Women's Basketball Aiming for Payback vs. Ohio State

The California Golden Bears (1-1) look for a split in their two-game Thanksgiving road trip when they visit Ohio State Monday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. PT, at the new Value City Arena (19,500) in Columbu
By Cal Athletics on Mon, June 21, 1999

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November 30, 1998

The California Golden Bears (1-1) look for a split in their two-game Thanksgiving road trip when they visit Ohio State Monday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. PT, at the new Value City Arena (19,500) in Columbus, Ohio.

The Bears look for payback against Ohio State as they hoped for against Virginia. No. 17 Virginia (3-1) swept the home-away series over two seasons with Cal with a 70-55 victory Saturday in Charlottesville. Ohio State defeated Cal 85-72 in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic last season. Cal has a chance to even up the two-game all-time series with Ohio State, which is off to a slow start at 1-2.

The Bears return home to face the University of San Francisco, Friday, Dec. 4, before they go on a 13-day break for final exams. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m., at the Kaiser Arena. Cal claimed a 62-61 victory at USF last season behind Masa Radovic's career-high 20 points. After the finals hiatus, Cal entertains Northwestern on Dec. 17, live on FOX Sports Bay Area.

The holiday weekend opened for Cal with a 70-55 loss to Virginia, which surged ahead after leading only 32-30 at the half and 50-44 with 6:23 remaining. Junior forward Paige Bowie led Cal with 13 points, while sophomore guard Courtney Johnson converted for 11 and senior center Jennie Leander added 10. Leander posted her second-consecutive double-double by adding 10 rebounds to her effort.

Bowie, the Bears leading scorer in 1997 at 11.0 ppg, looks to find her shooting touch at Ohio State. The Fresno native opened the 1998 campaign with only three points against Pacific and rebounded to lead Cal in scoring at Virginia with 13 points, but shot only 4-of-17 from the field.

The Bears continue to get solid scoring contributions from their bench - in particular Johnson and freshman center/forward Shavaki Jackson. In two games, Cal's bench has accounted for 45 percent of its points (54-of-121 points). Johnson leads Cal in scoring with 14.0 ppg and Jackson is fourth at 7.5 per game.

This Week:
Mon. Nov. 30  at Ohio State       Columbus, OH     4:30 p.m. PT 
Fri. Dec. 4   vs. San Francisco   Oakland, CA      7:30 p.m. PT   

PAC-10 STANDINGS (As of 11/30)

                     Pac-10    Overall
Wash. State            0-0       3-0
Oregon                 0-0       5-1
Oregon State           0-0       3-1
UCLA                   0-0       4-2
Arizona State          0-0       2-1
USC                    0-0       3-2
California             0-0       1-1 
Washington             0-0       2-2
Arizona                0-0       2-2
Stanford               0-0       2-4


Led at half-time           1-0
Trailed at half-time       0-1
Were tied at half-time     0-0
Went into overtime         0-0
Led by 10 or more points   1-0
Shot 60% or better         0-0
Shot 50% or better         0-0
Shot less than 50%         1-1
Shot less than 40%         1-1

For the 17th consecutive year, KALX (90.7 FM) will carry all California home games and most of the road games. All of the Pac-10 road games are anticipated to be broadcast. Each broadcast begins five minutes prior to tip-off.

At least five Cal games will be broadcast this season. Those games are vs. Northwestern (FSBA), Dec. 17; at Stanford (FSBA), Jan. 8, at Washington State (FSN), Jan. 23; vs. Washington State (FSBA), Feb. 18, and vs. Washington (FSN), Feb. 21.

All Cal releases, results, statistics, box scores, schedules and coaches and players biographical information, as well as historical data, is available on the Intenet at www.calbears.com. Game recaps and statistics are updated after each contest.

Marianne Stanley enters her third season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program. A native of Upper Darby, Pa., Stanley is a 19-year coaching veteran and winner of five national championship titles as a player (2) and coach (3). She entered the 1998 campaign with a career record of 392-192 (.671), which ranks 26th in victories among all active NCAA Division I women's coaches. Stanley, 44, will become the 12th youngest coach to reach the 400 victory plateau this season.

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

Stanley is joined at Cal by third-year associate head coach Barbara Thaxton and first-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.


A Look at Ohio State (1-2)
Ohio State is 1-2 after losing two-straight games to Xavier (Nov. 23) and Kentucky (92-84). The Buckeyes squeaked out a win at Kansas State, 63-62.

The Buckeyes return five starters from last season's 15-12 team (7-9 Big Ten/8th). Senior forwards Larecha Jones and Marrita Porter have led the way so far for OSU.

Cal-Ohio State Series History
Ohio State won the only meeting between these two teams last season in Berkeley, 85-72, but the Buckeyes only led 36-35 at the half. Jennie Leander led the way for Cal with 20 points.

Ohio State Head Coach Beth Burns
Beth Burns is in her second season as head coach of the OSU program. In her inaugural campaign, she led OSU to a 15-12 mark. In eight seasons at San Diego State and one plus at OSU, Burns has compiled a 167-95 mark.

Probable Starters (stats prior to Xavier game)

POS NO  NAME             HT    YR   PTS    REB 
F   00  Marrita Porter   5-11  Sr   15.0   7.0 
F   05  Michaela Moua    6-0   Jr   10.0   4.3 
F   34  Larecha Jones    6-1   Sr   18.0   4.0
G   12  Jamie Lewis      5-5   So    4.3   4.3 asst
G   25  Roslyn Barker    5-8   Sr    5.0   2.0


A Look at San Francisco (2-1)
USF is 2-1 having opened the season with wins over San Diego State (54-43) and Idaho State (63-53). The Dons of the West Coast Conference are coming off a 74-43 loss to No. 7 Notre Dame and travel to Pacific, Tuesday, Dec. 1, before facing the Bears. USF returns four starters from last year's 10-17 squad and regain the services of 5-9 guard Brittany Lindhe, a three-time all-WCC honoree, who missed last season with an injury.

Cal-San Francisco Series History
Cal leads the all-time series 22-8, including a 62-61 win at USF last season, but the two teams have split the last six contests. Prior to that, the Bears posted 13-straight victories from 1982-83 to 1992-93.

1997-98 Record:                6-22
Pac-10:                        2-16/T9th
Letterwinners Returning/Lost:  10/3
Starters Returning/Lost:       4/1
Newcomers                      5
Roster Breakdown 
 (Sr/Jr/So/Fr)                 4/1/4/5


By Class
Senior (4) - Jamilla Churchill, Kobie Kennon, Jennie Leander, Sherisse Smith
Junior (1) - Paige Bowie
Sophomore (4) - Lauren Ashbaugh, Kenya Corley, Courtney Johnson, Masa Radovic
Freshman (5) - Ami Forney, Janet Franey, Shavaki Jackson, Latifa Lewis, LaShanthi Rhodes

By Height
6-4 - Shavaki Jackson, Latifa Lewis
6-3 - Jennie Leander
6-2 - Lauren Ashbaugh, Ami Forney
6-1 - Jamilla Churchill, Masa Radovic
6-0 - Paige Bowie, Kobie Kennon
5-8 - Kenya Corley, Janet Franey, Courtney Johnson, LaShanthi Rhodes
5-5 - Sherisse Smith


Career Rebounds

 1. Colleen Galloway         1029
 2. Kesha Martin              875
 3. Teresa Palmisano          874
 4. Cynthia Cooke             855
 5. Jennifer Bennett          812
 6. Amanda Ray                795
 7. Ingrid Dixson             789
 8. Trisha Stafford           721
 9. Chris Sellin              703
10. Jennie Leander            655

Three-Point Field Goals Attempted

 1. Liz Rizzo                 460
 2. Jennifer Self             430
 3. Laura Baker               325
 4. Kelly Tatum               295 
 5. Patrycja Czepiec          289
 6. Chris Holten              229
 7. Milica Vukadinovic        208
 8. Paige Bowie               170
 9. Eliza Sokolowska          144
10. Kim Robinson              126

San Francisco Head Coaches Bill and Mary-Hile Nepfel
Bill Nepfel (Cortland State, 1974) and Mary Hile-Nepfel (USF, 1981) are in their 12th season as the co-head coaches at the University of San Francisco. For three years from 1994-95 through 1996-97, the husband wife combination guided the Lady Dons to a cumulative 73-19 (.793) record, three NCAA appearances, three West Coast Conference Tournament titles and a pair of regular season WCC championships. The Nepfels have compiled a 179-132 at USF. Bill Nepfel has a career record of 232-167.

San Francisco Probable Starters

POS  NO  NAME              HT    YR   PTS   REB 
F     4  Tashi Tasnadi     6-1   Jr.  7.3   5.7   
F    12  Sarah Wanless     6-2   Jr.  7.3   5.0   
C    32  Kim Whisler       6-4   So.  5.3   5.3   
G    21  Jennifer Madkins  5-9   Jr.  8.0   5.3  asst 
G    40  Brittany Lindhe   5-9   Sr. 10.7   4.0 


For the first time in coach Stanley's three-year tenure at Cal, the Bears have depth in the post. Now, if Jennie Leander is having an off night or is in foul trouble, Stanley can look down her bench and see two 6-4 players in Shavaki Jackson and Latifa Lewis. So far, Leander has shown no signs of faltering and the bench has been solid, as well. Leander led Cal with her 17th-career double-double (15 pts, 12 rebs) against Pacific and posted her 18th-career double-double at Virginia. Jackson is averaging 7.5 points and 7.0 boards in two games.

As a freshman, Courtney Johnson often was the Bears first player off the bench, averaging 19 minutes/game and often showing her freshman inexperience. With a lot of game experience in the books, Johnson is ready to be an impact player in 1998.

Johnson wishes every night was opening night. Against Pacific, the Antioch, Calif., native set a new career high of 17 points as the Bears top scorer against the Tigers. Johnson set her previous career high of 12 points and career high of 5 steals in the season opener vs. Cal Poly last season.

Freshman Shavaki Jackson missed the first exhibition game with an ankle sprain but has shown the presence she can have in the paint for Cal in the second exhibition game versus Alvik and the season opener versus Pacific. So far, Jackson has come off the bench for the Bears but has put together starter-like numbers in about 20 minutes per game. Against Pacific, Jackson posted 12 points and nine rebounds. Jackson struggled against UVA but still posted three points and five boards.

Paige Bowie led Cal with 13 points and Jennie Leander posted her second-consecutive double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds), but it wasn't enough to hold off a second-half charge by No. 17 Virginia, which claimed a 70-55 victory Saturday at University Hall, in Charlottesville, Va.

Forward DeMya Walker celebrated her 21st birthday by leading Virginia with a game-high 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots as the Cavaliers improved to 3-1.

The Bears trailed the Cavaliers only 32-30 at the half and were still within six at 50-44 with 6:23 remaining in the game when Virginia went on an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to extend its lead to double digits (58-44) for the first time all game. Cal didn't get any closer than 10 the rest of the way.

Pac-10 Pre-season Polls

    Coaches            Media
1.  UCLA               UCLA
2.  Stanford           Stanford
3.  Oregon             Oregon
4.  Washington         Washington
5.  Arizona            Arizona
6.  USC                USC
7.  Arizona State      Arizona State
8.  Washington St.     Washington St.
9t. California         Oregon St.
9t. Oregon State       California

While Haas Pavilion (12,300) is under construction on campus, Cal will play all of its home games for one more season at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland. The Bears posted a 4-10 mark at Kaiser during the inaugural 1997-98 season at the off-campus site. Kaiser seats 4,000 for basketball and is located adjacent to the Oakland Museum and across the street from Laney College.

Cal won its 19th-consecutive home opener, 66-58 over Pacific, on the strength of Courtney Johnson's career-high 17 points and Leanders' 17th career double-double (15 points, 12 boards).

The Bears got off to a sluggish start, trailing UOP 10-15 nine minutes into the game. Cal then went on a 26-7 run to attain a 14 point lead, its biggest of the game, and led 38-28 at the half. Cal's surge was keyed by two Johnson steals. The two teams played about even in the second half but Cal dominated the post scoring 18 of its 28 second half points in the paint.

The Bears maintained a double-digit lead through most of the second half. Leanders' two free throws put Cal ahead 56-44 with 6:41 to go, but the Tigers cut the lead to 61-56 with 2:26 left in the game. That's where the Pacific run ended. Sherisse Smith and Johnson each hit two free throws and Leander made one of two as Cal scored the next seven points to pull away.

Genevieve Swedor (JEN e vee ev SWEE dur), a 6-3 center from New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, N.M., has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Cal beginning with the 1999-00. As a freshman, Swedor led her team to an 18-12 record and the first round of the Region 5 playoffs, averaging 11 points, 8.5 boards, 3 steals and 1.5 blocks. She is a native of Auvernier Switzerland and speaks four languages.

"We're excited Genevieve has signed with Cal," said head coach Marianne Stanley. "We believe she is the quickest post player in the junior college ranks and nicely fits are up-tempo style of play."

Swedor joins senior guard/forward Amber White of Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif., as the fall early signees for the Bears. White led Narbonne to the CIF Division I state title (later overturned) as a junior.

If you include Cal's two exhibition wins and the UOP game, the Bears won three-straight contests for the first time since the 1996-97 season when they defeated Long Beach State, Fresno State and Tennessee Tech, Dec. 7, Dec. 9 and Dec. 20, respectively. The new winning confidence can directly be attributed to a healthy, experienced Cal team. Coach Stanley believes the seniors in particular feel the sense of urgency to win.

With Cal's win over Pacific, Stanley is seven wins (393-193) shy of the 400-career win plateau. Stanley is looking to become the 26th active Division I women's coach to eclipse the 400-win mark and become the 12th youngest coach at age 44 to reach that milestone. Nancy Wilson of South Carolina (retired) and Cindy Russo of Florida International also reached the 400 mark at age 44.

Cal's schedule features a host of teams ranked in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN coaches' pre-season Top 25 polls. Looking at the AP poll, the Bears face No. 8 Virginia, Nov. 30, in Charlottesville, Va. If the Bears advance to the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic, Dec. 21, Cal could face No. 27 Colorado State. Likewise at the State Farm Classic, Cal could face No. 22 Florida.

Three Pac-10 teams are ranked in the AP and USA Today/ESPN pre-season polls. In the AP poll, UCLA was sixth, Stanford 19th and Arizona 21st. In the coaches poll, UCLA was sixth, Stanford 17th and Arizona 21st.

Cal Probable Starters & Key Reserves

POS NO  NAME              HT   YR   PTS  REB ASST  NOTES
F   31  Lauren Ashbaugh   6-2  So   5.5  9.0  1.5  Led Cal with 11 reb at UVA; top returning FG shooter (.600)
F   33  Paige Bowie       6-0  Jr   8.0  1.5  2.5  Cal's top returning scorer and team co-MVP in 1997-98
C   50  Jennie Leander    6-3  Sr  12.5 11.0  1.0  Posted back-to-back double-doubles vs. Pacific and UVA
G    3  Masa Radovic      6-1  So   3.0  2.5  1.5  97-98 team co-MVP with Bowie, led Cal in assists at 2.9 pg
G   23  Sherisse Smith    5-5  Sr   4.5  1.0  2.0  Cal's Best Defensive Player honoree in 1997-98
G   10  Courtney Johnson  5-8  So  14.0  6.0  3.5  Cal's super-sub, leading team in points, assists and steals
C/F 00  Shavaki Jackson   6-4  Fr   7.5  7.0  0.5  Fourth team Parade All-American in 1996-97
G    4  Kenya Corley      5-8  So   4.5  1.0  1.5  Cal's Most Improved Player in 1997-98


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