Juan Villa / The Collegian
The Fresno State womenâ€™s basketball team opens up the season Saturday when the Bulldogs host No. 13 Cal.
With coach Adrian Wiggins imposing a new system, the question arises: How many points will the Bulldogs score?
In their two exhibition games this week, the Bulldogs broke the century mark both times, knocking off the Melbourne Roos 107-67 and Fresno Pacific 104-73.
The new system that the Bulldogs will use starting this season has been known to light up scoreboards. Former Fresno City College menâ€™s basketball coach and current menâ€™s Pepperdine coach Vance Walberg came up with a system that uses constant pressure to force turnovers and exhaust opponents. When Walberg was at Fresno City, his team averaged more than 100 points each season.
Donâ€™t expect the Fresno State women to do the same, but if the Bulldogs can score more than 80 against the 13th-ranked team in the nation, expect them to possibly break 100 against lesser opponents later on in the season.
The Golden Bears come into Saturdayâ€™s game against Fresno State as one of the best teams in the country. Last season, Cal went 23-9, its best record in school history, making the NCAA tournament in the process.
This year, Cal is led by preseason All-Americans Devanei Hampton, Ashley Walker and Alexis Gray-Lawson.
Hampton, a 6 foot, 3 inch forward/center, was a member of the 2006 USA Under-20 womenâ€™s national team. Last season, she averaged 16.6 points and 8 rebounds per game, and was named the Pac-10 player of the year.
Gray-Lawson averaged 10.6 points a game last season before a season-ending knee injury in January. She also had 10 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds against the Bulldogs last year.
In last yearâ€™s game against Fresno State, the Golden Bears held the Bulldogs to 27 percent shooting in the first half. Walker had a double double, shooting 8-of-12 from the field, as well as going 7-of-7 from the free throw line for a team-leading 23 points, while grabbing 11 rebounds.