Bears Host Gaels In Non-Conference Finale
BERKELEY – The Cal women's basketball wraps up non-conference play on Tuesday afternoon when Saint Mary's comes to Haas Pavilion at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday's game against the Gaels will be streamed live on the Cal Live Stream, fans can also follow the action via live stats which can be accessed at Statbroadcast.com.
Cal (8-2) is off to its best start under third year head coach Charmin Smith. A win tomorrow would see the Bears start 9-2 or better for just the 12th time in program history. Saint Mary's (6-4) comes to this side of the Caldecott fresh of a win at Coastal Carolina and have won four of their last five.
Tickets for Tuesday'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 Bear's 8-2 start is the best start under third year head coach Charmin Smith. It is tied for the fifth best start in program history. Cal has started 8-2 or better 17 times.
- As a team, the Bears are averaging 76.3 points per game which ranks 42nd in the nation and second in the Pac-12. They are holding opponents to 64.1 points per game. Their scoring margin of +12.2 is 73rd in the nation.
- At home, the Bears are averaging 80.3 points per game, while shooting 44.9 percent from the field. Their opponents are averaging 66.0 points per contest and shooting 36.1 percent from the field.
- Cal has scored 70 or more points seven times and they are 0-0 in those contests. When the Bears score 69 or fewer points they are 1-2.
- From the field, Cal is shooting 43.3 percent which ranks 84th in the nation and seventh in the Pac-12. They are holding opponents to 35.3 percent from the field which is 44th in the nation and sixth best in the Pac-12.
- Curry does it again: Freshman Jayda Curry was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the fourth time in the first six weeks. She joins Kristine Agnigwe as the only two players to accomplish this feat since the award was created in 2012-13.
- Seeing 20/20: In the win over Cal Poly last Saturday, the Bears got career nights from Jayda Curry and Jazlen Green. Curry matched her career-high with 27 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Green set her career-high scoring 20 points going 7-for-13 from the field. The duo combined to go 8-for-14 from beyond the arc.
- Season-high from 3-point range: Cal tallied a season-high 10 made 3-point field goals in the win over Cal Poly last Saturday. The Bears were tremendous from long range going 10-for-18 overall (.556). The last time Cal made 10 or more threes while shooting .500 or better came at Washington on Mar. 1, 2019 - that day the Bears were 10-for-19. Cal has shot .500 or better four times from beyond the arc under head coach Charmin Smith, the last time came earlier this year against Sacramento State in the season debut when Cal went 7-for-14.
Series Versus Saint Mary's
Tuesday is the 27th time the Bears have squared off against local rival Saint Mary's. Cal owns a 20-6 advantage in the series that dates back to Jan. 6, 1985 when the Bears defeated the Gaels 82-71 in Berkeley. The series has been one of streaks, Cal won the first nine contests with SMC defeating the Bears the next five games. Cal returned serve by winning the next eight contests. At home, the Bears are 13-3 against Saint Mary's. Over the last 10 contests, Cal owns a 9-1 record against the Gaels and have won three-straight.
About the Gaels
Saint Mary's comes to Haas Pavilion having won four of their last five contests. The Gaels are 6-4 overall and 3-2 on the road. As a team, they are averaging 66.5 points per game while shooting 39.5 percent from the field. Their opponents are averaging 69.5 points per game while shooting 39.4 percent from the field. Two players average in double figures, Taycee Wedin (16.3) and Ali Bamberger (15.1). Wedin recently scored her 1,000th career point in the win over Coastal Carolina.
Last Time Out Versus Saint Mary's
The Bears came back from a 15-point second-half deficit to remain unbeaten early in the 2018-19 season, topping Saint Mary's 81-78 in overtime at McKeon Pavilion. Cal led for just eight seconds in regulation, but clawed back to force overtime as Kristine Anigwe made a layup with two seconds left in regulation. The Gaels led 60-45 with less than three minutes to go in the third quarter, before the Bears steadily chipped away at the deficit and ultimately forced overtime.
Cal carried its momentum into the extra period, jumping out to the lead on a three-pointer by Kianna Smith. Smith scored five of her 12 points in overtime after going scoreless in the second half. Anigwe led Cal with 24 points and 12 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the year.
Cal begins Pac-12 play when they ring in the New Year at Washington State on Friday, Dec. 31. The Bear and Cougars are scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.