The “Battle of the Bay” resumes this week with No. 21 California and No. 4 Stanford playing two games in a span of four days, beginning with tonight’s highly anticipated matchup at Maples Pavilion in Stanford.
Three of the last four Golden Bear victories over the Cardinal have come at Maples Pavilion, something that not many Pac-12 teams are able to say for themselves. In fact, California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb is the only active coach in the Pac-12 to have left Maples Pavilion with a victory over the Cardinal.
Let’s take a quick look back at Cal’s last three wins at Maples.
In each of Cal’s last three wins at Maples Pavilion (2000-01, 2006-07, 2012-13), the game in Palo Alto was the second game of the series. In 2001, Stanford claimed a 64-56 win in Berkeley before the Bears rebounded to take an 82-73 win at Maples on Feb. 16. In 2007, Stanford routed Cal 69-44 at Haas before the Bears took revenge with a 72-57 win at Maples on Feb. 4. And last season the Cardinal claimed a 62-53 win in Berkeley which would be Cal’s last loss of the regular season after the Bears bounced back five days later to defeat Stanford 67-55 on Jan. 13 in Maples.
This season, the game in Palo Alto is the first of the two-game series, but hopefully the Bears remember the last matchup with Stanford and use it as a reminder that the Cardinal can be vulnerable at home no matter what day it is.
The win at Maples last season was the start of a breathtaking campaign for the Golden Bears, who ended Stanford’s 81-game conference winning streak with the victory. Gennifer Brandon had a routine double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Brittany Boyd scored 19 points with four rebounds, two assists, three steals and zero turnovers. Layshia Clarendon scored 14 points, and Reshanda Gray limited the effectiveness of Stanford All-American Chiney Ogwumike with an outstanding defensive effort.
Forever in Golden Bear lore is Mikayla Lyles who scored 11 of her career-best-matching 14 points over the final 6:03 of the first half and finished with an outstanding 4-for-6 effort from the three-point line to bring the blue and gold clad fans to their feat throughout the night.
Who will be the next to etch their names in the minds of the Golden Bear faithful?
We’ll find out tonight at 8 p.m. at Maples Pavilion with a national audience watching on the Pac-12 Networks. Until then, click the video above to see highlights from Cal's 2013 victory.