New Year’s in Tempe
BERKELEY – California women's basketball will celebrate New Year's Day in Arizona with a matchup at Arizona State at 2pm PT. The contest at Desert Financial Arena will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network/Arizona/Bay Area.
Freshman forward Dalayah Daniels recorded her second-consecutive double-double and third overall in the Bears' most recent matchup at USC. She is the only freshman in the Pac-12 with three double-doubles and she has played all 40 minutes in back-to-back contests. Her three double-doubles are the second most in the conference and 25th-most in the nation. She currently leads the team in both average points (12.0) and rebounds (7.6 – sixth in the Pac-12) and her 261 overall minutes and 37:39 minutes per game both lead the conference.
Meanwhile, sophomore guard Leilani McIntosh is ranked second in the conference with an average of 37:33 minutes per game. Freshman forward Ugonne (Michelle) Onyiah also had a big game against the Trojans, finishing with career-bests in points (16, 8-for-15), steals (three) and blocks (two) while also contributing seven rebounds. In conference play, freshman center Sela Heide is averaging 2.33 blocks per game which is ranked third in the Pac-12. Heide leads the team with 10 blocks overall.
As a team, the Bears are ranked first in the nation among teams with six or more games with an average of 12.3 personal fouls per game. Cal also has the fifth-highest offensive rebounding percentage in the conference, pulling down the offensive board 38.0 percent of the time.
The Sun Devils lead the all-time matchup between Cal and ASU 40-37. However, the 12th- seeded Bears upset 5-seeded ASU in the first round of the 2020 Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas – the last matchup between the two teams.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
ASU is currently 6-2, 2-2 Pac-12 and earned a victory in their last game at Utah (56-48) on December 18. Their most recent scheduled game at Colorado on January 20 was postponed "due to an abundance of caution with COVID-19 protocols within the Buffaloes' women's basketball program," per a Sun Devils release on Dec. 20.
As a team, ASU is 20th in the nation and fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (53.6 points per game). ASU is also ranked in the top third of the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (second - 72.0) and offensive rebounds per game (fourth - 15.4). Sophomore Sun Devil Eboni Walker is seventh in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (78.6), eighth in rebounding (7.1 per game) and 10th in offensive rebounds (2.8 per game).
Junior guard Taya Hanson currently leads ASU in scoring (11.8 point per game), 3-pointers (12), steals (1.5 per game) and free throw percentage (84.2) and is second in rebounding (4.6 per game). She has pulled down six or more rebounds five times this season, including a career-high seven boards at Arizona on Dec. 10. Freshman guard Jaddan Simmons is also averaging double-digit points (10.4), has led the team twice in scoring this season and all four of her double-digit point performances have come in the last five games.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Friday's 2pm PT game at ASU will be available to watch via Pac-12 Network/Arizona/Bay Area. 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).
The Golden Bears will remain on the road, taking on Arizona on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 11am PT. The contest will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.