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#6 Cal WBB vs. Arizona: Preview And Gamethread

Can Cal make it nine in a row against the run and gun Wildcats?

Can Cal slow down Davellyn Whyte? And does Arizona have any hope of slowing down Cal?
Can Cal slow down Davellyn Whyte? And does Arizona have any hope of slowing down Cal?

When: 12:00 pm PT
TV: None
Video Stream:
Audio Stream: Cal Bears All-Access ($$$)

The most interesting aspect of this game might be whether or not Reshanda Gray finally returns from injury. Coach G had this to say after Friday's game against Arizona State:

She was available tonight. She was cleared to play, so I could have put her in the game, but I think anytime with a hamstring injury, any additional rest is helpful. We are thinking that she will play on Sunday, but she looked good in practice the other day and she's much better.

As for the Wildcats, it's the Davellyn Whyte show. The senior point guard is Arizona's best and most important player by a margin, and slowing her down is a good way to earn a win. Whyte leads the Wildcats in both points and assists, but Arizona's offense has floundered this year without a stronger supporting caste.Turnovers, poor shooting and iffy rebounding have all plauged Naya Butt's squad, and the result is a 3-8 Pac-12 record.

Arizona's defense is somewhat better than their offense, but still struggling compared to their conference-mates. If there's one thing Arizona does better than average, it's force turnovers, so the Bears will have to be wary on offense. Otherwise there's nothing in particular that should raise concern.

This should be a fun, up-and-down game that ends with a comfortable Cal win. Shame it's not on TV, but at least we've got the Pac-12 stream.