Dec. 30, 2010
Sunday, Jan. 2: Stanford at California, 12:30 p.m.
TV: FSN/CSN BayArea; Radio: 960 AM KKGN; Gametracker: CalBears.com
The California Golden Bears (8-3) open up Pac-10 play by hosting the Stanford Cardinal on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 12:30 p.m.
The Bears are coming off a 65-61 victory at Illinois, their first road win of the season. Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth posted her fifth double double of the season, putting up 21 points with 10 rebounds. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell grabbed 13 boards.
But it was freshman Lindsay Sherbert who had the biggest bucket of the contest, a three-pointer with just over two minutes remaining that expanded a Cal lead from two to five. Sherbert scored 19 points, going 6-for-9 from the field in the game. It was her highest scoring game since she put up 20 points against Saint Mary's.
The Bears defense once again dominated the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Illini by 11, the fifth time this season Cal has outrebounded an opponent by 10 or more.
This is the second consecutive season, Cal will open Pac-10 play taking on the Stanford Cardinal. This season, Cal will take on the Cardinal at Haas to start Conference competition, hosting them on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 12:30 p.m. Stanford leads the series 55-17. Since 2006-07, Cal has two victories over the Cardinal. The Bears won 72-57 on Feb. 04, 2007 at Stanford. The Bears won a 57-54 decision on Jan. 18, 2009 at Haas.
This is the second time this season that the Bears will face a top-10 ranked opponent. Cal fell 74-58 to the then-ranked No. 8 Texas A&M in College Station, Cal's last victory over a top-10 ranked opponent was the 2009 victory over the Cardinal.
The Bears are 2-3 in their Pac-10 openers under Boyle. In the first home Pac-10 game of the season with Boyle as head coach, the Bears are 4-1, their only loss coming in 2007 against Arizona State.
The Battle of the Bay is the first Cal Kids Day, presented by Outback Steakhouse, of the season. All youth (12th grade and younger) can purchase general admission tickets for just $1. There will also be plenty of pregame activities for youth including bounce houses, poster making, and face painting. There will be a post-game autograph session featuring all of the Bears' players.
Tickets for the game are still available and can be obtained online through CalBears.com or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BEARS.
Home Sweet Home With the Bears' 82-56 victory over Long Beach State back on Dec. 11, Cal improved to 6-0 at home this season and has extended its Haas winning streak to nine games. By the time the Bears return home to play Stanford, they will have been without a Haas home game for a span of 21 days. Cal has played two neutral site games (at the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Tournament against UT Arlington and Texas Tech) and a road game at Illinois. The Bears have also had breaks for finals and Christmas since last playing at Haas.
The home court has been very good to the Bears this season. The Bears are outscoring their opponents by 21.5 at home this season and are pulling in 18.3 more rebounds per game on the home court.
No player has been affected by the home court advantage than freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert. Sherbert has hit 11 of her 13 three-point field goals this season on her home rims and is averaging 10.0 points per game at Haas. Overall this season, Sherbert is averaging 7.4 points per game, the top mark among the three rookies on this year's Cal's squad.
Stallworth has also taken advantage of the home court advantage. Stallworth is averaging 20.0 points per game at home this season and 7.8 rebounds. She is averaging 16.3 points per game and 6.9 rebounds overall this season.
Double Digit Scoring Streaks Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth snapped a streak of 13 consecutive games (four to close out last season, nine during this season) in which she scored in double digits. Stallworth, who is averaging a team-best 16.7 points per game, averaged 18.8 points per game over that streak. She only twice came close to breaking the streak (scoring 11 at Illinois State in the WNIT Tourney and this season with 10 points at New Mexico). Stallworth has begun a new streak, scoring 21 at Illinois.
Layshia Clarendon also had a streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures snapped in Vegas. Clarendon started the season putting up double digit points in each of her first eight games. Clarendon is second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per game.
Last season, the longest streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures was eight by Alexis Gray-Lawson. Stallworth had a seven game streak last season to start her Cal career.
Non-Conference The Bears ended the pre-Pac-10 schedule with an 8-3 record. The Bears have won at least eight games against non-conference regular-season opponents during the regular season in each of Joanne Boyle's years as head coach except last season when the squad went 6-5 to start the year. Boyle's Bears have gone 50-12 against non-Conference opponents during the regular season. This is the eighth consecutive season that Cal will finish the non-conference regular season portion of their schedule with a winning record.
Crashing the Boards The Bears have outrebounded their opponents in nine of their 11 games this season. The Bears are not just winning the battle of the boards by a rebound or two, but dominating the opposition. Cal came into the week averaging 12.5 more rebounds per game than their opponents, ranking the Bears 7th in the nation in rebounding margin. The Bears have five games where the rebound differential was more than 10 and totally dominated the Yale contest, when the Bears outrebounded the Bulldogs, 64-34. The Bears outrebounded Illionis Tuesday night 43-32.
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 Sophomore guard Eliza Pierre nabbed seven more steals at the Las Vegas tournament (five against UT Arlington and a pair against Texas Tech). Pierre has had at least two steals in every game this season, including a career-high eight against New Mexico. Pierre is currently averaging 4.1 steals per game, which leads the Pac-10. More impressively, her average has moved up to being ranked second among all NCAA Division I players.
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.
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 55.1 percent of her tries from the field. The mark is fifth best in the Pac-10 and ranks No. 10 among all NCAA Division I players. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell actually has a better percentage, making 57.1 percent of her shots, but she does not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings. She ranks just above Stallworth in the Pac-10 rankings, ranking fourth.
Layshia Clarendon leads the Pac-10 in three-point efficiency, making 46.1 percent of her long-range shots (12-for-26). Her 2-for-6 performance against Texas Tech and an 0-for-2 against Fullerton were the only times this season in which she has shot less than 50% from three point range in a game. Clarendon has made at least one three in eight of ten games this season.
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's streak was halted against Fullerton when she only had 8 rebounds to go with 19 points. Stallworth is one of just 30 players in NCAA Division I so far this season to have four or more double doubles. She got her fifth double double of the season at Illinois.
Talia Caldwell had her second double double of the season against Long Beach State with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Caldwell's first career double double came last season against Long Beach State where she logged 10 and 10.
Lindsay Sherbert had the first double double of her collegiate career against Portland State, bringing in 10 rebounds with 15 points scored.
200 wins Cal head coach Joanne Boyle comes into the game with a career record of 194-80 (.708), including a 127-51 (.713) mark at Cal. She needs six more victories to reach 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.
All-Tournament Honors Freshman guard Afure Jemerigbe was named to the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops All-Tournament team, the first all-tournament honor of her collegiate career. Jemerigbe had a career game with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and five steals (all Cal career highs) in the tourney opener against Texas Tech. Jemerigbe is the third Cal player this season to earn All-Tournament honors. Layshia Clarendon was named the MVP of the Colliers International Classic Tournament, scoring 35 points with 14 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in the two games. DeNesha Stallworth earned all-tournament honors, scoring 44 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal.
Cal Coaches Corner Each Monday (beginning Dec. 13), head coach Joanne Boyle will also 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. In addition to Coach Boyle, men's head coach Mike Montgomery will also be a weekly guest on the show. After the end of the football season, men's and women's basketball players will also be interviewed by host Todd McKim. The show allows fans to email questions for the coaches and players. Fans are also encouraged to go to the Paragon to watch the show live.