Bears Take On ASU On Senior Day
BERKELEY – California women's basketball will take on Arizona State on Sunday at 1pm. The Bears will honor the career of senior guard Archer Olson in her final game at Haas Pavilion.
A four-year member of Cal women's basketball, Olson joined the team as a walk on in 2017. Since then, she has played in 36 contests including five starts this season. A native of Palo Alto, Calif., Olson was named a team captain before the season and she has played an integral role this year. So far, she has played a career-high 248 minutes while scoring five three pointers and averaging 1.5 rebounds per game. Off the court, Olson is known for her outstanding academics and will graduate from the prestigious Haas School of Business. 30 minutes following the final buzzer, Cal will host a postgame zoom celebration for Olson. Those who wish to attend can click here to register.
The Bears nearly upset No. 10 Arizona on Friday, leading as late as 6:54 in the fourth quarter. Cal trailed by three points with 2:21 remaining, but the Wildcats went on to score the game's final six points to win 59-50. Throughout the contest, the Bears defense was on display as they held the Wildcats to their second fewest points this season and their least since falling to No. 1 Stanford 81-54. The Bears outrebounded the Wildcats by a large margin (40-26) and also controlled the paint with 34 points compared to Arizona's 32. Furthermore, Cal collected 10 assists, double that of the Wildcats.
Two big performances from freshmen forwards Dalayah Daniels and Michelle Onyiah highlighted the Bears' offense in the contest. Daniels collected her fourth double-double with a team-high 24 points and 10 rebounds on 9-for-13 (69.2 percent) shooting while Onyiah also recorded a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds), her second of the season. Combined, the pair scored 37 points, tallied 20 rebounds and shot 60.8 percent (14-for-23). Onyiah has now scored in double figures in five-consecutive games and in seven of her last nine.
The Bears also came close to defeating Arizona State the last time they met on New Year's Day. Cal held ASU to just 19 points in the first half and led by 11 in the third quarter, but a late Sun Devils run in the fourth ultimately put them on top 56-53. Read the full recap here.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
ASU enters Sunday's contest at 10-8, 5-8 Pac-12 after falling to No. 6 Stanford 80-41 on Friday. Eboni Walter led the Sun Devils with 11 points while Taya Hanson collected 10 and the team shot 24.5 percent (13-for-53) overall (5-for-26 from three).
Hanson leads ASU with 12.4 points per game while Jaddan Simmons is second with an average of 10.7. Both have started and played all 18 games. The Sun Devil's wins this season have come against USC, Utah, Cal, Colorado and Washington State.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Sunday's 1pm PT game vs. Arizona State will be available to watch via Cal Live Stream 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 play their final regular season game at Stanford on Feb. 28 at 1pm PT. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.