Cal vs Arizona State Gameday: Eyes on Brittany Boyd and Janae Fulcher

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Brittany Boyd has become the leader of the Bears as a freshman. The point guard from Berkeley High School has helped Cal reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.

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Cal #15 Brittany Boyd

Height: 5-foot-9
Year: Sophomore
Position: Guard

Layshia Clarendon and Gennifer Brandon may leading the Bears in points and rebounds, respectively, but Brittany Boyd is just as much of a game-changer in her own right.

The point guard spent her freshman year dazzling the nation en route to honorable mentions for the All Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Defensive teams as well as other awards.

Since then, she’s only gotten better.

“She’s got great strength, body control, and speed with the ball – and that’s just what she came into Cal with,” Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “Now she can control the ball in other ways.”

Though her acrobatic drives into the paint have highlighted her spectacular sophomore season, she’s been a capable player in all facets of the game. Just last week, she led the team in rebounds against OSU and followed that performance with 13 points, eight assists and zero turnovers.

— Vincent Tzeng

Arizona State #22 Janae Fulcher

Height: 6-foot-3
Year: Senior
Position: Forward

Hiding in the shadow of Pac-12 honorable mention Kimberly Brandon, Fulcher started in only two games during the 2011-12 campaign. Brandon’s graduation left a large void not only in scoring but also in leadership. In her senior campaign, Fulcher was the one who stepped up out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

The transition from role player to leader is a difficult one to make, yet Fulcher has taken the challenge in stride. Fulcher has demonstrated experience with the ball in her hands. Fulcher shoulders the bulk of the team’s scoring, averaging 12.8 ppg on 49 percent shooting in conference play.

In the Cal contest, Fulcher will be matched up against star forward Brandon. Fulcher will have her hands full not only trying to slow down the Bear’s second-leading scorer but also leading Arizona State’s offense. But if anything, this year so far has proved Fulcher is up to the challenge.

— Austin Crochetiere