March 4, 2012
Sunday, March 4: No. 2 Stanford at California, 6 p.m.
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BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears (22-7, 13-4 Pac-12) close out the regular season by hosting the second installment of the Battle of the Bay, hosting the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal (27-1, 17-0) on Sunday, March 4 at 6 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The game will be carried nationally on Fox Sports Net and locally on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area. Jim Watson will call play-by-play with Mary Murphy providing analysis. Laura McKeeman will the sideline reporter.
The game was moved to its Sunday day and time slot in September when the Pac-12 Conference announced the full FSN TV schedule. Some commemorative season tickets have the old date on them. Those tickets do not need to be exchanged and can be used at the gates on Sunday.
The game is 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.).
Stanford comes into the game ranked No. 2 in both national polls. The Cardinal has won 74 consecutive Pac-12 contests (including Pac-12 Tournament games). The last team to beat the Cardinal: the California Golden Bears in the Jan. 18, 2009 57-54 victory at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears are the only team to force overtime against the Cardinal this season, with the Bears tying the Jan. 28 game at Stanford, 69-69, in the final minute before falling 74-71 in overtime.
The game this season was Stanford's narrowest margin of victory of the season and one of only three games for the Cardinal that was decided by less than ten points.
The Bears come into the contest having wrapped up a second-place finish in the Pac-12 and the No. 2 seed in the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament. The Bears are also riding a four-game win streak. Junior guard Layshia Clarendon is averaging 19.8 ppg over the last four games. Clarendon scored the 1,000th point of her career in the first meeting of the year at Stanford, part of the 17 pts she scored in that game.
Freshman point guard Brittany Boyd scored a career-high 19 points against Stanford back in January.
The Bear guards took 55 of Cal's 74 shots in the game, with the Bears scoring just 24 of their 71 points in the paint.
The Cardinal have won the last seven meetings and lead the all-time series 58-17. Since 2001-02, the Bears have two victories against the Cardinal.
* Layshia Clarendon is averaging 19.8 ppg since the overtime loss to USC. * Afure Jemerigbe has made six of her last seven three-point attempts (span of four games).
* Brittany Boyd is 14-of-17 from the free throw line in the last four games. In that same span, Boyd has scored 38 points with 18 assists, seven coming against Colorado.
* Eliza Pierre went 2-for-2 from three-point range against Colorado (3-for-5 overall).
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 is the first coach in Cal program history to win 20 games in her first season at the helm. The previous best first-year was a 18-12 season by Marci Cantrell in 1977-78 and Joanne Boyle's 18-12 record in her first season (2005-06).
Gottlieb now has two 20-win seasons on her resume. She was also the first-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.
13 in the Pac-12 The Bears currently have 13 conference wins, trailing only the record-setting 15-3 seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09) for most conference wins in a season in the program history. Second Place The Bears' 64-43 victory over Colorado guaranteed a Pac-12 second-place finish for the Bears. It is just the third time since joining the Pac-10 in its inaugural season (1985-86) that the Bears have finished in second place and it is only the second time that Cal has finished with sole possession of second.
Before joining the Pac-10/12, the Bears twice finished first in the NorCal Conference with 10-2 marks in 1980-81 and 1981-82. The Bears also had a second-place NorPac finish with another 12-2 conference mark in 1982-83.
Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament As the No. 2 seed in the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament, the Bears will have a first-round bye, advancing to the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8 at 5 p.m. at the Galen Center to take on the winner of the 7 vs. 10 game. All of the first and second round games at the Galen Center will have free live streaming on YouTube. Check out the www.Pac-12.org for more details. Tournament ticket packages are on sale now at CalBears.com.
If the Bears win and advance to the semifinals, they will play on Friday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Staples Center in a game that will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net and locally on Comcast Bay Area. Their opponent in the semifinals will be the winner of the 3 vs. 6 /11 game. The Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament Championship game will be played at the Staples Center at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, right before the men's championship game. It will also be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net and locally on CSN Bay Area.
Last season, the Bears advanced to the semifinal game after having to win two games at Galen to make it to the showdown with the No. 2 seed, UCLA, with the Bears falling, 63-50. The Bears have advanced to five consecutive semifinals, but only once, since the tournament began in 2002, has Cal made it to the finals. Cal and Stanford met in the championship game of the 2008 Tournament, which was held in San Jose, with the Bears falling 56-35.
NCAA Tournament The winner of the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament will earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. If the Bears do not win the automatic bid, they have a very good chance of earning one of the 33 at-large bids available for the tournament field of 64 teams. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will be broadcast on Monday, March 12 at 4 pm Pacific Time on ESPN.
The Bears are looking to make the tournament for the eighth time in program history and the first time since the 2009 team advanced to the Sweet-16. None of the current players have ever played in the NCAA Tournament, though four of them were key members of the 2010 WNIT Championship squad.
Head coach Lindsay Gottlieb is looking for the second NCAA Tournament bid of her head coaching career. In her first season at Santa Barbara, the Gauchos earned the Big West's automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Tournament, where they faced the Stanford Cardinal in the first round.
Gottlieb looks to become the second head coach to take a Cal team to the NCAA Tournament in her first season at the helm. Joanne Boyle's 2005-06 squad earned an at-large bid in Boyle's first season at Cal.
17-0 In the Bears' game against Utah, 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.
Under-50 The Bears kept both Utah (46) and Colorado (43) under the 50-point scoring mark. It was the fourth time this season the Bears held an opponent to under 50 points . The last time the Bears kept opponents from scoring 50 points in back-to-back games was last year's Pac-12 Tournament when they held Washington to 48 and Arizona State to 43.
Raining Threes The Bears made 15 three-pointers on the Oregon trip. The Bears had 16 made-threes in the five games leading up to that trip. Cal had a season-high 10 three-pointers at Oregon, surpassing the eight they hit at Saint Mary's. Cal had the best three-point-shooting game of the season against Oregon State, making five on eight attempts (62.5 percent), which also eclipsed the shooting at the Saint Mary's game (8-for-15, 53.3 percent).
Sophomore guard Afure Jemerigbe was a perfect 4-for-4 at Oregon State. In the last four games, she has gone 6-for-7 (85.7 percent) from three- point range. Junior guard Layshia Clarendon is 7-for-14 from long range in that same four-game span.
Cal's Two Wins vs. No. 2's On Nov. 21, 2008, the Bears defeated Rutgers, ranked second in the USA Today/ESPN poll and third in the AP poll. It was the highest-ranked opponent the Bears had defeated since they posted a 74-65 victory over the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal Jan. 10, 1992.
"No Senior" Day There will be no ceremony on Sunday on what is traditionally referred to as Senior Day. For the first time since 1974, the Bears do not have a single senior to honor. 1974, the official first season of the program, also had no seniors on their squad. Every year since 1975, the Bears have had at least one senior on the roster.
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. Stanford is the only team to outrebound the Bears this year, winning the battle of the boards 51-47 in the first contest.
After leading the nation at one point this season in rebounding margin, Cal has dropped to fourth, averaging 13.5 more rebounds per game than their opponents. Liberty continues to lead the nation with a 15.6 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.
Clarendon is racing up the career point list. She now ranks 13th and is 25 points away from passing Amanda Ray (1,172, 1985-88) and moving into the top-12.
Pac-12 Career Rebounders Junior center Talia Caldwell comes into the game with 707 career rebounds. She is seven boards shy of moving into the Pac-12's top-50 in career rebounding. Seven rebounds would tie her with Jamie Reed of Washington. Sitting in 49th place on the list, former Cal player Trisha Stafford (1989-92) with 721 boards.
Single Season Rebounding Record Gennifer Brandon has 290 rebounds this season, which ranks eighth on the list of most rebounds in a single season by a Cal player. She is three rebounds shy of passing teammate Talia Caldwell who had 292 in 2010-11. Brandon is already on the list with her freshman tally of 297 ranking fourth all-time.
Brandon is 27 rebounds away from tying the all-time single-season rebounding mark of 317, set in 2007-08 by Ashley Walker.
There have only been three players in Cal program history to have 300 or more rebounds in a single season. In addition to Walker, Colleen Galloway (312, 1977-78) and Jill Weddick (300, 1978-79) have also accomplished the feat.
Brandon is currently third in the Pac-12 in rebounding and 24th in the nation, averaging 10.0 per game.
Boyd's Record Book Aspirations Freshman point guard Brittany Boyd already earned a place in the Cal record book when she tied the single-game steal record with 10 at Arizona State. Boyd is poised to get two more mentions in the top-10 list for single-season accomplishments. Boyd currently has 139 assists, three shy of moving into a tie for tenth (Meme Fanner, 142, 1987-88). Boyd also is four steals shy of tying for tenth on that list (Courtney Johnson, 76, 1999-00).
Boyd is averaging 4.8 assists-per-game, the second-best mark in the Pac-12 (49th in the NCAA) and 2.5 steals (fourth in the Pac-12, 84th in the NCAA).
Rookie Report- Reshanda Freshman forward Reshanda Gray's 10.3 ppg average is third best among Pac-12 freshmen. She is the most efficient-shooting rookie in the conference with a 54.8 field goal percentage, which ranks fourth overall.
Bear Rookies of the Past Cal has had at least one player earn Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors each of the last two seasons and have had six players earn the honor with five more honorable mentions since 2005-06. Alexis Gray-Lawson was the only Cal player to ever win the coveted Freshman of the Year award (2006).
Nine Points The Bears are now 1-4 this season against ranked teams but the Bears four losses against top-25 teams were by a combined nine points (lost by three to No. 16 Rutgers, one to No. 24 Texas, two to No. 12 Ohio State, and three to No. 4 Stanford.). Cal defeated No. 22 Virginia, 59-50, a nine point margin of victory.
The Bears only losses to schools outside the top-25 came against UCLA and USC. Only USC has managed to top the Bears by double digits.
The Bears have not lost a game to a team outside the top-50 in the RPI index.
Jog For Jill Sunday's game will highlight the efforts of the Jog For Jill campaign. Teal rally towels will be given to fans in an effort to "Teal-Out" the building. Members of the Cal coaching staff will be wearing teal ribbons to honor for Cal rower Jill Costello who passed away from lung cancer June 24, 2010, at age 22, less than a month after the Golden Bear crew team finished second at the NCAA Championships.