Feb. 23, 2013
BERKELEY - Sunday is senior day for No. 6 California's quartet of Talia Caldwell, Layshia Clarendon, Eliza Pierre and Tierra Rogers, and the Golden Bears will look to celebrate it with a 13th consecutive victory in a game against Oregon State 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 (23-2, 13-1 Pac-12) has already matched the 2008-09 squad for a program best with 12 consecutive wins after a 77-55 win over Oregon Friday night. A win Sunday will secure a top two Pac-12 finish for the fourth time in the last six years for Cal.
Oregon State (9-18, 3-12 Pac-12) has dropped nine straight since its back-to-back wins over Oregon on January 15 and 20. The Beavers most recently fell 90-53 at No. 4/5 Stanford Friday night.
Caldwell, Clarendon, Pierre and Rogers will be honored before tip-off Sunday for their four years of contributions to the Golden Bear program. Following the game, California will also hold a Senior Day Celebration at 4:30 p.m. at the University Club at Memorial Stadium. Tickets are $15 and will be available before the game and at halftime in the Club Room at Haas Pavilion. For more information, CLICK HERE.
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 STATE WOULD:
GAME RECAP: California is on the verge of a school-record winning streak, but more importantly the sixth-ranked Bears showed Friday night they can win without one of their top players. Layshia Clarendon scored 14 points and Cal won its record-tying 12th straight with a 77-55 victory over Oregon. Afure Jemerigbe added 13 points for the Bears, who early on looked somewhat ragged offensively with starting point guard Brittany Boyd sitting out because of a strained groin. But Cal started pulling away with a 12-2 run to close the first half en route to matching the record win streak set by the 2008-09 team.
OREGON STATE (9-18, 3-12 PAC-12): Oregon State is coming off a 90-53 loss at Stanford and have dropped nine consecutive games. The Beavers are led by freshman Jamie Weisner's 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Only two Beavers - Ali Gibson and Alyssa Martin - have started every game for OSU, and the duo are second and third in scoring at 8.6 and 7.6 points, respectively. Deven Hunter leads a balanced team rebounding effort with 6.3 boards per game.
CALIFORNIA-OREGON STATE SERIES HISTORY: California leads the all-time series 36-28 and enjoys a current 13-game winning streak against the Beavers. The Bears took a 60-38 win earlier this season in Corvalis, the third-best defensive outing in Cal history against a conference opponent. Oregon State's last win in the series was a 63-55 final in Berkeley on Feb. 2, 2006.
THE LAST TIME VS OREGON STATE (Feb. 1, 2013): The Bears allowed just 14 first half Oregon State points - a season-best single-half defensive performance for Cal and season-worst single-half offensive performance for Oregon State ... Held Oregon State to 38 points - the third-best defensive performance against a Pac-12 opponent in program history. The record for points allowed was 34 set twice (last vs Washington State - Feb. 11, 2009) ... Brittany Boyd pulled down a career high (11) rebounds to go with (10) points - her second double-double of the season ... Gennifer Brandon returned to the lineup after missing one game (ankle), but Reshanda Gray missed the game (hamstring).
BOYD LISTED DAY-TO-DAY: Sophomore point guard Brittany Boyd missed Friday's game against Oregon due to a groin strain and is listed as day-to-day. The two-year starter dressed and was available, but the Bears showed their depth with Eliza Pierre filling in on a 77-55 win. It was the first missed game of Boyd's career.
HISTORY SEEKERS - THREE 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 13: California is now in the midst of a Pac-12-leading 12-game winning streak, which also bests the previous program-best streak set by the 2008-09 squad that started 11-0 in Pac-10 play. The Bears have also matched the program record for the overall winning streak of 12 consecutive that was set in the same season and will look to best it Sunday.
DON'T PITY AFURE: Junior Afure Jemerige has been hot of late for the Golden Bears, punctuated by a 5-of-11 (3-of-5 from 3) effort Friday night against Oregon. Jemerigbe has shot 10-of-22 (.455) from beyond the arc in Cal's last four games to keep the defense honest.
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 10 of their last 111 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 11 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.
PICK YOUR WEAPON: One thing Coach Gottlieb is preaching this season is the balanced options that her team possesses on the offensive end of the court, and the numbers back up that assertion. Three Bears average double figures scoring, and the third through sixth leading scorers all average between 7.3 and 9.0 points. Mikayla Lyles's 14-point display at Stanford continued the mantra that any Bear can pace the team on any given day.