Feb. 25, 2011
Saturday, Feb. 26: Oregon State at California, 7:30 p.m.
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The California Golden Bears (14-13, 6-10 Pac-10) play their final regular-season home game of the year on Saturday, Feb. 26 when they host the Oregon State Beavers (9-17, 2-13) at 7:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
Saturday's game will also be the third annual Shooting Shirt Auction. The players will go through their pre-game warm-ups wearing specially designed shooting shirts that will then be auctioned off in a silent auction between Gates 3 and 4 in the main concourse. The auction will go through the end of halftime.
This will be the final Cal Kids Day, presented by Outback Steakhouse, of the year, with pregame poster making and face painting in the Club Room. All youth 12th grade and younger can purchase $1 general admission tickets.
Saturday will also be Alameda County CPR7 Day. Seventh grade students who took part in the Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training outreach will be in attendance. The training provided seventh grade students with hands-on experience and the skill set to transfer these skills to others. 28 middle schools in Alameda County are participating in the program which the Bears Tierra Rogers has been involved with.
The Bears come into Saturday's game trying to shake a six-game losing streak. The Bears fell 60-46 Thursday night against the Oregon Ducks.
The Bears won the battle of the boards against the Ducks, pulling in 57 rebounds. It was the second highest single game rebounding total for Cal this season and the fifth time they have pulled in 50 or more rebounds in a game.
Sophomore center Talia Caldwell led the attack with a career-high 20 rebounds, including nine offensive boards. Freshman guard Mikayla Lyles also had a career high in rebounding, grabbing seven. Sophomore guard Eliza Pierre had eight rebounds.
The Bears also only turned the ball over eight times, a season low. It was the first time this season the team tallied single-digit turnovers. Their previous low was 10 against Rutgers and 10 against Oregon when the two teams met in Eugene. Five players, including sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth who played a team-high 30 minutes in the game, did not have a turnover.
The Bears close out the regular season home slate taking on the Oregon State Beavers. Cal leads the all-time series 32-28. The Bears have won ten straight against OSU, including a pair of double overtime victories in Corvallis (2007 and 2010,) and 13 of their last 14 meetings. Oregon State's last victory over the Bears was a 63-55 victory in 2006 at Haas. The Bears won 60-47 earlier this season in Corvallis.
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, an organization that partners with law enforcement, social services, educational institutions, churches, corporations and other community leaders to provide programs and facilities to give hope and security to girls from the ages of 10 - 18 caught in the desperation of sexual exploitation for commercial purposes. The Bears will also be auctioning off a team-autographed ball and a team autographed jersey with that will benefit Upward Roots, the charity that benefits from this season's We Assist, You Assist program.
Senior Day The Bears will honor their two seniors before Saturday's game as well as senior manager Shantel Nolen.
Rachelle Federico, a 5-11 sophomore from Tucson, Arizona, served as a team captain this year for the Bears. Rachelle has appeared in 95 career games at Cal. She was a part of Cal's Sweet-16 season in 2008-09 and helped the team win the WNIT Championship last year. Federico was an honorable mention for the Pac-10 All-Academic team in 2009-10. This season, Rachelle is averaging 10.3 minutes per game and has twice scored nine points in a game, once against UT Arlington and the other against UCLA. Rachelle is a media studies major
Rama N'diaye, a 6-5 center from Dakar, Senegal, is finishing her fifth year at Cal. She was part of Cal's run to the Sweet-16 in 2008-09 and has played in 100 games for the Bears. Rama was named the Most Improved Player her sophomore season when she started 12 of the first 13 games of the season, filling in for an injured Devanei Hampton. N'diaye has five career double doubles, including one this season against Arizona. Rama is an Interdisciplinary Studies major.
Taking Shots Cal took 72 shots in the USC game, a then season-high. They followed it up by taking 80 shots against Oregon. The only starter to not take double digit shots in the game was sophomore guard Eliza Pierre led the team. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell was the only starter to not take double digit shots against USC.
Steals Eliza Pierre is currently averaging 2.9 steals per game, which leads the Pac-10. Her average ranks 27th among all NCAA Division I players. She has ranked as high as second in the NCAA this season in this stat.
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 78 steals, which ranks her ninth on Cal's all-time list for steals in a single season.
Pac-10 Tournament The Bears come into the game in seventh place in the Pac-10 standings, a half game behind Washington State. The structure of this year's tournament is very different than previous season. The top two teams will get a bye into the semifinals. The 2-10 seeds will all play on the first day of the tournament. In years past, the top six seeds had a first round bye. The tournament begins on Wednesday, March 9 at the Galen Center. The first two rounds of the tournament will be played at the Galen Center with the semifinals and finals being played at the Staples Center. Both the semis and finals will also be broadcast by Fox Sports Network. The first two rounds will not be televised.
Stanford Game Time The game time of next Thursday's game at Satnford has been changed to 8 p.m.
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 14.1 fouls per game, the 20th 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 28.1 percent of the long range shots they are attempting against the Cal defense. This leads the Pac-10 and is ranked No. 32 among all NCAA Division I teams.
Efficiency DeNesha Stallworth is connecting on 50.6 percent of her tries from the field. The mark is seventh best in the Pac-10 and ranks No. 53 among all NCAA Division I players. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell is making 50.3 percent of her shots, but she does not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings. Her percentage ranks eighth in the Pac-10.
Starting Five The Bears bench is averaging 11.8 points per game. In the game at Oregon, the Cal starting five accounted for all 81 points and 67 of Cal's 68 shots. Every member of the starting lineup ended the game with double digit points. It was the first time that the starting five each had at least ten points since Feb. 24, 2007 when the starters accounted for all the points in an 88-69 victory at Haas over UCLA and each ended up in double figures. The Bears' starting five were one point shy of repeating the feat of having all five starters in double digits against Arizona with sophomore guard Eliza Pierre scoring nine points while the other four put up double digits. The bench accounted for nine points, all coming from freshman guard Afure Jemerigbe.
Crashing the Boards The Bears are back to second in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin, grabbing an average of 7.2 more rebounds per game than their opponents ranking them 19th in the nation. Cal has now outrebounded their opponents in 18 of its 27 games this season but has lost all eight of the games in which they have been outrebounded.
Caldwell moved up to third in the Conference in rebounding, averaging 8.4 rebounds per game.
Caldwell is averaging 4.1 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 Eliza Pierre's 12 points against UCLA, she became the eighth 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, Mikayla Lyles 11 at Washington). DeNesha Stallworth and Layshia Clarendon have each had the team-high for points five times this season. Only Rachelle Federico has not led the team in scoring.
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.
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.