Saint Mary's last defeated California on December 21, 2002, a 71-64 win. That win marked the fifth consecutive win for SMC over Cal, which started during the 1995 season. Last year the teams met in Moraga as the Golden Bears defeated the Gaels 65-55.
Last week the Gaels split on their season opening road trip, falling at Washington 70-68 and defeating Oregon in Eugene 78-69.
In the game against the Huskies, the Gaels led by as many as 12 points in the first half, and trailed by as many as 15 in the second-half. The Gaels chipped away in workman like fashion, to tie up the game at 68-68 with 25 seconds left. Washington took the lead on a drive with six seconds left. SMC's Jackie Nared had a good look at a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer, but the shot glanced off the front rim and backboard.
Saint Mary's led wire-to-wire in the win over Oregon as the Gaels withstood a second-half push by the Ducks. SMC never gave up the lead and used rebounding and solid free-throw shooting to lock-up the victory.
Danielle Mauldin recorded double-doubles in both games and was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week. Against Oregon, the junior post recorded a career-high 20 points to go along with a career-high tying 16 rebounds.
California played one game last week, an 80-48 win over Lehigh in Berkeley. The Golden Bears shot 42.9 percent and held Lehigh to 32.2 percent from the field.
The Golden Bears were led by Gennifer Brandon with 17 points while Brittany Boyd added 16 points. Layshia Clarendon (14 points), Afure Jemerigbe (10) and Reshanda Gray (10) also scored in double figures.