Bears to Face Oregon State to Open the Pac-12 Tournament
BERKELEY – California women's basketball will look to repeat history on Wednesday when they take on 5-seed Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. Last year, the Bears upset the fifth seed in the opening round, defeating Arizona State 71-67 to become just the second 12 seed to win a game in the conference tournament.
Cal will be led by freshman forward Dalayah Daniels who was just named a Pac-12 All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention. The Seattle, Washington native was the only Bear to start all 16 games during the regular season and she is leading the team in scoring with 12.0 points per game. Furthermore, her 6.6 rebounds per game are the second most on the team and the ninth-most in the Pac-12 while her average 5.38 defensive rebounds are ranked fourth in the conference. Daniels has contributed a significant number of minutes this season as well, averaging 35.32 per contest which is the fourth-most in the Pac-12. Daniels has scored in double figures nine times so far this season including recording a career-high 24 points twice against San Francisco and No. 10 Arizona. Throughout the year, she has collected four double-doubles which is the most of any freshman in the conference. Click here for the full release.
Another freshman who has played well all season for Cal is forward Ugonne (Michelle) Onyiah. Onyiah is averaging 8.6 points and has a team-leading 6.8 rebounds per game. The Eastvale, California native also leads the Bears with 22 blocks and her 1.38 per game are the fifth-most in the Pac-12. Furthermore, she leads the conference in average offensive rebounds (2.94), has collected four 10+ rebound games and she has two double-doubles so far this year.
Sophomore guard Leilani McIntosh has been a workhorse for the Bears this season as she leads the Pac-12 (fourth in the nation) in average minutes played, registering 38.2 per game. She has played all 40 minutes in five games this season including in three of the last four. McIntosh is averaging 9.8 points per game and she leads the team in both steals (27) and assists (49).
As a team, Cal ranks 23rd in the nation (third in the Pac-12) with 5.0 blocks per game and its 13.3 personal fouls are the 11th-lowest in the nation and least in the conference.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Oregon State enters the Pac-12 tournament as the 5-seed after finishing the regular season 9-6, 7-6 Pac-12. The Beavers enter the tournament with a three-game win streak (six wins in their last seven games) after defeating ranked opponents in their last two contests. On Sunday, OSU took down 14th-ranked Oregon 88-77 on the road and a week earlier, it beat No. 8 UCLA 71-64 in Los Angeles. Their success has been thanks, in part to efficient shooting as the Beavers have a 49.9 field goal percentage during their last seven games and they are shooting 51.5 percent from beyond the arc during that time.
Aleah Goodman has been OSU's top scorer this season, averaging 16.8 points while shooting at a 52.6 clip from three-point range. She was named to the All-Pac-12 Team on Monday. Taylor Jones is also a member of the all-conference team with an average of 12.1 points and 8.7 rebounds. Sasha Goforth was given All-Freshman Team honors as well. She was second on the team with an average of 12.2 points and she has started all 15 games.
The Bears and Beavers have yet to face each other this season, but the all-time record between the two schools is tied 38-38.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Wednesday's 11am PT game vs. Oregon State will be available to watch via Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 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 winner of the round one matchup will face No. 4 seed Oregon on Thursday, March 4 at 11am PT.