California Enters Tourney as the No. 6 Seed
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Release:  03/07/2011

March 7, 2011


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Pac-10 Tournament First Round
Wednesday, March 9: Washington at California, 7:15 p.m., Galen Center
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The California Golden Bears (15-14, 7-11 Pac-10) are headed to Los Angeles for the Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament. They will open up with a first-round game against the Washington Huskies (11-16, 6-12 Pac-10) on Wednesday, March 9 at 7:15 p.m.

The winner of this game will advance to play the winner of Arizona State and Oregon State. The second-round game will be played at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 at the Galen Center.

The Bears are coming off a 75-51 loss at Stanford in the regular-season finale. The game was close throughout the first half. The Bears led for almost the entire first ten minutes of play before a Cardinal run put the home team back in the lead. The Bears also looked like they would go into halftime down by just two points. A late Cardinal three put the Bears down five at the break. The Cardinal took over in the second half, finishing off their 18-0 Pac-10 season.

Senior guard Rachelle Federico picked up where she left off in the Oregon State game. In her second career start, Federico led the team with 16 points, becoming the ninth different Cal player this season to lead the team in scoring.

In the last two games, Federico has scored 31 points with 9 rebounds, as many points and four rebounds she of matching the totals she put up in 24 games in her sophomore season. Her 15 points and six rebounds she scored against Oregon State eclipsed the numbers from her freshman year.

Both Federico and freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert scored ten first half points. Federico started the game going 3-for-3 and Sherbert began 4-for-4. Sherbert ended the game with 13 points. Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon was also in double digits with 12 points. Cal was only the second Pac-10 team and one of eight overall, including UConn and DePaul, to have three players score in double digits against Stanford.

The Bears finished the season in sixth place in the Pac-10 and enter the tournament as the No. 6 seed.

The Bears will open up the Pac-10 Tournament by taking on the Washington Huskies. The Huskies swept the season series against the Bears, winning 57-48 in Seattle and 60-49 in Berkeley. Prior to this season's stumble, Cal had been dominant in the recent series. Cal had won six of the last eight meetings against the Washington Huskies. The Huskies lead the all-time series, 42-16. Eight of those wins have come in the Joanne Boyle era.

The Huskies have lost five of their last six games, with their one W being a 65-48 victory at Washington State. The Huskies tied for seventh in the Pac-10 with the Washington State Cougars, earning the seventh seed because of their season sweep over the Cougars.

Cal in the Pac-10 Tournament This is the tenth year that Cal has played in the Pac-10 Tournament and the third year that it has been played at the Galen Center. Cal's best finish was in 2008 when the tournament was held in San Jose. Cal made its one and only appearance in the championship game. Cal has made it to the semifinals, or beyond, each of the last four seasons. Last season, the four-seed Bears fell to the top-seeded Cardinal 64-44 in the semis. Joanne Boyle is 5-5 in Pac-10 Tournament games. Cal is 8-9 overall.

This season, seeds 2-10 will play in the first and second rounds with two teams advancing to the semi-finals where they will take on the number one or number two seed. The first two rounds will take place in the Galen Center and the semi finals and finals will take place at the Staples Center. The semis and finals will also be broadcast on FSN/CSN Bay Area.

Scoring DeNesha Stallworth ended the regular season averaging 14.0 points per game, ranking her in the top-10 in the Pac-10. Stallworth has led the team in scoring 12 times this season and has 23 double-digit performances. She had scored in every game she has played in at Cal until she went scoreless in the regular-season finale at Stanford.

Layshia Clarendon is right behind her on the points list with 12.8 ppg, 22 double digit scoring efforts, and had led the team eight times.

Leading Scorers All nine Cal players have led the team in scoring at least once this season. The final holdout, Rachelle Federico, scored a team-high 16 points against Stanford in the regular-season finale.

Rebounding (Team) The Bears fell to third in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin, grabbing an average of 6.4 more rebounds per game than their opponents ranking them 23rd in the nation. Cal has now outrebounded their opponents in 19 of its 29 games this season but has lost all nine of the games in which they have been outrebounded.

The Bears had a season-high 64 rebounds against Yale, setting a Cal team record for most rebounds in a single game. It was one of five games this season in which Cal had 50 or more rebounds in a game. It was also one of five time the Bears have outrebounded an opponent by 20 or more in a single game. Rebounding (Individuals)

Talia Caldwell is tied for second Conference in rebounding, averaging 8.2 rebounds per game. She is one of just three Pac-10 players to have a 20 or more rebound game this season (20, vs. Oregon, 2/24). It was the eighth time in program history that a Cal player had 20 or more rebounds in a game. Caldwell also had an 18 rebound game against Arizona (1/8).

Caldwell is averaging 4.1 offensive rebounds per game, second in the Pac-10. She has nearly as many offensive rebounds (117) as defensive (121).

When neither Eliza Pierre or Layshia Clarendon picked up a rebound in the game at Washington earlier this season, it snapped a streak of 19 consecutive games in which they had at least one rebound (dating back to last season's WNIT run). The longest consecutive rebounding streaks belong to Talia Caldwell and DeNesha Stallworth who have had at least one rebound in every game they have played so far at Cal.

Steals Eliza Pierre is currently averaging 2.8 steals per game, which leads the Pac-10. Her average ranks 32nd among all NCAA Division I players. She has ranked as high as second in the NCAA this season in this stat.

Pierre began the season with a streak of 13 consecutive games in which she had at least one steal. She had a season-high 8 steals at New Mexico (second highest single game total by a Pac-10 player this season) and a seven-steal performance at UCLA.

Pierre currently has 80 steals, which ranks her seventh on Cal's all-time list for steals in a single season. She had 71 steals last season (in 37 games).

Three Pointers Lindsay Sherbert leads the Bears with 44 made three-pointers. She is one trey shy of entering the Cal top-10 list for Three-Point Field Goals Made in a single season. Sherbert's 130 attempts ranks eight on the Cal single-season top-10 list.

Sherbert had 13 games this season in which she hit more than one three-point shot. Her best performance was draining six (in eight attempts) against Arizona (1/8). Her six makes tied for the second most in a game by a Pac-10 player this season.

Layshia Clarendon has 25 made-threes this season. She netted 27 last season (in 37 games).

Mikayla Lyles has made 27 baskets this season, 22 of them are threes.

All three shooters are within a few percentage points of one another in efficiency rating (Sherbert .338, Clarendon .333, Lyles .328).

Opponent Threes The Bears are still among the nation's best in three-point defense. Opponents are only making 28.2 percent of the long range shots they are attempting against the Cal defense. This is second in the Pac-10 and is ranked No. 32 among all NCAA Division I teams.

Fouls Cal committed just 16 fouls combined in the two games last week against the Oregons, including committing a season-low five fouls against Oregon where the Ducks never went to the line. The Bears have seven games this season when they have been whistled for 10 or fewer fouls and are averaging 14.0 fouls per game, the 20th fewest fouls per game in the nation.

Turnovers In Cal's home games against the Oregon schools, the Bears had 19 turnovers. Against Oregon, the Bears only turned the ball over eight times, a season low, the first time this season the team tallied single-digit turnovers. Their previous low was 10 against Rutgers and 10 against Oregon when the two teams met in Eugene. Five players, including sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth who played a team-high 30 minutes in the game, did not have a turnover.

Taking Shots Cal took 72 shots in the USC game, a then season-high. They followed it up by taking 80 shots against Oregon. The only starter to not take double digit shots in the game was sophomore guard Eliza Pierre led the team. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell was the only starter to not take double digit shots against USC.

Starting Five The Bears bench is averaging 11.6 points per game. In the game at Oregon, the Cal starting five accounted for all 81 points and 67 of Cal's 68 shots. Every member of the starting lineup ended the game with double digit points. It was the first time that the starting five each had at least ten points since Feb. 24, 2007 when the starters accounted for all the points in an 88-69 victory at Haas over UCLA and each ended up in double figures. The Bears' starting five were one point shy of repeating the feat of having all five starters in double digits against Arizona with sophomore guard Eliza Pierre scoring nine points while the other four put up double digits. The bench accounted for nine points, all coming from freshman guard Afure Jemerigbe.

Pac-10 The Bears finish the Pac-10 season in sixth place. This matches the sixth place finish Cal had in Joanne Boyle's first season at the helm. In 2005-06, however, the sixth-place Bears finished conference play at 10-8 instead of 7-11. At the halfway mark through the Pac-10 schedule, Cal was in a tie for third place in the Conference standings. Last season, Cal held an identical 5-4 record at the halfway point of the season, but were 11-9 overall instead of 13-7. The Bears finished the second half of Pac-10 play 6-3 and were 11-7 overall in league play, finishing in fourth place in 2009-10.

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.