Feb. 24, 2012
Saturday, Feb. 25: Colorado at California, 2 p.m. (Pink Game)
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BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears (21-7, 12-4 Pac-12) host the Colorado Buffaloes (16-10, 5-10 Pac-12) in their annual "Pink Game" on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. All fans wearing pink at the ticket office can purchase $3 general admission tickets. It is also a Cal Kids Day with all youth general admission (12th grade and younger) priced $1. UC Berkeley students have free admission to all women's basketball games (with a student I.D.).
Play 4Kay Cal's home game on Saturday, Feb. 25 against Colorado will be the annual "Pink Game". All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. If you don't have pink, be one of the first 2,000 fans to come to the game and you will receive a free pink t-shirt, courtesy of Bank of the West.
Anyone who does already own pink, wears it, and shows it to the ticket office can purchase a $3 general admission ticket for the game.
The Bears have played in three "Pink Games" on the road so far this season, going 3-0 with wins over Arizona State, Oregon, and Oregon State. Utah also donned pink uniforms on Thursday, giving Cal a fourth "W" against pink opponents.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause. Kay Yow, the fund's namesake, was the head coach of the NC State Wolfpack women's basketball team from 1975 to 2009. A member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, she had more than 700 career wins. She also coached the U.S. women's basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in 1988 despite having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. She passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.
Shooting Shirt Auction On Saturday, Feb. 25, the team will be holding their annual Shooting Shirt Auction as part of the "Pink Game". The proceeds from the auction will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The players will be wearing personally designed shooting shirts in pregame warm-ups. Fans will then be able to bid on the shirts in an auction held during the game. Winning bidders will be presented with their shirts after the game. This will be the fourth year that the team has held a shooting shirt auction, but the first time it has been held in conjunction with the "Pink Game".
Opening bids for the shirts are just $25. The auction will go through the end of halftime. After the game, the players will present winning bidders with their new shirts down on the court.
Cal Kids Day This Saturday's game against Colorado 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 on the plaza that includes inflatables, poster making, and face painting. The fun zone will be open from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.
Growth posters, featuring a life-size picture of junior center Talia Caldwell, will be given to all youth in attendance (while supplies last).
Battle of the Bay Kids DayThe Bears' final game of the regular season, the Battle of the Bay against the Stanford Cardinal, on Sunday, March 4 will also be a Cal Kids Day with $1 youth general admission and the pregame FunZone. The game tips at 6 p.m. and will air nationally on Fox Sports Net and locally on CSN Bay Area. Tickets are on sale now through the Cal Athletic Ticket Office. Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line on game day.
Please note the date of the Battle of the Bay is SUNDAY, MARCH 4. The game date was moved back in September to make this a national TV game. Tickets with the March 3 date on them may be used at the gate without having to exchange them at the box office.
Bear NotesCal's 60-46 victory over Utah, combined with USC's 78-62 win over Arizona and Arizona State's 53-38 loss at UCLA, gives the Bears a 2.5 game lead over the Trojans in the battle for the No. 2 seed in the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament. Cal has two games left to play while the Trojans have three remaining on their schedule. A Cal win or a USC loss on Saturday would guarantee the Bears the No. 2 seed. The top four seeds will receive first-round byes.
The Bears are also playing to position themselves for the post season. Cal moved up to No. 27 in this week's RPI rankings, one of the items factored into the decision of the NCAA Tournament selection committee.
In Thursday night's game, Cal broke open a game that was tied at the half by going on a 17-0 run to start the second half. It was the second time this season the Bears went on a 17-0 run. Cal closed out the meeting in Boulder against Colorado on a 17-0 tear. The Utes failed to score for the first 8:03 of the second half. At Colorado, the Buffaloes did not score a single point for the final 7:10 of the game.
The Bears are 12-2 at Haas Pavilion this season with their two losses coming by a combined three points, falling to No. 12 Ohio State, 77-75, and the 76-75 overtime loss to USC.
The Bears are averaging 74.8 points per game at Haas this season while opponents are only averaging 57.1 (a 17.6 ppg difference). The Bears also have 239 more rebounds at Haas this season than their opponents (+17.0 per game).
Prior to the 68-55 victory at Colorado earlier this season, the Bears had never beaten the Buffs. The last meeting between the two was Colorado's 81-68 win in Boulder that knocked Cal out of the 2011 WNIT. Colorado has only played at Haas once, a 66-47 victory on Dec. 8, 2002.
* Layshia Clarendon scored 27 points at Oregon State, the highest single-game total by a Bear so far this season. The previous best was Brandon's 24 points against Ohio State. Clarendon followed that up with her second 20-point game of the season, scoring 22 at Oregon State. In her last three games, she is averaging 21.3 ppg.
* Talia Caldwell scored 19 points with 19 rebounds on the Oregon trip. She had her fourth double double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds against Utah. In her last three games, she is averaging 10.7 ppg and 10.0 rpg.
* Afure Jemerigbe went 4-for-4 from the three-point line Saturday against Oregon State. In her last three games, she is a combined 6-for-7 (85.7 percent) from three-point range.
* Eliza Pierre scored 10 points at Oregon State, her second-highest scoring game of the season. Pierre also had five steals in the trip. The last time she had five steals on a road trip: the Colorado/Utah trip. She had three steals Thursday against Utah.
Happy New Year After starting Pac-12 play 0-2 in the final week of December, the Bears are 13-2 since New Year's Day, with both losses coming in overtime by a combined four points. Cal has yet to lose a game in regulation in the 2012 calendar year.
The Big 2-0 The Bears secured their fifth 20-win season in the last six years. The Bears have only had ten 20-win seasons in the history of the program (including this year) and only two coaches had guided teams to 20 or more wins in a season. Gooch Foster did it four times (80-81, 81-82, 86-87, 91-92) and Joanne Boyle had four consecutive 20-win seasons from 2006-10 before Gottlieb joined that list.
Gottlieb now has two 20-win seasons on her resume. She was the first-ever coach at UCSB to guide her team to 20 wins in her first season, finishing with a 22-10 overall record. That team won both the Big West regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
12 in the Pac-12 The Bears currently have 12 conference wins, the fourth time since joining the Pac-10 in 1986-87 that the Bears have had 12 or more conference wins in a season. (1991-92 with Gooch Foster and three consecutive seasons from 2006-07 through 2008-09 with Joanne Boyle.)
The Bears are currently in second place in the Pac-12. Cal has only twice finished that high in the pac-12 rankings, the 2007-08 season when they were alone in second and the 2008-09 season when they tied for second.
Before joining the Pac-10, Cal had two NorCal first-place finished and a NorPac second place finish.
Rebounding Margin The Bears failed to outrebound their opponent for only the second time this season when the Utes and Bears each had 31 rebounds on Thursday night. The even rebounding game dropped Cal to third in the nation in rebounding margin, averaging 13.9 more rebounds per game than their opponents. Liberty continues to lead the nation with a 15.4 per game average.
The Bears have outrebounded their opponents by double digits in 18 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 in the first meeting of the season.
Last season, Cal had 23 games in which they outrebounded their opponents and finished the year averaging 5.6 more rebounds per game.
Career Points Layshia Clarendon became the 22nd member of the California Golden Bear 1,000 Point Club on her first field goal attempt of the game at Stanford. Clarendon hit a jumper 20 seconds into the game to give her 1,001 career points. By the end of the contest, she had scored 17 points to give her 1,016 in her career, and move her up to No. 21 on the career scoring list. With her 27 points at Oregon, Clarendon moved up two places on the list and now ranks 15th with 1,133 points.
She needs 4 points to move into sole possession of 14th place by passing Leigh Gregory (1,136 points, 2002-05).