Feb. 15, 2011
Friday, Feb. 18: California at No. 9 UCLA, 7:00 p.m.
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Sunday, Feb. 20: California at USC 2:00 p.m.
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The California Golden Bears (14-10, 6-7 Pac-10) are on the road for their final regular-season road trip of the season, taking on the No. 9 UCLA Bruins (21-2, 11-1) in Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. The Bears will close out the road trip at USC (15-8, 7-5 Pac-10) on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.
Cal's current three-game losing streak is Cal's longest since the start of 2009-10 Pac-10 season when they dropped games at Stanford, UCLA, and USC. Cal has not lost four games in a row under Joanne Boyle's tenure.
Even through the latest rough stretch, sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth and sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon have continued to perform. Stallworth has scored in double digits each of the last nine games with three double doubles in that span. Clarendon has a six-game double-digit streak. Either Stallworth or Clarendon has led the team in scoring each of the past eight games.
Stallworth had her seventh 20-point game of the season, scoring 20 points against Washington State. Two of Stallworth's other 20-point games came against UCLA (21) and USC (22) earlier this season. Stallworth's career high points came last season at USC when the then-freshman put up 30 against the Trojans at the Galen Center.
Stallworth has also played 40 minutes in each of the last two games.
Senior guard Rachelle Federico played 25 minutes against Washington and 18 against Washington. Federico also scored six points against Washington, the most she has scored in a game since she put up nine against UCLA earlier this season.
Sophomore guard Eliza Pierre has 14 assists and 14 steals in the last five games.
The Bears will start the trip taking on the No. 9 UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood. Cal has lost the last four meetings against the Bruins, including falling 65-56 earlier this season in Berkeley. Cal's last win over UCLA was a 64-48 victory in Berkeley Jan. 29, 2009. Cal's last win at Pauley was a 73-70 overtime thriller on Jan. 6, 2008. Cal has won four of the last eight meetings with the Bruins. UCLA leads the all-time series 42-14.
Scoring In the past five games, the Bears have gone from a balanced scoring attack, where all five starters scored in double figures against Oregon and four players had double figures with two more scoring nine apiece at Arizona, to an offense where half of the scoring has come from sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth and sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon. Against Arizona State, the two combined for 23 of Cal's 44 points (52.7 percent). In the Washington game, the two had 25 of Cal's 49 points (51.0) and against Washington State, 36 of Cal's 66 points (54.6).
Pink Zone Friday's game at UCLA is the Bruins' annual WBCA Pink Zone game. This will be the third time this season the Bears have played in a Pink Zone Game and their second straight pink game. Cal's Pink Zone game was Saturday, Feb. 12 against Washington State. The Bears also played in Arizona State's pink game on Saturday, Feb. 5. Cal is 0-2 so far this season in Pink Zone games.
The Women's Basketball Coaches' Association began the WBCA Pink Zone in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities.
The late Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, served as the catalyst for the initiative after her third recurrence of breast cancer in 2006.
Shooting Shirt Auction The Bears annual Shooting Shirt Auction will take place on Saturday, Feb. 26 through halftime of the game against Oregon State. The players will design special shooting shirts that they will wear during pregame warm-ups. The shirts will then be auctioned off in a silent auction that will benefit New Day for Children. The Bears will also be auctioning off a team-autographed ball and a team autographed jersey with that will benefit Upward Roots.
Steals Eliza Pierre is currently averaging 2.9 steals per game, which leads the Pac-10. Her average ranks 28th among all NCAA Division I players. She has ranked as high as second in the NCAA this season in this stat.
Pierre has 14 steals in her last five games, including three against Arizona State.
Pierre ended last season with a team-best 71 steals (1.9 per game). The single season steal record for Cal is 100 set by Eliza Sokolowska in 1994-95. Pierre currently has 69 steals.
Fouls Cal committed just 17 fouls combined in the two games in Oregon (7-OSU, 10-Ore.). The Bears have six games this season when they have been whistled for 10 or fewer fouls and are averaging 14.2 fouls per game, the 21st fewest fouls per game in the nation.
Opponent Threes The Bears are still among the nation's best in three-point defense. Opponents are only making 26.5 percent of the long range shots they are attempting against the Cal defense. This leads the Pac-10 and is ranked No. 14 among all NCAA Division I teams.
Efficiency DeNesha Stallworth is connecting on 51.6 percent of her tries from the field. The mark is seventh best in the Pac-10 and ranks No. 45 among all NCAA Division I players. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell actually has a better percentage, making 52.2 percent of her shots, but she does not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings. Her percentage ranks fifth in the Pac-10.
Crashing the Boards The Bears are second in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin, grabbing an average of 8.0 more rebounds per game than their opponents ranking them 14th in the nation. Cal has now outrebounded their opponents in 17 of its 24 games this season but has lost all seven of the games in which they have been outrebounded.
Caldwell fell to fourth in the Conference in rebounding, averaging 8.0 rebounds per game.
Caldwell is averaging 4.0 offensive rebounds per game, second Pac-10.
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. Stallworth also has scored in every game she has played in.
Leading Scorers With freshman Mikayla Lyles' 11 points against Washington, she became the seventh different Cal player to lead the team in scoring in a game this season. All three freshmen have led the team in a game (Afure Jemerigbe scored 17 against UT Arlington and Lindsay Sherbert 20 against Arizona). DeNesha Stallworth and Layshia Clarendon have each had the team-high for points five times this season. Only two players, Eliza Pierre and Rachelle Federico, have not led the team in scoring.
High School All-American Cal recruit Reshanda Gray has been named a McDonald's All-American. This is the third straight year that a Joanne Boyle recruit has earned a trip to the McDonalds game.
Gray, a 6-3 forward from Washington Prep in Los Angeles, will play for the West team. The game will be played on March 30, 6:30 p.m. (Central) at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., and broadcast live on ESPNU.
Last season, both Afure Jemerigbe and Lindsay Sherbert earned McDonald's All-American honors. In 2009, Tierra Rogers, Gennifer Brandon, Eliza Pierre, and DeNesha Stallworth were named McDonalds All-Americans.
Gray also earned an honorable mention as a WBCA High School All-American.
Cal Coaches Corner Each Monday, head coach Joanne Boyle and one of the players will 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, so fans are encouraged to come out and enjoy the show live. In addition to Coach Boyle and a women's basketball player, men's head coach Mike Montgomery will also be a weekly guest on the show, which is hosted by Todd McKim. The show allows fans to email questions for the coaches and players.
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.