Bears Begin Three Game Road Trip On Thursday
BERKELEY – The Cal women's basketball team begins a three-game road trip on Thursday, starting with a contest against Utah at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The Bears and Utes are slated for a 6:00 p.m. PT start time. Krista Blunk and Amanda Smith will handle the play-by-play duties. Fans can also follow the action live via live stats at Statbroadcast.com.
Cal (9-4, 0-2) is coming off an 88-53 loss at home to Oregon last Sunday. It marked the first time this season the Bears have lost back-to-back contests. Utah (8-3, 0-0 Pac-12) opens conference play on Thursday night after having its last four contests postponed. Utah is averaging 85.4 points per game, third-most in the nation and tops in the Pac-12.
GAME 14 INFORMATION
Date/Time: Jan. 13, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. PT
Opponent: Utah Utes (8-3, 0-0 Pac-12)
Site: Jon M. Huntsman Center (Salt Lake City, Utah)
TV: Pac-12 Bay Area
Talent: Krista Blunk and Amanda Smith
Live Stats: Statbroadcast.com
AT A GLANCE
• Thursday the Golden Bears travel to Salt Lake City for the first of three road games starting with a matchup against Utah. The Bears enter Thursday's contest with a 9-4 overall record and are 0-2 in Pac-12 play.
• Cal went 0-1 last week, falling to Oregon 88-53 at Haas Pavilion. It is the first time this season the Bears have lost back-to-back games. Cal entered Sunday's contest 2-0 in games following a loss.
• As a team, the Bears are averaging 71.6 points per game which is 76th best in the nation. Cal's scoring margin of +6.0 is 129th in the nation. The Bears are shooting 41.6 percent as a team which ranks 10th in the Pac-12.
• Cal is 2-2 on the road this year, with wins over USF and UC San Diego. Their two losses came at the hands of Arkansas and Washington State. On the road, the Bears are averaging 60.8 points per game and shooting 36.8 percent from the field. Jayda Curry doesn't mind life on the road, she is averaging 21.7 points per game away from Haas Pavilion.
• The 9-4 start is the best start under third year head coach Charmin Smith through 13 games. It is tied for the 15th best start in program history. The Bears have opened the year 9-4 1six times and 10-3 or better 15 times. Cal's best start was 13-0 in 2016-17.
• A win on Thursday would see the Bears improve to 10-4 for the first time since 2018-19. Cal has started 10-4 or better 18 times in program history, they have made the postseason 15 of those seasons.
• The Bears on Thursdays: Cal is 1-0 this season and 3-0 under Charmin Smith on Thursdays. Cal defeated Fresno State 73-72 earlier this year. The other two wins came in Smith's first season, defeating San Diego State Nov. 21 74-48 and Arizona State in the first round of the Pac-12 Championship 71-67 on Mar. 5.
Series Versus Utah
Thursday is the 26th time the Bears and Utes have squared off. The series dates back to the 1978-79 season when Utah defeated the Bears 93-62 in Salt Lake City. All-time the Bears own a 14-11 advantage in the series, however, the Utes have won seven of the last 10 matchups. In Utah, the Bears and Utes are tied 5-5. The last time these two teams squared off in Salt Lake City, Cal defeated Utah 88-74.
Last Time Out Versus the Utes
A young Bears squad, featuring the collegiate debut of Mia Mastrov battled but lost their 12th game in a row, falling 62-51 at Haas Pavilion on Feb. 5, 2021.
Mastrov played 35 minutes and scored a team-high 20 points in her first taste of Division I basketball. She finished 7-for-19 from the floor and was 4-for-12 from beyond the arc. Michelle Onyiah had 10 points and nine rebounds.
A big second quarter by the Utes gave Utah a 36-26 cushion that the Bears could not overcome. Utah was led by Kemery Martin's game-high 21 points.
The Bears continue their three-game road trip with a date against the Buffaloes in Boulder. Cal and Colorado are slated to tip-off at 11:00 a.m. PT and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.