Feb. 3, 2003
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A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS California (7-12 overall, 3-7 Pac-10) hopes to earn a season split with both Oregon schools after being swept in the Willamette Valley earlier this year. The Golden Bears are eager to erase the memory of this season's first meeting with the Beavers when they host Oregon State (12-8 overall, 6-5 Pac-10) Thurs., Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. Cal also hosts Oregon (8-12 overall, 4-7 Pac-10) Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. Both games are at Haas Pavilion. The Oregon game will be televised live on FOX Sports Net with Joe Castellano and Mary Murphy calling the action.
Timea Ivanyi and Nihan Anaz are tied for the team lead in scoring with 9.9 points per game. Leigh Gregory paces the club with 4.9 rebounds per game. The Bears are scoring 59.9 points per game on .388 shooting while allowing their opponents 66.5 points on .447 shooting. Cal has a +0.7 rebounding edge (37.3-36.6) and, for the first time in program history, has eight players with at least five three-pointers.
Cal nearly upset sixth-ranked Stanford on Saturday in what would have been its first home win against the Cardinal in 10 years. Despite the loss, the Bears held Stanford to season lows in scoring (53), three-point baskets (2), and players scoring in double figures (1). Kristin Iwanaga led Cal with 12 points while Gregory added 11. Sarah Pool dished off a career-high tying six assists and nearly sent the game into overtime with a three-point shot at the buzzer that caromed off the right side of the rim.
Ivanyi and Renee Wright each had their first career double-doubles three games ago at UCLA. Ivanyi had 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Wright posted 12 points and 11 boards. Anaz led the team with 17 points and Iwanaga also added 14. The team set season highs with 49 rebounds and 18 steals, and their 44 second-half points were the most in a half this year. The Bears held the Bruins to a season-low .290 shooting clip from the field.
It's been all about balance this year for the Bears as 11 players see at least 10 minutes per outing and nobody averages more than 30 minutes. Eight different players have led or tied for team-high scoring honors and nine have paced the club in rebounding at least once.
Cal is dishing off 15.3 assists per game, well ahead of the 11.6 it averaged a year ago. Four players each had at least four assists against WSU for the first time in program history. The team has recorded 20 assists four times this season.