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Cal Opens Regular Season Sunday Against Nevada
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/15/1999

Nov. 15, 1999

BERKELEY, Calif. - QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS

The California women's basketball team opens the regular season at home Saturday Nov. 21, against the University of Nevada. This marks the first official game, men or women, to be played at the new Haas Pavilion. Cal is in search of its 20th-consecutive home-opening win, which includes a 66-58 win over Pacific a year ago.

Last season, the Golden Bears made a rumble at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland, but this season they look to roar in the new 12,300-seat Haas Pavilion on campus. The $57.5 million structure, a remodeled and enlarged version of old Harmon Gym, opened this fall after two years of construction.

This Week:

Sun. Nov. 21 Nevada Haas Pavilion 7:30 p.m.

Coming off its best season in six years, Cal brings to Haas the momentum of a 10-4 home record in 1998-99. Last year, Cal posted a 12-15 overall record and a 6-12 Pac-10 mark, doubling the six wins and improving on the two conference wins of the previous season. The Bears also tied for sixth in the conference last year, its highest finish since tying for fourth in the 1992-93 campaign.

Cal finished last season a winner of four of its final six contests, narrowly missing a bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Expectations are even higher for this year's team as the Bears have an excellent chance of posting their first winning season since '92-93 and likewise their first NCAA bid since that same year.

The Bears have carried their winning ways into the 1999-2000 season so far with two exhibition wins. Cal defeated the New Zealand National Team, 61-54, Nov. 6, and downed Lokomotiva Kosice of Slovakia, 75-58, Nov. 14. Sophomore forward Ami Forney led Cal in scoring in both games with 12 and 16 points, respectively. Junior guard Kenya Corley and senior forward Paige Bowie also averaged double-figure points during the exhibition season at 12.0 ppg and 11.0 ppg, respectively. Meanwhile, junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh averaged 9.5 rpg.

In addition to Bowie and Ashbaugh, junior guard Courtney Johnson is Cal's other returning starter. Cal is an experienced group with one senior and six juniors. The newcomers include freshman forward Amber White, junior guards Nicole Ybarra and Becky Staubes, junior center Genevieve Swedor, along with redshirt sophomore forward Kawai Matthews.

Cal's Probable Starters and Key Reserves (1998-99 final stats)

POS   NO   NAME           HT    YR   PTS   REB   
F   31   Lauren Ashbaugh  6-2   Jr   5.8   6.2   
F   33   Paige Bowie      6-0   Sr   11.9  4.0  
C   42   Ami Forney       6-2   So   1.3   1.8      
G    3   Masa Radovic     6-1   So.  10.9  3.0  
G    4   Kenya Corley     5-8   Jr.  4.2   2.2   
G   32   Nicole Ybarra    5-8   Jr.            
C   54   Genevieve Swedor 6-3   Jr.            
F   23   Amber White      6-0   Fr.  

HEAD COACH MARIANNE STANLEY

Marianne Stanley enters her fourth season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program. A native of Upper Darby, Pa., Stanley is a 20-year coaching veteran and winner of five national championship titles as a player (2) and coach (3). She owns a career record of 404-207 (.661), which ranks tied for 26th in victories among all active NCAA Division I women's coaches. Stanley, 45, tied as the 12th-youngest coach to reach the 400-victory plateau last season against Arizona State (1/28/99) at the age of 44.

Stanley has earned four conference coach of the year honors and national coach of the year recognition twice, in 1979 at Old Dominion and 1996 at Stanford.

Stanley is joined at Cal by fourth-year associate head coach Barbara Thaxton, first-year assistant coach Ronalda Smitherman and second-year assistant coach Jualeah Woods.

Best time to reach Stanley: Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-

1 p.m. by appointment scheduled through the media relations office.

NEVADA SCOUTING REPORT

A Look at Nevada (9-19, 4-10 Big West East Div. in 98-99)

Nevada finished its exhibition slate with a 2-0 record. The Wolf Pack defeated the New Zealand National Team, 65-59, and pounded Team Alaska, 105-44, with six players posting double-figure points. The same New Zealand team Cal defeated 61-54. Nevada opens its regular season at San Jose State Friday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. Nevada returns three starters from last season, with junior guard Jessica Larsen as the top returning scorer at 11.4 ppg.

Cal-Nevada Series History

This is the ninth meeting between these two teams with Cal holding a 5-3 lead. The Bears have won the last two contests, most recently an 88-69 decision in Reno in 1984-85. The two teams first met in 1973-74 in Cal's first year as a varsity sport , with the Bears victorious, 30-28.

Nevada Head Coach Ada Gee

Ada Gee enters her seventh year at the helm of the Nevada program with a 65-101 record. That's also her career head coaching record, which includes a 2-1 mark as interim head coach. She's a 1983 graduate of Colorado College.

Nevada Probable Starters (stats are from exhibition games)

POS    NO   NAME             HT    YR   PTS   REB   
G      05   Ant Bryant       5-6   Sr   6.0   1.5    
G      14   Jessica Larsen   5-9   Jr   12.0  5.0
G      20   Rachel Sorenson  5-6   Jr   7.0   3.0
F      24   Katie Golomb     6-1   So   10.0  6.5
C      50   Kate Smith       6-2   Fr   13.0  9.5

GOLDEN BEAR NOTES

BEARS INK WILLIAMS, O'KEITH TO LETTERS OF INTENT

Kiki Williams, a 6-1 forward from San Rafael, and Latasha O'Keith, a 5-7 point guard from Harbor City, have signed letters of intent to play basketball at Cal beginning with the 2000-2001 season. Williams led Terra Linda High School to the 1999 Marin County Athletic League title as a junior, averaging 22 points and 11 rebounds per game. With the addition of O'Keith, next season Cal will feature three players from Narbonne High School (Matthews, White), which is currently ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today. During her first three prep seasons, she has averaged 11.3 points, eight assists, five rebounds and four steals per game.

CAL BREAKDOWN

By Class

Seniors(1): Paige Bowie

Juniors (6): Lauren Ashbaugh, Kenya Corley, Courtney Johnson, Becky Staubes, Genevieve Swedor, Nicole Ybarra

Sophomores: Ami Forney, Janet Franey, Shavaki Jackson, Kawai Matthews, Masa Radovic

Freshmen: Michelle Wald, Amber White

By Height

5-8: Kenya Corley, Janet Franey, Courtney Johnson, Nicole Ybarra

5-9: Michelle Wald

5-11: Kawai Matthews

6-0: Paige Bowie, Amber White

6-1: Masa Radovic

6-2: Lauren Ashbaugh, Ami Forney

6-3: Genevieve Swedor

6-4: Shavaki Jackson

CALLING ALL COACHES

The Pac-10 will conduct 11 coaches/media teleconference calls during the season. The teleconferences will feature five minutes with each head coach.

TELECONFERENCE DATES:

Thu., Dec. 16
Tue., Jan. 4
Tue., Jan. 11
Tue., Jan. 18
Tue., Jan. 25
Tue., Feb. 1
Tue., Feb. 8
Tue., Feb. 15
Tue., Feb. 22
Tue., Mar. 1
Tue., Mar. 8

SCHEDULE: (times are Pacific)

9:35 - 9:40 a.m.
Charli Turner Thorne, Ariz. St.

9:40 - 9:45 a.m. Joan Bonvicini, Arizona

9:45 - 9:50 a.m. Judy Spoelstra, Oregon State

9:50 - 9:55 a.m. Jody Runge, Oregon

9:55 - 10:00 a.m. Chris Gobrecht, USC

10:00 - 10:05 a.m. Kathy Olivier, UCLA

10:05 - 10:10 a.m. Jenny Przekwas, Washington St.

10:10 - 10:15 a.m. June Daugherty, Washington

10:15 - 10:20 a.m. Marianne Stanley, California

10:20 - 10:25 a.m Tara VanDerveer, Stanford

CAL OPENS HAAS PAVILION ERA

After playing the last two seasons off campus at the Kaiser Arena, Cal officially opens the Haas Pavilion era against Nevada, Nov. 21. The $57.5 million structure, a remodeled and enlarged version of old Harmon Gym, opened this fall after two years of construction. The seating capacity is 12,300, up from 6,578. And although the structure is 37 feet taller and 28 feet wider than Harmon, it will continue to keep fans close to the action.

"The opening of the Haas Pavilion is an exciting time for the Cal athletic family," said Coach Stanley. "Constructing the Haas Pavilion is a reflection of the University's commitment to our basketball program."

BOWIE REMAINS STEADY LEADER

Senior forward Paige Bowie, co-captain with Courtney Johnson, continues to be a steady presence for Cal. Bowie has led the Bears in scoring the last two seasons, including 11.9 ppg as a junior. The Bears showed a balanced attack during the exhibition slate with Bowie averaging 11 ppg, 3 apg and 3 spg. The Fresno native is a returning honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. With greater depth this season, the pressure to come up with clutch baskets will not always fall on Bowie.

FORNEY EMERGES AS POST THREAT

After averaging 1.3 ppg and 1.8 rpg in about six minutes of action last season, sophomore Ami Forney will be relied on for her scoring and rebounding prowess even more this season. According to Coach Stanley, "Ami has the ability to be one of the best rebounders in the Pac-10." In the exhibition games, Forney averaged 5.5 rebounds, while leading Cal in scoring in each game with 12 points (New Zealand) and 16 points (Slovakia). She started against New Zealand and came off the bench against Slovakia since she was under the weather.

CORLEY SHOWS HER OFFENSIVE PUNCH

Additional offensive punch is expected from junior guard Kenya Corley this season. After improving in every major statistical category from her freshman to sophomore season, even greater improvement is expected in 1999-2000. If the two exhibition games are any indications, the Lancaster native is right on track, averaging 12 ppg. She demonstrated on numerous occasions her explosive ability driving to the basket, while also nailing some outside shots.

WALD JOINS BASKETBALL TEAM

The Bears now have three two-sport athletes on their roster with the addition of 5-9 freshman guard Michelle Wald from Cupertino. Wald, wrapped up her first field hockey season last week and immediately joined the basketball team as a walk-on. The Cal field hockey team won the NorCal Conference title this season and narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. Wald redshirted the 1999 field hockey season and joins Janet Franey as Cal walk-ons. Bowie is a starting left fielder for the Cal softball team and Corley is Cal's best long jumper on the track team.

CAL RUNS OVER LOKOMOTIVA, 75-58, IN FINAL TUNEUP

Cal took control of visiting Lokomotiva Kosica Slovakia Sunday night, capturing its second-straight exhibition victory 75-58 at Haas Pavilion. Sophomore Ami Forney paced Cal through a hard-fought first half, tallying 12 points in the opening 20 minutes before finishing with 16 points, shooting 6-for-7 from the floor in the effort.

Lokomotiva ran with an early but slim lead over the game's first 10 minutes before the Bears regrouped, sparked by senior Paige Bowie's steal and ensuing jumper that would put Cal up 23-21 with 8:47 to play in the first. California would never trail again, building up a 45-36 advantage at halftime. Bowie finished with 12 points and six assists. Junior Lauren Ashbaugh contributed a team-leading 10 rebounds Hana Elisova led Lokomotiva with 28 points. Dagmar Hutkova added 11.


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