Game #5 No. 17/17 California (2-2) vs. Northwestern (4-0) Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, Calif. Sunday, Nov. 24 • 3 p.m. PT Series Record: Cal leads, 3-1 Last: Cal 71, Northwestern 65 (Dec. 17, 2012 in Evanston) TV/Web: Pac-12 Network (Krista Blunk pxp, Ros Gold-Onwude analyst)
BERKELEY – No. 17 California will look to continue its winning ways this Sunday when the Golden Bears host Northwestern at Haas Pavilion in a game that will air live on the Pac-12 Network (Bay Area and Los Angeles). Krista Blunk (play-by-play) and Ros Gold-Onwude (analyst) will handle the call in what will be California’s first non-conference game appearance on the network.
The Bears are coming of a 67-52 victory at Georgetown that ende a two-game skid in games against No. 2 Duke and George Washington. The Wildcats enter the game undefeated at 4-0 after a 74-57 win against Hofstra Wednesday night.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and fans that attend Sunday morning’s California volleyball game will receive free admission with their ticket. In addition, all fans that attend the California men’s soccer NCAA Tournament game that begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Edwards Stadium will receive free admission with their ticket stubs.
Runners participating in the Berkeley Marathon will be able to receive a voucher for admission to Sunday’s women’s basketball game by bringing their bib.
Sunday serves as a Kids Day with all youth high school aged and under receiving free admission to the game.
A CALIFORNIA WIN WOULD: * Improve to California to 4-1 all-time against the Wildcats - including four consecutive wins * Give the Bears their longest winning streak of the season at two * Improve California to 11-2 all-time in appearances on the Pac-12 Network * Improve California to 1-0 in non-conference games on the Pac-12 Network (first game)
A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN (4-0): Northwestern enters the weekend unbeaten at 4-0 after Wednesday night’s 74-57 win against Hofstra. Sunday will mark Northwestern’s first road game of the season, and the team is led in scoring by a trio of underclassmen in sophomore Maggie Lyon (12.5) and freshmen Nia Coffey (18.3) and Christen Inman (12.5).
CALIFORNIA-NORTHWESTERN SERIES: California holds a 3-1 advantage in the series against the Wildcats after taking a 71-65 victory in Evanston last season. Northwestern’s lone victory in the series was a 79-67 victory in the 1980-81 season.
1980-81 - Northwestern 79, Cal 67 1992-93 - Cal 81, Northwestern 78 1998-99 - Cal 88, Northwestern 76 2013-14 - Cal 71, Northwestern 65
THE LAST MEETING - NORTHWESTERN (12/17/12): Layshia Clarendon scored nine points in the final 45 seconds to help No. 8/11 California outlast Northwestern, 71-65, at the Welsh-Ryan Arena. Brittany Boyd led the Bears in scoring for the third consecutive game with 18 points, and Gennifer Brandon posted her fifth double-double season of the season, but it was Clarendon’s clutch free throws in the final minute that allowed the Bears to breakaway from the Wildcats. The senior hit 7-of-8 and scored nine of her 11 points in the climactic finish to make the Bears just the sixth squad in program history to begin a season 8-1.
GRAY’S PRODUCTION: Junior forward Reshanda Gray currently leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at .694 through four games. Gray is currently 25-of-36 shooting after going 16-of-22 (.727) from the field last weekend in games against George Washington and Georgetown. Gray’s production will be a note to watch throughout the season with the California single-season record currently set at .624 (78-of-125) by Sophie von Saldern in the 1992-93 season.
GRAY’S CAREER DAY: Junior forward Reshanda Gray had a career night in Cal’s game at George Washington with a career-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds and one blocked shot. Gray - who began the night 6-for-6 from the field - surpassed her previous career high of 23 points set against UNLV on December 4, 2011.
COURTNEY’S RANGE: Freshman Courtney Range has had a strong start to her collegiate career with a 5.0 point and 10.8 rebound per game average. Range has led in the Bears in rebounding in three of four games this season and is the only Golden Bear averaging double-digits rebounding. She currently ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with her 10.8 rebounds per game and is third with 1.5 blocks per game for Cal.
HIND ADJUSTS WELL: Freshman Hind Ben Abdelkader (Brussels, Belgium) has been a consistent force for the Bears, showing no slowdown in transitioning from European to American basketball. Ben Abdelkader is second on the team in field goal percentage at .438 (7-of-16) and is the Bears’ top 3-point shooter through four games at .364 (4-of-11). Against Georgetown last Sunday, Ben Abdelkader scored a career-high 10 points after going 4-of-6 from the field (2-of-3 from 3pt range).
BOYD APPROACHES HER OWN MARKS: Junior Brittany Boyd cracked the California top-10 list for steals after her nine-steal effort at Georgetown last Sunday, and the guard is nearing the top-10 list in assists. Boyd sits tied for eighth on the steals list at 197 and currently has 341 career assists - just five shy of Colleen Galloway’s 346 career assists for 10th in the record book.