Feb. 16, 2013
Galen Center| Los Angeles, Calif.
BERKELEY - No. 6/6 California will seek its first L.A. sweep in five years when the team takes on the USC Trojans at the Galen Center Sunday afternoon in a game that will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. Krista Blunk and Mary Murphy will be on the call for the 2 p.m. tip-off.
Cal (22-2, 12-1 Pac-12) is coming off a statement win at No. 15/16 UCLA, a 79-51 victory at Pauley Pavilion, that keeps the Bears in contention for the program's first Pac-12 championship.
USC (8-16, 5-8 Pac-12) is in a five-game slide with its 79-55 loss to No. 4/5 Stanford Friday night. The Trojans have only won once (vs Arizona) since an overtime loss in Berkeley on January 17.
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A CALIFORNIA WIN AT USC WOULD:
GAME RECAP: No. 6 California had won nine in a row and had not lost in more than a month. No. 15 UCLA had won six in a row and had not lost a Pac-12 home game all season. However, it wasn't much of a contest as the Bears built a big early lead and made it stand up, beat the Bruins 79-51 Friday night. Brittany Boyd matched her school record with 10 steals and had her third double-double of the season with 14 points - along with six rebounds and five assists - to lead a trio of Bears atop the stat sheet with Gennifer Brandon and Layshia Clarendon also scoring 14 points. It was California's first win at UCLA since the 2007-08 season and the second victory at the home court of an AP Top 15 opponent.
USC (8-16, 5-8 PAC-12): USC has dropped five consecutive and eight of nine since starting Pac-12 play at 4-0 before a heartbreaking overtime loss in Berkeley. Three of USC's last five losses have been by three points each - a 63-60 loss to Utah, 57-54 loss at Washington State and 61-58 loss at Washington The Trojans are led by junior Cassie Harberts's 17.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, and Ariya Crook is the only other player averaging double figures at 13.5 points per game.
CALIFORNIA-USC SERIES HISTORY: USC holds a 36-24 series advantage over the Bears but saw their streak of three wins end earlier this season when Cal took a 71-63 overtime victory in Berkeley. The last two meetings between the schools have both gone to overtime. In Los Angeles, USC has won three straight, including a 74-54 win over Cal last year.
THE LAST TIME VS USC (Jan. 17, 2013): Four days after toppling No. 5 Stanford, the Golden Bears rallied from six points down in regulation then held the Trojans without a basket in overtime to beat USC 71-63 ... Gennifer Brandon had a school record 26 rebounds to go with 23 points ... The 26 rebounds are the second-best performance by an individual in the NCAA this season to date ... Three Bears scored 62 of Cal's 71 points - an anomaly from California's normal balanced production in Lindsay Gottlieb's tenure ... California committed just six turnovers - a season-low - for the second consecutive game, even more impressive given that Thursday's game went to overtime.
RECENT HISTORY PLAYING AT USC IN LOS ANGELES: California has lost three straight in LA with a 74-54 loss last year, an 80-67 loss in 2011 and a 67-64 loss in 2010. The Bears are looking for their first win at USC since a 66-64 win on Feb. 27, 2009.
BOYD'S A BALLER: Sophomore point guard Brittany Boyd can seemingly light up a stat sheet in every possible manner and has routinely flirted with triple-doubles this season. On the year, Boyd has put up three double-double games - all by using a different combination of stats. Against Eastern Washington, Boyd had 13 points and 10 assists. At Oregon State, Boyd had 10 points and 11 rebounds. At UCLA Friday, Boyd had 14 points and 10 steals.
HISTORY SEEKERS - FIVE TO GO: California is in search of the first Pac-12 championship in program history and are just five games away from reaching that feat as either sole champions or co-champions with Stanford. Since women's basketball became an official Pac-10/Pac-12 sport in the 1986-87 season, California's best finish has been second place (2007-08, 2008-09, 2011-12). The sole conference championships in program history were back-to-back NorCal titles in 1980-81 and 1981-82.
CHASING 11: With its current Pac-12-leading 10-game winning streak, the Bears are just one victory 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 two shy of the program record for the overall winning streak of 12 consecutive that was set in the same season.
SPEAKING OF BOYD'S STEALS: When Brittany Boyd collected 10 steals at UCLA, it matched her own school record set last season at Arizona State (Feb. 4, 2012). There have been four 10-steal performances in Cal history - Boyd's two, Eliza Sokolowska's 10 against Arizona State (Feb. 9, 1995) and Mazetta Garrett's 10 against UCLA (Nov. 21, 1980).
CLARENDON LEADS BY EXAMPLE: Senior guard Layshia Clarendon has led the Bears in scoring in eight of their last nine games. With her efforts, Clarendon continues to rise up the California scoring list. At UCLA, she surpassed Devanei Hampton for 7th on the list and at 1,594 career points, she is 16 points shy of sixth (Teresa Palmisano - 1,610) in the record books. Just the 10th Bear to hit the 1,500 point mark, Clarendon is on pace to score 1,670 at the end of the regular season - a mark that would be good for fifth all-time.
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.
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 13.0 points and 11.4 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 16.0 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 914 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 914 rebounds, and Brandon is not far behind at No. 3 on the active list with 906 boards. No other duo in the league combines for over 1,550 rebounds, let alone the 1,820 by these two.