Dec. 14, 2010
Sunday, Dec. 19: UT Arlington vs California, 2:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 20: Texas Tech vs California, 2:30 p.m.
TV: none; Radio: 960 AM KKGN; Live Stats: CalBears.com
The California Golden Bears (6-2) are off to try their luck in Vegas, participating in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Tournament. Cal will take on UT Arlington (3-6) on day one of the tournament and Texas Tech (9-1) in the 4,000-seat South Point Area at the South Point Casino. The Bears will be the second game each day, with Texas Tech against Pitt opening the tournament on Sunday and UT Arlington vs. Pitt beginning Monday's action. Both of those games start at noon. The Cal games will start at approximately 2:30 p.m. A link for live stats for the Cal games can be found on CalBears.com. Both games will air live on Green 960 AM (KKGN).
This is Cal's first time playing in Las Vegas since 1986 when they played in the UNLV Lady Rebel Classic (Jan. 3-4). The Bears fell in the final of that tournament to Western Kentucky, 81-59.
This will be Cal's first ever time playing the UT Arlington Mavericks. The Bears faced the Lady Raiders of Texas Tech in 2008, the two teams squaring off in the second day of the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands. Cal won that meeting, 68-54. The Bears lead the all-time series 2-1.
The Bears are still looking for their first win away from Haas Pavilion this season. They are 0-2 on the road, however both of these games are considered neutral court games so Cal will not be able to improve on their road record until they head to Illinois to take on the Illini just after Christmas.
Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth has scored 25 or more points in two of her last three games. Stallworth, who put up a season-high 27 against Long Beach State, has improved her points-per-game average to 18.0, moving her into the top-50 among NCAA Division I players (47th). Stallworth enters the week in a tie with Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike for first in the Pac-10 in scoring
Stallworth is in the top-20 in the nation in field goal percentage, making 58.9 percent of her shots (17th).
Sophomore center Talia Caldwell had only her second double double of the season against Long Beach State, but she is almost averaging a double double at 12.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg. Her rebounds rank No. 55 among all DI players. Caldwell starts the week ranked third in the Pac-10 in rebounding. Amanda Johnson of Oregon leads the Conference, averaging 10.1 rebounds per game.
PAC-10 Player of the Week DeNesha Stallworth was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 6-12. Stallworth led the Golden Bears to a 82-56 home victory over Long Beach State, dominating in the low post, scoring a season-high 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting in 30 minutes of play to lead the squad. She was 4-for-6 from the charity stripe and added four rebounds and a career-high four steals in the win. This is Stallworth's first-career Player of the Week honor and California's 36th all-time.
Home Sweet Home With the Bears' 82-56 victory over Long Beach State, Cal improved to 6-0 at home this season and has extended its Haas winning streak to nine games. The Bears have been dominant in their victories on the home court, winning by an average of more than 20 points per game (21.5). Cal's defensive dominance has been equally impressive. The Bears have 110 more rebounds this season than their home opponents, averaging 18.3 more rebounds than their opponents in games at Haas this season.
Making Threes Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon went 2-for-4 from three-point range against Long Beach State, holding her 50.0 three-point shooting percentage steady. Clarendon leads the Pac-10 with that efficiency.
On the other side of the ball, Cal's defense is baffling opponent long range shooters. This season, Cal's opponents are only making 21.3 percent of the treys they are attempting. This stat not only leads the Pac-10, but is the fifth best among all 333 NCAA Division I teams.
Crashing the Boards The Bears have outrebounded their opponents in seven of their eight 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 12.9 more rebounds per game than their opponents, ranking the Bears ninth in the nation in rebounding margin. The Bears have five games where the rebound differential was more than 10, including Long Beach State (+15), and totally dominated the Yale contest, when the Bears outrebounded the Bulldogs, 64-34.
Steals Sophomore guard Eliza Pierre racked up three more steals against Long Beach State. Pierre has had at least two steals in every game this season, including a career-high eight against New Mexico. Pierre is currently averaging 4.0 steals per game, which leads the Pac-10. More impressively, her average is currently ranked second among all NCAA Division I women's basketball players.
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 58.9 percent of her tries from the field. The mark is fifth best in the Pac-10 and ranks No. 17 among all NCAA Division I players. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell actually has a better percentage, making 59.0 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.
200 wins Cal head coach Joanne Boyle comes into the game with a career record of 192-79 (.708), including a 125-50 (.714) mark at Cal. She needs eight 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 second double double of the season against Long Beach State with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Caldwell's first career double double came last season against Long Beach State where she logged 10 and 10.
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. Games will still be available on the internet through CalBears.com as part of the Cal All-Access program.
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.
Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Tournament This will be Cal's first ever time playing the UT Arlington Mavericks.
The Bears faced the Lady Raiders of Texas Tech in 2008, the two teams squaring off in the second day of the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands. Cal won that meeting, 68-54. The Bears lead the all-time series 2-1.
After starting the season 8-0, the Texas Tech women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season by losing at Penn State, 76-68, as part of the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. It was only the second road game of the year for the Raiders. Their other road game was a 80-53 victory at New Mexico.
Both UT Arlington and Texas Tech have had a long break with UT Arlington last having played on Dec. 8 (10 days off) and Texas Tech last tipping on Dec. 7 (11 days off).