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Cal to Face USF in Final Non-Conference Matchup

Dec 9, 2020

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BERKELEY – California's final non-conference game will take place on Thursday, December 10 at 6pm PT against San Francisco at Haas Pavilion.
 
Cal's six freshmen continue to play a big part in the Bears' 2020-21 campaign. In their most recent matchup against Washington, the freshmen Bears combined for 123 (61 percent) of Cal's 200 minutes. Altogether, they are averaging 24.1 minutes per game while forward Dalayah Daniels and guard Ornela Muca are logging an average 35.0 and 30.7 minutes respectively. Both have started each of the Bears' three games thus far while five of the six have made a start. Daniels leads the team in both rebounds (8.3 per game) and steals (four overall) and is tied with freshman center Sela Heide for the team lead with three blocks.
 
Cal has also been playing clean basketball in the season's first three games, committing the nation's second-fewest personal fouls per game (11.0) which is also ranked first in the Pac-12. The Bears collected just seven personal fouls during November 29's matchup against CSU Bakersfield and the Roadrunners shot just one free throw. In fact, only six opposing players have stood at the free throw line against Cal this season and just one player each for San Jose State and CSU Bakersfield. The Bears have been strong on the offensive glass as well this season, averaging 14.7 offensive rebounds which is ranked second in the conference.
 
Thursday marks the 36th matchup between Cal and USF. The Bears lead the all-time series 26-9 with Cal defeating the Dons in their most recent matchup on November 25, 2016 (75-52) in Berkeley.
 
SCOUTING THE DONS
University of San Francisco is 0-2 to begin the 2020-21 season, dropping contests to UC Davis and Oregon State. However in their most recent matchup in Corvallis, the Dons played the Beavers close (who were ranked No. 17 at the time), finishing within 10 points (89-80). In the loss, freshman guard Ionna Krimili scored a game-high 27 points while shooting 70.0 percent (7-for-10) – all three pointers. It was her second 20-point game this season and second time she's made six or more three-point field goals in a contest. Krimili ranks second in the nation in made three pointers per game (6.50 per contest). She is also tied for 13th with 13 triples, and her 72.7 three-point field goal percentage ranks 14th in the country. For her efforts against OSU, she was named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday. Sophomore forward Julia Nielacna (18) and sophomore guard Marta Galic (12) also finished with double-digit points for the Dons.
 
Krimili's 24.5 points per game lead the team while sophomore guard Amalie Langer is second with 12.5. As a team, USF is averaging 77.5 points per game with a 40.9 field goal percentage and a 48.0 percent success rate from three-point range (seventh in the nation). The Dons are also ranked 23rd in fewest turnovers per game with an average of 11.5.
 
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Thursday's 6pm PT game against the Dons will be available to watch via Cal Live Stream 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).
 
UP NEXT
Cal will resume Pac-12 play on Sunday, when they host No. 1 Stanford on December 13 at 7pm PT on Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Bay Area.