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Bears Wrap Up Three-Game Honestand, Host Sun Devils

Feb 15, 2022

BERKELEY – The Cal women's basketball wraps up its three-game homestand on Wednesday afternoon when Arizona State finally comes to Haas Pavilion. Wednesday's game is a makeup game from the January 30th game that was postponed due to health and safety protocols. The Bears and Sun Devils will tip-off at 1:00 p.m. and will be televised on Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Bay Area. Guy Haberman and Elise Woodward will be calling the game live courtside. Fans can also follow the action via live stats at Statbroadcast.com.
 
Cal (10-8, 1-6 Pac-12) are coming off a narrow 80-75 defeat at the hands of Utah last Sunday. The Bears have lost three straight.
 
Arizona State (12-9, 4-4 Pac-12) is coming off a big weekend, defeating Arizona at home 81-77 on Friday before falling to Arizona on the road by four on Sunday. Jade Loville leads the Sun Devils in scoring at 16.6 points per contest.
 
TICKETS
Tickets purchased for the original date of the Arizona State game will be good for tomorrow's contest.

GAME 19 INFORMATION
Date/Time: Feb. 16, 2022 – 1:00 p.m.
Opponent: Arizona State (12-9, 4-4 Pac-12)
Site: Haas Pavilion (Berkeley, CA)
TV:  Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Bay Area
Talent: Guy Haberman (play-by-play) Elise Woodward (analyst)
Live Stats: Statbroadcast.com
 
AT A GLANCE
• Cal wraps up a three-game homestand on Wednesday when Arizona State makes a trip to Haas Pavilion. Wednesday's game is the makeup game from the game that was postponed on Sunday, January 30th due to health and safety protocols.
 
• Last weekend, the Bears went 0-2 at Haas Pavilion, falling to Colorado on Friday. On Sunday, the Bears fell in overtime to visiting Utah. Cal enters this week with a 10-8 record and is 1-6 in the Pac-12. They have lost three straight which matches their longest losing streak of the season (previous was: at WSU, vs. Oregon, at Stanford). 
 
• Overtime woes: The Bears played their first overtime game of the season on Sunday, falling to Utah 80-75. It marks just the third time in the Smith era that Cal has played an overtime game, they are 1-2 in those games. It is the first OT game since Cal lost at #10 UCLA on Feb. 9, 2020. All-time the Bears are 32-20 in overtime games.
 
• As a team, the Bears are averaging 69.6 points per game which ranks 84th in the nation and fifth in the Pac-12. Cal is allowing 67.8 points per contest. The +1.7-scoring margin is 178th in the country and ninth in the Pac-12.
 
• Home cooking: The Bears are 7-4 at home this season, they are averaging 74.5 points per game while shooting 42.9 percent as a team. Jayda Curry leads the team, averaging 18.2 ppg while shooting 40.8 percent from the field. Defensively, Cal is holding their foes to 68.9 ppg and 38.9 shooting.
 
• Scoring phenom: The Bear's talented freshman, Jayda Curry, ranks 28th in the nation in scoring at 19.3 points per game, she is second in the nation among all freshmen, trailing DePaul's Aneesha Morrow.
    » Curry is one of four players - and the only freshman - in the Pac-12 to be in the top-15 of scoring and assists per game - her 2.4 apg ranks 14th.
 
• Watch list season: Freshman guard Jayda Curry was named to the Dawn Staley Award Late Season Watch List on Saturday morning. The award is handed out to the top collegiate guard in the country. She is one of two freshmen on the 17-person list. She joins Haley Jones of Stanford as the only West Coast representative.
 
•Taking care of the ball: Cal does a tremendous job of avoiding turnovers. The Bears are 23rd in the nation in fewest turnovers allowed with 284 - that ranks second in the Pac-12. Against UCLA and Colorado, the Bears turned it over 19 in back-to-back contests. On Sunday against Utah, they got back to normal, committing just 12 turnovers while the Utes turned the ball over 21 times.  When Cal has fewer turnovers than their opponents they are 5-2 this year and 11-8 under Charmin Smith.
 
• Heat check: Over the last five contests junior guard Leilani McIntosh has been a force. She is averaging 11.6 points per game while shooting 48.8 percent from the field (21-for-43) and 47.1 percent from 3-point range (8-for-17). She is also averaging 4.4 assists per game and 2.6 steals per game.
 
• Solid stat line: On Sunday, guard Leilani McIntosh had a solid outing despite the loss. The junior guard from Phoenix had 12 points, six assists, five steals in the contest. It is the seventh time in her career she has had a game like that.
 
Series Versus Arizona State
Wednesday marks the 81st time the Beas and Sun Devils have squared off. All-time, ASU owns a 42-38 advantage in the series that dates back to Jan. 4, 1979, when Arizona State defeated Cal 75-68 in Berkeley. At home, the Bears are 19-18 against ASU, including a 67-55 win over Arizona State on Feb. 21, 2021 - ending a 14-game losing streak. Over the last 10 meetings, Cal is 3-7 against the Sun Devils. 
 
Last Time Out Versus ASU
The Bears ended a 14-game losing skid on Senior Night, taking down visiting Arizona State 67-55 on Feb. 21, 2021.
 
Guard Leilani McIntosh scored a career-high 21 points for the Bears. 15 of her 21 points came after the intermission. She finished the game going 5-for-7 from the field and 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.
 
Cal held the Sun Devils to 29 percent shooting (18-for-63) in the contest. As a team, the Bears shot a season-high 48.8 percent (20-for-41) from the field.
 
The Sun Devils were led in scoring by guard Taya Hanson, who finished with 17 points and five rebounds.

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