Nov. 28, 2012
Ted Constant Convocation Center | Norfolk, Va.
BERKELEY - No. 10/11 California embarks on its first road trip of the season to take on two undefeated East Coast teams in Old Dominion and No. 4 Duke.
Tip-off between the Bears and Monarchs is set for 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk and will air live on CSN/Cox 11 with Ted Alexander making the call and Charlie Woollum providing color. The Bears then travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the Duke Blue Devils in a battle of top 10 teams (No. 4 vs No. 10) and top 10 offenses (No. 3 vs No. 7).
Fans can listen to Dave Lewis's live call of both games on CalBears.com's premium All-Access player for a monthly fee.
A CALIFORNIA WIN AT OLD DOMINION WOULD:
GAME RECAP: Layshia Clarendon scored 10 points in the opening four minutes and finished with a season-high 20 to be named the Cal Classic by Doubletree MVP after No. 11 California toppled Georgetown, 72-56. Talia Caldwell earned 12 points and nine rebounds in the final, and Brittany Boyd dished a new career-high of 14 assists to go with six points and three steals for the Bears. Over two games of the Cal Classic, Boyd tallied a stat line of 19 points, 24 assists and 11 steals. Gennifer Brandon registered her fourth double-double in five games this season with a 13-point, 13-rebound effort, and senior Eliza Pierre had a season-high 10 points along with two assists and two steals.
IN THE RANKINGS: California improves one spot to No. 10 in the Associated Press and held steady at No. 11 the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls, the highest rankings for the Bears since the 2008-09 team climbed as high as No. 4 in the country. 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 (1/1), Duke (4/4), UCLA (19/21), and Kansas (20/20) - are ranked this week in addition to Georgetown and Utah receiving votes in the polls.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Bears remain on the road with a trip down I-5 to take on Cal State Bakersfield on Friday, Dec. 7, before taking 10 days off of competition during finals week.
BALANCED ATTACK: 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. Six Bears average double figures scoring in the early going of the season, and a different Bear has led the team in scoring in every game* (Gennifer Brandon and Talia Caldwell both scored 15 points vs EWU, making Brandon the lone Bear with the top output in two games).
BRANDON'S DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Junior Gennifer Brandon's has posted four double-doubles in Cal's five games to open the 2012-13 season. Her double-double (17p-10r) against Lehigh in the opener was the 16th of her career, and she followed that effort with double-doubles against Saint Mary's (14p-14r), Cal poly (18p-11r) and Georgetown (13p-13r). The Sylmar native collected six double-doubles as a freshman in 2009-10 and nine double-doubles as a redshirt sophomore in 2011-12.
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 Pac-12. Caldwell is the active Pac-12 leader with 783 rebounds, and Brandon is not far behind at No. 4 on the active list with 695 boards. No other duo in the league combines for over 1,200 rebounds, let alone the 1,478 by these two. BOYD'S BREAKOUT: Sophomore Brittany Boyd had a weekend to remember at the Cal Classic by Doubletree with a two-game average of 9.5 points, 12.0 assists and 5.5 steals. Boyd broke her career-best in assists in back-to-back games, dishing 10 times against Eastern Washington before getting 14 assists against Georgetown. The Berkeley native came two steals shy of her first career triple-double against EWU with 13 points, 10 assists and 8 steals.
CALDWELL APPROACHES 10: Senior Talia Caldwell currently has 783 career rebounds, a mark that is six shy of matching Ingrid Dixon for No. 10 in the California all-time record book at 789.
JEMERIGBE'S JUMPER: Junior Afure Jemerigbe has seen a marked improvement in her jumper after working with Coach Kai Felton on it in preparation for the season. Jemerigbe's numbers - especially her 3pt shot - have seen big spikes in the early part of the season with the junior shooting .487 from the field and .455 (10-of-22) from beyond the arc. In her first two season, Jemerigbe was a .329 3pt shooter (FR-.257; SOPH-.380).
POINT GUARD DELIGHT: Sunday's game will be a matchup of the top point guard in the country in ophomore Brittany Boyd and Duke's Chelsea Gray. Gray (4th) and Boyd (5th) are some of the top in the NCAA in assists per game.