Bears Begins Three Game Homestand Saturday
BERKELEY – The Cal women's basketball team begins a three-game homestand on Saturday when the McNeese Cowgirls make an appearance at Haas Pavilion. Saturday's game is scheduled to tip-off at 2:00 p.m. and will be streamed on the Cal Live Stream.
The Bears (6-2) are coming off their first road loss of the season, falling at Arkansas 84-67 last Sunday. At home this year, the Bears are 4-1. McNeese (3-4) enters Saturday's contest having lost two-straight and four of their last five. Last time out, the Cowgirls fell to host Mississippi State 102-55.
Saturday, the Bears will also be participating in the Cal Racial Justice Council's Warm Clothing & Essentials Drive. There will be specially marked blue bins outside the entrance to Haas Pavilion where fans can donate gently used warm clothing and other winter essentials.
Tickets for Thursday's contest can be purchased here. 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.
- The Bears are 6-2 which is tied for the best start in the Charmin Smith era. It is the 23rd time in program history the Bears have started 6-2 or better.
- Offensively, the Bears rank 88th in the nation in scoring averaging 71.5 points per contest. That ranks sixth in the Pac-12. Defensively, the Bears allow 63.5 points per game which ranks 193rd in the nation and 11th in the Pac-12. The Bear's scoring margin of +8.0 ranks 10th in the Pac-12 and 118th in the nation.
- Cal has scored 70 or more points five times this season and they are 5-0 in those contests. When the Bears score 69 or fewer points they are 1-2. Against Arkansas last Sunday they were outscored 84-67. At home, the Bears are averaging 74.2 points per game and holding their opponents to 65.8 points per game.
- From the field, the Bears are shooting 41.3 percent from the field (201-487). From 3-point range they are connecting on 33.1 percent of their attempts (48-for-145). Evelien Lutje Schipholt is leading the team in field goal percentage, connecting on 56.5 percent of her attempts (35-for-62).
- Net Rankings: On Dec. 5 the NCAA released its first NET ranking - the Bears opened the year 87th in the NET rankings. As of Dec. 8, the Bears slipped to 95 - all 12 teams in the conference are in the top-100. Cal is 0-2 against teams in the top-50 of the NET rankings and 6-0 against all other opponents.
- Heat Check: Junior guard Jazlen Green is heating up. The Bears' guard has finished in double figures in two-straight games. She scored a season-high 13 points in the win over Fresno State and backed that up with a better game on the road against Arkansas, scoring 16. Over the last two contests, she's averaging 14.5 points per game, while shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 3-point range. For the year, she's averaging 8.8 points per game which is fourth on the team. Her 15 made threes ranks 10th in the Pac-12.
- Junior Class Doing Work: The Bears four juniors have been tremendous through the first eight games. The quartet (Cailyn Crocker, Evelien Lutje Schipholt, Jazlen Green, and Leilani McIntosh) have combined to score 273 of the Bears' 527 points (47.7 percent). Crocker and Lutje Schipholt are tied for second on the team in points per game at 10.9. Green is fourth at 8.8 and McIntosh is averaging 4.1 points per contest.
Series Versus McNeese
Saturday is the first ever meeting between the Bears and Cowgirls. In fact, Cal has played just one current member of the Southland Conference - New Orleans, which came in 1981-82.
About the Cowgirls
The Cowgirls enter Saturday's contest with a 3-4 overall record and have lost four of their last five - including two-straight. Last time out, they fell to Mississippi State 102-55 on the road. McNeese was picked to finish sixth in the Southland Conference in the preseason poll. They return four players from last year's team that went 6-16 last year. This season, the Cowgirls are averaging 72.6 points per game and shooting 38.9 percent from the field. Leading the team in scoring is Colorado transfer Zuzanna Kulinksa, who is averaging 10.7 points per contest.
Cal will get a week off to prepare for Cal Poly who comes to Haas Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 18. That game is scheduled to tip-off at 3:00 p.m. and will be streamed on the Cal Live Stream. Fans can also follow along via live stats at Statbroadcast.com