Women’s basketball: Bears visit Cardinal

TIPOFF: Cal (15-5, 6-2 Pac-12) at No. 4 Stanford (17-1, 8-0) , Saturday, 2 p.m.  TV: None.

GAME THEME: Stanford owns a 65-game win streak against Pac-12 competition and a 73-game streak at Maples Pavilion. The last team to beat the Cardinal in either category? The Bears, who beat Stanford in Berkeley in 2009 and at Maples two years before that. No current Cal player owns a victory over the Cardinal, but first-year head coach Lindsay Gottlieb was an assistant when the Bears toppled Stanford 72-57 at Maples on Feb. 4, 2007. Here is staff writer Stephanie Hammon’s game preview.

NOTES: The Bears have won six in a row since dropping their first two Pac-12 games . . . Five Cal players are averaging double-digit scoring during the six-game win streak, led by sophomore forward Gennifer Brandon, contributing 12.3 points and 11.5 rebounds during the stretch . . . Cal began the week ranked No. 2 nationally in rebounding margin at plus-16.1. Stanford was No. 5 at plus-13.1.

NEXT TIME: Cal at Arizona, Thursday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m.

Jeff Faraudo