Jan. 10, 2010
LOS ANGELES -
The California Golden Bears (6-7, 0-2 Pac-10) close out their Southern California road trip Sunday afternoon when they take on the USC Trojans (8-6, 2-1 Pac-10) at 3 p.m. in downtown Los Angeles.
This is the third roadtrip to Southern California for the Bears in the last month. Cal played in Long Beach on Dec. 21 and in San Diego Dec. 28 and 30. The Bears are 2-2 this season in games played down south. It is also the last road game for the Bears before returning to Haas Pavilion next week when they host Washington on Thursday, Jan. 14. Cal's last home game was Dec. 9 against San Jose State.
Cal is looking for their first Pac-10 win of the season after dropping the opener at Stanford followed by Friday night's 57-46 loss at UCLA. It was the second time this season the Bears have fallen in back-to-back contests. The Bears have not lost three games in a row with Joanne Boyle as their head coach. The last time Cal lost three game is a row was the later portion of the 2004-05 season when they dropped back-to-back-to-back contests against Stanford, UCLA, and USC.
On Sunday, Cal takes on the USC Trojans, looking to avenge last season's stunning 69-67 upset in the Pac-10 Tournament. Cal had won eight straight meetings between the two teams before the Pac-10 tournament loss last year. At the Galen Center, Cal holds an overall mark of 6-1, including owning a pair of NCAA Tournament victories on the court. This will be Cal's first game back at the Galen Center since they defeated Virginia, 99-73, on the court to advance to the 2009 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Cal's roster has a pair of Southern California natives. Freshman guard Eliza Pierre grew up in Pasadena, about 15 miles from the Galen Center. Freshman guard Layshia Clarendon attended Cajon High in San Bernardino, 62 miles away. Freshman forward Gennifer Brandon grew up just north of Los Angeles in Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley, 33 miles from downtown. Freshman forward Talia Caldwell is from LA proper, having attended Marlborough High in the Hancock Park area of the city, just 8.93 miles from the Galen Center. Assistant coach Kevin Morrison also grew up in the Southland.
Audio from Sunday's game will be streamed live on CalBears.com.