Feb. 14, 2013
Pauley Pavilion| Los Angeles, Calif.
BERKELEY - No. 6/6 California (20-2, 10-1 Pac-12) travels to Pauley Pavilion Friday night to take on No. 15/16 UCLA in a game that will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Anne-Marie Anderson and Tammy Blackburn will be on the call for the 6 p.m. tip-off.
Cal (21-2, 11-1 Pac-12) has won nine straight heading into Friday's matchup in what will be the third game at the home court of an opponent ranked in the AP Top 15 this season. The Bears went 1-1 in the other two meetings - a 77-63 loss at then-No. 4 Duke and a 67-55 win at then-No. 5 Stanford.
UCLA (19-4, 10-2) has won six straight since its 70-65 loss in Berkeley four weeks ago. The Bruins sit third in the Pac-12 standings with their only losses to the two Bay Area teams. The Bruins are unbeaten against Pac-12 opponents at Pauley Pavilion this season.
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A CALIFORNIA WIN AT UCLA WOULD:
GAME RECAP: Talia Caldwell scored a career-high 20 points and had 12 rebounds, Gennifer Brandon also had a double-double and No. 6 California extended its winning streak to nine games Sunday with a 91-86 victory over Arizona. Brandon (22p-14r) and Layshia Clarendon (20p) combined to give the Bears three 20-point scorers.
UCLA (19-4, 10-2 PAC-12): No. 15/16 UCLA has three players averaging double figures scoring in Alyssia Brewer (11.6), Atonye Nyingifa (11.3) and Markel Walker (11.1) in addition to three more that score at least eight points per game. The trio of Brewer, Nyingifa and Walker also all average at least seven rebounds per game. The Bruins are coming off back-to-back wins at Washington (65-61) and at Washington State (80-65).
CALIFORNIA-UCLA SERIES HISTORY: UCLA leads the all-time series 46-16, but the Bruins and Bears split the series in California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb's first season. Cal also won the meeting in Berkeley earlier this season, 70-65. The Bears will look for their first win in Los Angeles since the 2007-08 season.
THE LAST TIME VS UCLA (Jan. 20, 2013): No. 7 California defeated No. 14 UCLA, 70-65 ... California shot 50% (17-for-34) in the first half, marking the first time this season that the Bears shot 50% in a half against Pac-12 competition this season ... Two Bears (Brandon with 14 and Caldwell with 11) grabbed at least 10 rebounds for just the second time this season ... Afure Jemerigbe scored 10 points - all in the first half ... Talia Caldwell had 14 points and 11 rebounds to get her second double-double of the season ... Gennifer Brandon had her third consecutive double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
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. Bears fans have been active with the #VoteLay and #LayshiaFacts twitter hashtags in an effort that has propelled Clarendon into first place in the fan vote.
CLARENDON LEADS BY EXAMPLE: Senior guard Layshia Clarendon has led the Bears in scoring in seven of their last eight 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 1,580 career points, she is 8 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 nine-game winning streak, the Bears are just two 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. The Bears are also three shy of the program record for the overall winning streak of 12 consecutive that was set in the same season.
AN ALL-AMERICAN SEASON: Junior Gennifer Brandon's numbers would hardly be called modest at 13.0 points and 11.6 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 18.2 points and 16.2 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 898 career boards - despite a career average of just 24.5 minutes played per game - and is No. 12 on the NCAA active list with a 9.8 career rebounding average.
MORE ON GEN: Junior Gennifer Brandon had a monstrous weekend two weeks ago for the Bears in the last outing against the Southern California opponents, averaging 17.5 points, 20.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals against USC and UCLA. Against the Trojans, Brandon broke a 19-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.
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 905 career rebounds all-time at Cal after passing Devanei 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 fifth in the country with a +11.8 rebounding margin. Caldwell is second on the Pac-12 active list 905 rebounds, and Brandon is not far behind at No. 3 on the active list with 898 boards. No other duo in the league combines for over 1,500 rebounds, let alone the 1,803 by these two.
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 also surpassed the 20-3 record put together by the 2008-09 team that was the previous 23-game benchmark.
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 (15) and Colorado (21) - are ranked this week in addition to Washington receiving votes in the AP poll.