Jan. 11, 2013
Maples Pavilion| Palo Alto, Calif.
BERKELEY - The "Battle of the Bay" Part II takes place Sunday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. as No. 7/7 California looks to even the series with No. 5/4 Stanford after dropping a 62-53 decision Tuesday in Berkeley.
Sunday's game will air live on ESPN2 with Pam Ward (play-by-play) and Mary Murphy (analyst) handling the call.
California (12-2, 2-1 Pac-12) will look to end Stanford's 81-game Pac-12 winning streak. The Bears are the last team in the conference to defeat the Cardinal, a 57-54 win at Haas Pavilion on Jan. 18, 2009.
Stanford (14-1, 3-0 Pac-12) will look to continue their streaks against both the Bears (10 consecutive) and against Pac-12 competition overall. The Cardinal's only loss this season came at home to then-No. 2 Connecticut.
Fans can listen to Dave Lewis's live call of the game on CalBears.com's premium All-Access player for a monthly fee.
A CALIFORNIA WIN VS STANFORD WOULD:
GAME RECAP: The shots wouldn't fall for California and the Golden Bears had no answer for Chiney Ogwumike. The one bright note is the seventh-ranked Bears get another shot at toppling their rivals in five days. Ogwumike scored 26 points and Amber Orrange added 15 to help No. 5 Stanford pull away from seventh-ranked Cal for its 81st straight win against a conference opponent, 62-53 over the Bears on Tuesday night. Cal shot just 30 percent from the floor and missed 19 of 21 3-pointers on the night. Layshia Clarendon scored 17 points on 6-for-20 shooting to lead the Bears, whose only losses this season are to Stanford and at No. 4 Duke.
THE LAST TIME VS STANFORD: Senior Layshia Clarendon continued her strong play against the Cardinal with 17 points, moving her average to 15ppg in her last five contests against Stanford (12p-17p-9p-20p-17p) ... The Bears held Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike to a season-low six rebounds ... California held Stanford to 0-for-8 shooting from beyond the arc, making the Bears just the second team to prevent Stanford from hitting a 3-pointer this season (South Carolina) ... Cal lost despite leading at the half (31-29) for the first time this season.
NATION'S TOUGHEST STRETCH?: The Bears open Pac-12 play with possibly the toughest eight-game stretch in the country. California roughed out a win at Utah in the Pac-12 opener and hung on to defeat No. 20/25 Colorado Sunday before falling 62-53 to No. 5 Stanford Tuesday - all in a span of five days. The Bears then play at Stanford five days later before hosting USC, No. 14 UCLA, No. 23 Colorado and Utah to close January.
PICK YOUR WEAPON: One thing Coach Gottlieb is preaching this season is the balanced options that her team possesses on the offensive end of the court, and the numbers back up that assertion. Three Bears average double figures scoring, and the third through sixth leading scorers all average between 7.3 and 9.7 points. Six different Bears have led the team in scoring this season - marking half of Cal's games that a different player has led the team in scoring.
DON'T OVERLOOK GEN: Junior Gennifer Brandon's numbers would hardly be called modest at 11.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. However, given Cal's depth, the forward has averaged just 25 minutes per game. Spread her numbers out over the course of a 40-minute game, and Brandon averages 19.0 points and 16.2 rebounds.
TOP BEAR STARTS: California surpassed the 1992-93 team for the best start in program history at 10-1 and increased it up to 12-1 prior to last Tuesday's loss to Stanford. Standing at 12-2 after that loss, the Bears will now look to target the 20-2 record put together by the 2008-09 team.
CAL ON THE BOARDS: Senior Talia Caldwell and junior Gennifer Brandon combine to make the Cal post players possibly the most dominant on the boards in the Pac-12. Caldwell is the active Pac-12 leader with 835 rebounds, and Brandon is not far behind at No. 4 on the active list with 785 boards. No other duo in the league combines for over 1,300 rebounds, let alone the 1,620 by these two.
CALDWELL JUMPS UP THE BOOKS: Senior Talia Caldwell continues to climb California's all-time rebound list with each passing game for the Bears. Caldwell currently sits 7th with 835 career rebounds all-time at Cal, 20 behind Cynthia Cooke for 6th all-time. Caldwell is also just 58 points shy of becoming member No. 23 of the 1,000-point club at Cal.
BOYD'S ON BOARD: Sophomore Brittany Boyd has been active in Cal's last two games, averaging 12 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4 assists per game against top-25 teams Colorado and Stanford. In back-to-back games, Boyd hit new season highs in rebounds, pulling down 8 vs the Buffs before getting 9 vs the Cardinal.
IN THE NCAA (as of Jan. 11): Cal stands at No. 29 in the NCAA in scoring offense (72.8 ppg), No. 19 in field goal percentage (.451), No. 3 in rebounding margin (+13.2) and No. 18 in scoring margin (+16.9) entering Sunday's game.
CLARENDON MOVES TO 10th ALL-TIME: Senior Layshia Clarendon surpassed Kesha Martin for 10th on the California all-time points list with her 12 against GWU. Clarendon currently sits at 1,416 career points, and is on pace to score 1,615 at the end of the regular season - a mark that would be good for sixth all-time.