California Hosts Oregon Saturday at 8 p.m.
Feb. 19, 2010
The California Golden Bears (15-10, 9-5 Pac-10) take on the Oregon Ducks (16-9, 7-6 Pac-10) Saturday, Feb. 20 at Haas Pavilion. The game will tip a 8:00 p.m.
Saturday night's game will be a Cal Kids Day with general admission tickets for all youth 12th grade and younger available for just $1. Because of the nighttime tip, the normal pre-game activities, such as poster making and face painting, will take place in the Club Room at the back of Haas Pavilion. The first 500 youth in attendance will receive a Cal Beanie Hat.
On the court, the Bears are playing for Pac-10 Tournament seeding. Cal comes into the week in third place in the Conference, now holding a game and a half-game advantage over USC, Oregon, and Arizona State. The Bears have won four of their last five games, including Thursday's 66-62 victory over the Oregon State Beavers.
Oregon, who had been leading the nation in scoring for most of the season, dropped to second place among all NCAA I teams in points per game, averaging 84.3. Oral Roberts now leads the country with an 85.5 points per game average. In the first meeting of the season between the two teams, Cal held the Ducks to 62 points when the two quads met earlier this season.
The Bears will be riding the momentum of Thursday night's victory over the Oregon State Beavers. DeNesha Stallworth shot 81.8 percent from the field, hitting nine of her 11 field goal attempts. She moved her season field goal percentage back over 50 percent (50.2). Stallworth scored a game-high 19 points, 15 of those coming during her inspired second half. Stallworth also had a pair of blcoks, giving her 31 on the season.
Junior guard Rachelle Federico played a career-high 25 minutes against Oregon State. Federico was a key element in Cal's first half run, hitting a pivitol three-point basket and coming up with another big steal that helped Cal take control of the first half. Federico's last two games at Haas have been two of her best performances of her career. Against UCLA at the end of the last homestand, Federico played 21 minutes, scoring nine points. She would have been the Bears' top scorer in the game were it not for some late freethrows by Alexis Gray-Lawson. Federico, who scored five points, also had two steals, a block, and four assists.
Freshman forward Gennifer Brandon had ten rebounds in the game, the sixth time this season she has pulled in double-digit boards in a contest.
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