Game #9 No. 22/21 California (6-2) vs. Bakersfield (3-5) Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, CA Sunday, Dec. 15 • 2 p.m. PT Series Record: California leads, 2-0 Last: Cal 84, Bakersfield 46 (December 7, 2012 in Bakersfield) TV/Web/Radio: CalBears.com Live Stream
BERKELEY – No. 22/21 California hosts Bakersfield Sunday afternoon in search of a sixth consecutive victory. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
Sunday is Holiday Hoops day with all fans receiving $3 admission to the game with the donation of an unwrapped toy.
The Bears hold at No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches poll after defeating Pacific, 68-66 (OT), in Cal’s last game at Haas Pavilion last week. Cal is 3-1 at Haas this season with the lone loss coming to No. 2 Duke in the season-opening weekend.
Bakersfield stands at 3-5 on the season after a Wednesday night win at San Francisco. Sunday’s game marks the third meeting between the two teams with Cal holding a 2-0 series advantage.
A CALIFORNIA WIN FRIDAY WOULD: * Extend California’s winning streak to six games * Improve the Bears to 10-0 under Lindsay Gottlieb against non-conference schools from the state of California
A LOOK AT BAKERSFIELD (3-5): Bakersfield ends its Bay Area road swing at Cal after defeating San Francisco Wednesday night in an 85-70 game. The Road Runners - competing in the WAC for the first year - are led by Tyonna Outland’s 19 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, with Dajy Vines (11.1ppg) and Melissa Sweat (11.0ppg) also averaging double digits scoring. Batabe Zempare is contributing a near-double-double with 8.8 points and a team-high 11.8 rebounds per game.
CALIFORNIA-BAKERSFIELD SERIES: Sunday marks the third consecutive season that the two teams will compete. California has won both meetings between the two teams, including last year’s 84-46 win at the Icardo Center in Bakersfield. The Bears claimed an 86-56 victory in Berkeley in the 2011-12 season as well.
GAME RECAP (Cal 68, Pacific 66 - OT): Reshanda Gray scored 23 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, and grabbed 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season as No. 21 California held off Pacific, 68-66, to win their fifth consecutive game. It was Gray’s two free throws with 23 seconds left in regulation that allowed Cal to tie the game, 63-63. She also grabbed a rebound with five seconds to go when the Tigers missed a chance at the upset. Pacific took an early lead in overtime on two Kendall Kenyon free throws but Cal countered with two from Afure Jemerigbe to tie the score at 65-65. Gray hit her final jumper of the night with under three minutes to go to put the Bears ahead for good and secure the 68-66 win. Brittany Boyd was solid across the stat sheet for the second straight game with 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals.
THE LAST MEETING - BAKERSFIELD (12/7/12): A balanced scoring effort and nearly complete performance was exactly what head coach Lindsay Gottlieb wanted for her No. 11 California Golden Bears following their first loss of the season. Less than a week after dropping a 77-63 decision at No. 4 Duke, Cal returned to the road and responded with an 84-46 victory over CSU Bakersfield at the Icardo Center. The Bears were led by 19 points from both Brittany Boyd and Gennifer Brandon in a game that was never close. Reshanda Gray and Justine Hartman both added 12 points for the Bears in a game that saw nine players hit the scoring sheet. GIVE IT TO GRAY: Junior forward Reshanda Gray currently is second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at .662 through eight games and ranks sixth nationally in the category. Gray is currently 51-of-77 shooting after going a “disappointing” 7-of-13 against Pacific 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.
CALIFORNIA DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Junior Reshanda Gray leads Cal with three double-doubles after earning 23 points and 11 rebounds against Pacific last week - which remarkably marked her first time leading the Bears in rebounding this season. 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.