Game #12 No. 23/21 California (8-3) vs. Oregon State (8-4) Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, Calif. Friday, Jan. 3 • 8 p.m. PT Series Record: Cal leads, 37-28 Last: Cal 58, Oregon State 56 (Feb. 24, 2013 in Berkeley) TV: Pac-12 Networks (Krista Blunk pxp, Mary Murphy analyst)
BERKELEY – No. 23/21 California opens Pac-12 play against Oregon State Friday night after concluding non-conference play with an 8-3 record. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. (PT) at Haas Pavilion. Krista Blunk (play-by-play) and Mary Murphy (analyst) will handle the call for Friday’s contest that will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Bears put their 14-game winning streak against the Beavers on the line while also looking to win back-to-back conference openers for the first time since the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. Oregon State (8-4) enters the game with a young squad that has been battle tested with a recent 70-58 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame in their last outing.
California will return to action Sunday afternoon when the 9-2 Oregon Ducks visit Haas Pavilion. That game will tip-off at 12 p.m. and be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
A CALIFORNIA WIN OVER OREGON STATE WOULD: * Improve California to 12-2 all-time on the Pac-12 Networks * Improve Cal’s winning streak to 15 games over Oregon State * Improve California to 11-17 all-time in Pac-10/12 season openers * Mark back-to-back conference opening wins for the first time since the 07-08 (Washington, 66-40) and 08-09 (Arizona, 56-46) seasons. * Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 31-6 in ALL Pac-12 regular season games at California * Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 18-2 in HOME Pac-12 regular season games at California
A LOOK AT OREGON STATE (8-4): Oregon State enters the weekend coming off a close 70-58 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame. The Beavers are 0-2 against ranked opponents this season after also falling 61-56 to then-No. 13 Penn State. Oregon State is ninth in the NCAA in 3-point field goals made per game (9.1) and 14th in percentage (.394). The Beavs are led by Jamie Weisner’s 15.2 points per game while Deven Hunter adds 8.3 points and 8.0 rebounds. Sophomore Ruth Hamblin is ninth in the NCAA with 3.3 blocks per game after rejecting nine shots against Notre Dame.
CALIFORNIA-OSU SERIES HISTORY: California leads the all-time series 37-28 and enjoys a current 14-game winning streak against the Beavers. The Bears won both meetings last season - a 60-38 win in Corvallis and a 58-56 thriller in Berkeley. Oregon State’s last win in the series was a 63-55 final in Berkeley on Feb. 2, 2006.
GAME RECAP (CAL 77, LAFAYETTE 60): Reshanda Gray scored No. 23/22 California’s first seven points of the game and finished with 20 points and eight rebounds as the Golden Bears knocked off Lafayette, 77-60, in the non-conference finale at Haas Pavilion. The Bears used a new starting lineup Sunday, and the team responded with one of the most balanced scoring outputs of the season as six players scored at least eight points against the Leopards. Brittany Boyd added 13 points along with seven assists and four steals, and freshman Courtney Range came off the bench to match her career-high with 11 points and seven boards.
CALIFORNIA IN PAC-10/12 OPENERS: California enters the weekend 10-17 all-time in Pac-10/12 season openers. Friday’s game marks the first time that the Bears open conference play against Oregon State. Overall, California is 7-5 in home Pac-10/12 openers.