Jan. 29, 2010
The California Golden Bears (11-8, 5-3 Pac-10) close out the weekend with a game on Saturday, Jan. 30 against the Arizona State Sun Devils (12-7, 4-4 Pac-10) that will air at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time nationally on Fox Sports Network. The game will be carried in the Bay Area on CSN Bay Area. Jim Watson will call the game with Mary Murphy providing commentary.
Saturday's game is a Cal Kids Day with all youth tickets (12th grade and under) just $1. There will be pregame activities including poster painting, and a post-game player autograph session.
The Bears are riding a five-game winning streak, their first time winning five games in a row since their 12-game win streak last season (Dec. 29, 2008- Feb. 12, 2009) that included winning their first 11 Pac-10 games of the year.
Cal closes out their first time around the Pac-10 schedule taking on Arizona State, an Elite Eight team from last season (who played alongside Cal at the Trenton Regional). There is a lot of familiarity between the two teams. Cal senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson played for ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne last summer as a member of the USA Basketball squad that won a gold medal at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. Cal freshman forward Gennifer Brandon has an extensive scouting report on ASU sophomore forward Kimberly Brandon. The two sisters have had this game circled on their calendars since the day schedules were announced.
Gennifer Brandon is coming into the game with a great deal of momentum. She pulled in 15 rebounds against Arizona, the highest single-game total by a Bear this season. Brandon had 11 rebounds in the Oregon State game, making her the only Bear this season to log back-to-back games with double-digit rebounds. She also worked her way back into the starting lineup, getting the nod against Arizona, her fourth start of the season, but her first since Nov. 22.
Junior guard Rachelle Federico played one of the best games of her Cal career against Arizona. Statistically, "Mooch" had seven points, one rebound, and one assists, but she earned 24 minutes of playing time in the game with consistent defense and hard work on every possession. She also hit two timely three-point baskets during a span when the game was still within reach of the Wildcats.
ANATOMY OF A 47 POINT PERFORMANCE Senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson broke the school record for most points in a single game with her 47-point performance at Oregon State. It was just the fourth time in Cal history a Bear scored 40 or more points in a game. Jennifer Bennett (1984-87) had two 40+ point games, the previous record of 45 points against Arizona in 1987 and 44 points against Washington two weeks later. Colleen Galloway (1978-81) scored an even 40 points against Weber State in 1978.
Only one other NCAA Division I player, Brittany Carter of Memphis, has scored more points in a single game this season. Carter scored 49 against Sacramento State earlier this season.
Gray-Lawson scored 33 points in regulation (four shy her previous career high of 37), all eight of Cal's points in the first overtime, and six points in the second OT. Twelve of the 14 points she scored in overtime came from the free throw line. She played in all 50 minutes of the game, never subbing off the court.
In addition to setting the record for points, she also tied the single-game mark for made freethrows (17), freethrow attempts (20), and field goal attempts (31).
ANATOMY OF A 39 POINT PERFORMANCE 39 points ties the fifth highest single-game total in Cal history and is the most points Gray-Lawson scored in regulation. This was the fourth time in Gray-Lawson's career she has scored 30 or more points in a game. Gray-Lawson hit 15 field goals, making 50 percent of her shots.
The 39 points was the second-highest single-game total by a player on the floor of Haas Pavilion. Stanford's Jayne Appel set the record last season with her 46-point performance in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight victory over Iowa State.
39 points is the most ever scored by a Cal player at Haas. Gray-Lawson's 15 field goals is also the most by a Cal player at Haas Arena. Appel also owns the overall mark with 19 in the tournament game. Gray-Lawson did set a new high mark with 30 attempts, eclipsing the 28 attempted by Appel. Gray-Lawson's five three-point baskets is also the most by a Cal player in a game at Haas. Several opposing players have made six treys on the Haas floor.
ANATOMY OF AN 86 POINT PERFORMANCE Over the course of the last two games, Gray-Lawson has scored 86 points, the largest two-game total for a Cal player in program history. She now holds two of the spots in Cal's top-five single game performances.
She has made 28 field goals (nine of those from three-point range) and 21 freethrows combined in the last five days.
There are 58 Pac-10 players who have yet to score 86 total points this season.
ANATOMY OF A FIVE-GAME WINNING STREAK Over the course of the last five games, Gray-Lawson is averaging 30.6 points per game. She has scored 153 of Cal's 359 points (42.6 percent). She has made 53 field goals (shooting 46.5 percent), 13 of them have been three-pointers (34.2 percent 3 pt efficiency), and 34 freethrows (74.3 FT percentage).
She has raised her season average three entire points, from 15.9 after the loss to USC to 18.9, a number that ties her with Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike for the Pac-10 lead and ranks them 23rd among all NCAA I players.
She is averaging 25.3 ppg in Pac-10 games, leading that category by 3.9 points over Talisa Rhea (21.4 ppg) of Oregon State.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE Arizona State Sun Devils (12-7, 4-4 Pac-10) are tied with the Bears for fourth place in the Pac-10 standings. The Sun Devils started the Pac-10 season the same way Cal did, with three straight losses. They have won their last four games heading into this week. Currently ASU's leading scorer averaging 13.9 points per game, senior guard Danielle Orsillo has scored in double figures in all but two contests this season. She is one of two returning starters for the 2008-09 team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona State had a strong first half on Thursday against Stanford, holding a four-point lead at the break, 29-25, but were outscored 46-19 in the second half.
The all-time series between Cal and ASU is tied 27-27. Arizona State won the last meeting between the two, a 63-41 victory over a slumping Cal team in the last weekend of the regular season at Haas. Cal had won four straight games prior to that including a 54-53 victory at the buzzer in Tempe in Cal's second Pac-10 game of the 2008-09 season.