Feb. 8, 2011
Thursday, Feb. 10: Washington at California, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12: Washington State at California, 7:30 p.m.
The California Golden Bears (14-8, 6-5 Pac-10) seek redemption for a pair of road losses earlier this season when they host the Washington Huskies (9-11, 4-7 Pac-10) and the Washington State Cougars (7-16, 5-6 Pac-10) this week at Haas Pavilion. The Bears and Huskies will tip off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10.
Cal returns to the friendly confines of Haas Pavilion after going 3-1 on its recent road trip. The four-game road trip was a rare scheduling anomoly. The Bears did have a stretch of six games away from Haas last season (road game at Long Beach State, neutral site games against Boston College and Nevada, followed by Pac-10 games at Stanford, UCLA, and USC) where they did not fare as well, going 2-4 for that span. Cal's 3-1 record was the best mark that Cal put up on four consecutive games away from its home court since 1981 when the Bears won at San Francsico, swept a two-game tournament at UNLV, and then lost at Pacific.
It was also only the third time since Cal joined the Pac-10 that the team played four consecutive road games. Cal was 0-4 (1986-87) and 2-2 (1991-92) in the other two instances.
Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth has scored in double digits each of the last seven games with three double doubles in that span. Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon has a four-game double-digit streak
Sophomore guard Eliza Pierre is averaging 10.0 points per game in her last three games. Pierre has also been dishing the ball, with 8 assists on the Arizona trip. She had 11 assists in the Bears last homestand, with 8 against USC and 3 in the UCLA game.
Cal looks to even the season series against the Washington schools, starting with the Washington Huskies. The Bears fell 57-48 on Jan. 16 in Seattle. Cal has won six of the last eight meetings against the Washington Huskies. Cal's other loss in that span was the 2008 regular season finale when the Huskies stunned the Bears, 74-66, and cost Cal the Pac-10 title. The Huskies lead the all-time series, 41-16. Eight of those wins have come in the Joanne Boyle era.
Washington State, whom Cal faces on Saturday, handed Cal a stunning 77-63 loss Jan. 14 in Pullman. Cal had won ten consecutive meetings prior to that with Cal's average margin of victory over that span being 18.7 points. Cal leads the all-time series 35-20.
WBCA Pink Zone Game Saturday, Feb. 12 is Cal's annual Pink Zone Game where the Cal women's basketball program will join with women's basketball programs all around the country to raise breast cancer awareness. The Women's Basketball Coaches' Association began the WBCA Pink Zone in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities.
The late Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, served as the catalyst for the initiative after her third reoccurrence of breast cancer in 2006.
In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year a success. In 2008, over 1,200 teams and organizations participated, reaching over 830,000 fans and raising over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research. The 2009 campaign raised over $1.3 million, reached over 912,000 fans, unified more than 1,600 participating teams and organizations, and saw 56+ schools break attendance records at their event. In 2010, over 1,800 participants came together to surpass $1,045,000 in donations and reached more than 922,000 fans across the nation. Over 22 schools broke attendance records through their participation. Overall, the WBCA Pink Zone has raised nearly $3.3 Million, has reached almost 2.7 Million fans, and has unified over 4,700 participants in only four years.
Starting Five The Bears bench is averaging 12.5 points per game. The Bears were well below average in two of their four games on the most recent road trip. In the Oregon game, the Cal starting five accounted for all 81 points and 67 of Cal's 68 shots. Every member of the starting lineup ended the game with double digit points. It was the first time that the starting five each had at least ten points since Feb. 24, 2007 when the starters accounted for all the points in an 88-69 victory at Haas over UCLA and each ended up in double figures. The Bears' starting five were one point shy of repeating the feat of having all five starters in double digits against Arizona with sophomore guard Eliza Pierre scoring nine points while the other four put up double digits. The bench accounted for nine points, all coming from freshman guard Afure Jemerigbe.
Crashing the Boards The Bears are second in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin, grabbing an average of 9.0 more rebounds per game than their opponents ranking them 11th in the nation. Cal has now outrebounded their opponents in 16 of their 21 games this season but has lost all five of the games in which they have been outrebounded.
The Bears grabbed 50 rebounds at Oregon State, the fourth time this season they have grabbed 50 or more in a game.
Caldwell fell to fifth in the Conference in rebounding, averaging 8.2 rebounds per game. Arizona's Ify Ibekwe leads the Conference with 9.2 rebounds per game.
Caldwell is averaging 4.2 offensive rebounds per game, tied for tops in the Pac-10.
When neither Eliza Pierre or Layshia Clarendon picked up a rebound in the Washington game, it snapped a streak of 19 consecutive games in which they had at least one rebound (dating back to last season's WNIT run). The longest consecutive rebounding streaks belong to Talia Caldwell and DeNesha Stallworth who have had at least one rebound in every game they have played so far at Cal. Stallworth also has scored in every game she has played in.
Fouls Cal committed just 17 fouls combined in the two games in Oregon (7-OSU, 10-Ore.). The Bears have six games this season when they have been whistled for 10 or fewer fouls and are averaging 14.0 fouls per game, the 17th fewest fouls per game in the nation.
Opponent Threes The Bears are still among the nation's best in three-point defense. Opponents are only making 25.8 percent of the long range shots they are attempting against the Cal defense. This leads the Pac-10 and is ranked No. 11 among all NCAA Division I teams.
Steals Eliza Pierre is currently averaging 3.0 steals per game, which leads the Pac-10. Her average ranks 22nd among all NCAA Division I players. She has ranked as high as second in the NCAA this season in this stat.
Pierre has 11 steals in her last three games, including three against Arizona State.
Pierre ended last season with a team-best 71 steals (1.9 per game), just three shy of entering the Cal record book for single-season bests (74 ranks tenth). The single season steal record for Cal is 100 set by Eliza Sokolowska in 1994-95. Pierre currently has 66 steals.
Efficiency DeNesha Stallworth is connecting on 51.9 percent of her tries from the field. The mark is seventh best in the Pac-10 and ranks No. 42 among all NCAA Division I players. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell actually has a better percentage, making 54.2 percent of her shots, but she does not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings. Her percentage ranks fifth in the Pac-10.
Leading Scorers With freshman Mikayla Lyles' 11 points against Washington, she became the seventh different Cal player to lead the team in scoring in a game this season. All three freshmen have led the team in a game (Afure Jemerigbe scored 17 against UT Arlington and Lindsay Sherbert 20 against Arizona). DeNesha Stallworth and Layshia Clarendon have each had the team-high for points five times this season. Only two players, Eliza Pierre and Rachelle Federico, have not led the team in scoring.
200 wins Cal head coach Joanne Boyle earned her 200th career victory in a 83-73 win at Arizona on Feb. 3. 133 of those victories have come since Boyle began coaching at Cal. She also spent three seasons as the head coach for the Richmond Spiders (67-29) prior to her arrival in Berkeley.
Cal Coaches Corner Each Monday, head coach Joanne Boyle and one of the players will be featured weekly on the Cal Coaches Corner radio program. The show airs on KNEW Radio (910 AM) every Monday from 6-7 p.m. The program is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley, so fans are encouraged to come out and enjoy the show live. In addition to Coach Boyle and a women's basketball player, men's head coach Mike Montgomery will also be a weekly guest on the show, which is hosted by Todd McKim. The show allows fans to email questions for the coaches and players.
Charitable Works This season, the Bears will again be doing the We Assist, You Assist promotion where fans can make pledges per assist to help a local charity. This season, the team has decided to focus their efforts on assisting Upward Roots. Upward Roots is aimed at generating positive change through community service. Their programs develop a greater sense of leadership and personal impact among under-served youth through the creation of self-initiated community service projects. The goal is to produce and sustain the concept that change can come from within and that every small action makes a resounding difference. Upward Roots strives to break the cycle from these youth being served to serving others. Every dollar raised, up to $10,000, will be matched by Coach Boyle.