Jan. 28, 2011
Saturday, Jan. 29: California at Oregon, 12:30 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet Northwest; Radio: 960 AM KKGN; Gametracker: GoDucks.com
The California Golden Bears (12-7, 3-4 Pac-10) finish their week with an early 12:30 game on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Oregon (12-7, 4-4 Pac-10), closing out the first half of the Pac-10 schedule. The game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Northwest in Oregon and Washington.
The Bears come into the game on the heels of a 60-47 victory over Oregon State. The 47 points allowed by the Bears was the fewest scored by a Pac-10 team against Cal this season and was the third time this season that the Bears kept an opponent from scoring 50 points.
Cal also won the defensive battle, outrebounding the Beavers by 21. It was the second time the Bears outrebounded a Pac-10 opponent by 20 or more and the fifth time overall this season. Cal had 26 offensive rebounds in the game while OSU had 29 total rebounds. The Bears scored 29 second chance points off those 26 O-boards, almost half their overall point total.
Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth led the team with 16 points and 10 rebounds. It was Stallworth's second straight double double on the road (she had 10 points with 10 boards at Washington). Stallworth snapped her streak of consecutive 20-point games, but is still averaging 19.7 points per game over her last three contests.
Sophomore center Talia Caldwell had her fourth double double of the season, scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds. Caldwell also raised her season scoring average back to 10.0 points per game. Caldwell had been averaging double digit points since Nov. 23, but it dipped back down to 9.8 after the USC game.
Stallworth and Caldwell dominated the first half, scoring 22 of Cal's 30 points in the period, setting the Bears up with a 14-point halftime advantage. In the second half, it was the guards providing the majority of the points, 19 of them, with sophomore Layshia Clarendon and freshman Afure Jemerigbe each contributing six.
The Bears look for their second Pac-10 road win of the season Saturday at Oregon, playing for the first time at the brand new Matthew Knight Arena. Cal has won the last nine straight and 11 of the last 13 games against the Ducks. The two teams met three times last season, including a 71-57 victory in Eugene in the third round of the WNIT. Oregon's last home court victory over Cal was a 62-42 victory at Mac Court Feb. 5, 2007.
Crashing the Boards The Bears are second in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin, grabbing an average of 9.3 more rebounds per game than their opponents ranking them 11th in the nation. Cal has now outrebounded their opponents in 14 of their 19 games this season but has lost all five of the games in which they have been outrebounded.
Talia Caldwell pulled in a career-high 18 rebounds in the Arizona game, the highest single-game total for a Cal player since Gennifer Brandon had 21 boards in the 2010 first round WNIT game against UC Davis. Only nine players in Cal history have had more than 18 rebounds in a game.
Four different players have combined for 15 double-digit rebound performances this season. In all but two of those games, the player logged a double double.
Caldwell, who ranked as high as second in the Pac-10 in rebounding, is currently ranked third, averaging 8.3 rebounds per game.
Caldwell is averaging 4.2 offensive rebounds per game, best in the Pac-10.
Cal Threes Mikayla Lyles has made nine of her last 17 three-point attempts (52.9 percent). Lyles is a pure three-point shooter with 16 of her 18 baskets this season coming from long range.
Lindsay Sherbert and Layshia Clarendon each have seven games this season when they have hit two or more three pointers. Sherbert's top game of the season was making six (of eight) against Arizona. Layshia's top single-game performance was hitting three (of four) against Washington.
Opponent Threes The Bears are still among the nation's best in three-point defense. Opponents are only making 25.9 percent of the long range shots they are attempting against the Cal defense. This leads the Pac-10 and is ranked No. 11 among all NCAA Division I teams.
Steals Eliza Pierre is currently averaging 2.9 steals per game, which leads the Pac-10. Her average ranks 31st among all NCAA Division I players. She has ranked as high as second in the NCAA this season in this stat.
Pierre did not have a steal against Arizona, the first time this season she was not credited with a steal. She returned to form against Washington, grabbing six steals, the most since Thanksgiving weekend against Portland State when she also had a half dozen.
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 55 steals.
Leading Scorers With freshman Mikayla Lyles' 11 points against Washington, she became the seventh different Cal player to lead the team in scoring in a game this season. All three freshmen have led the team in a game (Afure Jemerigbe scored 17 against UT Arlington and Lindsay Sherbert 20 against Arizona). DeNesha Stallworth and Layshia Clarendon have each had the team-high for points five times this season. Only two players, Eliza Pierre and Rachelle Federico, have not led the team in scoring.
200 wins Cal head coach Joanne Boyle comes into the game with a career record of 198-83 (.702), including a 131-54 (.704) mark at Cal. She needs two 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.
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 52.0 percent of her tries from the field. The mark is seventh best in the Pac-10 and ranks No. 42 among all NCAA Division I players. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell actually has a better percentage, making 52.4 percent of her shots, but she does not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings. Her percentage ranks sixth in the Pac-10.
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 had 16 points with 10 rebounds against Oregon State, her seventh double double of the season.
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. Caldwell added her third double double of the season with 13 points and 18 rebounds against Arizona and a fourth at Oregon State where she collected 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Lindsay Sherbert had the first double double of her collegiate career against Portland State, bringing in 10 rebounds with 15 points scored.
Rama N'diaye had the first double double of her career with 12 points and 11 rebounds against Arizona. N'diaye accomplished this coming off the bench, playing just 21 minutes in the game.
Cal Coaches Corner Each Monday, 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.
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.