Cal Women's Basketball vs. Dartmouth: Preview and Open Thread

When: 7:00 pm PT
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Radio Stream: Cal Bears All-Access (Free)
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For reasons unknown, we'll be enjoying this game via dulcet tones of Dave Lewis. If there's one game to miss, this one might be it because there shouldn't be any drama. The Big Green enter tonight's contest with a record of 2-7, with those two wins over Colgate and Vermont. Only once this season has Dartmouth exceeded 56 points of offense, but it's not because they slow the ball down - it's because they just have trouble scoring. In a season opening loss to Kansas St. they only managed 20 points!

Dartmouth is led by Faziah Steen, who averages 14.8 points and after that . . . there are six players averaging between 6.7 and 3.2 points/game. Only one player has more assists than turnovers. The Big Green are a low level Ivy League team, so there's just not much to say other than they are likely to be a bit undermanned against the Bears.

Stat chart and game thread after the jump. Go Bears!

Chart concept borrowed from MGoBlog, all stats courtesy of wbbstate.com and are accurate as of 12/14. Stat glossary found here. One letter indicates 10 place advantage in national rankings, two letters indicate 100 place advantage, three indicates 200 place advantage, etc.

Category Cal Ranking Dart. Ranking Advantage
Cal eFG% v. Dart Def eFG% 70 85 C
Cal Def eFG% v. Dart eFG% 122 328 CCC
Cal TO% v. Dart Def TO% 204 241 C
Cal Def TO% v. Dart TO% 273 309 C
Cal Reb% v. Dart Reb% 4 278 CCC
Cal FTR v. Dart Opp FTR 106 257 CC
Cal Opp FTR v. Dart FTR 90 204 CC
Cal O-PPP v. Dart D-PPP 42 180 CC
Cal D-PPP v. Dart O-PPP 89 333 CCC

Cal leads in every category. I can't recall seeing that in any game I've gone a stat chart for, men's or women's. Granted, I've only been doing stat charts for about one year . . . but still! Dartmouth's only above-average skill is preventing opponents from shooting well, so we'll see how well the Bears shoot today.

Other than that, what should we look for? Well, let's try to hold Dartmouth below 50 points, and maybe make some free throws?

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