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calbearman76



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PostPosted: 11/02/17 9:17 pm    ::: Pac 12 2017-18 Reply Reply with quote

Cal opens its season tonight with an exhibition game against Vanguard (#4 ranked NAIA team who will play UCLA Sunday.)

Kristen Anigwe will not be playing due to a minor injury, but should be back before Cal plays UConn on November 17. My biggest interests for this game are the improvements of sophomores CJ West and Jaelyn Brown as well as transfer Sara Anastasieska. West looked good at the end of last season and will get big minutes tonight without Anigwe. Brown should battle with Penina Davidson to be a starter after Courtney Range's graduation. Brown showed some flashes last season but needs to play more under control to reach her full potential. Sara A. is an Australian who sat out last year after transferring from UTSA. Last year Cal's biggest weakness was 3pt shooting. They made less than 5 3pt shots per game and, aside from Asha Thomas and Range, were a combined 62-234 (26.5%). The lack of outside shooting allowed teams to collapse down on Anigwe and limit her effectiveness. If Sara A. can be an outside threat she will get meaningful minutes for the Bears.

Cal's top freshman appears to be Kianna Smith. She should battle with M'Cole Cayton for playing time at the big guard position. Cayton was a strong defensive player as a freshman and started the last 12 games of the season, but showed little offense. Smith appears to be a stronger offensive player. Mikayla Cowling and Asha Thomas will be the other starters.

Overall the Bears appear to be at least as good as last year, and could be significantly better. I expect the Bears to finish with 10 or 11 wins in the Pac 12, good enough for 4th or 5th.


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PostPosted: 11/06/17 1:50 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Pac-12 Preview: Will 7 teams make the NCAA tournament again?


https://summitthoops.com/2017/11/06/pac-12-preview-will-7-teams-get-tournament-bids-again/



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PostPosted: 11/06/17 1:59 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I understand that Gonzaga beat them in their unofficial scrimmage a couple of weeks ago..


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PostPosted: 11/06/17 2:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

stever wrote:
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Pac-12 Preview: Will 7 teams make the NCAA tournament again?


https://summitthoops.com/2017/11/06/pac-12-preview-will-7-teams-get-tournament-bids-again/


I think six max, and more likely only five. Lots of teams are 'down' from last year and then when they start beating each other up in league it will be hard for those who haven't already proven themselves in OOC. JMO.



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