Game #19 No. 19/16 California (13-5, 5-2 Pac-12) vs UCLA (10-10, 4-4 Pac-12) Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, Calif. Sunday, Jan. 26 • 6 p.m. PT Series Record: UCLA leads, 47-17 Last: UCLA 70, California 58 (March 9, 2013 in Seattle) TV: Pac-12 Networks (Krista Blunk pxp, Mary Murphy analyst)
BERKELEY – No. 19/16 California and UCLA meet Sunday night at Haas Pavilion with both teams looking to rebound from Friday night losses. Tip-off between the Bears (13-5, 5-2 Pac-12) and Bruins (10-10, 4-4 Pac-12) is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT and will air live on the Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk (play-by-play) and Mary Murphy (analyst) on the call.
California dropped a tight 77-70 contest to USC Friday night while UCLA fell to No. 4 Stanford, 72-55. The Bears - who are unbeaten at Haas Pavilion against the Bruins in Lindsay Gottlieb’s tenure - will seek to prevent from dropping back-to-back conference games for the first time since the 2011-12 season - which coincidentally happened against UCLA and USC.
The Bruins lead the all-time series 47-17 with California holding a 3-2 series margin since Gottlieb and Cori Close both took over their respective programs prior to the 2011-12 season. Of Cal’s 17 victories in the all-time series, 11 have come in Berkeley.
Sunday is Kid’s Day and World Record Day as fans will all be invited to help participate in an attempt to break five separate world records before and during the game. Also prior to the game will be Kids Day activities on Spieker Plaza and food trucks. Tickets to the game are only $1.
A CALIFORNIA WIN OVER UCLA WOULD: * 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. * Keep Lindsay Gottlieb unbeaten against the Bruins at Haas Pavilion (currently 2-0). * Improve Lindsay Gottlieb to 4-2 against UCLA as the head coach of California. * Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 8-9 against California-based Pac-12 schools in her tenure. * Be the 144th win at home since Haas Pavilion was christened 15 seasons ago. * Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 36-8 in ALL Pac-12 regular season games at California
A LOOK AT UCLA (10-10, 4-4 PAC-12): USC enters its Bay Area trip with a 6-1 Pac-12 record and 13-6 overall wins - already surpassing last year’s 11 wins and one shy of the seven total Pac-12 wins from last year. The Trojans are led by All-American candidate Cassie Harberts’s 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, and junior Ariya Crook adds 14.9 points per game.
CALIFORNIA-UCLA SERIES HISTORY: USC leads the all-time series 36-26, but the Bears have won 13 out of the last 17 meetings between the two teams. Lindsay Gottlieb is 3-2 against the Trojans; this is Cynthia Cooper’s first meeting against Cal as the head coach of USC. The Bears took a 3-0 sweep over USC last season with wins in Berkeley (71-63 OT), Los Angeles (72-64) and Seattle (78-59).
GAME RECAP (USC 77, California 70): Brittany Boyd was one assist shy of a triple-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists, and Afure Jemerigbe matched her career-high with 17 points, but USC was able to rally and take a 77-70 win at Haas Pavilion. Gennifer Brandon added a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Reshanda Gray added 13 ponts with eight rebounds.
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 7-9 against California-based Pac-12 schools in regular season and postseason action.
BOYD BECOMES SECOND BEAR TO MATCH FEAT: Junior Brittany Boyd cracked the California top-5 list for steals after her four-steal effort at Arizona to make her just one of two Golden Bears to sit in the top five in both assists and steals (Mazetta Grant - No. 2 in assists at 521 and No. 1 in steals at 295 from 1979-84). Boyd currently sits fifth on the steals list at 239 and is fourth on the assists list at 422.
JEMERIGBE’S JUMPER: Senior Afure Jemerigbe has been an improved scorer for the Golden Bears this season and has been one of the most clutch performers for Cal since the start of Pac-12 play. Against Colorado, Jemerigbe hit the game-winning field goal with six seconds remaining, and the Stockton native scored 16 points at Arizona State Friday with Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray in foul trouble. In Cal’s last game out - vs USC - Jemerigbe matched her career-high with 17 points.
CALIFORNIA DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Junior Reshanda Gray leads Cal with six double-doubles while freshman Courtney Range now has two on the year and senior Gennifer Brandon became the third Golden Bear to hit the feat against USC. Gray’s most recent effort was a 20-point, 12-rebound game at Arizona; Range’s last came with her 12-point, 13-rebound game against Oregon; Brandon’s double-double was an 11-point, 11-rebound effort against the Trojans.
TRIPLE-DOUBLE BOYD?: Brittany Boyd was one assist shy of a triple-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists against USC. The only triple-double in California women’s basketball history was by Eliza Sokolowska who put up 13 points, 15 assists and 10 steals against Arizona State on Feb. 9, 1995.