On Wedned, Hydro tells me he wants to do a DBD. I say "Sounds great!" Less work for me. If I want to get one up these days, I put it up the night before. I generally do that only to manage the dialogue at the start of a specific week.
Speaking of which, Beaver Week is just around the corner. Let's not lose sight of Hate Week. But Beaver Week should be exciting!
Im totes fine with anybody else (and I mean ANYBODY else) doing it. Lets me relax in the morning. So, yesterday, I wake up and find that no DBD has been done.
It gets done.
So, then, Hydro again informs me that today, Friday, he'll do a DBD. Sounds good to me! Sounds great to me!
So, then, where is your DBD, Hydro? Where is it? Show it to me. Show me your DBD! Put your pants back on and show me your DBD.
I don't know who I hate more now, Hydro or USC. Praise Be To Bak Bak that during hate week, there is so much hate to go around. Go Hate!
Mens bball takes down Seattle Pacific. Ragnarok was there and will have a post coming soon on it!
BERKELEY - Theo Robertson scored 23 of his game-high 29 points in the first half to lead California to a 91-70 victory over a scrappy Seattle Pacific team Thursday night in the Golden Bears' exhibition tune-up for the 2008-09 season.
Chris Banchero led Seattle Pacific with 13. The Falcons are a Division II team that advanced to the regional semifinals of their NCAA Tournament last March.
Robertson showed he was comfortable in his return to the court after a yearlong absence due to hip surgery, playing all but one minute of the first half as Cal entered the break leading 49-42 despite shooting over 62 percent from the floor. The junior forward watched the waning minutes from the bench after putting in a 10-14 FG, 8-8 FT, 4-rebound performance.
Cal delivered 20 assists from eight players on the evening, led by Randle's seven and four other Bears with multiple dishes.
A three-point play from Randle with 12:45 in the second half boosted Cal's lead to 68-52. Seattle Pacific climbed back to within 13 with 7:50 to play, but Boykin's fifth offensive rebound and ensuing free throws ratcheted the lead up to 17 and Cal never lost control.
October 28, 2008
Although our weekend against the Arizona schools started off a bit shaky, we came back to finish strong. Arizona State came out firing on Friday and we soon found ourselves two goals down at the end of the first half. We came out of the locker room energized and ready to attack and came back to tie up the game with two goals of our own. Freshman Katie Benz earned her first goal as a Golden Bear! She expertly shot the ball right between the legs of the keeper. Then senior Nikki Schrey tied the game off a shot that ricocheted off the far left post to go in. We went straight into overtime. After playing two hard fought 10-minute periods, the score remained knotted at 2-2. The game ended in a tie, our first one of the 2008 season.
The tie meant that we very much needed to get a win against the University of Arizona on Sunday. The team came out focused and ready to play for our Sunday match. After 45 minutes of play, the game still remained tied, 0-0. This didn't necessarily reflect the play on the field because we maintained most of the possession. But we soon found the net in the second half when Katie Benz claimed her second goal of the season. Her goal was almost like déjà vu because her shot went surprisingly right between the legs of the goal keeper again. To finalize the win, Alex Morgan found the upper V with a left-footed drive in the 75th minute. Our defense remained solid and organized. We only allowed three shots for the entirety of the game, clinching the win and the shut out.
After the third week of Pac 10 play, UCLA and Stanford are undefeated. However, we edged ahead of USC in the standings to third place with the wins this weekend. We leave Northern California on Thursday for our most difficult challenge yet - we play USC and UCLA in Los Angeles. If you happen to be in L.A. this weekend, come on out and cheer us on, Bear fans. GO BEARS!
Womens bball takes down Chico:
BERKELEY - The No. 9/9 California women's basketball team defeated visiting Chico State 95-51 in an exhibition game Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion. Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson led the Bears with 17 points. Cal will next play host to Vanguard on Nov. 9 in an exhibition that is free to the public.
"I think we shot the ball pretty well," Cal head coach Joanne Boyle said. "I was pretty happy with that. I think we finally started to challenge them on defense in the second half, played a little more physical. There were definitely some good things, and a lot more things we need to work on."
The Wildcats, the 2007-08 CCAA Champions, kept things competitive for the first seven minutes, trailing just 15-7. California went on a 22-6 run, opening up a 37-13 lead. The hot-shooting Bears made eight consecutive baskets in that span, shooting 76.2 percent from the field through the 7:41 mark.
The Bears missed their final seven field goal attempts of the half, but still went into the break holding a 47-30 advantage. Cal opened up the second half with a 14-2 run, going up 61-32, putting the game well out of reach of the Wildcats. The Bears held on for a 95-51 victory.
All five of Cal's starters posted double-digits in the scoring column. Gray-Lawson led the Bears with 17 points, shooting 70 percent from the field. Senior forward Ashley Walker posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Walker also had five of the Bears' 16 steals. Sophomore forward Kelsey Adrian scored 16 points with eight boards. Freshman guard Casey Morris, in her first game in front of a Cal crowd, scored nine points on 3-5 shooting. She also had a pair of assists and steals.
"It's good to get a game under our belt. We've been practicing pretty hard for the last couple of weeks," Boyle said. "It's nice to play a team that doesn't know you, it forces you to work on stuff."
Two womens bball players are Wooden award finalists:
California women's basketball seniors Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker were among the thirty preseason candidates named as contenders for the prestigious Wooden Award. The John R. Wooden Award is an award given annually to the most outstanding men's and women's college basketball players. The national award program consists of men's and women's Player of the Year awards as well as naming an All-American team. Richard "Duke" Llewellyn, Wooden Award Chairman and founder, announced the 2008-09 preseason candidates for the Women's Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy today. The list is composed of 30 student athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
California was one of only four teams with multiple players named as preseason candidates for the Wooden award. Connecticut had three players make the top-30 with Rutgers and Maryland joining Cal with a pair. Jayne Appel of Stanford was the only other PAC-10 player to be named as a finalist.
Devanei Hampton, a two-time All-American who was the first Cal player to be named a three-time first team All-PAC-10 selection and the first to be named the PAC-10 Player of the Year (2006-07), is a third-team preseason All-American selection for 2008-09 by the Sporting News. Ashley Walker, a two-time All-American and two-time first team All-PAC-10 selection, was named a 2008-09 preseason first team All-American by the Sporting News. Both are also candidates for the WBCA's State Farm Wade Trophy, which is awarded annually to "the greatest female basketball player in the country who not only excels athletically, but serves as a positive role model both on and off the court."
Two womens tennis players advance in tournament:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - No. 22-ranked California women's tennis senior Claire Ilcinkas and No. 7-ranked sophomore Marina Cossou each won their first matches today at the 2008 ITA National Indoor Championships to move on to the round of 16. No. 65-ranked senior Bojana Bobusic fell in her match and will play in the back-draw round of 16. The four-day tournament is hosted by the University of Virginia and the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.
As the fifth-seeded women's singles player in the tournament, Cossou took out Brown's Bianca Aboubakare in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. She will face Fresno State's No. 16-ranked Anastasia Petukhova in the round of 16. Ilcinkas had an uphill climb in the first round, taking on the seventh-seeded No. 11 Georgia Rose of Northwestern. Rose failed to uphold her seeding however, falling to Ilcinkas in two sets, 6-3, 6-4. Ilcinkas draws No. 87-ranked Ragini Acharya of William & Mary in the round of 16.
Bobusic suffered a 6-4, 6-1, defeat at the hands of No. 67-ranked Marrit Boonstra of Florida in the round of 32 and will face Wiveca Swarting of Nebraska in the singles consolation round of 16 tomorrow (Nov. 7).
Play resumes with doubles first at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT) followed by singles rounds of 16 and quarterfinals. For complete information, draws and results from the tournament, please visit www.itatennis.com events page or www.virginiasports.com and point your browser to the men's tennis page.
Two mens tennis players also advance:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The California men's tennis doubles team of senior Geoff Chizever and sophomore Pedro Zerbini took an 8-6 victory over host Virginia's No. 31-ranked duo of Dominic Inglot and Michael Shabaz today in the round of 16 today at the 2008 ITA National Indoor Tennis Championships. The four-day tournament is hosted by the University of Virginia and the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.
Chizever and Zerbini will advance to the quarterfinal round and face the top-seeded team of No. 2-ranked Steven Forman and Cory Parr of Wake Forest. Forman and Parr defeated No. 18-ranked Jason Jung and Mike Srozcynzski of Michigan in an 8-5 match in the round of 16 to advance. The quarterfinal match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT) on Friday, Nov. 7.
Field Hockey player named D Player Of The Year:
FARMVILLE, Va. - California senior defender Rachel Moffitt was named the 2008 NorPac Conference Defensive Player of the Year and joined four teammates on the NorPac All-Conference first team, the conference announced at its banquet on Wednesday night. Fellow Golden Bears seniors Carolina Bistue, Ashley Glosz, Kelly Knoche and Andrea Lo are Cal's other members of the all-conference team.
This is the second straight all-conference selection for Lo and Moffitt and the third straight selection for Glosz.
Moffitt is one of the keys to a stingy backline that leads the NorPac in goals allowed and has posted the seventh-best GAA average (1.08) this season in the NCAA. The senior from San Diego, Calif., has also contributed offensively with a league-high 15 assists, ranking her sixth in the NCAA in assists per game at 0.94. She is now Cal's all-time assist leader with 36.
Bistue, from native of Mendoza, Argentina, by way of Davis, Calif., is another senior defender and Knoche, also from San Diego, is a senior goalkeeper who also has played a big part in Cal's defensive success. Bistue, the current NorPac Defensive Player of the Week, is tied as the Bears' second-leading scorer with a career-high 19 points thanks in part to a career-high eight goals, four of which are gamewinners. Knoche, who has a 12-4 record this year, ranks 10th in the nation with a 1.14 GAA and is 16th with a 0.757 save percentage.
Okanes has a Thurs night update on the team. Theres a lot here:
OK, let’s get right to the topic I’m sure you’re interested in. Unfortunately, I don’t have any definitive news about the quarterbacks. Jeff Tedford said tonight no decision had yet been made who will start Saturday. I can tell you that Kevin Riley didn’t seem to have any ill-effects from yesterday’s practice and practiced in full again. He and Nate Longshore once again split first-team reps.
Right guard Noris Malele returned to full capacity and seemed to be moving OK on the sprained ankle. Malele was back in his normal position taking first team reps, but Tedford said they will have to see how responds tomorrow in terms of soreness. Tedford still said there’s a possibility Malele will start. If not, Justin Cheadle will be back in there.
Donovan Edwards will start once again at right tackle. Matt Summers-Gavin will back up Mitchell Schwartz at left tackle and actually got some reps with the first team.
Backup safety Sean Cattouse is being held out of practice. He suffered a concussion last week against Oregon. Tedford said Cattouse was supposed to undergo some tests Thursday night and his status is uncertain for Saturday.
Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory said nose tackle Derrick Hill will be limited a bit Saturday as he continues to battle a shoulder sprain and a lingering knee injury. Mika Kane will start. Gregory reiterated that defensive end Rulon Davis will see time as a reserve.
I guess Hydro feels I don't do enough for this blog. Guess I'm not really pulling my weight on this one. Don't worry, sir, I'll ship up or shape out! Wait. I think I did that wrong.
Either way, dump away and GO BEARS!!!