Dec. 9, 2011
Saturday, Dec. 10: Santa Clara at California
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BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears (7-2) take on their second Bay Area WCC school of the week, hosting the Santa Clara Broncos (6-2) on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
Over the past six years, the Bears have dominated California schools who are not members of the Pac-12. In 21 games since 2005-06, including this season's 85-61 victory over Sacramento State and the 65-55 victory over Saint Mary's, the Bears have only lost once to an out-of-conference team from the Golden State, the 68-66 stunning loss to San Jose State during the 2009-10 season. The Bears 20 victories over California schools include two wins in the NCAA Tournament (San Diego, 2008; Fresno State, 2009) and a WNIT overtime win (UC Davis, 2010).
The Bears are taking on a pair of West Coast Conference schools this week. Cal has won ten straight games against WCC schools, with their last lost to a team from that conference being a 2002 loss at Saint Mary's.
Cal brings a four-game win streak into Thursday's games, having outscored the opponents by an average of 17.7 ppg during that span. Even more impressive, Cal has outrebounded opponents by an average of 21.7 per game during that span.
Another victory would give Cal its first five-game win streak since the 2009-10 season where the Bears rattled off six straight victories at the end of the year to win the WNIT championship. The Bears also had two separate five-game win streaks during the regular season, both coming within the Pac-12 portion of the season. Cal's longest win streaks last season were two separate three-gamers.
Junior guard Layshia Clarendon is averaging 12.3 points per game during this win streak. She has hit seven three-pointers, including three in the win at Saint Mary's, shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc (7-for-16). She has also gone 14-for-16 from the free throw line in the last four games.
Freshman point guard Brittany Boyd has 25 assists in the last four games. Boyd had six assists against Saint Mary's, the fifth time this season she has had five or more assists in a game.
Cal leads the all-time series against Santa Clara, 24-7, but the two teams have not played one another since 1992 when Cal lost, 77-73, in Berkeley. The Broncos have won four of the last five meetings, dating back to the 1991-92 season when SCU earned two wins over Cal.
Rebound Margin The Bears have outrebounded their opponent in every game this season. Cal is currently third in the country in rebounding margin, pulling in 17.5 more rebounds per game than their opponents. Redshirt sophomore Gennifer Brandon paces the Bears at 9.4 rebounds per game. Brandon is fifth in the Pac-12 and currently ranks 40th among all NCAA Division I players. Brandon has pulled in double digit rebounds in four games this season including a season-best 15 at Rutgers.
Bench Scoring The Cal bench has scored 312 of the Bears 644 points this season (48.4 percent). Last year, the Cal bench, over the course of the season, was responsible for scoring 419 points, 19.6 percent of Cal's total offensive output. The bench contributed 53 points against CSU Bakersfield in a game in which CSUB scored 56 total. The Bears bench has scored 40 or more points four times and has accounted for more than 50 percent of the points four times as well. The bench has contributed more than 40% of Cal's total offense in every game except the Virginia game where the non-starters scored 23 of Cal's 59 points (38.9 percent) and Santa Clara (19-of-65, 29.2 percent).
Perfect (Stripe) Freshman Brittany Boyd was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line against Illinois. It was the best free throw shooting performance by a Bear since DeNesha Stallworth went 10-for-10 from the line in the 2010 WNIT game at Oregon (March 25). Junior guard Layshia Clarendon went 6-for-6 from the free throw line against UNLV. The Bears started the Saint Mary's game going 9-for-9 from the free throw line. However, they struggled as they closed out the game, going 8-for-19 after the hot start.
Double Digits Freshman Reshanda Gray began her career with five consecutive games scoring in double digits, a streak that was snapped when she was limited to just one point in the Virginia contest, in which she appeared for only eight minutes. DeNesha Stallworth began her career in 2009 with seven consecutive double-digit scoring efforts. Ashley Walker had five double-digit games to start her Cal career in 2005.
Points Per minute Though most basketball stats are compared with per game averages, several Bears have had some outstanding per minute averages in recent games. Reshanda Gray scored 23 points, playing just 17 minutes, or 1.35 points per minute, against UNLV. Earlier this season against Illinois, Gray scored 11 points in nine minutes (1.22). During the Rainbow Wahine Showdown, freshman forward Justine Hartman scored 37 points in 44 minutes (.84 points per minute). Freshman guard Erika Johnson scored five points with four rebounds in eight minutes against CSU Bakersfield.
On the defensive end, Gennifer Brandon pulled in 14 rebounds against CSU Bakersfield, in 15 minutes (.93 rebounds per minute).
Assists Brittany Boyd is second in the Pac-12 and No. 50 among all NCAA I players in assists-per-game (4.88). Senior Janita Badon of Utah leads the conference with 5.17 per game. Only three times in the last 12 years has a Cal player averaged four assists per game for an entire season. Natasha Vital did it twice, with 4.0 as a freshman and 4.1 as a sophomore
The Bears as a team are averaging 16.13 per game. Last season, the Bears averaged 11.9 assists per game. The last time the team averaged more than 16 assists per game was the 1994-95 season (16.8).
Triple Threat Exclusive Chalk Talk and Reception The Triple Threat Club is an organization for fans of Cal Women's Basketball that gives members exclusive opportunities to be a fan of the program, a friend of the program, and to be part of the program. As fans, the Triple Threat Club will have a strong presence at games and special events, with a focus on increasing attendance and the program's fan base. As friends, the Triple Threat Club will act as ambassadors for the program in the community.
Triple Threat members have exclusive access to Pre-game Chalk Talks and Post-game Receptions, including a special event after the Santa Clara game.
CLICK HERE to download a Triple Threat membership application. Contact the women's basketball office for more details.
We Assist, You Assist California women's basketball has announced that Team Up For Youth and the Coaching Corps program will be the focus of this season's We Assist, You Assist campaign. Fans are encouraged to pledge money, from pennies to dollars, for each assist tallied by the Bears this season. Coaching Corps is a program that pairs trained volunteer coaches with kids in low-income communities so that all children have the powerful experiences of playing and learning, winning and losing, and through it all, discovering their best selves. Dedicated college students serve as volunteer coaches and role models for kids in after school programs in under served communities. Coaching Corps harnesses the energy and passion of young adults to help kids in low-income communities. The goal is to help kids do better in school, have higher self-esteem, stay away from drugs and alcohol, and create a healthy and active lifestyle that lasts their entire lives. Donation forms can be downloaded from CalBears.com or picked up at any Bears home game this season.
Cal Alumni Game All former California women's basketball players are being invited back to Haas Pavilion for a special reception and ceremony during the Saturday, Dec. 17 game against Ohio State. Contact the women's basketball office for more information.
Monarchs Reunion On Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Cal game against Dartmouth will feature a Sacramento Monarchs Reunion in conjunction with the Yolanda Griffith's Northern California return. Griffith, who is now an assistant with Dartmouth, was a seven-time WNBA All-Star, and won the WNBA's MVP and Defensive Player awards in 1999. She was also the MVP of the WNBA finals in 2005 when the Monarchs won the title. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history. Monarchs fans, supporters, and former players are being invited to the game. More details on the event will be posted soon on CalBears.com.