Game #17 No. 19/TBA California (12-4, 4-1) at Arizona (4-12, 0-5) McKale Center • Tucson, Ariz. Monday, Jan. 20 • 2 p.m. PT Series Record: Arizona leads, 29-27 Last: Cal 91, Arizona State 86 (February 10, 2013 in Berkeley) TV: Pac-12 Networks (Aaron Goldsmith pxp, Ros Gold-Onwude analyst)
BERKELEY – No. 19 California travels to Arizona Monday in hopes of bouncing back after picking up the first loss of the conference season. Tip-off between the Bears (12-4, 4-1 Pac-12) and Wildcats (4-12, 0-5 Pac-12) is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT and will air live on the Pac-12 Networks with Aaron Goldsmith (play-by-play) and Ros Gold-Onwude (analyst) on the call.
The Bears dropped a 68-59 decision at No. 19 Arizona State Friday morning - ending Cal’s 19-game Pac-12 regular season winning streak that was the longest active in the conference. Arizona enters Monday’s game seeking its first Pac-12 victory after losses to the Washington school, Arizona schools and most recently No. 4 Stanford by a 96-52 final.
Cal has won 13 consecutive games against the Wildcats - California’s second-longest active streak against a conference opponent. Last season, the Bears took a 91-86 victory in Berkeley after winning 78-74 (OT) in Tucson in Lindsay Gottlieb’s first season. Arizona’s last victory in the series was an 80-76 win in Berkeley on January 22, 2006.
A CALIFORNIA WIN OVER ARIZONA WOULD: * Give the Golden Bears their 14th consecutive victory over the Wildcats * Cut Arizona’s series advantage to 29-28 overall * Prevent California from dropping back-to-back conference games for the first time since falling to UCLA (60-55, Dec. 29, 2011) and USC (74-54, Dec. 31, 2011) in the 2011-12 season. * Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 35-7 in ALL Pac-12 regular season games at California * Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 16-5 in AWAY Pac-12 regular season games at California
A LOOK AT ARIZONA (4-12, 0-5 PAC-12): Arizona enters Monday’s matchup on a five-game slide since the start of Pac-12 play - falling by an average of 12.8 points per game. The Wildcats are led in scoring by junior Candice Warthen’s 12.7 points per game along with Kama Griffitts’ 10.4 points per game. A pair of freshmen, Breanna Workman and LaBrittney Jones, have started in the posts with each averaging 6.8 points per game.
CALIFORNIA-ARIZONA SERIES HISTORY: Arizona leads the all-time series 29-27, but California has won 13 consecutive games between the two teams. Arizona’s last win in the series was an 80-76 final in Berkeley in the 2005-06 season.
GAME RECAP (Arizona State 68, California 59): Reshanda Gray posted her fifth double-double of the season, but foul trouble helped No. 19/24 Arizona State run away with a 68-59 win over No. 15/15 California Friday morning. Gray led all scorers with 16 points and added 10 rebounds and a steal while Afure Jemerigbe matched her season-high with 16 points as well. Brittany Boyd scored 11 with six rebounds for Cal.
END OF A STREAK: California held a conference-best 19-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 - before dropping a 68-59 decision at No. 19 Arizona State Friday morning.
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 is 30-1 against Pac-12 schools not from the state of California and will look to make it 31-1 with a win against Arizona. In the streak, she has the most victories of her victories against Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado and Utah at five wins each.
GIVE IT TO GRAY: Junior forward Reshanda Gray currently is second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at .591 through 16 games and ranks 11th 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.
BOYD NAMED TO LIEBERMAN & WOODEN MIDSEASON WATCH LISTS: Junior guard Brittany Boyd is one of 29 players named to the Nancy Lieberman Award watch list, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday, and is one of 21 players on teh Wooden Award Midseason Top 20*, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Friday. The Lieberman recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball, and the Wooden is awarded to the top overall player in college basketball. Boyd, who has earlier this season also been named to the Wade Trophy (WBCA) and Naismith Trophy (Atlanta Tip-Off Club) watch lists, is averaging 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.3 steals per game for the No. 15 Golden Bears. Her 3.3 steals per game ranks second in the NCAA.