No. 9/9 Cal Hosts Arizona State, Arizona
Feb. 12, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Thu., Feb. 14 vs. Arizona StateHaas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 vs. ArizonaHaas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.
Radio: 90.7 FM (both) TV: Comcast SportsNet (Arizona)
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A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
Riding a four-game winning streak and holding a one-game lead for first place in the Pac-10, No. 9/9 California (21-3, 12-1 Pac-10, 1st) hosts Arizona State (16-7, 10-2 Pac-10, 3rd Pac-10) Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. and Arizona (9-14, 3-9 Pac-10, 8th) Saturday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m.
Thursday is Cal's first Think Pink game to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer. All donations will benefit the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center. Fans who wear pink will be admitted to the game for $3. The first 200 fans will receive a free pair of pink Crocs, and the first 3,000 fans will receive an official Think Pink t-shirt. Saturday is Kids' Day with all youth grades 12 and younger admitted for $1.
After posting its first road sweep of Oregon State and Oregon in 15 years last weekend, the Bears have earned consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins for only the second time in school history. The first time was in 1980-81 (23-13) and 1981-82 (23-10).
Cal's defense and rebounding have helped propel the Bears to their best start through 24 games in school history and have them in contention to win its first Pac-10 crown. This year's team looks to break the 1983-84 Bears (24-8) program record for wins in a season.
The Bears lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 52.8 ppg, which is on pace to break the Pac-10 record of 54.7 ppg, set by Arizona State in 2004-05. With a 34.0 field goal percentage defense, Cal is on track to shatter the school record of 37.3 percent established in 2006-07.
In 19 of 23 games, Cal has held a rebounding advantage on its way to a Pac-10-leading +8.4 rebounding margin. That mark will also break the school record of +6.3.
Cal looks to find its offensive rhythm it showed earlier in the season. The Bears still rank third in the Pac-10 in scoring at 65.7 ppg, but they've scored fewer than 65 points in seven of their last nine games. It's helped that Cal has limited 10 opponents to under 50 points this season.
Junior forward Ashley Walker, a finalist for the Naismith, Wooden and State Farm Wade awards, ranks among the top five in the Pac-10 in six categories, including first in rebounding (9.3 rpg), second in blocks (1.5 bpg) and fourth in scoring (15.7 ppg).
Gray-Lawson holds the distinction of leading the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage overall (42.3%), and Cal sophomore guard Natasha Vital tops the Pac-10 in the category in conference games (45.2%).