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Cal Women @ Washington Game Thread

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I've begun looking forward to Cal's matchups with the Washington Huskies because it means I get to learn from the insight of Q McCall from  CGB sent a few questions to Q and he was gracious enough to run them by Washington's head coach, Tia Jackson:

Jackson on Cal’s recent play: "Cal is just playing remarkable I think they’ve won 5 of their last 7 games since we played em. Looking really, really good. And as Alexis Gray-Lawson goes, they go. And we know that so we’ve got a tough assignment, but it is good to be home."

Jackson on Cal’s loss to UCLA: "That’s against a different team that’s not against us…I don’t really look at what another team does unless they’re the same makeup as us."

Check out his entire post at Swishappeal for a great rundown of Washington's Friday night battle with Stanford and more quotes from Washington players on what they want to do against the Bears.  Hit the jump for more game breakdowns and your Sunday afternoon gamethread!

Here's the four factors breakdown of Cal's previous game against the Huskies.  The key stat?  Washington's .51 turnover percentage in the 2nd half.  That's right, Cal forced Washington to turn the ball over on half of their 2nd half possessions!


1st Half
eFG% Fta/FGA Oreb% Tov% Team Factors MEV
Wash 0.38 0.23 0.29 0.34 2.67 13.562
Cal 0.37 0.38 0.33 0.31 3.15 14.906
2nd Half
eFG% Fta/FGA Oreb% Tov% Team Factors MEV
Wash 0.24 0.76 0.31 0.51 0.87 -3.944
Cal 0.41 0.47 0.43 0.14 5.65 30.662
Final eFG% Fta/FGA Oreb% Tov% Team Factors MEV
Wash 0.33 0.44 0.30 0.42 1.81 9.565
Cal 0.39 0.43 0.39 0.23 4.47 45.568
Weighted Diffs eFG% Fta/FGA Oreb% Tov%
Wash -0.66 0.01 -0.36 -1.66

Stat chart courtesy of Q McCall
For an explanation of some of the more esoteric statistics, check out swishappeal's exhaustive
stats primer

So can the Bears again successfully bother Washington with pressure defense?  Eliza Pierre had perhaps her best defensive game of the season with 6 steals against the Huskies last time, and Alexis Gray-Lawson had a solidly efficient offensive night with 19 points.  Regina Roberts had the best performance for the Huskies with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, although Sami Whitcomb is typically the most dangerous Husky.  It will be hard for the Bears to significantly improve on their 60-43 win, but a repeat performance in Seattle would be a welcome sight for a young team on the road.  Go Bears!