Jan. 25, 2002
California looks to build on its strong defense and get its offense into gear when the Golden Bears host Arizona Saturday at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal's 13-game losing streak to Arizona is its longest to a league opponent. The Bears (6-12, 1-8 Pac-10, 9th) opened the Pac-10 season in Tucson with a 66-61 loss to the Wildcats. Cal is 6-1 in games it has scored at least 60 points this year, with the lone loss coming at the hands of the Wildcats (9-10, 5-5, 7th).
Saturday is ANG Youth Day at the Cal-Arizona game. Patrons need to pick up Friday's Oakland Tribune for a coupon good for a free youth admittance to the game.
The Bears are coming off a 56-40 loss to Arizona State Thursday, while the Wildcats fell to Stanford, 76-62. Elizabeth Pickney leads UA with 16.3 ppg and 8.1 rpg.
Cal's loss to ASU snapped a string of 21-straight games Cal had hit at least one three-pointer. The Bears were 0-of-5.
The Bears defense has been solid for 16 of 18 games this season, and the team is second in the Pac-10 for scoring defense at 60.3 ppg. After holding eight opponents under 60 points last year, the Bears have already held nine opponents under that mark this year. However, Cal is only 4-5 in those games.
Cal's senior leader Ami Forney has struggled over the last four games, failing to post double-figure points. Against ASU, she had 7 points but only had four shots, partly due to foul trouble. She still leads the Bears in scoring with 12.6 ppg.
During the last five games, sophomore guard LaTasha O'Keith has emerged as Cal's go-to-scorer. She led the Bears with 13 points against ASU Thursday and has posted double figures in four of her last five games. Her scoring average has climbed to 9.6 ppg.
Junior forward Audrey Watler and sophomore center Olga Volkova have been providing the Bears the biggest lift off the bench recently in limited minutes. Against ASU, each had four rebounds in a combined 19 minutes of playing time. Volkova is the Bears top rebounder off the bench at 3.1 per game in only 8.6 minutes per game. Watler leads Cal in field goal shooting at 57.8 percent (26-45).