First Road Trip
BERKELEY – California women's basketball heads to Los Angeles for their first road trip of the season. They will take on No. 11 UCLA on Saturday, Dec. 19 at Noon PT on Pac-12 Network.
The Golden Bears are in search of their first win of the season as they head to UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. They will welcome back sophomore guard Leilani McIntosh who missed the previous two games due to concussion protocol. The Bears' only returning starter from last year is leading the team with an average 36.3 minutes per game (ranked second in the Pac-12) and she started the first three games of the season. Furthermore, her 46.7 percent shooting leads the team's starters and her 11.3 points per game are ranked second.
Freshman forward Dalayah Daniels, sophomore forward Evelien Lutje Schipholt and freshman guard Ornela Muca have started all five of the Bears' contests this season. Daniels leads the team with 11.8 points per game and her average of 36.2 minutes is ranked second in the conference. Muca is right behind in third place with 34.0 minutes. Daniels' 5.0 rebounds per game are tied for sixth in the Pac-12 and her 75.0 free throw percentage is ranked ninth. Freshman forward Ugonne (Michelle) Onyiah has shined on defense through the season's first three weeks. Her average offensive (3.4) and total rebounds (7.0) are both tied for fourth in the Pac-12. Onyiah tied her career-high of 11 rebounds in the Bears' most recent matchup against Stanford while setting a new career-best in the points (nine).
Cal has continued to play clean basketball through its first five games, averaging just 13.8 personal fouls per contest which is the fewest in the conference and 22nd-least in the nation. Defense remains one of the Golden Bears' biggest strengths. On the perimeter, they are holding opponents to a 28.0 three-point field goal percentage (sixth in the Pac-12). Additionally, they are one of just three schools in the Pac-12 to have three players with 10+ rebounds in a game (Onyiah, Lutje Schipholt and Daniels) and they are also averaging 4.2 blocks per game. Daniels and freshman center Sela Heide lead the team with five blocks each.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS
Ranked No. 11 in the AP top-25 poll, UCLA is 4-1, 2-1 Pac-12 this season and most recently defeated crosstown rival USC 73-52 on December 13. The Bruins currently lead the conference with 19.0 offensive rebounds per game and have an overall rebound margin of +15.2. They are also holding opponents to a Pac-12-best 30.2 boards per game and lead the conference in defensive (75.4) and offensive (46.8) rebounding percentage.
On offense, UCLA has two players who rank in the top-5 in scoring in the Pac-12 (sophomore guard Charisma Osborne and senior forward Michaela Onyenwere). Osborne is averaging 19.2 points while Onyenwere is collecting 16.2 per game. Both have scored in double figures in each of the Bruins' first five games.
UCLA leads the all-time series with Cal 55-23 and the Bruins won the only matchup between the two teams last season, 74-70 in overtime.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Saturday's Noon PT game against the Bruins will be available to watch via Pac-12 Network. 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 remain in Southern California for a matchup with USC on Monday, Dec. 21 at 2pm PT. The Bears' final game before the break will be televised on Pac-12 Network.