Jan. 11, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Sat., Jan. 12 Cal (14-2, 5-0 Pac-10) vs. Oregon State (8-7, 1-3 Pac-10) Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m. Radio: 90.7 FM, TV: None
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
- Riding a six-game winning streak and off to a 5-0 Pac-10 record for the first time in school history, No. 9 California (14-2 overall, 1st Pac-10) hosts Oregon State (8-7, 1-3 Pac-10, T7th) Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
- Saturday is the first of four Cal Kids' Days. Admission is $1 for all youth 12th grade and under, and fun activities are scheduled for outside Haas Pavilion beginning at 12:30 p.m. The first 500 kids will receive a Cal women's basketball drawstring bag, and the first 3000 fans will receive the second set of Cal trading cards.
- Cal, owners of a program-best national ranking of No. 9 in both polls, is coming off a 61-52 victory over Oregon on Thursday, with junior forward/center Ashley Walker leading the way with 25 points. Oregon State lost to No. 7 Stanford, 81-45. Cal has won six of the last seven games against Oregon State. The game features two of the conference's top three scorer's in Walker (3rd, 17.3 ppg) and OSU's Ashley Allen (1st, 20.5 ppg).
- At 14-2, Cal has kept pace with the 1983-84 Bears for the best start in school history. In 1983-84, Cal posted a 17-2 record before losing its 20th game. That year, the Bears set a school record for wins, finishing with a 24-8 record.
- Cal is 8-0 at home this season and has won 11 straight home games dating back to last season. The Bears last home loss was to Washington Feb. 8, 2007 (79-76 OT).
- This year's Cal team has produced solid statistical numbers on both sides of the ball. The Bears rank first in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (54.2 ppg, school record) and third in scoring (68.6 ppg), which is their best average in 12 years. Overall, Cal is tops in the conference in five of 19 categories and ranks in the top three in 13 this year.
- Cal owns a slight lead over Arizona State in the Pac-10 race. The Bears are 5-0, and the Sun Devils are 4-0. Cal has never finished higher than third in the Pac-10.
- In addition to Walker, junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson (12.4 pg) and junior forward/center Devanei Hampton (11.9 ppg) average double-figure points for Cal. Walker and Hampton (2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year) are National Player of the Year candidates.