Dec. 1, 2012
Cameron Indoor Stadium | Durham, N.C.
DURHAM, N.C. - 10/11 California faces its toughest challenge of the season with a Sunday battle against No. 4/4 Duke Sunday afternoon in Durham, N.C.
Tip-off between the Bears and Blue Devils is set for 2 p.m. (ET) at Cameron Indoor Stadium in a battle of top 10 teams (No. 4 vs No. 10) and top 10 offenses (No. 3 vs No. 7).
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A CALIFORNIA WIN AT DUKE WOULD:
SCOUTING DUKE (5-0, 0-0 ACC): Perennial national title contender Duke enters the matchup unbeaten at 5-0 after Wednesday night's 71-54 victory at Michigan. The Blue Devils are led by All-American junior guard Chelsea Gray's 16.4 points and 7 assists per game. Four Blue Devils average double-figures and seven play 20 minutes per game for the nation's fourth-ranked team.
GAME RECAP: When No. 10 California was planning to come east to play No. 4 Duke and looking for another team to play to make the trip worthwhile, coach Lindsay Gottlieb couldn't have settled on a better opponent than Old Dominion. Playing the hard-nosed, ball-hawking defense that once was their trademark, the Lady Monarchs closed within four with 8½ minutes to play before the Golden Bears regrouped and pulled away for a 63-47 victory Friday night. Layshia Clarendon scored 15 points and Gennifer Brandon had nine points and 17 rebounds. Talia Caldwell posted her first double-double of the season (10p-10r), and the Bears collected a school-record 66 rebounds in the contest.
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. Five Bears average double figures scoring with a sixth averaging 9.5, and a different Bear has led the team in scoring in five of six games* (Gennifer Brandon and Talia Caldwell both scored 15 points vs EWU, making Brandon and Layshia Clarendon the lone Bears with the top output in two games).
BREAKING THE RECORD: California pulled down a school-record 66 rebounds in Friday's 63-47 victory at Old Dominion, surpassing the previous record of 64 that was set three times: two years ago vs Yale (11/23/10), 12 years ago vs Washington (1/29/00) and 29 years ago vs UTEP (11/20/83).
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 793 rebounds, and Brandon is not far behind at No. 4 on the active list with 712 boards. No other duo in the league combines for over 1,200 rebounds, let alone the 1,505 by these two.
SAINT MARY'S REUNION: Junior Afure Jemerigbe played high school basketball with Duke junior guard Chelsea Gray at Saint Mary's HS in Stockton, Calif. Both were McDonald's All-Americans at the program.
BRANDON'S DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Junior Gennifer Brandon's has posted four double-doubles in Cal's six 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.
POINT GUARD DELIGHT: Sunday's game will be a matchup of the top point guard in the country in sophomore Brittany Boyd and Duke's Chelsea Gray. Gray (4th) and Boyd (5th) are some of the top in the NCAA in assists per game.
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 HITS 10: Senior Talia Caldwell moved past Ingrid Dixon for No. 10 in the California all-time record book with 793 career rebounds after her 10-rebound effort against Old Dominion Friday night.