Game #25 No. 22/22 California (17-7, 9-4 Pac-12) vs ASU (20-5, 9-4 Pac-12) Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, Calif. Sunday, Feb. 16 • 4 p.m. PT Series Record: Cal leads, 32-31 Last: Arizona State 68, California 59 (Jan. 17, 2014 in Tempe) TV: Pac-12 Networks (Rich Cellini pxp, Tracey Bailey analyst)
BERKELEY – No. 22/22 California faces No. 15/21 Arizona State in a Sunday afternoon game that will leave the winner with at least a share of second in the Pac-12 standings.
Tip-off between the Bears (17-7, 9-4 Pac-12) and Sun Devils (20-5, 9-4 Pac-12) is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT and will air live on the Pac-12 Networks with Rich Cellni (play-by-play) and Tracey Bailey (analyst) on the call.
Cal will look for redemption after dropping a 68-59 decision in Tempe earlier this season. Played in front of over 4,000 fans on ASU’s “Field Trip Day” on a Friday morning, the Sun Devils took advantage of California foul trouble to take the victory and end Cal’s 19-game Pac-12 regular season winning streak.
California is coming off a 65-49 victory over Arizona while Arizona State recently dropped a 61-35 decision at No. 6 Stanford.
A CALIFORNIA WIN OVER ARIZONA STATE WOULD: * Be California’s second win over a ranked opponent this season * Keep California second in the Pac-12 standings at 10-4 * Improve Lindsay Gottlieb to 35-1 all-time against non-California based Pac-12 schools * Give Cailfornia a 33-31 series advantage * Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 40-10 in ALL Pac-12 regular season games at California
LAST MEETING (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 at Wells Fargo Arena. The loss ends Cal’s 19-game Pac-12 regular season winning streak that dated back to the Bears’ 67-55 victory over Stanford at Maples Pavilion on January 13, 2013.
BOYD STATUS: Brittany Boyd left Friday’s game with 14:29 remaining after injuring her ankle when running into a screen. The Bears led 54-32 at the time, and Mercedes Jefflo helped take over point guard duties as the Bears rolled to a 65-49 victory. There is no current update on Boyd's situation for Sunday.
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 34-1 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.
CLASSIC GOLDEN BEAR DEFENSE: California limited Arizona to just 49 points in Friday’s win, the lowest point total allowed this season - besting the 51 points allowed against Long Beach State, Northwestern and Bakersfield. The last time the Bears held an opponent to under 50 points total was a 72-45 win against Oregon last season on Feb. 3, 2013.