Bears Return To Action Thursday
BERKELEY – The Cal women's basketball team begins its 2021-22 season on Thursday with an exhibition contest against visiting Westmont. The Bears and Warriors are scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. PT at Haas Pavilion. The game will be available on the Cal Live Stream, and fans can also follow the action via live stats.
Thursday's contest against the Warriors is free and open to the public. All fans 12 and older attending the game will be required to show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination and a photo ID prior to entry.
AT A GLANCE
- The Bears begin their third season under head coach Charmin Smith. Cal returns 12 letterwinners from last year's squad, including Jazlen Green, Cailyn Crocker and Alma Elsnitz, who missed all or most of last season due to injury.
- Offensively, the Bears return all of their top scorers from last year. Cal brings back 97 percent of its scoring and rebounding, with top scorers Dalayah Daniels (11.9 points per game) and Leilani McIntosh (10.1 ppg) highlighting the list of returners.
- The Bears welcome newcomers Jadyn Bush and Jayda Curry to this year's team. Bush, a grad transfer from Harvard, is making her return to the court after missing the last two seasons. In 56 career games, she has scored 466 points, averaging 8.3 points per game. Curry, a Southern California native, was the named the Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year last year. In her brilliant prep career, she averaged 18.9 points per game, while shooting 41.3 percent from the field.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS
Thursday marks the fourth time since 2015-16 the Bears have hosted Westmont in an exhibition. The Warriors, an NAIA school from Santa Barbara, are the defending NAIA national champions after going 15-1 last season and defeating Thomas More of Kentucky 72-61 in the title game.
Head coach Kirsten Moore enters year 16 on the bench for the Warriors, bringing back eight letterwinners, including four starters from last year's team. Highlighting the list of returners is NAIA MVP Stefanie Berberabe, a senior guard who averaged 16.2 points per game last season.
The Bears will play their final exhibition of the season when they host Saint Martin's on Nov. 4. The Bears and Saints will tip off at 7 p.m. with the game being streamed via the Cal Live Stream.