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Bears Hosting Raising The B.A.R. Invitational Powered By Cal

Nov 24, 2021
The Bears welcome Furman, Ole Miss, and SDSU to the 2021 Raising the B.A.R. Invitational powered by Cal.

BERKELEY – This weekend promises to be a full weekend of excellent college basketball as the Cal women's basketball team hosts the semi-annual Raising the B.A.R. Invitational powered by Cal. The two-day, four-game tournament begins when the Bears (4-0) take on Furman (4-1, 0-0 SoCon) in game one of Friday's double-header. Ole Miss (4-1, 0-0 SEC) will battle SDSU (4-1, 0-0 Mountain West) at 3:00 p.m. The consolation and championships games will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. PT and 3:00 p.m. PT, respectively, with the All-Tournament Team and MVP being announced following the conclusion of the championship game.
All four games this weekend will be streamed live on the Cal Live Stream. Fans can also follow along via live stats at The Raising the B.A.R. Invitational, originally named the Cal Classic, goes back to the 1977-78 season and has featured 91 teams from across the country. Cal has won the event 22 times in the tournament's 41-year history.
Earlier this month, Cal officially announced the rebrand of the Raising the B.A.R. Invitational. B.A.R. stands for Basketball, Activism and Representation. The Raising the B.A.R Invitational will be used to elevate the voices, stories and people in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging space.
Each participating team – Cal, Furman, San Diego State and Ole Miss – is led by a Black female head coach. Charmin Smith is in her third year at Cal, while the Paladins are led by 11th-year head coach Jackie Carson, the Aztecs are led by ninth-year head coach Stacie Terry-Hutson, and Ole Miss is led by fourth-year head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin.
According to a 2020 survey by the NCAA, only 228 Black female head coaches were among the 6,754 head coaches across all NCAA Division I sports. In women's basketball specifically, there were 13 Black female head coaches.
Single day tickets are good for both contests on Friday, tickets hereAll 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.  

Date/Time: Nov. 26, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. PT   
Opponent: Furman Paladins (4-1, 0-0 SoCon)
Site: Haas Pavilion (Berkeley)
TV: Cal Live Stream
Live Stats:
Friday's Second Game
Date/Time: Nov. 26, 2021 – 3:00 p.m. PT
Opponents: SDSU (4-1, 0-0 Mountain West) vs. Ole Miss (4-1, 0-0 SEC)
TV: Cal Live Stream
Live Stats:
Date/Time: Nov. 27, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. PT   
Opponent: Ole Miss/SDSU
Site: Haas Pavilion (Berkeley)
TV:  Cal Live Stream
Live Stats:

• Last time out: The Bears held on to win their fourth-straight contest, defeating host UC San Diego 64-54 in La Jolla. Cal saw their 16-point halftime advantage whittled away to two points early in the fourth quarter, but guard Jayda Curry put the game away, scoring seven of her game-high 20 points in the final two minutes.
• Cal is 4-0 and off to its best start under head coach Charmin Smith. It is just the 12th time in program history the Bears have started off 4-0 - the last coming in 2018-19 when Cal opened the year 9-0.
• Through four contests the Bears rank in the top-75 in the nation in three scoring categories. Cal is 66th in scoring offense, averaging 76.3 points per game. They are 42nd in scoring margin at +22.5, and are 59th in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 53.8 points per game. 
• From the field Cal is shooting 42.5 percent (107-for-252) this season. The Bears rank near the bottom of the NCAA in 3-poin field goals attempted, however, they do rank 52nd in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, connecting on 37.5 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
• Cal's opponents this year are averaging 53.8 points per game, and shooting 31.7 percent from the field, which ranks 25th in the nation. The Bears have held their opponents to 27.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc, (24-for-86). Cal has held opponents to 55 or less in three-straight contests.
•Freshman guard Jayda Curry has once again been named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. Curry becomes the first Cal player to win the award multiple times in the same season since Kianna Smith did it three times in 2017-18. Curry is the first Cal player to win it in consecutive weeks since Kristine Anigwe won it three-straight weeks Nov. 30-Dec. 14, 2015. Last week, Curry led the Bears to a 2-0 record while averaging 19.0 points per game.
• Double-Double Lutje Schipholt: In the win over UC San Diego, junior forward Evelien Lutje Schipholt captured her third double-double of the year and sixth in her career. She finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds. This followed up her massive career-night against Utah State last Tuesday, scoring 23 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and blocking five shots. The three double-doubles by Lutje Schipholt is tops in the Pac-12 and tied for seventh most in the nation. For the year, she is averaging 13.8 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per contest.
• Getting second chances: In the win over the Tritons, Cal finished with 14 second chance points. It is the third time this season they have finished with 10 or more second chance points. Against Utah State, they had a season-high 23 second chance points. For the year, Cal averages 13.8 second chance points while limiting their opponents to just 9.8.
Series Versus Furman
Friday marks the first ever meeting between Furman and Cal. 
About the Paladins
Furman enters Friday's contest with a 4-1 record and have won three-straight after defeating Erskine 63-27 on Monday night. It was Furman's third game in six days. Picked to finish fourth in the SoCon Preseason Coaches' Poll, the Paladins are off to a strong start thanks to the play of Preseason All-SoCon honoree Tierra Hodges. The senior forward is leading the team in points and rebounds, averaging 14.3 points per game and 11.3 rebounds per contest. Hodges is one of three starters back from last year's team. Also, back is Tate Walters (11.8 ppg.) and SoCon Freshman of the Year Sydney James (6.6 ppg.) As a team, Furman is averaging 67.4 points per contest, and shooting 37.2 percent from the field. Their opponents are averaging 50.2 points per game and shooting 34.0 percent from the field.
The Bears next opponent will be determined by the outcome of Friday's contests. A win on Friday and Cal will face the winner of Ole Miss/SDSU on Saturday in the Championship game at 3:00 p.m. A loss, and Cal will face game two's loser in the Consolation game at 1:00 p.m. Both of Saturday's contests will be streamed on Cal Live Stream.

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