California Heads to Arizona For Key Match-ups
Feb. 23, 2010
The California Golden Bears (16-10, 10-5 Pac-10) have just three games left in the regular season, playing two of them on the road this week. On Thursday, Feb. 25, Cal will be in Tucson for a 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) game against the Arizona Wildcats (13-12, 6-8 Pac-10). They finish the trip on Saturday, Feb. 27 with a 2 p.m. (Pacific Time) game in Tempe against the Arizona State Sun Devils (16-9, 8-6 Pac-10). Both games will be pivotal in determining Cal's post season future.
Neither game will be televised, but live audio for both will be available through CalBears.com.
Cal enters the week in sole possession of third place in the Pac-10 standings and controls their own destiny for earning a three-seed in the Pac-10 tournament. Cal holds a 1.5 game advantage over Arizona State and USC, who are both currently 8-6 in Conference play.
A victory over Arizona on Thursday will guarantee Cal a first-round bye in the Pac-10 tournament. The bottom four teams open with games on Thursday, March 11. The No. 1-6 seeds play their first games on Friday, March 12. If Cal does retain the No. 3 seed, they will take on the No. 6 seed on Friday at 5 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Only the semifinals, played on Saturday, March 13 (at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.), and the Championships game, played on Sunday, March 14 (at 3:00 p.m.) will be televised on Fox Sports (and carried locally on Comcast Bay Area).
Cal is riding a four-game win streak, looking to match their season-high of five consecutive victories (1/14-28) from earlier this season. They have also won 10 of their last 12 games. During their current four-game win streak, senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson is averaging 22.5 points per game. Freshman forward DeNesha, coming off back-to-back 19 point performances, is averaging 15.0 points per game. Both Gray-Lawson and Stallworth are averaging 6.3 rebounds per game. Freshman forward Gennifer Brandon has 33 rebounds in the last four games, averaging 8.3 per contest.
Both Stallworth and Brandon had double-doubles against Oregon. Cal players have combined for nine double-doubles this season. Stallworth and Brandon are the only players with more than one: Brandon has four and Stallworth a pair.
PAC-10 SCORING RACE Alexis Gray-Lawson, with her 19 points against Oregon, maintained her average of 18.6 points per game. Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike's average dipped to 18.6 points per game. Ogumike leads the scoring race by a fraction of a percentage point, having scored one more point (484) than Gray-Lawson (483). Ogumike currently ranks 24th among all NCAA Division I basketball players. Gray-Lawson is 26th. In Conference games, Gray-Lawson averages two points per game more than the second highest scorer. Gray-Lawson is averaging 21.7 ppg to Oregon's Taylor Lilley's 19.7.
SEASON HIGHS VS ARIZONA Two Bears set season highs in the first meeting of the year between Arizona and Cal (Jan. 28, 2010). Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 39 points, the highest point total by a Cal player in regulation this season (she only scored 33 of her 47 points against Oregon State in regulation, the rest coming over the course of two overtimes). Gennifer Brandon also set the standard for rebounds in a game, pulling in 15 boards. Cal also made 10 three-pointers against Arizona, the most against a Pac-10 opponent this season. Cal hit 12 treys against San Jose State, their highest total in any game this season.
REBOUNDING Cal won the battle of the boards last weekend, outrebounding Oregon State by eight (34-26) and Oregon by 23 (51-28). In the season series against the Ducks, Cal has outrebounded them 104-59. Gennifer Brandon, who had 21 rebounds last week, has been Cal's leading rebounder in seven of the last nine games.
BATTLE OF THE BAY Next weekend's showdown against Stanford has been picked up for TV broadcast. The Saturday, March 6 game at Haas Pavilion, which tips at 12:30 p.m., will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net and carried locally on Comcast Bay Area. The Cal/Stanford game in Berkeley has drawn over 10,000 fans each of the last two years. Tickets are onsale right now through the Cal box office, including the $1 Cal Kids Day General Admission tickets for all youth 12th grade and younger.
BOYLE & THE POST SEASON Cal head coach Joanne Boyle has a perfect record for post-season qualifying as a head coach. She took her Richmond Spiders to two WNIT tournaments (advancing to the semi-finals in 2003-04) and to the NCAA's in 2004-05. Her four previous Cal teams have all qualified for the NCAA's. Even as an assistant at Duke, Boyle's teams made it to the NCAA tournament every year but her first (1993-94), eight straight trips.
WBCA's SO YOU WANT TO BE A COACH- CLASS OF 2010 Senior guards Natasha Vital and Lauren Greif will be participating in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association eighth annual WBCA's So You Want To Be A Coach program. This two-and-a-half day workshop will be held April 2-4 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The 2010 class marks the largest in the eight years of the program and is sponsored by the WBCA, the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion, NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee, and the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics. The So You Want To Be A Coach Program was designed to increase the amount of women in the coaching profession, with an emphasis on female minorities by providing a workshop based on educational and professional principles to help those interested in the field.
Each participant is selected based on their academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from their head coach. Arizona State's Lauren Lacey will also be attending.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA (13-12, 6-8) The Arizona Wildcats have two players averaging 14 or more points per game. Freshman Davellyn White is fourth in the Pac-10 at 16.5 ppg and Ify Ibekwe is averaging 14.0 ppg. Ibekwe continues to lead the Pac-10 in rebounding, something she has done most of the season. She is averaging 11.6 rpg. Arizona leads the all-time series 29-22. Cal has won the last eight meetings. Their last loss to the Wildcats was at Haas Pavilion Jan. 22, 2006 when they fell 80-76. Last season, Cal won 56-46 in Tucson and 51-48 at home. Cal won 73-53 in the game earlier this season (1/28/10).
FOR MORE INFORMATION If you are looking for more information about the 2009-10 Cal Women's Basketball team, be sure to visit CalBears.com where you can find video bios for all of the players, the online Information Guide, and video highlight clips from most of the games (check the news link for the game recap and follow the link at the top of the recap page).
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