Bears Host Washington to Open Pac-12 Play
BERKELEY – California's first Pac-12 matchup will tip off on Friday, Dec. 4 at 6pm PT on Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Washington.
The Golden Bears enter their second week of the 2020-21 season in search of their first victory after dropping contests to San Jose State and CSU Bakersfield. Despite the losses, several freshmen stepped up in their first two games as both Dalayah Daniels and Ornela Muca started both contests. Daniels was nominated for Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after collecting a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double in the season opener and averaging 9.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 35.0 minutes overall. Meanwhile, Muca averaged 28.5 minutes and recorded six points and six rebounds against SJSU. Cal's four other freshmen each saw time as well.
The Bears enter the weekend's contests following the news that sophomore guard Jazlen Green (right knee) and freshman guard Alma Elsnitz (right ACL tear) will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season. Elsnitz was injured in Sunday's game versus CSU Bakersfield after making her first career start. In the contest, she had a team-high 14 points along with four rebounds and two steals. Green and Elsnitz join sophomore guard Cailyn Crocker who is also out for the season due to injury. For the full release, click here.
Washington leads the all-time series between the two schools with a record of 47-28. However, the Bears have won six of the last seven games including their most recent matchup on Feb. 2, 2020 when Cal defeated the Huskies 81-74 in overtime in Seattle.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Freshman guard Tameiya Sadler had a big week for the Huskies, helping Washington start the season 2-0 with wins against San Diego State and BYU. She was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after scoring the game-winning basket in the season opener versus SDSU and tallying a team-high 23 points over their most recent win over BYU. The Vallejo, Calif., native averaged 17.5 points per game and shot 60 percent from the field. Altogether, freshmen accounted for 43 of the Huskies' 77 points against the Cougars.
Washington has also been strong on the offensive boards, outrebounding their opponents 29-9 in the category. Sophomore center Quay Miller also had a big impact in the season opener, scoring 19 points with 10 rebounds for the first double-double of her career. Meanwhile, senior forward Khayla Rooks earned a start in both contests and averaged 32.0 minutes per game.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Sunday's 6pm PT game against the Huskies will be live televised locally on Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Washington. 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 continue Pac-12 play on Sunday, when they host Washington State on December 6. Tip-off is still TBD.