Nov. 9, 2010
Friday, Nov. 12: Rutgers at Cal, 7:00 p.m.; TV: CSN California; Radio: 960 AM KKGN
Sunday, Nov. 14: Saint Mary's at Cal, 2:00 p.m.; TV: none; Radio: 960 AM KKGN
The California Golden Bears open the 2010-11 season with a pair of tough home games. On Friday, Nov. 12, the Bears host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at 7 p.m., followed by a Sunday, Nov. 14 game against the Saint Mary's Gales at 2 p.m.
Rutgers comes in looking to avenge their 2008 loss at Haas Pavilion where the Bears upset the then-No. 2 Scarlet Knights, 66-52. Both Cal and Rutgers are among the teams receiving votes in the preseason AP poll. Rutgers was an NCAA Tournament team last season, advancing into the second round.
Friday's game will also be broadcast in the Bay Area on CSN-California. This is the first of at least six TV games this season for the Bears.
On Sunday, the Bears take on Bay Area neighbor Saint Mary's. The Gaels also made a 2010 postseason appearance, earning a WNIT bid. Though Cal has won the last six meetings between the two teams, last season's game came down to the wire with the Bears pulling out a 68-65 victory. Layshia Clarendon hit a jumper with 48 seconds remaining in the game to put Cal up. She sealed the victory by making a free throw with seven seconds left in the game.
The Bears played one exhibition game prior to the season kickoff, a 79-41 victory over the Vanguard Lions, an NAIA opponent. Senior center Rama N'diaye had a strong return to the court in the exhibition. N'diaye scored 11 points with 11 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth had a game-high 17 points. Sophomore Eliza Pierre dished six assists, grabbing five steals and five rebounds while also scoring 12 points.
All three of the freshman made significant contributions in the game. Afure Jemerigbe scored nine points, playing 17 minutes. Mikayla Lyles demonstrated her quick release, taking seven three-point attempts in 19 minutes on the court. Lindsay Sherbert got the start. She had six assist to zero turnovers in 25 minutes. She also had seven rebounds.
FAMILIAR FACES Cal returns four members of the starting lineup from last year's WNIT Championship squad. Sophomore forwards DeNesha Stallworth and Talia Caldwell along with sophomore guards Layshia Clarendon and Eliza Pierre had all worked their way into the starting lineup by the end of the season. Stallworth was the only Bear player to start all 37 games last season.
Freshmen Debuts Friday night's contest will be the collegiate debut for three Cal guards. Freshmen Afure Jemerigbe, Mikayla Lyles, and Lindsay Sherbert will be suited up and ready to begin their careers. Jemerigbe and Sherbert were both McDonald's, WBCA, and Parade Magazine high school All-Americans. Their addition to the roster gives Cal six players who have earned McDonald's All-American honors in high school and four who were named WBCA All-Americans.
Injury Updates Freshman Avigiel Cohen will be out for the season after undergoing a second ACL surgery in late September. Senior Rama N'diaye is back after sitting out all of the 2009-10 season after having surgery on the meniscus in her knee. N'diaye also missed a large portion of the 2008-09 season after suffering an ACL injury. Sophomore Gennifer Brandon has been nursing a stress reaction in her shin all summer. She has been increasing her activity levels and hopes to be back on the court in game action soon, but no definite return date has been determined.
Listen Live! For the first time in program history, Cal women's basketball will be carried on a commercial radio station. Green 960 AM (KKGN) will be carrying the action this season. Dave Lewis, who called the games last season as part of an internet-only broadcast package, will be back again this year with the play-by-play.
LEFTOVER STREAKS The Bears come into the 2010-11 season having won their last six games. Layshia Clarendon made 12 consecutive free throws to close out 2009-10, not having missed at the line since the Bears first game of the Pac-10 Tournament.
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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.
Cal Coaches Corner Each Monday, head coach Joanne Boyle will also 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. In addition to Coach Boyle, men's head coach Mike Montgomery will also be a weekly guest on the show. After the end of the football season, men's and women's basketball players will also be interviewed by host Todd McKim. The show allows fans to email questions for the coaches and players. Fans are also encouraged to go to the Paragon to watch the show live.
BACK-TO-BACK TOP-10 CLASSES According to the Blue Star Basketball report, Cal has the distinction of being the only team to sign back-to-back top-ten ranked recruiting classes. The incoming freshmen of 2009-10 were ranked as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country by at least one major recruiting site. This year's class of 2010-11 was a consensus top-10 class, ranking No. 7 by Blue Star and No. 9 by ESPN Hoop Gurlz. Afure Jemerigbe, a 6-0 guard who plays at Saint Mary's High School in Stockton, Calif., is ranked No. 15 overall and is the No. 2 shooting guard by ESPN Hoop Gurlz and the No. 15 overall recruit by Blue Star. Lindsay Sherbert, a 6-1 guard from Temecula, Calif. at Great Oak High School is ranked No. 29 overall and at No. 6 at her position by ESPN Hoop Gurlz and at No. 10 overall by Blue Star. Guard Mikayla Lyles, a 5-8 Bay Area guard who plays at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif., rounds out the class.
PAC-10 COACHES POLL The California Golden Bear women's basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll. Stanford, the defending Pac-10 champions, were picked by the conference coaches to finish first with 9 first-place votes. UCLA was picked to finish second, garnering 73 points in the poll. USC was picked to finish third earning one more point (61) than Cal (60). Arizona State was in fifth with 49 points.
1. Stanford (9) 81 2. UCLA (1) 73 3. USC 61 4. California 60 5. Arizona State 49 6. Oregon 37 7. Arizona 36 8. Washington 22 Washington State 22 10. Oregon State 9
PRESEASON POLLS The Bears were among the teams receiving votes in the preseason AP and ESPN Coaches' polls. The Bears received 44 points in the AP poll (ranking them what would be 31st) and 16 in the Coaches (ranking them what would be 37th).