Bears Return to Face Utah
BERKELEY – The Golden Bears make their return this weekend, hosting Utah on Friday, February 5 at 6pm. The game will be live streamed and broadcast on KALX radio.
21 days will have passed since Cal's last game at Colorado when the Bears take the floor on Friday night against the Utes. Three Bears set career-highs for number of 3-pointers in the game against the Buffs: sophomore guard Leilani McIntosh (four), freshman guard Ornela Muca (three) and junior guard Sierra Richey (two). McIntosh led the Bears with 14 points and registered her career-first double-double with 10 assists as well. Freshman forward Ugonne (Michelle) Onyiah also recorded her first collegiate double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds while matching her career-high of three blocks which she has tallied in back-to-back contests. As a team, the Bears recorded a season-high 17 assists, won the offensive rebounding game 17-15 and their 10 triples were a season best.
Freshman forward Dalayah Daniels leads the team in both average points (12.0) and rebounds (6.8 – ranked eighth in the Pac-12) and her three double-doubles are also a team-high. Furthermore, her 5.45 defensive rebounds per game are the fourth most in the conference and her 37.21 minutes per game are ranked third. McIntosh's 37.57 average minutes are the second most. Meanwhile, since becoming a starter, Onyiah has averaged 11.0 points and 7.6 rebounds. This season, she is collecting 3.0 offensive boards per game which is tied for the third most in the Pac-12.
During the break, the Bears added freshman guard Mia Mastrov to the roster who graduated early from Miramonte High School where she was a three-time all-state honoree. She also earned first-team all-league selections in both her freshman and sophomore seasons, was named the West Coast Jamboree Tournament's Most Valuable Player her sophomore year and garnered first-team All-Northern California honors the last two seasons. For her full release, click here.
SCOUTING THE UTES
Utah heads to Berkeley with a 4-10, 3-10 Pac-12 record, ranked ninth in the conference. The Utes are 1-5 in their last six games with their last victory occurring in Tempe on Jan. 24 when they defeated ASU 65-51. They also defeated No. 15 Oregon State (85-79) in the second game of the season and Washington (84-63) on Jan. 3.
Utah ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in total steals (120) and has recorded 10 or more in seven games so far. The Utes are powered by seven underclassmen as they have scored 63 percent of the team's points this year. Utah is a high-volume three-point shooting team, entering Friday's contest ranked second in the conference in attempted threes (319), third in three-point field goals made (102), fourth in three-point field goals made per game (7.3) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.320).
The Utes have a pair of players averaging double-digit point totals, including sophomore guards Brynna Maxwell (13.6) and Kemery Martin (10.9).
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Friday's 6pm PT game vs. Utah will be available to watch via Cal Live Stream here and you can listen live on KALX at 90.7FM in the Bay Area. The call will also be available online here and on the KALX app. 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 in Berkeley to face Colorado on Sunday, February 7 at 1pm PT.