Game #22 No. 23/22 California (14-7, 6-4) at Washington (12-9, 5-5) Alaska Airlines Arena • Seattle, Wash. Friday, Feb. 7 • 8 p.m. PT Series Record: Washington leads, 42-19 Last: Cal 78, Washington 50 (March 2, 2013 in Seattle) TV: Pac-12 Networks (Anne Marie Anderson pxp, Mary Murphy analyst)
BERKELEY – No. 23/22 California hits the road this weekend beginning with a Friday night visit to Washington as the Golden Bears look to put a halt to its current two-game skid.
Tip-off between the Bears (14-7, 6-4 Pac-12) and Huskies (12-9, 5-5 Pac-12) is scheduled for 18p.m. PT and will air live on the Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson (play-by-play) and Mary Murphy (analyst) on the call.
California dropped back-to-back games against Bay Area rival Stanford last week with a 70-64 loss at Maples Pavilion followed by a 79-64 loss at Haas on Super bowl Sunday.
Washington went 2-0 last weekend after sweping the Los Angeles schools to improve to 5-5 in conference play. The Huskies are 7-3 at Alaska Airlines Arena this season with the lone losses coming to Portland, Arizona State and Washington State.
A CALIFORNIA WIN OVER WASHINGTON WOULD: * Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 3-0 against Washington in her tenure at California * Prevent California from dropping three consecutive conference games for the first time in Lindsay Gottlieb’s tenure. The last time California dropped three straight Pac-12 games was when the Golden Bears dropped six straight in the 2010-11 season (Feb. 5-24). * Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 37-10 in ALL Pac-12 regular season games at California
A LOOK AT WASHINGTON (12-9, 5-5 Pac-12): Under first-year head coach Mike Neighbors, Washington enters the weekend 12-9 overall (5-5 Pac-12) after a weekend sweep over UCLA and USC on the road. Freshman Kelsey Plum is the nation’s second-leading freshman scorer at 19.8 points per game. Plum combines with Jazmine Davis (19.4 ppg) to form the nation’s second-highest scoring backcourt duo at 39.2 points per game. Junior Aminah Williams grabs 10.9 rebounds per game, and sophomore Talia Walton averages a near-double-double with 8.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.
CALIFORNIA-WASHINGTON SERIES HISTORY: Washington leads the all-time series 42-19, but the Bears have won 11 of the last 15 meetings. Lindsay Gottlieb is 2-0 against the Huskies with an average margin of victory of 26 points (71-47 in 2011-12, 78-50 in 2012-13).
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 31-1 against Pac-12 schools not from the state of California and is 8-11 against California-based Pac-12 schools in regular season and postseason action.
THE 1,000 CLUB: Earlier this season, Gennifer Brandon became the 24th (vs Oregon) and Brittany Boyd (at ASU) became the 25th members of the California 1,000-point club. Junior Reshanda Gray (976 pts) is just 24 points shy of becoming the 26th member of the club, and with an average of 17 points per game is on pace to break the barrier in one of this week’s two matchups against the Cardinal. Once Gray hits the plateau, California will be the only team in the Pac-12 with three 1,000-point scorers on their current roster. The last time the Bears had three concurrent 1,000-point scorers was at the end of the 2009 season when Alexis Gray-Lawson, Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton all were at the mark.
RPI: The fifth RPI report of the 2013-14 season was released with California No. 23 in the overall rating, a fall of one spot from its No. 2 ranking in the fourth report. The Bears have played or are scheduled to play 14 teams in the RPI top 100, and Cal is currently 5-6 against top 100 RPI teams. Additionally, the Bears are the only team in the country to have three of the top four RPI teams (1 Stanford, 2 Duke, 4 UConn) on their schedule.
CHALLENGING SCHEDULE: Last Sunday’s meeting against No. 4 Stanford marked the fourth game for California against an AP Top 5 team this season. No other team in the country has played as many games at this point against teams currently in the AP Top 5. The Bears played No. 1 Connecticut in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden, back-to-back games against No. 3 Stanford last week and No. 5 Duke in the season-opening weekend at Haas Pavilion.
BOYD NAMED TO LIEBERMAN, WOODEN & DAWN STALEY MIDSEASON WATCH LISTS: Junior guard Brittany Boyd has recently been named to the Nancy Lieberman Award watch list (one of 29), the Wooden Award Midseason Top 20* (one of 21), and the Dawn Staley Award watch list (one of 16). The Lieberman recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball, the Wooden is awarded to the top overall player in college basketball and the Dawn Staley Award recognizes the nation’s top guard. 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 14.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.1 steals per game for the No. 23 Golden Bears. Her 3.1 steals per game ranks fifth in the NCAA.