Bears Head to Chase Center, Take On Dons
BERKELEY – The Cal women's basketball team will get its first big test of the season on Saturday when they travel to the Chase Center, home of the Golden State Warriors, to take on host San Francisco. The Bears and Dons enter Saturday's contest with matching 1-0 record.
Tipoff for the contest is slated for 2:30 p.m. the game will be streamed live on the WCC Network and will also have live stats which can be accessed on the women's basketball schedule page or Statbroadcast.com. Tickets for Saturday's contest can be purchased here. The ticket is good for both the women's and men's game as USF's men's basketball team will host Davidson immediately following the women's contest.
AT A GLANCE
• Last time out: The Bears led for over 38 minutes and never trailed as they defeated Sacramento State 90-71 on the 2021-22 debut. Cal had four players in double figures, including three with 20 or more. Offensively, the Bears were on fire, connecting on 55.1 percent of their attempts from the field, going 38-for-69.
• Saturday's game against the Dons is just one of three road contests during non-conference play. Cal will also travel to UC San Diego next Saturday and to Fayetteville, Arkansas to take on Arkansas in December.
• On Tuesday Cal had some impressive debuts. Freshman Jayda Curry scored 23 in her first collegiate game. Fellow guard Cailyn Crocker had 22 in her first official game back after missing all of last season. Grad transfer Jadyn Bush had 13 poinst and four rebounds in 22 minutes of action.
• Bears Go Off: In the win over the Hornets, Cal scored 90 or more points for the first time since the Bears scored 93 against Oregon on Feb. 21, 2020. In that same contest, Cal shot over .500 percent from the field for the first time since the Bears shot .561 percent from the field against Washington on Feb. 2, 2020.
• Double-double for Lutje Schipholt: Junior forward Evelien Lutje Schipholt had a monster performance against the Hornets last Thursday. She tallied her fourth career double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Both the points and rebounds match career-highs. She last scored 20 points against San Francisco last year at Haas Pavilion. Against Sacramento State, Lutje Schipholt was the model of efficiency, going 10-for-14 from the field.
• Three with 20: The win over the Hornets also saw the Bears do something that hadn't happened in a while - three players scored 20 or more for the Bears. Curry had 23, Crocker has 22, and Lutje Schipholt had 20. The last time the Bears had three players score 20 or more came on Feb. 8, 2019 against Oregon when Kianna Smith had 20, Receé Caldwell scored 22, and Kristine Anigwe led the Bears with 23.
Series Versus San Francisco
Saturday is the 37th meeting all-time between the Dons and Bears. The former conference rivals from the early 1980's have met just three times since 2001. Overall, Cal owns a 26-10 record against the Dons, including a 11-5 mark on the road. The series dates back to Mar. 19, 1977 when Cal defeated the Dons 69-35. Over the last 10 contests, Cal is 6-4 against USF.
About the Dons
USF was picked to finish fourth in the West Coast Conference preseason poll. The Dons return most of their roster from last year's surprise WNIT team. 2020-21 WCC Freshman of the Year Ioanna Krimili is a threat from anywhere on the court, she made over 90 3-point field goals last season and has started the year 4-for-7 from beyond the arc. She is one of three players in double figures for the Dons, who are coming off a 69-53 win over visiting Morgan State last Tuesday. As a team, USF is shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from distance.
Last Time Out Versus USF
Cal fought their way back from a 15-point deficit in the second quarter and took their first lead of the night with 2:01 remaining in the final period. However, despite keeping the game within one possession over the final 1:54, the Golden Bears were unable to pull away at the end, falling to San Francisco (1-2, 0-0 WCC) 67-62.
Cal's perimeter defense was on display against USF as they held the Dons to just four three pointers overall and one through the first three quarters. More impressively, the Bears held Krimili to zero treys until the final minute of the third quarter after she entered the game ranked second in the nation in made three-pointers with 6.50 per contest.
The Bears were led by Dalayah Daniels 24 points, Schipholt finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Tuesday, Nov. 16 the Bears will return home to Haas Pavilion where they will host Utah State. The Bears and Aggies will tipoff at 7:00 p.m. Fans can watch the game live via the Cal Live Stream. Tuesday's contest will also have live stats which can be accessed on Statbroadcast.com