No. 21/21 California (5-2) vs. Pacific (4-2)
Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Dec. 7 • 2 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 21-2
Last: Cal 66, Pacific 58 (November 17, 1998 in Oakland)
TV/Web/Radio: No Live Stream (as of Dec. 6 - due to live streaming of the Cal-Maryland NCAA Men's Soccer Quarterfinal)
BERKELEY – No. 21/21 California will look to make it five wins in a row when the Pacific Tigers visit Haas Pavilion for a Saturday afternoon matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The Bears have won four straight since dropping a 75-72 decision at George Washington, including two last week at the Nugget Classic in Reno, Nev., to win the championship with the victories over Wake Forest (84-61) and Idaho (59-55).
Pacific enters the game on a two-game winning streak with wins over Arizona and Notre Dame De Namur.
Saturday’s match renews a rivalry that was last played 15 years ago in a 66-58 California victory. The Bears hold a 21-2 all-time series advantage and are 14-0 in home games against the Tigers.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m.A CALIFORNIA WIN FRIDAY WOULD:
* Extend California’s winning streak to five games
* Improve California to 22-2 in the all-time series against Pacific
* Give the Golden Bear back-to-back home wins for the first time this season
A LOOK AT PACIFIC (4-2): Pacific enters Haas Pavilion on a two-game winning streak with a 75-66 victory over Pac-12 foe Arizona and a program-record 61-point win over Notre Dame De Namur (102-41). Junior forward Kendall Kanyon leads the Tigers averaging a double-double with 17.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Transfer KiKi Moore is putting up 14.3 points per game after coming to Pacific from Fresno State where she finished her Bulldog career against California in the NCAA First Round with a 33 point, 6 rebound, 4 assist and 3 steal effort in 40 minutes.
CALIFORNIA-PACIFIC SERIES: California holds a 21-2 series advantage against the Tigers, but the two teams have split the last two meetings with Pacific claiming a 64-63 win in the ‘97-98 season, and Cal claiming a 66-58 win in the ‘98-99 season. The two programs have not met since that Cal win with Saturday’s game renewing the rivalry that has gone 15 years without a game. California has not lost to Pacific in Berkeley, claiming a 14-0 record against the Tigers in home games.
GAME RECAP (Cal 59, Idaho 55): No. 20 California held on behind a 15-point, 8-rebound and 8-assist outing from Brittany Boyd to defeat Idaho, 59-55, and win the John Ascuaga’s Nugget Classic championship at the Lawlor Events Center. Boyd, who was named the tournament MVP after finishing the two-day tournament averaging 14 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7 assists, scored five points in the final 90 seconds to help secure the victory for the Bears – the fourth consecutive for Cal. Reshanda Gray was named to the All-Tournament team with 12 points while freshman Courtney Range recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
GIVE IT TO GRAY: Junior forward Reshanda Gray currently leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at .688 through seven games and ranks fourth nationally in the category. Gray is currently 44-of-64 shooting after going 10-of-15 (.667) from the field at the Nugget Classic last weekend. 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.
BALANCED OUTPUT: California lost last year’s leading scorer, Layshia Clarendon, to the WNBA, and the 2013-14 Golden Bears have used a balanced attack to find success. Through seven games, four different Golden Bears have led the team in scoring. Afure Jemerigbe led the team in the first two games (13pts, 16pts), Reshanda Gray then led in Cal’s next three games (24pts, 15pts, 23pts), and Justine Hartman (16pts) and Brittany Boyd (15pts) took the reigns in the two games at the Nugget Classic.
COURTNEY’S RANGE: Freshman Courtney Range has had a strong start to her collegiate career with a 6.9 point and 10.3 rebound per game average. Range has led in the Bears in rebounding in five of seven games this season and is the only Golden Bear averaging double-digits rebounding. She currently ranks fourth in the Pac-12 and 42nd nationally with her 11.2 rebounds per game and is fourth in the Pac-12 with 1.4 blocks per game for Cal.
CALIFORNIA DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Freshman Courtney Range posted the first double-double of the season for California with her 11-point, 11-rebound outing against Idaho in the Nugget Classic. Brittany Boyd had a near triple-double in the game with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.
BOYD’S REDEMPTION: against Northwestern, junior guard Brittany Boyd was held scoreless for the first time in her career after going 0-for-5 with three rebounds, two assists and 1 steal before fouling out in 14 minutes of play. Boyd bounced back from that outing to win the Nugget Classic Tournament MVP honors by averaging 14 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in wins against Wake Forest and Idaho. Boyd’s previous low was 1 point scored as a freshman against Oregon State on January 5, 2012, and she backed that up with a line of 11p-4r-6a in Cal’s next game.
COHEN NOMINATED FOR GOOD WORKS TEAM: Senior Avigiel Cohen has been named as a nominee for the second-annual AllState WBCA Good Works Team. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. An active member of the Jewish community on campus, Cohen pushed for and promoted the establishment of both the Berkeley Club of Israel and a UC Alumni Group in Israel in the summer of 2013, and one of the first reunions was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Tel Aviv in July.