) and Talia Caldwell (53.6, 6th in the Pac-12).
Rebounding Margin The Bears are second in the nation, averaging 14.6 more rebounds per game than their opponents. Liberty is back into the national lead with a 15.6 per game average.
The Bears have outrebounded their opponents by double digits in 17 games this season and have six games with a 20-or-more rebound differential including besting CSU Bakersfield by 36 (60-24) and the 63-26 (37) differential against Oregon.
The Bears outrebounded their opponents in every game this season except the Stanford game. Last season, Cal had 23 games in which they outrebounded their opponents and finished the year averaging 5.6 more rebounds per game.
Career Points Layshia Clarendon became the 22nd member of the California Golden Bear 1,000 Point Club on her first field goal attempt of the game at Stanford. Clarendon hit a jumper 20 seconds into the game to give her 1,001 career points. By the end of the contest, she had scored 17 points to give her 1,016 in her career, and move her up to No. 21 on the career scoring list. She has since moved into the top-20, currently ranked No. 18 on the career point list with 1,069. She needs four points to pass Laura Baker (1,072 points, 1988-91) and move into sole possession of 17th place.
Nine Points The Bears are now 1-4 this season against ranked teams but the Bears four losses against top-25 teams were by a combined nine points (lost by three to No. 16 Rutgers, one to No. 24 Texas, two to No. 12 Ohio State, and three to No. 4 Stanford.). Cal defeated No. 22 Virginia, 59-50, a nine point margin of victory.
The Bears only losses to schools outside the top-25 came against UCLA and USC. The Bears only have one double-digit loss this year, that coming against USC in Los Angeles in December.
Take It To the Hoop The Bears have outscored opponents 900-596 in the paint this season (12.1 more points per game than opponents) and have had an opponent outscore them in the paint only three times this season.
Oregon State is one of the few teams to keep pace in the paint, scoring 30 points down low to Cal's 34. Oregon was outscored 44-24.
O-My Cal averages a conference-best 18.5 offensive rebounds per game. The Bears had a season-high 30 offensive rebounds against UCLA in Los Angeles. Gennifer Brandon has had three games this season where she nearly had a double double on points and offensive rebounds alone with 9 O-boards against Santa Clara (13 points), Ohio State (24 points), and Oregon (17 points). Gennifer Brandon is in the top-three in the conference in offensive rebounding, averaging 3.8 per game.
Second Chances The Bears are taking advantage of those offensive rebounds, averaging 15.6 second-chance points per game.
Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament The Pac-12 Tournament will in some ways have a similar structure to last years' tourney. The first round games will be played at the Galen Center on March 7-8 with the semifinals and finals being played at the Staples Center on March 9-10. The games at Galen will be streamed live on YouTube. The games at Staples will be aired on FSN/CSN Bay Area. The difference is that with a 12-team conference, instead of the top-two seeds getting byes to the semifinals, this season the top four seeds will get a first-round bye, automatically advancing to the quarterfinals (March 9 at Galen). Ticket packages are available now on CalBears.com.
Play 4Kay Cal's home game on Saturday, Feb. 25 against Colorado will be the annual "Pink Game". All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. There will also be auctions and other opportunities for fans to make a financial contribution to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, the official charity of the initiative. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause. Kay Yow, the fund's namesake, was the head coach of the NC State Wolfpack women's basketball team from 1975 to 2009. A member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, she had more than 700 career wins. She also coached the U.S. women's basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in 1988 despite having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. She passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.
The Bears will be doing a pink shooting shirt auction that day to help raise funds for the Kay Yow Foundation. More details will be coming soon.
Cal Kids Day The Saturday, Feb. 25 game against Colorado is another Cal Kids Day. All kids 12th grade and under can purchase $1 general admission tickets for all Pac-12 weekend home games this season. Fans are encouraged to come early for the pre-game FunZone outside on the plaza (weather permitting) that includes poster making, face painting, bounce houses and basketball games. The fun zone will be open from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.
Women's Basketball Growth Charts, featuring a life-szie picture of junior center Talia Caldwell, will be given out to all youth in attendance (while supplies last).
The Saturday, March 4 game against Stanford will be the final Cal Kids Day of the season.