Feb. 21, 2013
BERKELEY - No. 6/6 California will attempt to match the program record for consecutive wins when the Golden Bears - winners of 11 straight - take on Oregon Friday night in a game that will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. Anne Marie Anderson and Tammy Blackburn will be on the call for the 6 p.m. tip-off.
The first 100 fans through the doors will receive a $10 concessions stand food voucher. Fans will also be able to purchase tickets to the Senior Day Celebration before the game and during halftime in the club room.
Prior to the game, there will be a special recognition for senior center Talia Caldwell who scored her 1,000th career points against Arizona State two weeks ago.
Cal (23-2, 13-1 Pac-12) has already matched the program best with 11 consecutive Pac-12 victories after a weekend sweep in Los Angeles that included a 79-51 win at then-No. 15 UCLA and a 71-64 win at USC. The Bears will seek to match the 2008-09 team as the only squads to win 12 consecutive games.
Oregon (4-22, 2-12 Pac-12) is coming off a win against Washington State that ended a six-game slide. The Ducks will look for back-to-back conference wins for the first time this season.
Fans can listen to Dave Lewis's live call of the game on CalBears.com's premium All-Access player for a monthly fee.
A CALIFORNIA WIN VS OREGON WOULD:
GAME RECAP: California pulled off its first win at Southern Cal in four years and earned the first season sweep of the two LA schools since the 2008-09 season with its 72-64 victory at USC. Layshia Clarendon scored 22 points and Brittany Boyd added 16. The Golden Bears extended their winning streak to 11 games - second longest in history - and guarantees a first round bye in the Pac 12 Tournament.
OREGON (4-22, 2-12 PAC-12): Oregon ended a six-game slide with a 65-60 victory against Washington State Sunday that sealed a series sweep against the Cougars. The Ducks have three players that average double figures, led by freshman Jillian Alleyne's 13.4 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. Ariel Thomas (10.9) and Amanda Delgado (10.0) also get at least 10 points per game. The Ducks will look to put together their first back-to-back Pac-12 wins of the season.
CALIFORNIA-OREGON SERIES HISTORY: Oregon leads the all-time series 36-28, but the Bears won the last three meetings, including a 72-45 win in Eugene earlier this season. Oregon's last victory in the series was a 60-46 win in Berkeley on Feb. 24, 2011.
THE LAST TIME VS OREGON (Feb. 13, 2013): Lindsay Gottlieb earned her 100th career coaching victory in a 72-45 win in Eugene ... Two Bears, Gennifer Brandon (14p-12r) and Talia Caldwell (14p-14r) had double-doubles, the second time it has happened this season ... Caldwell moved to No. 3 on the Cal all-time rebounding list ... Four Bears hit double figures scoring.
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 last Friday, Boyd had 14 points and 10 steals.
HISTORY SEEKERS - FOUR TO GO: California is in search of the first Pac-12 championship in program history and are just four 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 & 12: While the 72-64 win at USC gave them a Pac-12-leading 11-game winning streak, the Bears also matched 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 one 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).
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 sixth in the country with a +11.2 rebounding margin. Caldwell is second on the Pac-12 active list 920 rebounds, and Brandon is not far behind at No. 3 on the active list with 916 boards. No other duo in the league combines for over 1,600 rebounds, let alone the 1,836 by these two.
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 nine of their last 10 games. With her efforts, Clarendon continues to rise up the California scoring list. Last weekend in Southern California, she surpassed Devanei Hampton for 7th and Teresa Palmisano for sixth on the list and at 1,616 career points, she is 25 points shy of fifth (Cynthia Cooke - 1,641) 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.
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.