Cal Women's Basketball vs. Wake Forest: Preview & Gamethread

Reshanda Gray and the Bears are back in action in Reno! - Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

There's a game today, whether you can see it or not!

When: 7:30 pm PT

So. Tonight there is a women's basketball game, and there's not a good way to follow it. I can't even find a link to game tracker, which isn't a particularly enjoyable way to follow a game anyway. I suppose there's always the Cal women's basketball twitter account, which is a decent way to keep up to date.

In any case, I don't expect many comments discussing the game since there's little to no information to discuss! But I'll try to update this post with a brief recap of the game anyway, for the sake of being thorough.

As for the game itself, let's look at Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons finished 13-19 last year, and are 4-2 so far this year. Their most notable win is probably a 12 point road win over Arizona, although I'm not really anticipating the Wildcats being a great team this year. Their three other wins are over smaller conference opponents at home - i.e., the type of games you would expect an ACC team to win.

Last year Wake Forest had a very veteran lineup, and four key senior contributors have since graduated. Of the six players who averaged more than a point or two per game, only two are back. As a result, Chelsea Douglas and Dearica Hamby are carrying a major load on offense at 23 and 19 points/game respectively.

Douglas, a 5'5'' senior point guard, gets the bulk of her points via dead eye three point shooting. She's averaging more than 4 made three pointers/game and is shooting a ridiculous 45% so far. She was only around 35% last year, so this might just be an early hot streak, but it's still something Cal has to account for defensively.

Hamby is Wake Forest's key inside player. A 6'3'' junior post, she's averaging a double double to go along with three steals and two blocks per game. I would assume that she'll try to slow down Reshanda Gray, and she might be the toughest defensive assignment Reshanda has faced since Duke.

Otherwise, Wake Forest has 8 other players who have collectively had a minor impact on games so far. If Cal can contain Douglas and Hamby, this is a game that they should be able to win comfortably. If either side of Wake Forest's big duo go off big, or if they both get going, this could be a dogfight.

So, if you're actually in Reno to watch this one, enjoy! If not, cross your fingers and check back later to hopefully get some good news! Cal will face either Nevada or Idaho tomorrow, and I'm expecting that game won't be viewable either. Go Bears!

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