March 1, 2013
Alaska Airlines Arena | Seattle, Wash.
BERKELEY - No. 6 California puts everything on the line Saturday night at Alaska Airlines Arena when it takes on Washington at 2 p.m. in a game that will help decide the Pac-12 regular season champion. A California win guarantees the Bears at least a share of the first Pac-10/Pac-12 title in program history and will see Cal end the regular season on a 15-game winning streak.
Cal (26-2, 16-1 Pac-12), in the midst of a conference-best 14-game winning streak after its 73-60 victory at Washington State, will look to add another "first" in a season that has been filled with them under second-year head coach Lindsay Gottlieb.
Washington (19-9, 11-6 Pac-12) seeks to bounce back from a 71-36 loss to fellow Pac-12 leader Stanford with hopes of putting themselves on the right side of the tournament bubble. The Huskies were without leading scorers Jazmine Davis and Talia Walton Thursday due to one-game suspensions, but Washington expects to have both back for Saturday night's finale.
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A CALIFORNIA WIN AT WASHINGTON WOULD:
WASHINGTON (19-9, 11-6 PAC-12): Washington has dropped three straight since its 11-3 start in conference play and will look to avoid a fourth straight loss Saturday. The Huskies are led in scoring by Jazmine Davis (19.2 ppg) and Talia Walton (13.9 ppg) - who both missed Thursday's game due to suspension. Kristi Kingma also averages 13.9 points per game and earlier this season set a new Pac-12 record with 11 3's made in a game against Oregon. The senior has attempted 241 three-pointers out of her 357 field goal attempts this season.
CALIFORNIA-WASHINGTON SERIES HISTORY: Washington leads the all-time series 42-18, but the Bears have won the last two meetings and seven of the last nine, including a 71-47 victory in Berkeley last season. Washington last win in the series was a 60-49 victory in 2011.
GAME RECAP: No. 6 California moved within one game of its goal of a Pac-12 championship Thursday night with a 73-60 win at Washington State that was led by a 26-point effort from senior Layshia Clarendon. California is one win away from claiming at least a share of its first Pac-12 championship. For the game, Cal shot 44 percent and made 11 of 19 3-pointers. Washington State shot just 39 percent and made 5 of 16 3-pointers. Cal won the rebound battle 44-31.
HISTORY SEEKERS - ONE TO GO: California is in search of the first Pac-12 championship in program history and are just one game 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 15: California is now in the midst of a Pac-12-leading and program-best 14-game winning streak, surpassing the 12 consecutive overall and 11 consecutive conference game winning streaks that were set in the 2008-09 season.
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 last Friday night against Oregon and a 14-point first half Thursday night at Washington State that included four 3s in the opening 20 minutes. Jemerigbe has shot 14-of-31 (.452) from beyond the arc in Cal's last six games to help prevent teams from packing in the paint.
NAISMITH AWARD (Atlanta Tip-off Club): Clarendon has been named as one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Naismith Women's College Basketball Player of the Year award presented by AT&T. -- 2/27/13
ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD (USBWA): Brandon has been selected as one of 20 players named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's 2013 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Midseason Watch List, an award presented annually to the women's national player of the year as voted on by the organization's membership. -- 2/26/13