Nov. 23, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. -
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
Coming off an 87-55 victory over Navy in its season opener, California travels to the 26th-annual Rainbow Wahine Classic Thanksgiving Weekend in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Golden Bears (1-0) open the tough eight-team tournament against TCU (2-1) Friday, Nov. 26 at 12:40 p.m. local time (2:40 p.m. PT). Cal will face either No. 3 Georgia (2-0) or Idaho (2-0) in Saturday's second round at either 11 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. local time. Sunday's opponent won't be determined until after Saturday's games. Also at the tournament are host-Hawaii (0-0), No. 13 Michigan State (2-0), Utah (1-1) and Santa Clara (0-1).
Cal set a school record for three-point percentage in a game against Navy, converting 80 percent of its attempts (8-10). The Bears eclipsed the old mark of 72.7 percent (8-11) set on two previous occasions. The 87 points Cal scored in the season opener were the most the Bears have opened a season with since a 94-58 triumph over Cal Poly in 1997 and the most points Cal has scored since a 90-67 win over San Jose State Nov. 25, 2003.
Cal showcased a balanced attack in its victory over the Midshipmen Nov. 21, with senior guard Kristin Iwanaga leading a quartet of double-digit scorers with 15 points. Freshman center Jessica Lawson added 11 points, and senior forward Leigh Gregory had 10 points as starters. Senior forward Kiki Williams came off the bench to post 11 points after missing the two exhibition games with a sprained ankle.
Depth is a strong point for Cal in 2004-05. Eleven players scored against Navy, and 10 saw at least 12 minutes of playing time. The bench accounted for 42 of Cal's points.
Senior forward/guard Jacqueline Sanchez has been sidelined for over a month with a sprained ankle but is expected to see playing time in Hawaii.
In addition to Cal's offense performing well against Navy, the defense looked good, holding the Midshipmen to 55 points and forcing them into 29 turnovers. Including the two exhibition games, Cal has held all three of its opponents under 60 points this season.
After Cal makes its fourth appearance in the Rainbow Wahine Classic, the Bears return home to host the inaugural Contra Costa Times Classic Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 4-5.