Bears Continued Homestand, Host Cal Poly
BERKELEY – The Cal women's basketball enters the middle leg of its three-game homestand to close out non-conference play when Cal Poly comes to Haas Pavilion on Saturday. The Bears and Mustangs are slated for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off. The game will be streamed on the Cal Live Stream fans can also follow live stats via Statbroadcast.com
The Bears (7-2) are coming off an absolutely dominating win over McNeese last weekend. The Bears defeated the Cowgirls 102-60, it is the 22nd time in program history Cal has eclipsed the 100-point plateau and first time under head coach Charmin Smith. Cal Poly enters Saturday's tilt with a 1-6 record and have lost four-straight. Last time out, they fell to Northern Arizona 88-73 in Flagstaff.
On Saturday, the Bears will also be taking part in a Teddy Bear Toss. Bring a teddy bear to donate at halftime, all teddy bears will go to alumna Brittany Boyd-Jones' toy drive.
Tickets for Saturday'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' 7-2 start is tied for the best start under third year coach Charmin Smith and is the 18th time Cal has opened the year 7-2 or better through nine games.
- As a team, the Bears are averaging 74.9 points per contest this season which ranks 57th in the nation and fourth in the Pac-12. Cal is holding their opponents to 63.1 points per game. The +11.8-scoring margin is 83rd best in the nation.
- Cal has scored 70 or more points six times this season and they are 6-0 in those contests. When the Bears score 69 or fewer points they are 1-2.
- From the field, the Bears are shooting 42.8 percent from the field (242-565), that ranks 94th in the nation and seventh best in the Pac-12. From 3-point range, the Bears are connecting on 32.7 percent of their attempts (54-for-165). Cal is the top free throw shooting team in the Pac-12 and 31st best team in the nation, shooting 77.3 percent from the line (136-for-176).
- Century mark: For the first time in the Charmin Smith era, and just the 22nd time in program history the Bears eclipsed the 100-point plateau when Alma Elsnitz hit a 3-point field goal with 23 seconds remaining in the Bears' 102-60 win over McNeese last Saturday. It is the first time since Dec. 30, 2015 that Cal has scored 100 or more points. The program record for points in a game is 117 scored against Sacramento State on Dec. 6, 2015. Cal's previous high for points under Smith was 90, first scored against NC Central on Nov. 29, 2019 and matched in the win over Sacramento State on Nov. 9, 2021.
- Block party: In the win over McNeese the Bears registered 12 blocks as a team. The last time Cal had 10 or more blocks in a game came against Colorado on Feb. 7, 2021. The program single game record for blocks in a contest is 14 set against Santa Clara on Feb. 7, 1985. The Bears had seven players record at least one block with Ugonne (Michelle) Onyiah and Dalayah Daniels notching three each.
- No second chances: In the win over McNeese, the Bears held the Cowgirls to six second chance points. For the year, Cal has limited opponents to just 87 second chance points or 9.7 second chance points per game.
Series Versus Cal Poly
Saturday is the seventh time the Golden Bears and Mustangs have squared off. All-time, Cal owns a 6-0 advantage in the series that has mostly been held in Berkeley. Cal is 4-0 against Cal Poly at home. All four home contests have been one sided, with Cal winning by an average margin of 18.7 points. The two teams have met just once in San Luis Obispo. That came in the opening round of the WNIT in March, 2011 with the Bears winning 74-60.
About the Mustangs
Cal Poly enters this weekend's contest with a 1-6 overall record. The Mustangs have lost four-straight and are 0-2 on the road overall this season. Picked to finish ninth in the preseason coaches' poll. As a team, Cal Poly is averaging 59.4 points per game and shooting 37.6 percent from the field. Their leading scorer is junior guard Maddie Vick, who is averaging 12.7 points per contest. Cal Poly's opponents are averaging 72.1 points per game and shooting 41.1 percent from the field.
Last Time Out Versus Cal Poly
The last time these two teams faced each other, Cal broke a 20-year old program record by making 14 3-point field goals. Cal shot 56 percent from beyond the arch that night, going 14-for-25. Asha Thomas, Mikayla Cowling, Gabby Green all made four threes, with Thomas leading all scorers with 19 points.
The Bears wrap up non-conference play with a midweek date against Saint Mary's. The Gaels will come to Haas Pavilion on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday's contest will be streamed on the Cal Live Stream, fans can also follow the action via live stats at Statbroadcast.com.