Bears Back In Action Sunday, Host Oregon
BERKELEY – After having its last two games postponed, the Cal women's basketball team returns to action on Sunday, hosting the Oregon Ducks at 1:00 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Sunday's contest between the Golden Bears and Ducks will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with Ann Schatz and Mary Murphy calling the action live. Fans can also follow along via live stats at Statbroadcast.com.
Cal (9-3, 0-1) is coming off a 69-42 loss at Washington State. The shorthanded Bears were without three of their top-five scorers. Oregon (7-4, 0-0) takes on No. 2 Stanford on Friday before making their trip to the East Bay. The Ducks enter this week with a 1-1 record on the road.
GAME 13 INFORMATION
Date/Time: Jan. 9, 2022 – 1:00 p.m.
Opponent: Oregon Ducks (7-4, 0-0 Pac-12)
Site: Haas Pavilion (Berkeley)
TV: Pac-12 Bay Area
Talent: Ann Schatz (play-by-play), Mary Murphy (analyst)
Live Stats: Statbroadcast.com
AT A GLANCE
• After having their last two games postponed due to health and safety protocols, the Bears will return to action on Sunday hosting Oregon at Haas Pavilion.
• In Pac-12 home openers, the Bears are 18-17 all-time and 0-2 under Charmin Smith.
• Cal wrapped up non-conference play with a 9-2 record following a 73-55 win over visiting Saint Mary's.
• The 9-3 start is the best start under third year head coach Charmin Smith. It is tied for the seventh best start in program history. The Bears have opened the year 9-3 12 times and 9-3 or better 19 times. Cal's best start was 13-0 in 2016-17.
• A win on Sunday would see the Bears improve to 10-3 for the first time since 2018-19. Cal has started 10-3 or better just 15 times in program history.
• As a team, the Bears are averaging 76.3 points per game which is 66th best in the nation. Cal's scoring margin of +9.4 is 110th in the nation. The Bears are shooting 42.4 percent as a team which ranks eighth in the Pac-12.
• Cal is 7-1 at home this season. At Haas Pavilion, the Bears are averaging 79.4 points per game and shooting 44.9 percent from the field. Their opponents are averaging 64.6 ppg and shooting 36.1 percent from the field.
• Sunday Funday: This is just the second Sunday game the Bears have played in 2021-22, having lost at Arkansas 84-67 on Dec. 5. In the Charmin Smith era the Bears are 6-13 on Sunday contests.
• Bouncing back: Cal is 2-0 following a loss this season. They bounce back in a big way - averaging 87.5 points per game while shooting 49.6 percent from the field in those contests. They hold their foes to 66 points and 34.6 percent shooting. The two wins came at home against Fresno State (73-72) on Dec. 2 and against McNeese (102-60) on Dec. 11.
• Big impact: Guard Cailyn Crocker has had a huge impact in her return to the lineup this season. The junior from Southern California is putting up career-bests in points per game (10.9), minutes per game (32.4), 3-point field goal percentage (31.4), and assists per game (3.1). She has seven double figure scoring games this season.
Series Versus Oregon
Sunday will be the 77th time the Bears and Ducks have squared off. All-time, Oregon owns a 43-33 advantage in the series that dates back to Feb. 25, 1979 when Oregon defeated the Bears 79-59 in Berkeley. At home, the series is tied 18-18, however, Oregon has won four-straight at Haas and five in a row overall.
Last Time Out Versus the Ducks
The young Golden Bears lineup was over-matched by the experienced Oregon Ducks squad as Oregon came to Haas Pavilion and defeated the Bears 100-41 on Jan. 10, 2021.
Oregon had six players in double figures, Nyara Sabally, Te-Hina Paopao, and Taylor Chavez all had 13 for the Ducks. Kylee Watson (12), Erin Boley (11), and Taylor Mikesell (10) also finished in double figures.
Cal was led by Michelle Onyiah who had 13 points along with seven rebounds and three blocks. Eveline Lutje Schipholt had 10 points and six boards.
Cal heads back on the road for a three-game road trip starting at Utah on Thursday Jan. 13 at 6:00 p.m. PT. The following Sunday, the Bears travel to Boulder, CO to take on Colorado at 11:00 a.m. PT. Both of those games will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.