California Opens Homestand in the Pink Zone

Feb. 16, 2010


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The California Golden Bears (14-10, 8-5 Pac-10) open a two-game homestand on Thursday, Feb. 18 when they host the Oregon State Beavers (9-14, 1-11 Pac-10) at Haas Pavilion. Tip off is at 7 p.m. Thursday night's game will be broadcast on Comcast California.

The Bears end the week with another game at Haas, taking on the Oregon Ducks (16-8, 7-5 Pac-10) at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Thursday's night's game will be the annual WBCA Pink Zone game. All fans wearing pink can purchase general admission tickets for $3 and the first 2,000 will receive a special Pink Zone T-Shirt.

The WBCA Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Bear players will be wearing special pink shoelaces. The officials will be blowing special pink whistles. Both coaching staffs and all Cal athletics employees will be wearing pink. The Bears' fundraising efforts will be focused on supporting the Alta Bates Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center. Fans will have the opportunity to donate funds to this worthy cause as well as bid on a team autographed pink basketball.

On the court, the Bears are playing for Pac-10 Tournament seeding. Cal comes into the week in third place in the Conference, holding a half-game advantage over USC and Oregon. The Bears have won three of their last four games, including Sunday's thrilling 75-68 overtime victory at Washington. The Beavers are in the midst of a 12-game losing streak, with their last victory coming in the Pac-10 opener against Washington State. In their last meeting, Cal and Oregon State battled through two overtimes with the Bears coming out with the 79-75 victory.

Freshman guard Layshia Clarendon has stepped up her offense, scoring 14 points against Washington. After going scoreless against Oregon, Clarendon has averaged 10.0 points per game in the last five contests.

Freshman forward Talia Caldwell had the strongest offensive performance in a Pac-10 game of her career when she scored 12 points, hitting six of nine field goal attempts, against Washington State. Caldwell has raised her season shooting efficiency up to 62.6 percent.

STAT STANDINGS Senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson is second in the Pac-10 scoring race. Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads the Conference at 18.8 ppg with Gray-Lawson averaging 18.6. Gray-Lawson still leads the pack in Pac-10 games, averaging 22.3 ppg. Taylor Lilley of Oregon is second at 20.6.

ANATOMY OF A 35-POINT PERFORMANCE Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 35 points in Sunday's 75-68 overtime victory at Washington. Gray-Lawson managed to accomplish this despite sitting more than seven minutes in the first half after being whistled for her third foul. Gray-Lawson scored 14 of Cal's first 16 points. In addition to having to play through foul trouble, Gray-Lawson also had to play through an ankle injury. She sprained her ankle late in the second half. After being helped off the court, she decided to play through the pain, got her ankle taped up, and came back in to score eight more points, including the game-deciding three-point basket in the overtime period.

Gray-Lawson's first basket of the second half moved her into third place on Cal's all-time career scoring list. Gray-Lawson passed Jennifer Bennett (1984-87, 1766 points). There are only two players in Cal history who have scored more than 1,787 career points: Gray-Lawson's former teammate Ashley Walker (2006-09, 2142 points) and Colleen Galloway (1978-81, 2320).

The game was Gray-Lawson's third game this season and the fourth in her career where she has scored 35 or more points in a game. Only three Cal players have ever scored 35 or more points in a game. Jennifer Bennett (1984-87) had eight career games where she scored 35 or more points, including having seven of those performances during the 1986-87 season. Colleen Galloway (1978-81) had three 35 or more games in her career.

OVERTIME After going the entire 2008-09 season without a single overtime contest, the Bears have played two this season, winning them both, including the epic 79-75 double overtime game at Oregon State. Cal is 14-13 in single overtime games and 5-0 in double overtime games in program history. After going down 0-2 in the Washington overtime, Cal scored nine unanswered points to earn the 75-68 victory.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES Freshman forward DeNesha Stallworth posted the first double double of her college career with 14 points and 10 rebounds against USC. Stallworth was the fifth different Cal player to post a double-double in a game this season. Freshman forward Gennifer Brandon logged her team-leading third double-double of the season against Oregon State. Brandon scored 11 points with 11 rebounds coming off the bench for the Bears. All three of Brandon's double-doubles have come in games where she is not a member of the starting lineup. Alexis Gray-Lawson, who has one double-double this season, was one rebound shy of another at Washington State, with 19 points and 9 rebounds. She had eight rebounds with 35 points against Washington.

STEALS Freshman guard Eliza Pierre has amassed 49 steals this season. She had five last week against the Washington schools. The Bears had 16 steals, their highest total against a Pac-10 opponent this season. The Bears logged 19 steals in their season opener against Idaho State.

FRESH(MAN) LINEUP Cal has used seventh different starting lineups this season. They have used three different mixes that feature four freshmen in the starting lineup and two different versions with two seniors and three freshmen. Every single eligible Cal player but junior guard Rachelle Federico has started at least one game this season.

WBCA HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICANS Two of Cal's top-10 ranked recruiting class have just earned WBCA All-American recognition. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today the nation's top 20 girls' basketball players selected to participate in the 19th annual WBCA High School All-America Game presented by Nike. Two incoming Cal players, Afure Jemerigbe and Lindsay Sherbert, have earned the honor. The college-style regulation game is scheduled to tip off at 4:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 3, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This highly-anticipated event is part of the WBCA National Convention, which takes place at the site of the NCAA® Women's Final Four®. This year's event will be the first to be played on the same court as the NCAA Women's Final Four.

This is the second year in a row that Cal's incoming freshman class has been well-represented in the WBCA All-American game. Last season, DeNesha Stallworth and Layshia Clarendon were named WBCA All-Americans.

McDONALD'S ALL-AMERICANS Afure Jemerigbe and Lindsay Sherbert also earned 2010 McDonald's High School All-American honors. The two will be playing on March 31 for the West Team in the McDonald's All-American Game in Columbus, Ohio. Last season, DeNesha Stallworth played in both the WBCA and McDonald's High School All-American games. Joining Stallworth at the McDonald's game were Eliza Pierre, Gennifer Brandon, and Tierra Rogers. Maryland, Connecticut, and Duke were the only schools other than Cal to have multiple recruits named to the McDonald's All-American teams.

A LOOK AT OREGON STATE (9-14, 1-11 Pac-10) The Oregon State Beavers have dropped their last 12 games after winning their Pac-10 opener against Washington State. Cal leads the all-time series, 30-28. Cal has won the last seven matchups including a 67-61 double-overtime game in Corvallis, Feb. 17, 2007 and this season's 79-75 overtime victory on Jan. 23, 2010. The last victory for the Beavers was a 63-55 win in Berkeley Feb. 2, 2006. Earlier this season at Oregon State, Cal outlasted the Beavers for the 79-75 double overtime victory. Alexis Gray-Lawson, playing all 50 minutes of the game, scored 47 points.

LIVE STREAMING AUDIO The California Golden Bear's Women's Basketball team will be streaming live action for their entire 2009-10 season as part of the Cal ISP Sports Network online through The Cal ISP Sports Network will be providing the audio broadcasts for all games will be available free on the internet for fans to listen via the website. Bay Area broadcasting veteran Dave Lewis has been hired to call the play-by-play for the game broadcasts. U.C. Berkeley's student radio station, KALX-FM, which has carried women's basketball games for the past 27 years, will continue to broadcast most home games and select road games this season.

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