After easing away from UC Riverside on Friday, the Bears are back at Haas to continue their tour of mid-major California opponents. The Roadrunners have a close win over Hawaii and losses to Southern Utah and Oregon, the latter by 15 points on the road.
CSUB was a middle-of-the-road WAC team last year, but went just 3-12 against non-conference opposition. They will have to replace their leading scorer and rebounder from last year’s team, forward Batabe Zempare, who averaged nearly a double double and led the team in field goal percentage.
The Roadrunners aren’t particularly uptempo, but they do use a deep bench and rotate frequently. 10 different players average at least 10 minutes/game, and production has been relatively balanced . . . except for Aja Williams. The junior college transfer is averaging nearly 20 points/game, mostly on the strength of excellent 3 point shooting to start the season. She’s certainly the player to watch when Cal is on defense.
Realistically, this is a game Cal should win without drama. Sagarin has Cal favored by 25, and CSUB is probably the worst team on the non-conference schedule until Sacramento St. in early December. Let’s hope the Bears grab hold of the game early and take care of business.