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Battle of the Bay

Dec 12, 2020

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BERKELEY – The Golden Bears close out their five-game homestand to open the 2020-21 season with a Battle of the Bay matchup against rival No. 1 Stanford on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7pm PT on Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Bay Area.
 
Cal has continued to progress over the team's first four games of the season as they have heavily relied on their No. 7 recruiting class consisting of six freshmen. Freshman guard Ornela Muca and freshman forward Dalayah Daniels have each started all four games for the Bears while fellow freshmen Fatou Samb, Ugonne (Michelle) Onyiah, and Sela Heide have each received significant playing time in each of Cal's games thus far. In the Bears' Thursday matchup versus San Francisco, Daniels paced the team with a career-high 24 points which are the most scored by any freshman in the Pac-12 this season and the ninth-most by any player in the conference thus far. Furthermore, her 12 rebounds in the season opener versus San Jose State are tied for the second-most among all Pac-12 freshmen.
 
The Bears have shined on defense this season, particularly on the perimeter where their opponents are shooting just 25.9 percent which is ranked fifth in the Pac-12. Cal also has the fifth-best offensive rebounding percentage in the conference as they snag the offensive board nearly 40 percent of the time (38.8 percent). Onyiah is ranked third in the Pac-12 with 3.25 offensive rebounds per game while sophomore forward Evelien Lutje Schipholt is tied for sixth with 3.0. Furthermore, Daniels and Lutje Schipholt are both tied for 10th in the conference with an average of 7.25 total rebounds per game while Daniels' 5.75 defensive boards are ranked seventh.
 
Cal is also tied for eighth in personal fouls committed per game (13.0) and tied for second among teams with four or more games.
 
Against San Francisco, the Bears had multiple players register career nights. In addition to Daniels' 24 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal, Lutje Schipholt registered her sixth career double-double after scoring a career-high 20 points (9-for-15) along with 10 rebounds and three blocks. Lutje Schipholt and Daniels combined for 44 of Cal's 62 points and shot a collective 57.1 field goal percentage. Meanwhile, Onyiah also recorded career numbers in both rebounds (11) and points (six). The team also tallied their most combined blocks in two years (nine), since December 16, 2018 against UC Santa Barbara when they denied nine shots.
 
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
Stanford ascended to the No. 1 spot in the AP top-25 poll this week after beginning the season ranked No. 2. The Cardinal are 3-0, 1-0 Pac-12 on the season which includes a pair of victories against UNLV (101-54) and Washington (83-50) after temporarily relocating to Las Vegas due to COVID-19 regulations in Santa Clara County.
 
Entering the week, Cardinal sophomore guard Haley Jones was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week. She led Stanford with 25 points and a career-best seven assists against UNLV, then recorded a career-high 29 points and 13 rebounds against Washington in their Pac-12 opener. She went 14-for-15 (.933) from the floor against the Huskies. Her 76.2 field goal percentage this season is ranked fifth in the nation and first in the conference. Forward Cameron Brink is another freshman to watch as she scored double-digit point totals in her first two games.
 
As a team, the Cardinal is also ranked No. 1 in the country in several statistical categories, including: assist to turnover ratio (2.22) and assists per game (23.7). Their 97.3 points per game are ranked sixth and their scoring margin (49.3) is ranked second. The Cardinal has also held its first three opponents to 26.8 percent shooting which is ranked third in the nation and first in the Pac-12.
 
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Thursday's 7pm PT game against the Cardinal will be available to watch via Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Bay Area 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 head to Los Angeles for their first road trip of the season next week, facing UCLA on Saturday, Dec. 19 at noon PT and USC on Monday, Dec. 21 at 2pm PT. Both games will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.