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California Plays Lone December Home Game
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Release:  12/07/2010

Dec. 7, 2010

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Saturday, Dec. 11: Long Beach State at California, 2:00 p.m.

TV: none; Radio: 960 AM KKGN; Live Streaming Video: CalBears.com

The California Golden Bears (5-2) play their only home game in the month of December when they host the Long Beach State 49ers (1-8) Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

There will be an "Ugly Holiday Sweater" contest held during the game. Fans are encouraged to wear their most festive holiday gear. Judging will take place during the game.

The 49ers are 0-4 on the road this season, their lone victory coming against North Carolina Central, 78-61, in a neutral site game during their Thanksgiving tournament in Hawaii.

After Saturday's game, Long Beach State will have played half the Pac-10 during their non-conference slate. The 49ers opened the season with a loss to Oregon State (71-39), and have also played Oregon (L, 88-76), USC (L, 82-60), and Washington State (L, 87-63).

The Bears have been dominant at Haas this season, scoring over 100 points more than their opponents (375-272) in five home contests this season, giving them an average margin of victory of 20.6 points.

The Bears are equally dominant on the boards, outrebounding their opponents by almost the same margin (19.0 per game). The Bears have almost as many home defensive rebounds (153) as their five opponents combined have total rebounds (155).

Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth, averaging 16.7 points per game, starts the week ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring. Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads the Pac, averaging 18.3 per contest, but she has only played in four games. Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon is also in the top-10, ranking seventh with 15.9 points per game.

Clarendon and Stallworth have scored in double figures all seven games this season. Last season, Stallworth scored in double digits in 26 of Cal's 37 games. Clarendon had 14 games with double digit points. Stallworth's longest stretch of consecutive games with double digit points was seven. Just like this season, those were the first seven games of the year. Clarendon's longest streak was four games (12/28, 12/30, 1/2, 1/8).

Stallworth is also among the Conference leaders in rebounding, ranking seventh at 8.6 per game. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell is third, averaging 9.3 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert is just outside the top-10, ranking 11th with 7.3 boards per game.

Home Sweet Home With the Bears' 82-49 victory over Portland State in the championship game of the 2010 Colliers International Classic, Cal improved to 5-0 at home this season and has extended its Haas winning streak to eight games. This afternoon's game against Long Beach State is Cal's only home game in December. The Bears will travel to Las Vegas in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Tournament. Cal will take on UT Arlington (Dec. 19) and Texas Tech (Dec. 20) in the 4,000-seat South Point Area at the South Point Casino. After taking a couple of days off for Christmas, the team will regroup in Chicago and head down to take on Illinois in an evening game on Dec. 28. The game versus the Fighting Illini will close out the Bears' non-conference schedule. The next game back at Haas will be the Battle of the Bay, when Cal hosts Stanford on Sunday, Jan. 2. The game tips at 12:30 p.m.

DefenseOpponents are shooting just 33.7 percent against the Bears this season, the lowest opponent field goal percentage among Pac-10 teams. Cal also leads the Pac-10 in three-point defense with opponents making just 21.5 percent of their long range shots.

Crashing the Boards The Bears have outrebounded their opponents in six of their seven games this season. The Bears are not just winning the battle of the boards by a rebound or two, but dominating the opposition. Cal comes into the week averaging 12.6 more rebounds per game than their opponents, ranking the Bears 10th in the nation in rebounding margin. The Bears have four games where the rebound differential was more than 10 and totally dominated the Yale contest, when the Bears outrebounded the Bulldogs, 64-34.

Steals Sophomore guard Eliza Pierre racked up another pair of steals against Texas A&M. Pierre has had at least two steals in every game this season, including a career-high eight against New Mexico. Pierre is currently averaging 4.1 steals per game, which leads the Pac-10. More impressively, her average is currently ranked third among all NCAA Division I women's basketball players.

Crashing the Boards The Bears have outrebounded their opponents in six of their seven games this season. The Bears are not just winning the battle of the boards by a rebound or two, but dominating the opposition. Cal comes into the week averaging 12.6 more rebounds per game than their opponents, ranking the Bears 10th in the nation in rebounding margin. The Bears have four games where the rebound differential was more than 10 and totally dominated the Yale contest, when the Bears outrebounded the Bulldogs, 64-34.

Efficiency When DeNesha Stallworth shoots the ball, she is making her shots, most of the time. In fact, Stallworth, helped by her 12-for-14 performance in the Colliers International Classic Championships game, is connecting on 57.4 percent of her tries from the field. The mark is fifth best in the Pac-10 and ranks No. 24 among all NCAA Division I players. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell actually has a better percentage, making 57.7 percent of her shots, but she does not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings. She ranks just above Stallworth in the Pac-10 rankings, ranking fourth.

Layshia Clarendon leads the Pac-10 in three-point efficiency, making 50 percent of her long-range shots (7-for-14).

200 wins Cal head coach Joanne Boyle comes into the game with a career record of 191-79 (.707), including a 124-50 (.712) mark at Cal. She needs nine more victories to reach the 200th of her head coaching career. Boyle spent three seasons as the head coach for the Richmond Spiders (67-29) prior to her arrival in Berkeley.

Double Doubles DeNesha Stallworth had four double doubles in the first four games of the season. It was the first time in her Cal career she has posted double doubles in back-to-back games let alone four in a row. Stallworth's streak was halted against Fullerton when she only had 8 rebounds to go with 19 points. Stallworth is one of just 30 players in NCAA Division I so far this season to have four or more double doubles.

Talia Caldwell had her first double double of the season against Yale where she had a career-high 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Caldwell's first career double double came last season against Long Beach State where she logged 10 and 10.

Lindsay Sherbert had the first double double of her collegiate career against Portland State, bringing in 10 rebounds with 15 points scored.

Injury Updates 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. N'diaye sat out the Yale game with an illness. She then missed both games of the Colliers Tournament with inflammation in her knee. Her status is day-to-day. Freshman Avigiel Cohen will be out for the season after undergoing a second ACL surgery in late September. 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.

Cal Coaches Corner Each Monday (beginning Dec. 13), 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.

Long Beach State The Long Beach State 49ers (1-8) lead the all-time series 10-4, but Cal has won the last three meetings, including last season's 80-71 victory in Long Beach. Cal also won a 2004-05 showdown at Haas 69-64.


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