Non-Conference Play Continues Against Roadrunners
BERKELEY – California's second non-conference matchup is set for Sunday, November 29 when the Golden Bears host CSU Bakersfield at 2:00pm PT at Haas Pavilion.
Five freshmen Bears made their collegiate debut in Wednesday's season opener against San Jose State. Leading the way was Dalayah Daniels whose 10 points and 12 rebounds combined for the first double-double in a season-opener by a freshman at Cal in more than 20 years. She was one of three freshmen to get the start as Ornela Muca and Fatou Samb also earned a spot in the starting five.
Sophomore Leilani McIntosh was one of three Bears to score in double-digit figures (10 points) while playing a game high 38 minutes. She also recorded four assists, two steals and one block. Meanwhile, captain and sophomore forward Evelien Lutje Schipholt also tallied 10 points and seven rebounds while going 6-for-8 from the free throw line in her first-career start.
Cal is 4-0 all-time against CSU Bakersfield and defeated the Roadrunners 86-63 on November 20, 2016 in their most recent matchup.
SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS
Entering its first year as a member of the Big West Conference after seven seasons in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), CSU Bakersfield was picked to finish eighth in both the media and coaches polls. The Roadrunners, who have yet to play a game this season, finished second in the WAC in 2019-20 with a record of 16-13 (8-8 WAC), but did not get a chance to compete in the conference tournament before athletic activities were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before the tournament however, redshirt sophomore Jayden Eggleston was named to the WAC All-Newcomer Team on March 9. The 6-1 forward from Las Vegas started in 28 of 29 games, led the team in scoring, (11.8 points per game) minutes (26.7 per game) and blocks (30 overall) and was also nominated for the ROWDYs Newcomer of the Year Award.
The only other returning starter for CSUB is Miracle Saxon, a 5-9 junior forward. Last season, Saxon made 27 starts while averaging 7.7 points and 7.0 rebounds. Another player to watch for will be senior center Vanessa Austin whose 51.9 percent shooting led the team a year ago. Austin played in all 29 contests last year (two starts) and averaged 8.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 19.9 minutes.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Sunday's 2:00 p.m. PT game against the Roadrunners will be live streamed here. Live stats will also be available here. Fans can receive additional in-game updates and behind-the-scenes information by following the Bears' social media accounts (Twitter: @CalWBBall, Instagram: @CalWBBall and Facebook: Facebook.com/CalWBBall).
Cal will play its first Pac-12 matchups of the season next week, hosting Washington and Washington State on Friday (Dec. 4) and Sunday (Dec. 6) respectively.