Bears Host 10th-Ranked Wildcats In Penultimate Home Contest
BERKELEY – California women's basketball will face No. 10 Arizona for the second time this season on Friday afternoon. The contest will be televised on Pac-12 Network/Bay Area/Arizona at 12:30pm and you can listen to the broadcast on KALX.
After not competing at Oregon and Oregon State last weekend due to injury concerns, the Bears are back in action this weekend with freshman forward Dalayah Daniels leading the team in both average points (11.5) and rebounds (6.6). The Seattle, Wash., native has a team-leading three double-doubles this season and is also the only player to have started all 13 of the Bears' contests. Freshman forward Ugonne (Michelle) Onyiah is also tied with Daniels with 6.6 boards per game. Her average points (currently 8.5) have risen significantly lately as she has been averaging 12.0 over the last four games and 11.0 over the past seven games. The Eastvale, Calif., native has also scored in double figures in four consecutive games and in six of the last eight. Onyiah is also the team's blocks leader with 20 overall and just over 1.5 per game (fourth in the conference) Furthermore, she is the conference leader with an average of 3.0 offensive boards per contest. She set a new career-high on Feb. 7 against Colorado when she blocked four shots.
Freshman guard Leilani McIntosh has also played an integral role this season, starting all 11 games she has played in. She also ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in average steals (2.0 per game) and seventh in assists (3.73 per game).
Freshman guard Mia Mastrov joined the Bears just two games ago and made a big splash in her debut, scoring 20 points on four three pointers and seven field goals overall. Her 20 points are the most by a Cal player in their debut this century. She was also aided by six rebounds and two steals.
As a team, the Bears are ranked third in the conference in blocks with an average of 5.23 per game. Cal is also in the top five in the Pac-12 in average offensive rebounds with 13.29 per game. Furthermore, the Bears are one of just two teams with two players in the top ten in average rebounds with Daniels and Onyiah both tied for eighth (6.62 per game).
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
No. 10 Arizona is coming off of a 75-53 victory over Washington on Sunday where they set a school record for three-point field goal percentage (75 percent – 12-for-16). The Wildcats are currently 14-2, 12-2 Pac-12 with their two losses coming against Stanford and Washington State. They have won each of their last six games.
Cate Reese was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week this week after averaging 18 points and 53 percent shooting during the Wildcats' three wins last week. However, Aari MacDonald has been Arizona's biggest offensive weapon this season. She is currently on a streak of 82 consecutive games with double-digit points and she is the NCAA's career scoring leader among active players. This season, she is averaging 18.2 points which ranks third in the conference and she leads the Pac-12 with 2.4 steals per game.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Friday's 12:30 PT game vs. Arizona will be available to watch on Pac-12 Network/Bay Area/Arizona 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 Arizona State on Sunday, February 21 at 1pm PT. The Bears will celebrate senior day and the career of Archer Olson.