No. 23/21 California (9-3, 1-0 Pac-12) vs. Oregon (9-3, 0-1 Pac-12)
Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, Calif.
Sunday, Jan. 5 • 12 p.m. PT
Series Record: Oregon leads, 29-36
Current Streak: California has won four straight against Oregon
Last: Cal 77, Oregon 55 (Feb. 22, 2013 in Berkeley)
Radio: 90.7 KALX-FM
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Krista Blunk pxp, Mary Murphy analyst)
BERKELEY – No. 23/21 California takes on the high-flying Oregon Ducks Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion in a game that will be televised live on the Pac-12 networks at 12 noon. Krista Blunk (play-by-play) and Mary Murphy (analyst) will handle the call as the Bears look for the weekend sweep after defeating Oregon State Friday night.
California (9-3, 1-0 Pac-12) puts its conference-best 16-game Pac-12 regular season winning streak on the line against an Oregon (9-3, 0-1 Pac-12) team that ranks No. 1 in the NCAA with 102 points per game. The Bears survived the first test of 2014 with a 72-63 win against Oregon State while the Ducks dropped a 96-66 decision at No. 4 Stanford.
Friday night’s loss ended a seven-game winning streak for Oregon with the streak bookended by losses to top-four teams (No. 1 UConn and No. 4 Stanford). The Bears and Ducks have two common opponents with both teams defeating Bakersfield (Oregon 131-91, Cal 70-51) and both teams falling to UConn (Oregon 114-68, Cal 80-47).
Fans can listen to Sunday’s game on KALX (90.7 FM) in the Bay Area.A CALIFORNIA WIN OVER OREGON WOULD:
* Improve California’s regular season Pac-12 winning streak to 17 games, dating back to a 67-55 win over Stanford at Maples Pavilion on January 13, 2013 - the longest active in the confernce.
* Improve California to 13-2 all-time on the Pac-12 Networks
* Improve Cal’s winning streak to 5 games over Oregon
* Improve the Bears to 7-1 at Haas Pavilion this season
* Continue Lindsay Gottlieb’s perfection against Pac-12 schools outside the state of California in regular season and postseason games (7-8 vs California Pac-12 schools ... 27-0 vs non-California Pac-12 schools)
* Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 32-6 in ALL Pac-12 regular season games at California
* Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 19-2 in HOME Pac-12 regular season games at California
A LOOK AT OREGON (9-3, 0-1 Pac-12): Oregon entered the weekend with the country’s top-ranked offense at 105.0 points per game until a 96-66 loss at Stanford Friday dropped the average to 102 points per game. The Ducks are led by a pair of underclassmen in freshman Chrishae Rowe (23.4 ppg, 7.2rpg) and sophomore Jillian Alleyne (20.8ppg, 14.2rpg). In Friday’s game at Stanford, Alleyne - who leads the nation in rebounds per game - scored 26 points to go with 13 rebounds.
CALIFORNIA-OREGON SERIES HISTORY: Oregon leads the all-time series 36-29, but California has won four consecutive games since Lindsay Gottlieb became the head coach at California. Oregon’s last victory in the series was a 60-46 win in Berkeley on Feb. 24, 2011. Since Gottlieb became the coach at California, the Bears have won four games by an average of 21 points.
GAME RECAP (CAL 72, OREGON STATE 63): Brittany Boyd scored 25 points, seven in the final six minutes as No. 23 California held off Oregon State, 72-63, in the Pac 12 opener for both schools Friday night. Boyd, who added seven rebounds and seven assists, converted a three-point play with 5:42 left to lift the Golden Bears into a tie at 48, then converted a pair of layups as part of a 11-1 run that put Cal in control of the game. Cal converted 9 of 11 from the line to secure the victory. Reshanda Gray and Afure Jemerigbe added 14 and 12 points, respectively, and Courtney Range added 10 more off the bench.
ANATOMY OF A STREAK: California is in the midst of a conference-best 16-game Pac-12 regular season winning streak, dating back to a 67-55 win over Stanford at Maples Pavilion on January 13, 2013 that coincidentally ended Stanford’s 81-game conference winning streak.
GOTTLIEB VS THE PAC-12: California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb has solidified her mark as one of the sport’s brightest young coaches since taking over the California women’s basketball program prior to the 2011-12 season. Gottlieb has been a perfect 27-0 against Pac-12 schools not from the state of California and will look to make it 28-0 with a win against Oregon Sunday afternoon. Following Friday’s game, she has the most victories against Oregon State and Colorado (5) with Oregon and Utah next on her list at 4 wins each.