Cal Hosts No. 11 Oregon
BERKELEY – The Golden Bears return home for their first game at Haas Pavilion of 2021 on Sunday. They will take on No. 11 Oregon at 1pm PT. on Pac-12 Network/Bay Area/Oregon.
Cal will look to bounce back after their road trip to the Arizona schools which included a close contest at Arizona State when just three points separated the Bears and Sun Devils (56-53).
Leading the way for Cal on the stats sheet is freshman forward Dalayah Daniels whose average 12.9 points and 7.3 rebounds (sixth in the conference) both lead the team. Daniels has three double-doubles this season which is the most out of any freshman in the Pac-12 and the second-most overall in the conference. She has scored in double figures in four-consecutive games (six overall). Furthermore, her 37.49 minutes per game are the most out of any player in the Pac-12. In fact, the Bears have two players in the top five in the conference in average minutes played as sophomore guard Leilani McIntosh is ranked second with 37.4.
Freshman forward Ugonne (Michelle) Onyiah has also been performing well. The Eastvale, Calif., native has started each of the last three games and has scored double-digit points twice during that time. In her three starts, she is averaging 9.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks.
As a team, the Bears are still atop the nation for the third-consecutive week in fewest fouls committed (13.0 per game) among teams with eight or more contests. On the defensive end, Cal is ranked fifth in the Pac-12 with 4.4 blocks per game and sixth in three-point field goal defense (31.1 percent). The Bears have performed well off the court amidst a global pandemic and the basketball season as the team earned a 3.65 grade point average for the fall semester while four players earned 4.0s.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS
No. 11 Oregon played the No. 1 Cardinal closely on Friday, leading Stanford at halftime (33-32) and narrowly falling 70-63. Freshmen Sydney Parrish (14 points) and Te-Hina Paopao (12 points) led the team in scoring while sophomore Nyara Sabally recorded her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Senior Erin Boley has started all 10 games and leads the team with an average of 12.7 points per contest. Meanwhile, Sabally is the Ducks' top rebounder with 8.3 per game. She also produces an average of 12.2 points which is ranked second on the team.
Altogether, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 and rank 18th in the nation with a 48.2 field goal percentage. Oregon also leads the conference in a number of other categories including: three-point field goal defense (26.4 percent), three point field goals made (89), attempted (235), and per game (8.9).
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Sunday's 1pm PT game vs. No. 11 Oregon will be available to watch via Pac-12 Network/Bay Area/Oregon. 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 return to the road next week to face the mountain schools with Colorado on Friday, Jan. 15 and Utah on Sunday, Jan. 17. Both contests will be televised on Pac-12 Network.