We got a California Basketball Twin Bill today! California men's AND women's basketball!
First up, we have the women's basketball game. They are taking on Ohio State University at 2 PM EST in the Buckeye Classic. The Official site has this recap of the game against Southern University:
Cal earned their place in the championship with a 78-47 victory over the Southern Jaguars in the opener. The game was a tale of two halves with Cal struggling to find their rhythm in the early going. The Bears made just five first-half buckets, but had 21 freethrow shots in the period. In the second half, the Bears shot a blistering 62.1 percent from the field, scoring 54 points in that 20 minute span.
Freshman forward DeNesha Stallworth is averaging 13.8 points per game, having scored in double-figures each of the first four games of her career.
While the rest of the team has struggled from beyond the arc, Stallworth has connected on three of her four long-range attempts. Only two players on the team have more three-pointers than Stallworth. Senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson leads the team with five treys. Gray-Lawson, who is shooting 33.3 percent from three-point range this season, needs four more treys to become the Cal career-leader in that stat category.
Freshman forward Gennifer Brandon is the defensive leader with a team-high 9.5 rebounds per game. She has pulled in at least eight boards in each game this season. After starting the first three games of the season, Brandon came off the bench against Southern and had the biggest game of he young career, notching her first career double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Her 13 boards were the most by a Cal player in a single game so far this season. It is the second double-double of the season by a Cal player with Gray-Lawson having scored 12 points with 11 rebounds against No. 9/8 Baylor.
Freshman guard Eliza Pierre had six steals against Southern. Four of them came midway through the first half when Pierre stole the ball on four straight Jaguar possessions. She is now tied for the team lead with 11 steals.
Freshman forward Talia Caldwell, in her first start of the season, shot 75 percent from the field, scoring nine points with seven rebounds.
The game is being televised on the Big Ten Network. Find the Big Ten Network using this website here. Follow all the action on TV and comment with your thoughts in the open thread GO BEARS! BEAT THE BUCKEYES!
The Cal men's basketball team also has a game today! A home game against Princeton.
Find out more information about that game after the fold!
Princeton, which finished second in the Ivy League last year, most recently lost to George Washington. They had trouble hitting threes:
Princeton (2-2) fell behind by as much as 10 in the first half, going 3 for 14 from three-point range against a GW team that allowed opponents just 28.8 percent success from beyond the arc through its first three contests. The Colonials went 9 for 16 (.563) from three-point range.
The second half produced much of the same for Princeton, which made just 19.2 percent (5 for 26) of its threes on the night. The preference for dialing from distance came one game after the Tigers took 31 such shots against Army. Last season, Princeton took more than 50 three-pointers in back-to-back games only once, at Central Connecticut and Lafayette (52). Princeton was similarly cold in both instances, making 14 of 52 (.269) in the two-game stretch last season and 13 of 57 (.228) against GW and Army.
Those missed three-pointers didn't lead to many second-chance rebounds for Princeton, which GW handled on the glass 39-22 and limited to only five offensive boards.
Princeton couldn't quite string together a run like it did when rallying against Manhattan and coming close to erasing a 20-point deficit against Army. The closest Princeton got after the break was five on a bucket by Patrick Saunders with less than eight minutes left. By the 4:14 mark, a three-pointer by GW's Damian Hollis put the lead back at 10.
Follow all of the action on TV at CSN California and comment with your thoughts in the open thread. GO BEARS! BEAT THE TIGERS!