Bears Travel to SEC Country, Take On Arkansas
BERKELEY – The Cal women's basketball returns to the road on Sunday when they take on host Arkansas at the Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. The game is slated for an 11:00 a.m. PT tip-off and will be streamed online at SECN+.
The Bears (6-1) are coming off a thrilling win over Fresno State on Thursday, winning in the final seconds. Arkansas (6-2) saw their four-game winning streak snapped on Thursday when they fell to UCF 52-51 on the road.
- The Bears enter Sunday's contest with a 6-1 record. It is the best start in the Charmin Smith era and tied for fifth best start in program history. This marks the 11th time Cal has started 6-1 or better – the Bears have made the postseason in all but one season when starting 6-1 or better.
- Through seven contests, the Bears rank 84th in the nation and fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring, averaging 72.1 points per game. Defensively, they rank 139th in the nation and eighth in the Pac-12 allowing 60.6 points per contest. Cal's +11.6 scoring margin ranks 84th in the nation and sixth in the Pac-12.
- Freshman guard Jayda Curry ranks 19th in the nation in scoring, averaging 20.4 points per contest. She remains the top scoring freshman in the country. The three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week is averaging 23.5 points per contest when playing on the road.
- From the field, Cal is shooting 41.5 percent from the field which ranks ninth in the Pac-12. From beyond the arc, the Bears are shooting 33.9 percent which ranks sixth in the Pac-12. Junior forward Evelien Lutje Schipholt leads the Bears in field goal percentage, connecting on 57.6 of her attempts (34-for-59).
- Cal's opponents are shooting 34.6 percent from the field which ranks 46th in the nation and fifth in the Pac-12. Teams are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc against the Bears which ranks 292nd in the nation.
- Against the SEC: The Bears are 0-1 this season and 1-2 against the SEC under Charmin Smith. Earlier this year, the Bears fell to Ole Miss 64-45 in the championship game of the Raising the B.A.R. Invitational powered by Cal. All-time, Cal is 9-17 against teams from the SEC.
Series Versus Arkansas
Sunday is the fifth time the Bears and Razorbacks have squared off. The series is knotted up 2-2 and will make its debut in Fayetteville. In Berkeley, the Bears are 2-1 against the Razorbacks. Arkansas is 1-0 at a neutral location. Two of the four contests have come in the postseason. The first ever meeting was at the AIAW Western Regional hosted by the Bears on Mar. 21, 1982. In the WNIT in 1987 Arkansas got the better of the Bears, winning 112-80 in Amarillo, Texas. The series was dormant until the two teams met at Haas Pavilion on Nov. 24, 2019 with Cal defeating #20 Arkansas 84-80
About the Razorbacks
Arkansas enters Sunday's contest with a 6-2 overall record. Their four-game winning streak was snapped on Thursday with a 52-51 road loss at Central Florida. At home, the Razorbacks are 5-0 this season. As a team, Arkansas is averaging 80.8 points per game and shooting 43.2 percent from the field. Arkansas has a wealth of options on the offensive side of the ball with five players averaging better than 10.0 points per game. Leading the team is junior guard Makayla Daniels at 11.9 points per game. She had a game high 18 points against UCF.
Last Time Out Versus Arkansas
Five games into her tenure as head coach, Charmin Smith got a signature win with an 84-80 home upset over No. 20 Arkansas. Guard/Forward Jaelyn Brown went off for a game-high 30 points. The second quarter proved pivotal, as Cal outscored Arkansas in the frame, 27-14, to take a 47-39 lead into halftime. The Bears closed the quarter on a 7-0 run and outscored the Razorbacks 15-4 over the final 3:47 of the half. Evelien Lutje Schipholt had her first career double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Bears will return home to host McNeese State next Saturday, Dec. 11. The game between the Bears and Cowgirls is slated for a 2:00 p.m. PT tip-off. The contest will be streamed on the Cal Live Stream. Fans can also follow the action via live stats which can be accessed on the women's basketball schedule page or at Statbroadcast.com.