No. 12/13 Cal Faces No. 23/18 Vanderbilt in Contra Costa Times Title Game
Dec. 2, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Sun., Dec. 2 vs. VanderbiltHaas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA1:00 p.m.Radio: 90.7 FM/linked on CalBears.comTV: Comcast SportsNet
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
After opening the Contra Costa Times Classic with a 77-61 victory over Saint Mary's, No. 12/13 California faces No. 23/18 Vanderbilt in the title game Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Jim Kozimor (play-by-play) and Roxy Bernstein (color) serving as the announcers. Admission is free to everyone for the game.
Cal is in search of its first win over a ranked team since the Bears defeated No. 8/9 Stanford, 72-57, Feb. 4, 2007.
Cal brings a 27-game home non-conference winning streak into the Vanderbilt game and has won its own tournament four consecutive years - the first three Contra Costa Times Classics and the last Oakland Tribune Classic in 2003.
Cal, whose lineup features only nine healthy players, has relied upon defense and rebounding this season. The Bears surrender only 58.7 ppg and boast a +1.2 rebounding margin - both school records. The Bears average 68.9 ppg after averaging 67.9 ppg a year ago.
Junior forward/center Ashley Walker leads the Pac-10 in scoring (21.6 ppg) and rebounding (12.3 rpg). After topping the conference with 12 double-doubles a year ago, Walker ranks first in that category again with six this year. Walker is 13th in Cal history in scoring with 1101 points. She has had to play an even bigger role for the Bears, as junior forward/center Devanei Hampton - the 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year - misses four to six weeks after having knee surgery Nov. 9.
Walker, Hampton and redshirt sophomore guard Alexis Gray-Lawson all earned preseason All-America recognition. Gray-Lawson is second on the team in scoring at 11.0 ppg and paces the Bears in three-point percentage (52.4%) and three-pointers made (11).
Sophomore guards Natasha Vital and Lauren Greif, Pac-10 All-Freshman honorees last season, also start for the Bears. Greif is fourth on the team in scoring (7.7 ppg) and is a leading three-point threat (42.9%, 9-21). Greif has started all 39 games during her career. Vital contributes 7.3 ppg and leads the Bears in assists at 3.3 apg.
Sophomore center Rama N'diaye completes Cal's starting lineup, averaging 9.1 ppg and 9.4 rpg.
Freshman guard/forward Kelsey Adrian (7.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg), senior forward Krista Foster (2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg) and junior forward Shantrell Sneed (2.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg) have been the Bears' main contributors off the bench.