Game #23 No. 23/22 California (15-7, 7-4) at Washington State (12-11, 6-5) Beasley Coliseum • Pullman, Wash. Sunday, Feb. 9 • 2 p.m. PT Series Record: California leads, 38-21 Last: Cal 73, Washington State 60 (Feb. 28, 2013 in Pullman) TV: Pac-12 Networks (Aaron Goldsmith pxp, Julie Rousseau analyst)
BERKELEY – No. 23/22 California looks for its third weekend sweep of the conference season when the Golden Bears travel to Pullman to take on Washington State Sunday afternoon at Beasley Coliseum.
Tip-off between the Bears (15-7, 7-4 Pac-12) and Cougars (12-11, 6-5 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 Julie Rousseau (analyst) on the call.
California defeated Washington Friday night by a 70-65 score to end a two-game skid with Reshanda Gray and Gennifer Brandon both posting double-doubles alongside Brittany Boyd’s near-triple-double outing with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.
The Cougars dropped a close 77-69 decision to No. 3 Stanford Friday night in Pullman and have dropped five of the last six games after starting conference play with a 5-0 record. 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 STATE WOULD: * Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 4-0 against Washington State in her tenure at California * Improve Lindsay Gottlieb to 33-1 all-time against non-California based Pac-12 schools * Improve the Bears to 39-21 in the all-time series between the two teams * Move Lindsay Gottlieb to 38-10 in ALL Pac-12 regular season games at California
A LOOK AT WASHINGTON STATE (12-11, 6-5 Pac-12): Washington State has dropped five of six games since beginning conference play with a 5-0 mark. Tia Presley (18.3) and Lia Galdeira (18.1) lead the Cougars in scoring, and the team has rebounded by committee with Shalie Dheenshaw leading the team with 7.0 rebounds to go with her 7.3 points per game.
CALIFORNIA-WASHINGTON STATE SERIES HISTORY: California leads the all-time series 38-21 and have won 16 of the last 20 matchups between the two teams. Lindsay Gottlieb is 3-0 against the Cougars including last year’s 73-60 victory in Pullman on the final weekend of the season.
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 32-1 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 4 points shy of becoming the 26th member of the club, and with an average of 16 points per game is on pace to break the barrier Sunday at Washington State. 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.
TRIPLE-DOUBLE BOYD?: Brittany Boyd was one assist shy of a triple-double twice this season - the first against USC with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists and the second Friday night at Washington with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. 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.