BERKELEY – No. 10/11 California travels to Washington, D.C., this weekend to take on George Washington and Georgetown for the first road trip of the 2013-14 season.
The Bears will face George Washington on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Smith Center in a game that will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic at 4 p.m. (PT). The Colonials are 1-0 on the season and last met California last year in Berkeley (Cal 70, GWU 43). Byron Kerr and Christy Winters will be on the call.
Cal then takes on Georgetown on Sunday, Nov. 17 at McDonough Arena in a game that will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1 at 12 p.m. (PT). The Hoyas are also 1-0 on the year and face Cal for the second time after the Bears claimed a 72-56 victory in Berkeley last season.
Game #3 No. 10/11 California (1-1) at George Washington (1-0) Smith Center • Washington, D.C. Friday, Nov. 15 • 4 p.m. PT Series Record: Series tied, 1-1 Last: Cal 70, GWU 43 (Dec. 28, 2012 in Berkeley) TV/Web: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (Byron Kerr pxp, Christy Winters Scott analyst)
Game #4 No. 10/11 California (1-1) vs. Georgetown (1-0) McDonough Arena • Washington, D.C. Sunday, Nov. 17 • 12 p.m. PT Series Record: Cal leads, 1-0 Last: Cal 72, Georgetown 56 (Nov. 24, 2012 in Berkeley) TV/Web: FOX Sports 1
A LOOK AT GEORGE WASHINGTON (1-0): George Washington enters Friday’s matchup with a 1-0 record after defeating Jackson State, 101-73, in the season opener last Saturday. The Colonials, who went 14-16 last season and finished seventh in the Atlantic 10, had five players score in double figures, led by redshirt senior Megan Nipe’s 20 points. The series between the two teams is tied 1-1 after Cal’s 70-43 win last season in Berkeley.
A LOOK AT GEORGETOWN (1-0): Under the direction of first-year coach Jim Lewis, Georgetown enters the weekend 1-0 after an 82-78 victory over Richmond in the season opener, led by Natalie Butler’s double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Hoyas were selected to finish sixth in the BIG EAST preseason poll with Andrea White named Preseason All-BIG EAST and Shayla Cooper named the preseason Rookie of the Year. California leads the all-time series 1-0 after a 72-56 victory last season in Berkeley.
GAME RECAP: Afure Jemerigbe led Cal in scoring opposite her best friend from high school, Duke’s Chelsea Gray who had a game-high 22 points, but the No. 2 Blue Devils were able to run away with a 70-58 win in the first Top 10 matchup of the college basketball season. The Bears unveiled their Pac-12 Championship and NCAA Final Four banners in front of a Pac-12 record crowd of 10,771 fans.
THE LAST MEETING - GEORGE WASHINGTON (12/29/12): Talia Caldwell had a season-high 19 points and eight rebounds to help the No. 8 Golden Bears continue the best start in school history with a 70-43 victory over George Washington on Friday night. Layshia Clarendon and Gennifer Brandon each added 12 points for the Bears. Reshanda Gray chipped in with 11 points for Cal. Megan Nipe and Shi-Heria Shipp each scored nine points to lead the Colonials (6-6), who were playing their first ranked opponent of the season
THE LAST MEETING - GEORGETOWN (11/24/12):Layshia Clarendon scored 10 points in the opening four minutes and finished with a season-high 20 to be named the Cal Classic by Doubletree MVP after No. 11 California toppled Georgetown, 72-56, in the final of the tournament. Talia Caldwell earned 12 points and nine rebounds in the final, and Brittany Boyd dished a new career-high of 14 assists to go with six points and three steals for the Bears. Over two games of the Cal Classic, Boyd tallied a stat line of 19 points, 24 assists and 11 steals. Junior Gennifer Brandon registered her fourth double-double in five games this season with a 13-point, 13-rebound effort.
BRANDON RETURNS: Senior forward Gennifer Brandon had offseason surgery on August 8 to repair a recurrent right tibial stress fracture. Exactly three months to the day, Brandon returned in Cal’s season opener against Long Beach State and put up 6p, 2r, 2bl and 1st in 13 minutes of action. Brandon was an All-American last season after averaging 12.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.
CHASING 1000: Senior forward Gennifer Brandon enters the weekend four points shy of the 1,000-point mark with 996 in her career. Brandon is looking to become the 24th Golden Bear to hit the 1,000-point mark, and in dong so will also become just the fourth Golden Bear to join the 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound club alongside Colleen Galloway (2320-1117), Ashley Walker (2142-1029) and former teammate Talia Caldwell (1138-1007). Brandon currently sits at 996 points and 1036 rebounds.
BOYD APPROACHES HER OWN MARKS: Junior Brittany Boyd is nearing the California top-10 lists in both assists (331) and steals (185). Currently occupying the No. 10 spots in the two categories are Colleen Galloway in assists with 346 and Layshia Clarendon in steals with 193.
CAL INKS HIGHLY RATED BAY AREA DUO: Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb’s second signing class at California will feature Bay Area teammates of Mikayla Cowling (Benecia, Calif. / 6-2 / Winger) and Gabby Green (Oakland, Calif. / 6-1 / Guard) after the Saint Mary’s College High School teammates signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Golden Bears, giving Cal its fifth top 20 recruiting class in the last six years. Cowling is ranked No. 11 by ESPN and Green is ranked No. 13 by ESPN and No. 5 by Blue Star Basketball.