Jan. 24, 2000
This Week: WSU GAME TAPE DELAYED ON FSBA FRI. 2 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 27 at Wash. St. Friel Court (12,058 ) 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 29 at Washington Mercer Arena (5,000) 1:00 p.m.
QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
California (5-10, 0-5) looks to end an eight-game losing streak and win its first Pac-10 game Thursday at Washington State. The Bears have an excellent chance of getting back on track against the Cougars, which are in last place in the conference at 0-6 (3-13 overall), while the Bears are in ninth at 0-5. The WSU game is being broadcast by FOX Sports Net Northwest and being picked up by FOX Sports Net Bay Area on a tape-delay basis Friday at 2 p.m. Cal also could get healthy against Washington Saturday, as the Huskies are 1-5 in conference play (5-13 overall).
Up until Cal's 83-57 loss to Stanford last Friday, Cal was competitive in almost all of their games, losing by an average margin of 7.7 points per game. The coaching staff has encouraged the players to regroup and view the season as a fresh start this week. The Bears need a dose of confidence as they have gotten few breaks this year. While the Bears have struggled offensively, failing to score more than 59 points in a Pac-10 game, their defense continues for the most part to be a bright spot.
Injuries have plagued the Bears since the start of the conference season, as they have been playing minus two starters for several weeks. Sophomore center Ami Forney has been sidelined with a stress fracture in her foot and is expected to return at the earliest Feb. 3 for the USC game. Redshirt sophomore point guard Masa Radovic is out indefinitely with recurring back problems. Further depleting the guard depth, junior Nicole Ybarra has been playing with Achilles tendonitis.
Two offensive bright spots for the Bears has been the emergence of junior guard Kenya Corley and sophomore center Shavaki Jackson as offensive forces in the Pac-10. Corley is second on the team in scoring in all games at 11.5 ppg and first in conference games at 12.2 ppg. Meanwhile, Jackson has a 9.1 ppg overall average and a 10.2 ppg conference mark.
Defensively, junior guard Courtney Johnson leads the Pac-10 in steals at 2.69 per game.
CAL ON RADIO
For the 18th-consecutive year, KALX (90.7 FM) will carry all California home games. All of the Pac-10 road games will be carried. KALX's next broadcasts are this week.
BEARS ON TV 9 TIMES
At least nine Cal games will be broadcast this season. Those games are at Fresno State (local cable), Dec. 4, vs. USF (FSBA), Dec. 6, Cal game of the Oakland Tribune Classic, Dec. 19 (FSBA), at ASU (COX), Jan. 8, at WSU (FSBA), Jan. 27 (tape delayed on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.), at Stanford (Bay TV), Jan. 21, UCLA (FSN), Feb. 5, at Oregon State (FSBA), Feb. 10 (tape delayed on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.), vs. Washington State (FSN), Feb. 26, and possibly Arizona (FSN), Mar. 11.
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.
HAAS PAVILION OPENS
After playing the last two seasons off campus at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland, Cal officially opened the Haas Pavilion era Nov. 21 with a 74-52 win over Nevada. 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 continues to keep fans close to the action.
CAL HEAD COACH MARIANNE STANLEY
Marianne Stanley is in her fourth season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program with a 29-68 (.299) record. She will coach her 100th game at Cal at home against USC, Feb. 3. 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 409-217 (.653). She began the year ranked tied for 26th in victories (404) 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.
She 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.
WASHINGTON STATE SCOUTING REPORTA Look at Washington State (3-13, 0-6 Pac-10)
WSU enters its game with Cal also looking to break an eight-game losing streak. The Cougars three wins have come against Wright State (66-44), Eastern Washington (61-60) and their last win on Dec. 20 at Bowling Green (79-71). They are second in the conference in free throw shooting at .714.
Cal-Washington State Series History
Cal leads the all-time series with WSU, 17-14. The Cougars had won five-straight contests before the Bears salvaged a split of last year's series with an 83-68 home victory.
Last year: WSU defeated Cal, 73-54, in Pullman. The Bears offense started sluggishly, notching only 16 points in the first half before outscoring the Cougars 38-36 in the second half. In Oakland, Sherrise Smith posted 16 points and grabbed a career-high six steals to lead Cal to its third Pac-10 win. The Bears scored 31 points off 27 WSU turnovers.
Washington State Head Coach Jenny Przekwas (Wyoming '86)
First-year head coach Jenny Przekwas has had a rough initiation into the Pac-10 Conference. Przekwas came to WSU after eight years at St. Francis, where she recorded a 133-99 mark and led her team to four-consecutive NCAA Tournaments.
Washington State's Probable Starters
|G||20||Katie Nyseth||5-3||Jr||4.1||2.5||3.9 apg|
|G||30||Jennifer Kerns||5-7||Sr||11.6||3.1||3.8 apg|
WASHINGTON SCOUTING REPORTA Look at Washington (5-13, 1-5 Pac-10 vs Stanford 1/27)
Washington is suffering the effects of the loss of All-Pac-10 selections Amber Hall and Jamie Redd, who exhausted their eligibility following the 1998-99 season. The Huskies are in eighth place in the Pac-10 race with a win over Arizona State (78-76). UW features the top two scorers in the conference in Megan Franza (19.0 ppg) and Loree Payne (17.8 ppg). Washington needs just one more victory to become the second Pac-10 school to post 500 wins (Stanford was the first).
Seniors(1): Paige Bowie
Juniors (6): Lauren Ashbaugh, Kenya Corley, Courtney Johnson, Becky Staubes, Genevieve Swedor, Nicole Ybarra
Sophomores (5): Ami Forney, Janet Franey, Shavaki Jackson, Kawai Matthews, Masa Radovic
Freshmen (2): Michelle Wald, Amber White
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
CAL'S TOP PAC-10 RANKS (Through 1/23/00 games)
1. Oregon State 17.41 3. Cal 16.67
1. UCLA 43.8 4. Cal 39.5
1. Oregon 60.5 4. Cal 64.8
1. Arizona +4.33 (19.6-23.9) 4. Cal +1.33 (19.3-20.7)
FG Pct Defense
1. Oregon .372 5. Cal .406
1. Courtney Johnson, CAL 2.83 2. Reshea Bristol, ARIZ 2.57
Field Goal Percentage
1. Tatum Brown, ARIZ .606 7. Shavaki Jackson, CAL .493
1. Maylana Martin, UCLA 9.1 11. Lauren Ashabaugh, CAL 6.2 14. Ami Forney, CAL 5.8
1. Sissel Pierce, OSU 2.94 9t. Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL 0.87
Cal-Washington Series History
Washington leads the all-time series with Cal, 27-6. The Bears snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Huskies with a 58-56 win at home last year.
Last year: In Seattle, UW clung to a 41-40 lead with about 13 minutes left before the Huskies closed the contest with a 20-9 run and a 71-49 win. In Oakland, three steals in the final four minutes helped Cal secure its 10th win (58-56) for the first time since 94-95.
Washington Head Coach June Daugherty (Ohio State '78)
June Daugherty is in her fourth season at the helm of the UW program. She is 56-47 (.519). Prior to joining UW, she was 123-75 (.621) in seven seasons as head coach at Boise State. Her career record is 179-122 (.595).
Washington's Probable Starters
|G||03||Julia Gray||5-6||So||2.8||2.3||3.4 apg|
Statistical Comparison- Pac-10 rank in ( )
|PPG||61.9 (8th)||61.4 (9th)||69.2 (6th)|
|PPG Allowed||64.8 (4th)||72.7 (9th)||77.9 (10th)|
|FG%||.385 (10th)||.391 (9th)||.395 (7th)|
|3FG%||.284 (2nd)||.386 (10th)||.288 (3rd)|
|FT%||.621 (9th)||.714 (2nd)||.686 (5th)|
|Rebounding||39.4 (4th)||33.9 (10th)||37.4 (8th)|
|Turnovers||+1.33 (4th)||-1.13 (9th)||+1.44 (3rd)|
|Steals||9.67 (5th)||7.31 (10th)||9.06 (7th)|
|Assists||13.13 (10th)||14.75 (6th)||14.06 (8th)|
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
BEARS LOOK TO WIN FIRST PAC-10 GAME
Cal has opened the 1999-2000 Pac-10 schedule at 0-5, marking the worst start in school history. The Bears, however, have an excellent chance of earning one or even two wins against the Washington schools this week.
CAL CONTINUES TO THRIVE ON DEFENSIVE END
Cal continues to build on its reputation of being one of the better defensive teams in the league. The Bears rank in the top five in three-of-four team defensive categories. Cal ranks fourth in scoring defense at 64.8 ppg, second in three-point field goal percentage defense at .284, and fifth in field goal percentage defense (.406). These are all improvements over last year's marks of 67.7, .318, and 415, respectively.
SO CLOSE WAY TOO OFTEN
While the record may not show it, the Bears have been competitive in almost every game this season. They have lost 10 games by a combined 95 points or 9.5 points per game, with 26 of those points accounted for in the Stanford loss. Eight of those losses were by 13 points or less, and in each of those eight games the Bears held the lead or were within eight points with five minutes to play. While moral victories are of little consolation, just two years ago the Bears regularly lost games by double digits and were not in the majority of games in crunch time.
BEARS RECORD WHEN
|Lead at halftime||5-0|
|Trailed at halftime||0-10|
|Were tied at halftime||0-0|
|Went into overtime||0-0|
|Led by 10 or more points||3-0|
|Shot FG 60% or better||1-0|
|Shot FG 50% or better||2-0|
|Shot FG less than 50%||2-10|
|Shot FG less than 40%||2-9|
|Shot FG less than 30 %||0-0|
|Score in 40's||0-1|
|Score in 50's||0-6|
|Score in 60's||3-2|
|Score in 70's||1-1|
|Score in 80's||1-0|
|Lead in rebounds||4-3|
|Are tied for rebounds||0-1|
|Have less TOs than opp.||4-6|
|Commit 15 or less TOs||1-2|
|Start #3, 4, 31, 33, 42||5-3|
|Start #4, 31, 32, 33, 42||0-1|
|Start #4, 10, 31, 33, 42||0-1|
|Start #00, 4, 10, 24, 33||0-1|
|Start #00, 4, 10, 31, 33||0-4|
|Face ranked opponents||0-4|
CAL'S PROBABLE STARTERS CAREER STATS
CORLEY STEPS UP HER GAME FROM FIRST 2 YEARS
Statistically, junior guard Kenya Corley is Cal's most improved player. After averaging 4.2 ppg and 2.2 rpg as a sophomore, the Lancaster, Calif., native has become a go-to player for the Bears. Corley is a fraction behind Johnson (11.54) for team-high honors in scoring (11.47 ppg), while contributing 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.0 spg. In conference only games, Corley leads Cal with 12.2 ppg and has led or tied for team-high scoring honors in three of five conference games (7 overall).
JOHNSON LEADS PAC-10 IN STEALS
Junior guard Courtney Johnson has proved that she is one of the most lethal offensive and defensive threats in the conference this season. Johnson leads the Bears in scoring with 11.54 ppg. Meanwhile, the Antioch, Calif., native leads the league in steals with 2.69 per game after finishing second last year at 2.74. Her nearest competition is Arizona's Reshea Bristol at 2.57 spg. Johnson has posted a season-high four steals in a game on four occasions. Her career high of eight steals was set last year against Northwestern.
JACKSON EMERGES AS CAL'S GO-TO POST THREAT
When sophomore center Shavaki Jackson stays out of foul trouble, she has proven that she is a potent offensive threat. The Berkeley native is third on the team in scoring at 9.1 ppg, which is an improvement over her 7.4 ppg standard as a freshman. She is also third in rebounding at 4.9 rpg, which is a slight improvement over last year's 4.8 rpg. Jackson has started the last five games for Cal with the injury to Ami Forney (stress fracture foot) and has led or tied for team-high scoring honors in three games. Jackson has fouled out of four of nine games she has played in since returning to active status following academic issues. In the five games she hasn't fouled out in, she has averaged 11.6 ppg and 5.0 rpg, while in the four games she has fouled out, she has tallied only 6.0 ppg and 4.8 rpg.
While Ami Forney is out until at least next week with a stress fracture in her foot, Cal is without one of its best rebounders (5.8 rpg)?Forney ranks 14th in the Pac-10 in rebounding and has the distinction of being one of three of the Top 15 in that category to have more offensive than defensive rebounds?Courtney Johnson ranks 11th all-time in steals at Cal with 156 and is chasing Stephanie Guinn (157) for 10th place?.Paige Bowie has 909 career points and is looking to become the 15th player in Cal history to reach the 1,000-point plateau?Lauren Ashbaugh leads Cal in rebounding for the second-consecutive year with 6.2 rpg (11th Pac-10)?Cal has had less turnovers than its opponents in 10 games (4-6 in those games).
CAL LOSES RIVALRY GAME TO STANFORD, 83-57
Cal's Shavaki Jackson and Kenya Corley posted 15 points each in an 83-57 loss to No. 25 Stanford (11-4, 4-1) Friday night at Maples Pavilion. The Bears showed some resiliency as they fell behind 22-3 with 10:35 to play, as the Cardinal drained three of their six three pointers in the game during the opening run. Cal then put on a 12-0 run, keyed by five points from Corley, cutting the deficit to 22-15. That was as close as Cal would get the rest of the game. The Cardinal finished the half with a 21-5 run and entered the locker room with a 43-20 edge. While Stanford mounted a lead as big as 32 points in the second half at 70-38, Cal continued to fight and claw to keep the game competitive. Stanford's Lindsey Yamasaki led all scorers with 17 points off the bench.