Bears in Boulder
BERKELEY – The Golden Bears head back on the road this week and will take on Colorado in Boulder on Friday, Jan. 15 at 2:30 p.m. PT. The contest will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network/Bay Area/Mountain.
Freshman forward Dalayah Daniels will look to help the Bears bounce back after falling to No. 11 Oregon on Sunday. The Seattle, Wash., native leads the team in both average scoring (12.3) and rebounds (6.9 – seventh in the Pac-12). Furthermore, her 5.60 defensive rebounds per game are the fourth-most in the conference. She has scored in double figures in four out of the last five games and six times overall this season.
Freshman Ugonne (Michelle) Onyiah has also been playing well since becoming a consistent starter. In her four starts, she has collected double digit points three times and is averaging 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.25 blocks during that time. Her single-game blocks record is three which she tallied in the Bears' most recent contest against 11th-ranked Oregon.
On the offensive glass, Daniels and sophomore forward Evelien Lutje Schipholt are both tied for fifth in the Pac-12 with an average of 2.80 boards per game.
As a team, Cal continues to commit the fewest fouls in the conference with 13.0 per game which is also the third fewest in the nation. They are also ranked fourth in the Pac-12 with 45 total blocks this year.
The Bears lead the overall series with the Buffs 12-9, but lost both contests last season.
SCOUTING THE BUFFALOES
Colorado is 4-6, 2-5 Pac-12 with their conference victories coming over Utah (80-50) and Washington (60-50). Their most recent contest was a close loss at USC on Monday, Jan. 11. The Buffaloes fell by four points (56-52) after nearly pulling off a comeback victory in the fourth quarter.
The Buffs have two players averaging double-digit points this season: Mya Hollingshed (14.8) and Jaylyn Sherrod (11.4). Hollingshed leads the Pac-12 with five double-doubles and she is averaging the eighth-most points in the conference while her average rebounds are ranked second. Furthermore she is ranked in the top 10 in both field goal percentage (45.5) and blocks (1.60).
As a team, Colorado is ranked fourth in the conference in average rebounds (40.6) and steals (9.7) and third in forced turnovers (17.9). They are currently in eighth-place in the Pac-12.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Friday's 2:30pm PT game vs. Colorado will be available to watch via Pac-12 Network/Bay Area/Mountain. 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 head to Salt Lake City for a matchup against Utah on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 11am PT. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Mountain.