Feb. 10, 2012
Saturday, Feb. 11: USC at California, 8 p.m.
Live Audio Streaming: CalBears.com; Gametracker: CalBears.com
Television: Fox Sports Net/ CSN Bay Area
BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears (18-6, 9-3 Pac-12) close out the weekend with a TV game, carried on FSN/CSN Bay Area when they host the USC Trojans (12-11, 6-6 Pac-12) on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.
The Bears were swept earlier this season when they took on the LA schools in Southern California with USC handing Cal its only double-digit loss of the season, 74-54. USC's twenty-point margin of victory was more than the combined margins in Cal's other five losses (14).
Since the LA losses, the Bears have won nine of their last ten games and have moved into sole possession of second place in the Pac-12, leading third-place UCLA and Oregon State by two games.
On the LA trip, the Bears shot 28.3 percent from the field and scored just 54.5 points per game in the two contests. Since then, the Bears shave shot 42.6 percent from the field and have averaged 70.8 points per game in their last nine games.
Freshman point guard Brittany Boyd led the charge in Cal's first meeting with USC. Boyd scored 14 points against the Trojans. It was, at the time, her second highest point total in a game of the season. Since then, Boyd has had five games scoring at least 14 points, including each of her last four games. Boyd scored 14 with eight assists in Thursday's victory over UCLA.
Freshman forward Reshanda Gray scored ten first-half points in the first meeting of the year against the Trojans. Her performance helped the Bears erase a 16-point deficit in that game. Gray was 4-for-12 shooting in that game. Since that game, Gray has been making her field goal attempts at a 58.3 percent efficiency. In her last four games, Gray is shooting 65.7 percent including going 8-for-11 from the floor against Arizona.
The USC/Cal series over the last several years have been fun match-ups to watch. Prior to the Trojans' 20-point win earlier this season, the games over the last three seasons have been a 3-3 series split with four games decided by three points or fewer. Overall, the games between 2008-09 and 2010-11 have a mere three-point differential in scoring for the two teams, with Cal scoring 480 points in the seven contests and USC 477.
Last year, the two teams split the season series with Cal getting an 11-point win in Berkeley (82-71) only to fall by 13 in Los Angeles (80-67).
Going further back, the Bears and Women of Troy played overtime games in their Berkeley games in both 2006-07 and 2007-08, with Cal winning both.
Cal Kids Day This Saturday's game against USC is another Cal Kids Day. All kids 12th grade and under can purchase $1 general admission tickets for all Pac-12 weekend home games this season. Fans are encouraged to come early for the pre-game FunZone in the Club Room that includes poster making, face painting and basketball games. The fun zone will be open from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
* Reshanda Gray has been in the starting lineup each of the last three games, averaging 17.3 points and 11.3 rebounds with two double doubles
* Talia Caldwell and Gray combined to go 15-for-22 (68.1 percent) from the field at Arizona. The rest of the team shot 15-for-53 (28.3 percent)
* Brittany Boyd, in her last four games, scored 67 points (16.75 per game) with 24 rebounds (6.0), 24 assists (6.0), and 19 steals (4.75).
* Lindsay Sherbert had two more made-threes against UCLA. Sherbert has made at least one three-point basket in each of the last five games. She leads the team with 27 made this season and a 33.3 percent efficiency
Back to Being The Best With the Bears outrebounding the Bruins 42-28 on Thursday night, Cal moved back into the national lead in rebounding margin, with a mark of 15.1. Liberty fell to 15.0 and slipped into second place. Baylor lurks in third place with 14.6 more rebounds per game than their opponents.
The Bears have outrebounded their opponents by double digits in 17 games this season and have six games with a 20-or-more rebound differential including besting CSU Bakersfield by 36 (60-24) and the 63-26 (37) differential against Oregon.
The Bears outrebounded their opponents in every game this season except the Stanford game. Last season, Cal had 23 games in which they outrebounded their opponents and finished the year averaging 5.6 more rebounds per game.
Home Cookin' The Bears, who own an 11-1 home record, have only lost to then-ranked No. 12 Ohio State this season in Berkeley, dropping that game by two points, 77-75.
Cal is outscoring opponents by 19.5 ppg at home this season and outrebounding teams by 19.7.
Junior center Talia Caldwell has scored 140 of her 197 points at home this season.