Game #14 No. 19/19 California (10-3, 1-1) at No. 17/18 Colorado (11-2, 1-1) Coors Events Center • Boulder, Colo. Friday, Jan. 10 • 7 p.m. PT Series Record: Series tied, 5-5 Last: Cal 59, Colorado 56 (January 25, 2013 in Berkeley) TV: Pac-12 Networks (Anne Marie Anderson pxp, Mary Murphy analyst)
BERKELEY – No. 19/19 California heads to the mountains to take on No. 17/18 Colorado in Cal’s first road game of the conference season Friday night at the Coors Events Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT) and will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson (play-by-play) and Mary Murphy (analyst) on the call.
California’s (10-3, 2-0 Pac-12) conference-best 17-game Pac-12 regular season winning streak will be tested against Colorado (11-2, 1-1 Pac-12) - the third top 20 team of the season that the Bears will face after dropping contests to No. 2 Duke and No. 1 UConn.
A CALIFORNIA WIN OVER COLORADO WOULD: * Improve California’s regular season Pac-12 winning streak to 18 games, dating back to a 67-55 win over Stanford at Maples Pavilion on January 13, 2013 - the longest active in the conference. * 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 ... 28-0 vs non-California Pac-12 schools) * Give the Golden Bears their first victory over a ranked opponent this season. * Give California its sixth consecutive win over Colorado as well as a 6-5 series advantage. * Improve California to 14-2 all-time on the Pac-12 Networks. * Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 33-6 in ALL Pac-12 regular season games at California * Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 14-4 in AWAY Pac-12 regular season games at California
A LOOK AT NO. 17/18 COLORADO (11-2, 1-1 PAC-12): Colorado enters the weekend with a top-20 ranking after opening the season with nine consecutive wins before alternating wins with losses at Louisville and USC. Four Buffs average double-digits scoring, led by junior Jen Reese’s 12.9 points per game. Sophomore Arielle Roberson contributes 12.1 points and 8.5 rebounds, Brittany Wilson adds 10.4 points and Lexy Kresl adds 10.3 points per game. In their most recent outing, Colorado defeated UCLA, 61-59, in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA-COLORADO SERIES HISTORY: The all-time series between California and Colorado is tied, 5-5, since the two teams first met in the 1981-82 season. The Buffaloes won the first five meetings, but California has won each of the last five meetings, all five coming since Lindsay Gottlieb became the head coach of the Golden Bears. Colorado’s last victory in the series was an 81-68 decision in the WNIT Second Round on March 21, 2011 (in Boulder).
GAME RECAP (Cal 101, Oregon 98): California grinded out a 101-98 overtime victory over Oregon in Haas Pavilion behind a 33-point effort from Reshanda Gray. The two teams combined for a Haas Pavilion women’s basketball record 199 points while the win also improved Lindsay Gottlieb to a perfect 28-0 against Pac-12 opponents from outside the state of California during her tenure as the head coach of the Golden Bears. The Bears committed a season-high 26 turnovers, but it was the play of Gray (33p-13r) and freshman Courtney Range (12p-13r) that helped propel Cal to the win – as well as the return of senior Gennifer Brandon (9p-8r) to the court.
ANATOMY OF A STREAK: California is in the midst of a conference-best 17-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 28-0 against Pac-12 schools not from the state of California and will look to make it 29-0 with a win against Colorado. In the streak, she has the most victories of her victories against Oregon, Oregon State and Colorado at five wins each with Utah next on her list at 4 wins.
GIVE IT TO GRAY: Junior forward Reshanda Gray currently is second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at .610 through 13 games and ranks 14th nationally in the category. 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.
RPI: The first RPI report of the 2013-14 season was released with California No. 14 in the overall rating. The Bears have played or are scheduled to play 14 teams in the RPI top 100, and Cal is currently 5-3 against top 100 RPI teams. Additionally, the Bears are the only team in the country to have each of the top three RPI teams (1 Stanford, 2 Duke, 3 UConn) on their schedule.
GRAY’S 30 POINT PARTY: All-American candidate Reshanda Gray posted her first 30+-point outing against Oregon last Sunday with her 33-point, 13-rebound effort - besting her previous career-high by nine points (24pts vs George Washington, 11/15/13). Gray is just the ninth Golden Bear to score at least 33 points in a game and her outing made her the first Golden Bear to score at least 30 points in a game since Alexis Gray-Lawson scored a California record 47 points at Oregon State on Jan. 23, 2010.
GENNIFER BRANDON RETURNS TO ACTION: Senior Gennifer Brandon returned to action against Oregon last Sunday after missing California’s last 10 games since playing nine minutes against then-No. 2 Duke on Nov. 10. Despite two months out of game action, Brandon scored nine points with eight rebounds in 22 minutes - in the process becoming the 24th Golden Bear to score 1,000 career points.
BRANDON JOINS ELITE COMPANY: Senior Gennifer Brandon became just the fourth Golden Bear to hit the 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound milestone after her nine point, eight rebound outing against Oregon (Jan. 5). The 24th Golden Bear to score 1,000 career points, Brandon (1005p-1044r) joined the elite list of Talia Caldwell (1000p-1007r), Colleen Galloway (2320p-1029r) and Ashley Walker (2142p-1117r) as Bears with 1000-1000.
BOYD’S THEFTS: Junior Brittany Boyd has always been on track to take over the California record for career steals after already holding the single-game record of 10 thefts - a feat she has achieved twice in her first two seasons. Boyd is currently just 71 steals shy of tying Mazetta Grant’s Cal record of 295, and the Berkeley native is well on her way with an average of 3.6 steals per game that ranks No. 2 in the NCAA this season.
JEFFLO RETURNS: Freshman Mercedes Jefflo returns to the California squad with this weekend’s trip to the mountains after missing California’s last four games due to a violation of team rules. Prior to the suspension, Jefflo started all 9 games of her Cal career at guard.