Cal Heads to Arizona Desert to Close Out Regular Season
Feb. 24, 2003
Up Next: Radio: KALX (90.7 FM) and on Calbears.com) TV: YESThu., Feb. 27 Arizona State (Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Ariz.) 5 p.m. PSTSat., March 1 Arizona (McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.) 12 p.m. PST
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS California (9-16 overall, 5-11 Pac-10) hits the road for the final time this season when it travels to Arizona State Thurs., Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. PST, and to Arizona Sat., March 1 at 12 p.m. PST. Both games will be televised. The ASU game will be broadcast on Arizona TV with announcers George Allen and Doug Gerlach. Saturday's game at Arizona will air on Fox Sports Net with Dave Sitton and Mary Murphy on the call.
The Bears are in search of a season sweep against the Sun Devils after defeating them at Haas, 72-67, in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play. A sweep would be Cal's first against ASU since 1999, which also was the last time the Bears were victorious in Tempe.
Timea Ivanyi leads the Bears in both scoring and rebounding with marks of 10.4 ppg and 5.2 rpg. Nihan Anaz is right behind in the scoring column contributing 10.3 ppg while Leigh Gregory adds 9.5. The Bears are scoring 59.7 points per game on .393 shooting while allowing their opponents 65.4 points on .439 shooting. Cal has a +1.9 rebounding edge (37.6-35.7), thanks in part to outrebounding each of its last four opponents by at least seven boards.
Kristin Iwanaga currently ranks No. 1 in both the Cal and Pac-10 record books with a career free throw percentage of .870. She also is fourth all-time at Cal in three-point percentage with a career .387 clip.
Gregory has scored in double figures in five straight games, including a career-high 22 points against Oregon. In the same game she converted 13 of 15 free throws, marking the program's best single-game showing since Nov. 24, 2000. During this stretch, she has combined to shoot .531 (26-for-49) from the floor and .839 (26-for-31) from the free throw line. As a result, her scoring total has increased by 1.6 ppg and her shooting percentage is up 33 points.
The Bears have held three of their last six opponents to 38 percent shooting or below. Most recently, they allowed USC just 50 points on .339 shooting, including just six baskets and a .250 clip in the second half. Cal also forced Stanford into its lowest scoring total of the year (53) and held UCLA to just .290 shooting on their home floor. Cal is 9-1 this year when its opponent shoots .420 or below.
Over the last 13 games, the Bears are allowing their opposition to shoot just .256 from beyond the three-point line, and only three teams have made more than three treys during the stretch.