Feb. 9, 2013
Haas Pavilion| Berkeley, Calif.
BERKELEY - No. 6/6 California (20-2, 10-1 Pac-12) goes for its ninth straight victory Sunday afternoon when the Arizona Wildcats visit Haas Pavilion for a 12 p.m. tip-off. The game will not be televised but will be webcast live on California's Pac-12 platform at http://pac-12.com/live/calbears.aspx.
Prior to the game, there will be special recognitions for head coach Lindsay Gottlieb and senior guard Layshia Clarendon. Gottlieb earned her 100th career victory at Oregon last Sunday, and Clarendon passed the 1,500-point milestone in California's last Sunday game - a 71-54 win against Utah.
Arizona (11-11, 3-8 Pac-12) is in the midst of a six-game slide since earning back-to-back wins against Oregon and Utah. Two of Arizona's three Pac-12 victories have come on the road.
Fans can listen to Dave Lewis's live call of the game on CalBears.com's premium All-Access player for a monthly fee. Former Bear Rachelle Federico will join Lewis on the call.
A CALIFORNIA WIN VS ARIZONA WOULD:
GAME RECAP: Talia Caldwell scored her 1,000th career points with a free throw in the first half as Cal earned its sixth 20-win season in the last seven years with a 66-53 win over Arizona State. Layshia Clarendon scored 18 points and Gennifer Brandon had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Bears.
ARIZONA (11-11, 3-8 PAC-12): Arizona has dropped six straight since a win at Utah but have earned Pac-12 wins over Washington State, Utah and Oregon. The team is led by Davellyn Whyte's 16 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Kama Griffitts also averages double-digits scoring at 11.8 points per game to go with 5.3 rebounds.
CALIFORNIA-ARIZONA SERIES HISTORY: Arizona leads the all-time series between the two schools at 29-26, but California has won 12 consecutive against the Wildcats. Last season, California won a 78-74 overtime thriller in Tucson to keep the streak alive. Arizona won 19 consecutive from 1996 to 2005. The Wildcats' last victory was an 80-69 win in Tucson on Jan. 7, 2005.
THE LAST TIME VS ARIZONA (Feb. 2, 2012): After leading by double digits early in the game, the Bears needed to come from behind in the final three minutes to force overtime against the Arizona Wildcats, surviving with a 78-74 victory. Freshman Reshanda Gray, in her second career start, got her second career double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds
CLARENDON LEADS BY EXAMPLE: Senior guard Layshia Clarendon has led the Bears in scoring in their last seven games. With her efforts, Clarendon continues to rise up the California scoring list. Against Arizona State, she surpassed Karen Smith for 8th on the list and at 1,560 career points, she is 28 points shy of seventh (Devanei Hampton) in the record books. Just the 10th Bear to hit the 1,500 point mark, Clarendon is on pace to score 1,665 at the end of the regular season - a mark that would be good for sixth all-time.
CHASING 11: With its current Pac-12-leading eight-game winning streak, the Bears are just three victories shy of matching the school-record 11-game conference winning streak set by the 2008-09 squad that started 11-0 in Pac-10 play.
AN ALL-AMERICAN SEASON: Junior Gennifer Brandon's numbers would hardly be called modest at 12.5 points and 11.5 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 17.7 points and 16.3 rebounds. Backing up that assertion, in her first career 40 minute game vs USC, Brandon posted 23 points and 26 rebounds. She is currently No. 3 on the Pac-12 active list with 884 career boards - despite a career average of just 24.4 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 have now matched the 20-2 record put together by the 2008-09 team.
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 893 career rebounds all-time at Cal after passing Devanai Hampton last weekend. She also just became member No. 23 of the 1,000-point club at Cal with her 14-point effort against Arizona State. 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 893 rebounds, and Brandon is not far behind at No. 3 on the active list with 884 boards. No other duo in the league combines for over 1,500 rebounds, let alone the 1,777 by these two.