March 25, 2010
The California Golden Bears (20-13, 11-7 Pac-10) have advanced to the Round of 16 of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. They head to Eugene where they will take on the Oregon Ducks (18-15, 7-11 Pac-10) on Thursday, March 25. Tip off is at 7:00 p.m. Live streaming audio of the game will be available on CalBears.com. Live stats for the game will not be available.
The winner of the game will advance to the quarterfinals to take on the winner of Thursday's BYU/ Wyoming game. The location, date, and time of the quarterfinal game will be decided on Thursday evening pending the outcome of the games.
Cal advanced after defeating the Utah Utes 64-54 Tuesday night in Haas Pavilion. Senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson, who had been sidelined since suffering a strained neck and a mild concussion in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals (March 13), returned to action, scoring a game-high 18 points in 37 minutes on the court. Freshman forward Gennifer Brandon scored 9 points with 9 rebounds. Freshman center Talia Caldwell had a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Oregon Ducks won their second-straight WNIT shoot-out, outgunning New Mexico, 93-67. Oregon is averaging 94.0 points per game in the WNIT. The Ducks' first-round victory over Eastern Washington snapped a seven-game losing streak that included dropping their first game of the Pac-10 Tournament. The Ducks averaged just 66.3 ppg during their losing streak and had two games where they scored fewer than 55 points.
Cal has now won seven of their last 10 games, including a Feb. 20th victory over Oregon.
Cal's victory over Utah on Tuesday was the 20th win of the season, the first time in program history the Bears have put together four consecutive seasons of 20 or more wins. The 2009-10 season also marked the fifth consecutive season that Cal has been involved in post-season play, another program-best streak.
The Ducks and Bears are the only two Pac-10 teams among the 16 remaining teams in the tournament. Arizona State fell at home to BYU on Thursday, 61-53.
Oregon leads the all-time series, 35-23. Cal has won the last eight meetings between the two and ten of the last eleven. The last time Oregon defended their home court in a game against Cal was a 62-42 victory on Feb. 15, 2007.