Inside the Box Score: Cal

As we dive into the second half of the Pac-10 season, we look back and see how Stanford improved (and regressed) in its match-ups with teams in what is proving to be one of the toughest conferences in the nation in which to play during the 2006-07 season.

-  At Haas Pavilion in the win on Saturday night, senior Fred Washington was 6-of-6 on lay-ups.  His one made jumper (in four attempts) was in the paint and came off his own offensive rebound.  In the end, he managed to convert all three of his offensive boards into buckets.  At Maples Pavilion, Washington was 4-of-6 on lay-ups, but he only converted one of his five offensive rebounds directly into his own points.

-  In their first meeting with Cal at Stanford, the Cardinal missed 11 of their 20 lay-up attempts.  In an impressive turnaround at Berkeley, Stanford missed just one lay-in out of 10 total tries.

-  Stanford had an amazing second half holding onto the ball Saturday evening.  The Cardinal had just one turnover, belonging to deep reserve freshman point guard Da'Veed Dildy, with just 38 seconds left in the game!  In fact, Stanford went over 22 minutes between turnovers in the game.  At Maples, the Cardinal's longest stretch without giving the ball to the Bears was over the last 11:25 of the contest.

-  Speaking of turnovers, despite Saturday's tremendous performance where they only had nine giveaways on the evening, the disturbing turnover margin trend continues for Stanford (10th in the conference in all games (-2.76) and in conference games (-4.60)).  In their last seven games, the Cardinal have been losing the battle by a particularly wide spread, as they have forced just 54 takeaways, or just under eight turnovers a game, while opponents have been able to get Stanford to cough up the ball up 106 times, or just over 15 a game (-7.43 margin).

-  The Cardinal's 22-of-24 performance from the free throw line was their best outing from the charity stripe since January 15, 2006, when Stanford went 23-of-25 at Arizona State in a 70-64 win.

-  In two games, Stanford this season has out-rebounded Cal 93-61, including 30-18 on the offensive glass.

-  Stanford improved its shooting clip nearly 20 percentage points versus the Golden Bears, 34.4% to 54.2%.

-  Finally, in a bookend tribute to #44, Washington's combined lines from the two games against Cal:  69 minutes, 11-of-19 shooting from the field and 10-of-13 from the free throw line, 32 points, 14 rebounds (eight offensive), one blocked shot, 15 assists and just three turnovers.

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