Jan. 21, 2012
Sunday, Jan. 22: Washington State at California, 3:30 p.m.
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BERKELEY -The California Golden Bears (14-5, 4-2 Pac-12), tied for second place in the Pac-12 standings, try to extend their current win streak to a season-best six games as they host the Washington State Cougars (9-9, 3-3 Pac-12) on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net and locally on Comcast Bay Area. Jim Watson will call play-by-play with Mary Murphy providing the commentary.
Please note the date change for the Sunday game. Some schedules and some tickets list the old date of 1/21 for that game. Any tickets with the old date do not need to be exchanged. They can be redeemed at the front doors like normal.
Sunday Game The Bears game against Washington State was moved to Sunday in order to give the game a national television presence on Fox Sports Net. This change was announced on September 15. Most printed schedules reflect the Sunday date however there are some schedules that have the old Saturday date and most season tickets also have the incorrect date. All tickets that have the Saturday date will be honored on Sunday, so please go through the doors as usual with those tickets.
This Week's Promotions Sunday, Jan. 22 is another Cal Kids Day. General admission tickets for youth 12th grade and younger are just $1. The first 500 youth in attendance will receive a free Cal Women's Basketball replica jersey t-shirt.
Weather permitting, there will be inflatables outside on the plaza along with face painting, poster making, and the Blue & Gold bling station. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the Cal Kids Day activities will be moved indoors to the Club Room. The pregame activities take place from 2-3:30. There will also be a post-game team autograph session on the court.
Game Notes The Bears, who started conference play at 0-2, have now won five straight games, their second five-game win streak of the season, to sit alone in third place in the conference standings, a half game behind the USC Trojans (10-6, 5-1 Pac-12). The team, who closed out 2011 with two losses, has yet to lose a game in 2012.
During the current five-game win streak, the Bears have five players averaging double figures. Despite having a quiet game against Washington, redshirt sophomore forward Gennifer Brandon leads the Bears, averaging 12.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game during that stretch. Freshman forward Reshanda Gray (11.6), junior guard Layshia Clarendon (11.0), freshman point guard Brittany Boyd (10.2) and junior forward Talia Caldwell (10.0) are also averaging double digits.
A win over Washington State would give the Bears their first six-game win streak since they swept through the six rounds of the 2010 WNIT en route to their championship.
Last season, the Bears were swept by the Cougars. The Bears had won 11 straight match-ups against Washington State prior to the 77-63 stunning defeat in Pullman. The Bears were shocked again at home, 68-66. The Bears had a nine-point second-half lead erased by WSU's three-point shooting. The Bears had a chance to earn the victory with possession of the ball with 14 seconds left in the game, but a Cal inbounds pass was intercepted and the Cougars walked away with the win.
The Bears lead the all-time series, 35-21, and have not lost three times in a row to the Cougars since a stretch of six straight losses from 2001-2004.
Take It To the Hoop The Golden Bears scored more points in the paint (52) than Washington did across the entire floor (47) on Thursday. Of the Bears 29 field goals, 26 came inside the paint. They had two three-pointers and one jumper outside the lane.
The Bears had a similar game against UCLA where they scored all 24 points in the first half against UCLA in the paint and only hit three jumpers outside the paint in the entire game.
The Bears have outscored opponents 662-428 in the paint this season (12.31 ppg) and only twice have had an opponent outscore them in the paint.
Late Bloomers The thin air of Cal's two "elevation" games last weekend didn't seem to tire the Bears. In last Sunday's 63-56 victory at Utah, both Gennifer Brandon and Reshanda Gray scored all of their points in the second half. Brandon scored 15 points in 17 minutes on the floor after halftime. Gray scored 11 in 13 minutes. The Bears also doubled their productivity in the second half, scoring twice as many points (42 vs. 21 first half points) and almost doubling their shooting percentage (29.4 percent in the first half and 59.1 in the second half).
Against Colorado, Layshia Clarendon scored 12 of her 18 points after halftime.
Against Washington, Caldwell scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half. Boyd scored 10 of her 14 points after the break.
Haas Sweet Haas The Bears are 9-1 at home this season with their only loss coming against No. 12 Ohio State, 77-75. The Bears are outscoring their opponents by 22.0 points per game and outrebounding visitors to Haas by 21.3 rebounds per game.
Junior center Talia Caldwell has scored 123 of her 152 points this season at Haas, averaging 12.3 points per game on the home court (tied with Gray for best on the team) and 7.8 rebounds. She scored a career-best 28 points in Thursday night's home game against Washington.
Countdown to 1,000 The Bears are looking to add a 22nd member to the 1,000 Point Club. Since Colleen Galloway (1978-81, 2,320 career points) became the first player in program history to reach the mark, 20 other players have scored at least 1,000 points in their Cal careers. Natasha Vital was the last to do it, finishing her career in 2010 with 1,029 points.
Junior guard Layshia Clarendon is closing in on the honor. She comes into the game with 984 career points, 16 shy of the 1,000 point mark.
Welcome to the Record Book, EP Eliza Pierre is now one of the top-ten players in program history for steals. Pierre moved into the top ten with a pair of steals against Oregon. Coming into the game, she needs five steals to move into a tie for ninth place with her former teammate Alexis Gray-Lawson (190, 2006-10).
O-My Cal averages a conference-best 19.1 offensive rebounds per game. The Bears had a season-high 30 offensive rebounds against UCLA. 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). Cal has two players among the top-5 in the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds: Brandon averages 3.7 per game; Talia Caldwell averages 3.5 per game.
Second Chances The Bears are taking advantage of those offensive rebounds, averaging 16.7 second-chance points per game.
Rebounding Margin After outrebounding the Oregon Ducks by 37, the Bears became the top team in the nation in rebound margin, averaging at the time 18.3 more rebounds per game than their opponents. The Bears are now averaging 16.5 rebounds per game, falling to second in the nation behind Liberty (16.8).
The Bears have outrebounded their opponents by double digits in 14 games this season and have five 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 have outrebounded their opponents in all 19 games this season. Last season, Cal had 23 games in which they outrebounded their opponents and finished the year averaging 5.6 more rebounds per game.
Rebounding Battle The Bears lead the Conference in rebounding battles. Cal has 362 offensive rebounds to opponents 410 defensive rebounds, with Cal winning that head-to-head match-up 43.0 percent of the time. On the other end, Cal has 536 defensive rebounds to 175 opponent O-boards, winning that battle 75.4 percent of the time.
In the Oregon game, the Bears limited the Ducks to four offensive rebounds and just one second-chance point. The Bears had 30 offensive rebounds in the Pac-12 opener against UCLA .
Depth The Cal bench has scored 554 points this season, which is already more than last year's season-long total (419 points). The non-starters are contributing a average of 29.1 ppg this season with Cal's opponent's non-starters averaging 11.8 points per game. Against Dartmouth, Cal's non-starters scored 39 points in a game in which the Big Green scored a total of 39 points.
The Bears have ten players averaging more than ten minutes per game and only one averaging less.
Leading Scorer For the first time in her Cal career, junior guard Layshia Clarendon leads the Bears in scoring average. Clarendon overtook the team lead after the UCLA game, passing freshman forward Reshanda Gray, who led the team in scoring most of the season. Gray retook the team lead after the Oregon series, but Clarendon pushed back to the top after the Colorado game in which she scored 18 points.
Clarendon was Cal's second leading scorer last season, but was quickly closing in on the team lead when the season came to an abrupt end during the WNIT Tournament. Clarendon had raised her season average to 13.2 ppg by the end of the season with DeNesha Stallworth's average falling to 13.3.
Brandon has two of the top single-game rebounding performances in the nation this season. Her 24 rebounds against Ohio State is the second most rebounds in a single game this year, trailing only Kelli Riles of UNC Asheville who had 28 against SC Upstate. Brandon's 19 against Oregon ranks 23rd.
The 19 rebounds was the fourth highest total in a single game played at Haas Pavilion. Brandon owns two of the other single-game totals higher up on that list, including the Haas Pavilion record, 24, set this season against Ohio State, and the former record, 21, which she set as a freshman in the opening-round WNIT game against UC Davis (20).
She only has one game this season in which she has pulled in fewer than seven rebounds (2, in 16 minutes at Hawai'i).
Brandon leads the Bears with an average of 12.1 points per game in Pac-12 contests.
Rookie Report Pt. I Freshman forward Reshanda Gray began her career with five consecutive games scoring in double digits. She scored 15 points in 17 minutes against Oregon State. She had previously scored 15 in 16 minutes against Sac State, and 16 in 18 minutes at Hawai'i. Her most impressive performance was 23 points in 17 minutes against UNLV.
Gray's scored 11 points in 13 second-half minutes against Utah.
Rookie Report Pt. 2 Freshman point guard Brittany Boyd scored five baskets with six assists against Oregon State, having a hand in 11 baskets while playing just 15 minutes in the game. She has scored in every game this season and has had at least one assist in 17 of her first 18 games.
She is third in the Pac-12, averaging 4.5 assists per game while averaging 22.8 minutes per game. She has nine games this season with five or more assists.
* Talia Caldwell scored 44 points in her last three home games with 27 rebounds. Caldwell is 6-for-8 from the free throw line in her last four overall games.
* Brittany Boyd has scored in double figures in five of her last six games. In her last two games, she has scored 27 points with 14 assists, four steals, and five rebounds.
* Reshanda Gray has scored in double digits in five of her last six games.