Feb. 6, 2013
Haas Pavilion| Berkeley, Calif.
BERKELEY - No. 6/6 California puts its seven-game winning streak on the line Friday night against Arizona State in a game scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Krista Blunk and Mary Murphy will handle the call for the Pac-12 Networks.
California (19-2, 9-1 Pac-12) earned head coach Lindsay Gottlieb her 100th career victory in the Golden Bears' last outing, a 72-45 win at Oregon. Two Bears - Layshia Clarendon and Gennifer Brandon - were named to the Wade Watch list this week with Clarendon also being named as one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Senior Talia Caldwell enters the weekend just eight points shy of becoming member No. 23 to the 1,000-career point club at California.
Arizona State (11-11, 3-7 Pac-12) has been dealt three straight losses, including a 74-61 setback against Washington. The Sun Devils were without starting point guard Adrianne Thomas (concussion) and forward Haley Videckis (ankle) in that outing. Friday marks Arizona State's seventh Pac-12 road game in 12 conference outings.
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PLAY4KAY: Friday night is Cal's "Play 4 Kay Pink Game" with fans encouraged to wear pink in support of the efforts to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. All fans wearing pink articles of clothing will receive $3 admission. In addition, the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive free pink t-shirts. There will also be a silent auction for fans to help the cause. Each member of the California team has created a custom t-shirt that they will wear during warm-ups. All 13 t-shirts will be available in the auction.
A CALIFORNIA WIN VS ARIZONA STATE WOULD:
GAME RECAP: Head coach Lindsay Gottlieb earned her 100th career victory and two Bears had double-doubles as No. 6 California coasted to a 72-45 victory at Oregon. Layshia Clarendon scored 15, and Gennifer Brandon and Talia Caldwell each had double-doubles for Cal. Caldwell finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Brandon had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Bears. Brittany Boyd also had 13 points and eight assists for Cal.
ARIZONA STATE (11-11, 3-7 PAC-12): Arizona State has dropped three straight since a 60-53 win at USC gave head coach Charli Turner-Thorne her 300th win at ASU. The Sun Devils are led by senior Jenae Fulcher's 11.6 points and 4.5 rebounds. Fulcher is the lone Sun Devil averaging double-digits scoring, although Jada Blackwell (7.1 points per game) averages 10 points per game in Pac-12 play.
CALIFORNIA-ARIZONA STATE SERIES HISTORY: California leads the all-time series between the two schools by a slim 31-30 margin. The Bears have won the last two meetings between the school, including a 67-62 win in Tempe (Feb. 4, 2012) last season that saw Brittany Boyd post a double-double with 19 points and a school-record 10 steals. Arizona State's last victory was a 45-44 thriller in Tempe on Feb. 5, 2011 that came with a Deja Mann 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Sun Devils.
THE LAST TIME VS ARIZONA STATE (Feb. 4, 2012): Freshman guard Brittany Boyd had a double-double with 19 points and a school-record tying 10 steals as California went to the wire in a 67-62 win at Arizona State. Boyd also had six rebounds and six assists in the game - the lone meeting between the two schools in 2011-12.
CLARENDON NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST: Senior guard Layshia Clarendon has been selected as one of 10 candidates for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award for women's basketball, presented annually to a senior student-athlete who excels both on and off the field. Candidates are chosen based on their dedication and achievement in four areas: Classroom, Character, Community and Competition. Clarendon is the only Pac-12 student-athlete name a men's or women's basketball finalist. Fan voting is open until March 25.
BRANDON AND CLARENDON ADDED TO WADE WATCH LIST: California's Gennifer Brandon and Layshia Clarendon are two of eight midseason additions to the State Farm Wade Watch List. The Wade Trophy is presented to the nation's most outstanding NCAA Division I women's basketball player each year.
AN ALL-AMERICAN SEASON: Junior Gennifer Brandon's numbers would hardly be called modest at 12.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. However, given Cal's depth, the forward has averaged just 28 minutes per game. Spread her numbers out over the course of a 40-minute game, and Brandon averages an outstanding 18.3 points and 16.4 rebounds. Backing up that assertion, in her first career 40 minute game Thursday vs USC, Brandon posted 23 points and 26 rebounds. She is currently No. 3 on the Pac-12 active list with 869 career boards - despite a career average of just 24.2 minutes played per game - and is No. 12 on the NCAA active list with a 9.7 career rebounding average.
MORE ON GEN: Junior Gennifer Brandon had a monstrous weekend two weeks ago for the Bears against their Southern California opponents, averaging 17.5 points, 20.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals against USC and No. 14/15 UCLA. Against the Trojans, Brandon broke a19-year old Pac-12 record with 26 rebounds in a conference game - breaking the previous mark of 25 set in 1994 (UCLA's Natalie Williams vs Arizona State - 2/20/94). The game was her second career 20-20 performance, outdoing her 24-point, 24-rebound effort against Ohio State last season, and ranks as the second-best single-game performance by a player in the country this season. For her efforts, she was named the espnW National Player of the Week and the Pac-12 Player of the Week.
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 the home 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.
IN THE RANKINGS: California held steady at No. 6 in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls this week. The Bears are nearing the highest rankings since the 2008-09 team climbed as high as No. 3 in the country, a program-best mark. That team, led by Alexis Gray-Lawson, went on to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 with a 27-8 final record. Four teams on this year's schedule - Stanford (4), Duke (5), UCLA (17) and Colorado (21) - are ranked this week in addition to Kansas and Washington receiving votes in the AP poll.
CLARENDON HITS 1,500: Senior Layshia Clarendon surpassed Kesha Martin for 10th on the Cal all-time points list with her 12 against GWU and moved to ninth with her 15 at Oregon. Clarendon currently sits at 1,542 career points - just 17 shy of eighth (Karen Smith) in the record books - and became the 10th Bear to hit the 1,500 point mark. She is on pace to score 1,665 at the end of the regular season - a mark that would be good for sixth all-time.
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 3rd with 889 career rebounds all-time at Cal after passing Devanai Hampton over the weekend. She is also just 8 points shy of becoming member No. 23 of the 1,000-point club at Cal. She could become just the third Bear to join the 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound club beside Ashley Walker and Colleen Galloway with a strong finish to the season.
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 NCAA as Cal ranks fourth in the country with a +11.9 rebounding margin. Caldwell is second on the Pac-12 active list 889 rebounds, and Brandon is not far behind at No. 3 on the active list with 869 boards. No other duo in the league combines for over 1,450 rebounds, let alone the 1,758 by these two.
MORE THAN JUST DEFENSE: Senior Eliza Pierre is known as Cal's lockdown defender, but the guard has also stepped up in every other area. In Cal's last four games, Pierre - known to set-up a play rather than shoot - has put up 18 points, 22 rebounds, 14 assists and 5 steals, highlighted by a season-best eight-rebound effort against Utah. Pierre is also 4-for-9 from beyond the arc during the stretch.
BOYD'S A BALLER: Sophomore Brittany Boyd had a memorable trip to Oregon this past weekend. The point guard started with a 10-point, 11-rebound effort at OSU - her fourth career double-double and a career-high for rebounds - before coming back against the Ducks on Sunday with eight assists and zero turnovers to go with 13 points, five rebounds and three steals.