We'll have our ever so witty DBDs for Big Game Week, but for this one, let's take a lot at the schedule of spirit events. If you have any questions, post them here, because I know that the Cal band people are readers here and can answer them.
Try to drink in some of the Cal spirit this week. Try to make one of the events.
Monday: Cable Car Rally... Noon at Union Square
Tuesday: Big Sail in SF at 12:30.... Night Rally... 9pm start at Bowles
Wednesday: Guardsmen Luncheon at Fairmont, 11am, Rally on Union Square... 12:30pm.....at Momo's restaurant in SF.... 7:30ish
Thursday: Treechopping Rally on Sproul 12pm, but no band there.... spirit yes
Friday: Noon Rally on Sproul, Bonfire at 7..... band will also be in City at Royal Exchange/Schroeders around 8ish
Women's basketball wins:
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -This time, California did all the little things and coach Joanne Boyle had few complaints.
Ashley Walker scored 27 points to surpass the 1,500 mark for her career and also grabbed 17 rebounds, leading No. 9 Cal past Nevada 67-53 on Sunday in its final tuneup before a showdown with fifth-ranked Rutgers on Friday.
Despite a cold performance on offense, the Golden Bears bounced back two days after Boyle publicly criticized her players and challenged them to do more on the heels of a subpar 24-point season-opening victory against Albany.
"We had talked about the things missing from the game - a lack of passion, a lack of energy, no cheering on the bench," Boyle said Sunday. "Part of our identity was missing. The kids came out and really focused."
Walker scored seven straight points for her team during one second-half stretch and hit 9 of 13 free throws, not to mention her two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Alexis Gray-Lawson added 15 points, freshman Casey Morris came off the bench to score 12 and Lauren Greif had eight points, eight rebounds and four steals for Cal.
Cal came out with more energy, established its transition game, pressured the ball to get steals and hit the boards to limit Nevada's chances on offense. But the scrappy Wolf Pack kept pushing until the end, briefly pulling back within 10 on Megan Cherry's baseline 3-pointer with 4:04 left. Cal shot 34 percent and went 1-for-14 on 3-pointers.
Water polo beats Irvine:
Fourth-ranked California built a four-goal lead after three quarters and held off No. 9 UC Irvine, 8-6, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game at Anteater Pool Sunday afternoon. Cory Nasoff and Brian Dudley led the Golden Bears (17-6, 3-3 MPSF) with two goals each.
Griffin Lerman and Greg Enloe scored two goals apiece for the Anteaters (10-12, 1-6), who were playing their final home game of the season.
Lerman scored both of his goals in the first quarter as the teams were tied at 2-2 after one period.
Frank Reynolds (4:04) and Nasoff (1:06) scored the only goals in the second quarter to give Cal a 4-2 halftime lead.
The Bears' Ivan Rackov scored an extra-man goal with 6:58 left in the third for a 5-2 margin, followed by goals from Dudley (6:30) and Luka Saponjic (4:45), extending the lead to 7-2. UCI's Brandon Johnson notched his 59th goal of the season at 4:17 on a power play and Thomas Kruip followed with an extra-man goal of his own at the 1:45 mark to cut the deficit to 7-4 before Dudley scored with 15 seconds left in the third for an 8-4 lead.
UCI scored a pair of extra-man goals in the fourth quarter at the 5:13 and 1:00 marks for the final margin.
UCI goalie Matt Johnson had 11 saves while Jacob McIntosh had five for Cal.
XC takes 4th:
The No. 20 California men's cross country team finished fourth with 116 points Saturday at the NCAA Regional Championships, held at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. Senior Yosef Ghebray led the Golden Bears and finished in seventh overall. The Cal women finished seventh with 269 points.
Top-ranked Oregon won the men's 10K team crown with 38 points. Following the Ducks was No. 2 Stanford in second with 72 points. Portland finished third with 85 points, and Washington finished with 122 points to round out the top 5.
Ghebray paced the Bears, placing seventh at 28:53. The other top Cal runners were senior Mark Matusak and junior Michael Coe. Coe took 17th, touring the course in 29:34, while Matusak finished close behind in 18th at 29:37. Sophomore Kari Karlsson finished 30th with 29:57, senior Matt Miller finished 44th with a mark of 30:27, and sophomore Steve Sodaro finished 66th at 31:06 to round out the Cal lineup.
Galen Rupp and Shadrack Kiptoo-Bidwott from Oregon finished first and second, respectively, in 27:41 and 28:32.
For the women, top-ranked Washington won the women's 6K title with 25 points, while No. 2 Oregon was second with 62 points and No. 11 Stanford was third with 91 points.
Men's soccer beats Stanford!
BERKELEY - Jacob Wilson scored a second-half goal to give 10th-ranked California a 1-0 victory over Pac-10 Conference rival Stanford on Saturday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears' record improved to 10-3-5 (5-2-3 Pac-10), while Stanford fell to 4-11-3 (2-6-2). Cal now awaits the announcement of the NCAA College Cup field on Monday.
Prior to the match, Cal honored its senior players who were playing in their final regular-season home game at Edwards Stadium. Cal's seniors are midfielder Michael Nieraeth, midfielder Pat Marion, defender Chris Deal, defender Tyler Barry and midfielder Ian Ebert. Four of the five, not including the injured Barry, started today.
"It was a great day for all five seniors to be able to come out and contribute to today's win," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "Stanford is a very difficult opponent for any team, and today they proved why we have to have the best out of all of our players, including our seniors, in order to get the win. I think all our guys performed admirably. We're happy with today's performance, and we're just going to take it one day at a time from here on out."
The Bears and Cardinal battled to a 0-0 halftime score, with Cal outshooting Stanford, 6-3, in the first half. Cal also outshot Stanford 6-3 in the second half for a 12-6 overall advantage.
Men's Water Polo beats Long Beach State:
The No. 4 ranked Cal men's water polo team (16-6, 2-3), behind a goal from sophomore Brian Dudley in sudden death overtime, defeated No. 10 Long Beach State, 11-10, in a MPSF Conference men's collegiate water polo game in Long Beach on Saturday afternoon.
Long Beach State started things off with a floating lob goal, but the Bears quickly answered with a 6-on-5 goal. Half a minute later, the 49ers earned a 5-meter shot and were able to convert, to take a 2-1 lead. The Bears took control of the rest of the period, scoring two more goals, and the first period ended with a California 3-2 lead.
The 49ers started the second period off with two goals and held lead 4-3, until the Bears were able to tie the game again with 1:52 left in the half. With the game tied 4-4 the squads headed into halftime.
The third period went the way of Long Beach State as they scored the first three goals of the period to take a 7-4 lead. Cal scored the final goal of the period to trail 7-5 entering the fourth period. The 49ers seemed to be on a roll when Kevin vanHaaster scored first in the fourth period, but the momentum quickly shifted to the Bears, who found themselves trailing 8-5. With two California goals in a row, Long Beach State's lead was down to one. A 49er ejection with under a minute left to play put the Bears in a 6-on-5 advantage, and they took the opportunity, scoring with only 0:39 seconds left in the game.
Men's diver does very well:
SAN JOSE, Calif. - California sophomore diver Tom Henninger posted NCAA zone qualifying scores on both the one-meter and three-meter springboards at a competition on Friday at San Jose State. Henninger collected a score of 328.80 at one meter and 336.00 at three meters for the Golden Bears.
V-Ball loses to Stanford:
BERKELEY - The No. 7-ranked California volleyball team (20-5, 10-4 Pac-10) fell in three sets (25-23, 25-16, 25-20) to No. 2 Stanford (22-3, 13-1 Pac-10) today at Haas Pavilion before a record crowd of 3,979 fans. The Golden Bears surrendered a .319 attack rate (46k, 10e, 113att) to the Cardinal, who assumes full control of the Pacific-10 conference race. Cal was led by junior middle hitter Mindi Wiley, who registered 10 kills (2e, 15att, .533) while Stanford senior outside hitter Cynthia Barboza attacked at a .419 rate as she logged 13 kills without an error on 31 attempts and took home a double-double by adding 18 digs on the night.
The Cardinal directed their attack to sophomore setter Carli Lloyd, who put up 10 digs with 32 assists to record her ninth double-double match of the season. The Bears were plagued by poor passing and managed just a .167 attack percentage with 41 kills (20e, 126att), their second lowest output of the season. Stanford stuffed the Cal offense by putting up 11.0 total team blocks. Junior libero Kristen Kathan led the Bears with 18 digs while senior outside hitter Am'ra Solomon (4e, 33att, .152) and junior outside hitter Hana Cutura (7e, 35att) each put up nine kills apiece. Stanford senior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo upheld her Pac-10 player of week honors by posting 12 kills (1e, 18att, .611) while logging eight digs and six kills.
Womens soccer loses to Florida:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The California women's soccer team lost, 2-1, to No. 7 Florida in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday evening at UF's James G. Pressly Stadium. The Golden Bears outshot the Gators, 14-8, and earned seven corner kicks to Florida's three. Cal's only goal came from redshirt freshman forward Natasha Richardson in the fourth minute. With the loss, Cal drops to 10-9-1 overall while Florida now stands at 18-3-1.
"I have to give credit to Florida, and I wish them well in the rest of the tournament," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "This is not the first time this year that we've out cornered and outshot a team. I think we almost doubled Florida on those. We haven't had success in front of the goal and we've given up goals at critical moments."
Cal got on the board first with a goal from Richardson at 3:34. Richardson put it past Florida goalkeeper Katie Fraine after intercepting a Gator through ball. The score was Richardson's first as a Golden Bear and the shot was the Petaluma, Calif., native's ninth shot of the season. Cal had shot attempts in the sixth minute from redshirt sophomore forward Lisa Kevorkian and sophomore defender/midfielder Megan Jesolva, all of which were blocked by Florida defenders.
Some b-ball notes on the Pacific game:
A couple quick notes on Cal’s 68-56 opening-night victory over Pacific:
– Coach Mike Montgomery said center Jordan Wilkes suffered only cramps, nothing more serious, when he had to come out of the game a couple times in the second half. Wilkes finished with six points and six rebounds and his understudy, redshirt freshman Max Zhang, contributed five points and three rebounds. In other words: Cal got 11 points, 9 rebounds from its center position. Not bad.
– Forward Harper Kamp did not practice at all in the nine days between the Bears’ Nov. 6 exhibition against Seattle Pacific and Saturday’s game, according to Montgomery. Kamp played 24 minutes against the Tigers, more than expected because starter Jamal Boykin got into early foul trouble. Kamp did not score, but had six rebounds.
Notes on Golden Bears not playing for Cal:
Meanwhile, Ryan Anderson scored an NBA career-high for the second straight night, notching 17 points as the New Jersey Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks again. The star of Cal’s 2007-08 squad had 15 points Friday night against the Hawks.
So, go and check out a Big Game event. Root on the Bears all this week. It's been a rough few weeks. Let's get the ship righted again. GO BEARS!