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Cal Women's Basketball vs. Arizona Open Thread

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Time: 7:00 PM PST
Radio: audio (probably the same audio as the stream, FYI)
Streams: stream!  Hooray!

The Cal women being their mid-season, four game home stand with a matchup against the Arizona Wildcats.  While Cal may be able to boast about the strongest freshmen class in the Pac-10, Arizona can boast about having the Pac-10’s strongest performing individual freshmen – guard Davellyn Whyte.  Whyte has successfully turned the power of the extra y’s in her name into a 17.9 scoring average, good for 2nd in the Pac-10 - she shoots the ball well from anywhere on the court.  Arizona is also led by all-around threat Ify Ibekwe, Arizona’s 2nd leading scorer.  Ibekwe does everything for Arizona and leads the team in rebounding, assists, steals, blocks and free throw assists.  Cal’s primary concern on the defensive end will be stopping Whyte and Ibekwe, tasks that will probably fall once again to Eliza Pierre and Natasha Vital.

When they played the Sun Devils Arizona primarily played a zone defense.  If Coach Niya Butts sticks with the zone the bears would really help themselves out by forcing Arizona into some turnovers so that they can get out and run in transition before Arizona sets.  If not, Cal may struggle without the threat of good 3 point shooting to stretch the zone.  If the shots aren’t falling offensive rebounds will be needed to fuel the offense.  Cal could also really help the cause if they can get Whyte or Ibekwe into foul trouble.  Hopefully one of those two draws Alexis Gray-Lawson on the defensive assignment.


This is an important game for Cal to win if only because Arizona is the worst team they will play in their four game home stand.  But the Wildcats may be better than every team Cal has beaten in the Pac-10 schedule thus far, so it's not a gimme.  Everybody enjoy actually being able to watch Cal in action, weather you're at the game orat home on the computer.  Comment away, and GO BEARS!