The California men's cross country team earned an at-large bid for the upcoming NCAA Cross Country Championships after a stellar showing this season that culminated in a sixth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional Championships that were held Friday at Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle.
California's Denise Starr and Maegan Manasse improved to 10-1 on the season on Friday and on Saturday have a chance to make up for the lone blemish on their otherwise spotless doubles record. The top-seeded pair at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, the third-ranked Golden Bear duo takes on Kentucky's third-seeded and ninth-ranked Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi in the Saturday's semifinals at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Men's Water Polo
The No. 3-ranked Cal men's water polo team brings the 2015 regular season to a close with a trip to the South Bay for a matchup with No. 5 Stanford today at 1 p.m.
Women's Swimming and Diving
The Cal women's swim team had three finishers in the top-10 in the 100 backstroke Friday on the second day of the Minnesota Arena Pro Swim Series at the University Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota.
BERKELEY - Finally given a chance to get back to business in a competitive setting, the Cal men's basketball team didn't wait long to feed the excitement for a long 2015-16 season to come as a big first half run put the No. 14-ranked Bears in control and they cruised to a 97-65 victory over Rice on opening night at Haas Pavilion.
Tyrone Wallace led five Cal players in double figures with 20 points while also dishing out eight assists and grabbing six rebounds in the first game of his senior season. Freshman Ivan Rabb collected a double-double in his first collegiate game with 14 points and 13 rebounds while fellow frosh Jaylen Brown chipped in with 14 points of his own. Egor Koulechov led Rice (0-1) with 19 points.
California 54, Oregon State 24
Cal picked up its sixth win of the season Saturday in a 54-24 victory over Oregon State.
What the win means for Cal: In the big picture, it means 15 extra practices for this group, which will now have an opportunity to play in the postseason. The Bears got huge performances from quarterback Jared Goff, running backs Tre Watson and Vic Enwere, cornerback Darius Allensworth and linebacker Raymond Davison. All of these came against a team that will likely not win a Pac-12 game this season, but that (along with snapping a four-game losing streak) should give the Bears a much-needed spark as they head into rivalry week with Stanford.
Player of the game: Goff, who finished with his highest passer rating of the season. It was against a porous defense, but video-game numbers are video-game numbers. He finished with 453 yards and six passing touchdowns, both of which were season highs.
Stat of the game: The Bears racked up a season-best 760 offensive yards (307 rushing, 453 passing), crushing their previous high-water mark of 548 yards versus Texas. Cal also tallied 9.2 yards per play, bettering the 8.0 it managed in a September victory over San Diego State.