Senior guard Brittany Boyd registered her second-career triple-double to lead the No. 14/14 California women's basketball team past San Jose State, 110-87, in the Cal Classic opener on Friday evening at Haas Pavilion.
With 11 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, Boyd became just the second player in Pac-12 history to record two-career triple-doubles.
Four other Bears joined Boyd in double figures. Senior Reshanda Gray logged a game-best 21 points, freshman Mikayla Clowling chipped in 18 points, freshman Gabby Green tallied 17 points and sophomore Courtney Range knocked in 16 points. Sopomore Mercedes Jefflo, freshman Penina Davidson and redshirt senior Brittany Shine rounded out the scoring column for the Bears with nine points apiece.
When: 5:30 p.m.
Live Stats: Calbears.com
If you want to see this game, you had better show up at Haas tonight, because evidently the game isn't being webcast in any capacity. This is the first time in a while that I can recall a non-televised home game not being webcast. I don't know if it's lack of demand, lack of funding, or some other reason.
I'll be on a plane flight back to California while the game is going, so I won't be following or recapping this game. There shouldn't be much drama to this game, but there should be a ton of entertainment. Why? Because San Jose St. is one of the fastest teams in the country. Every single game has seen a winner with at least 91 points. The Spartans are 2-2 against DI competition, but a 13 point loss to projected Pac-12 bottom-feeder Utah indicates that SJSU shouldn't really pose a threat to the top 15 Bears.
PG Aniya Baker, 5'8'' So.
G Ta'Rea Cunnigam, 5'9'' Sr.
G Myzhanique Ladd, 5'8'' Fr.
F Rebecca Woodberry, 5'10'' Sr.
F Jasmine Smith, 6'0'' So.
F Rachol West, 5'10'' So.
PG Chereese Thomas, 5'8'' Sr.
C Riana Byrd, 6'2'' Sr.
F Paris Baird, 6'2'' So.
F Emily Vann, 6'0'' Jr.
G Alli Bettencourt, 5'10'' Fr.
Yes, SJSU will start with their tallest player measuring just 6'0'', shorter than four out of six major Cal rotation members. There is some height on the bench, and SJSU rotates frequently, so expect to see some size on the floor most of the time.
Nebraska transfer Rebecca Woodberry is really the star - she shoots well from behind the arc, shoots frequently, and gets to the line a lot, and boards plenty for her size. All of the starters score frequently, although pace of play has a large part to do with that.
Keys to the game
Grab and convert 2nd chances . . . - SJSU gets outrebounded by 17 boards a game. That's a huge number. After failing to rebound with much success against Missouri, this is an obvious opportunity to control the glass on both ends. If Cal can do the following:
Without letting SJSU run behind you in transition: When Cal doesn't get the offensive board, they will leak out looking to push and get easy baskets. It will be on Cal to get back and force SJSU to score from the halfcourt set as much as possible.
Get contributions beyond the 'Big Six' - As much as Cal and Coach G want to get out and run, there's an obvious problem: the more possessions Cal plays, the more fouls they can pick up. In Cal's first game of the year, they basically played a 6 player rotation. That's fine in slow games, but when teams want to push the ball, will there be enough fouls to go around? Cal needs other players to step up and take minutes without compromising things on either end of the court. Let's hope it happens, starting tonight.