Cal Concludes Season at Home vs. Oregon State, No. 15 Oregon
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

March 1, 1999

This Week:
Mar. 4 vs. OSU (11-14, 3-13) Kaiser Arena (4,000) 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 6 vs. Oregon (23-4, 14-2) Kaiser Arena (4,000) 2:00 p.m.
TV- None

Radio-KALX (90.7 FM)

California concludes the 1998-99 season at home this week against Oregon State and No. 15 Oregon. The Golden Bears (11-14, 5-11 Pac-10) have won three of their last four games in come-from-behind fashion and have recorded their best season since posting a 19-10, 10-8 record in 1992-93. Other evidence of Cal's improvement include:

1. 11 wins - one away from doubling its win total of the past two seasons (6-21, 6-22)
2. 5 Pac-10 wins - three more than each of the past two seasons (2-16) and most since 1994-95 (5-13)
3. Tie for 6th in Pac-10 - best since 4th-place finish in 1992-93
4. 6-3 non-conference record best since 6-4 mark in 1993-94
5. Handed No. 4 Colorado State (29-1) its only loss this season

Cal came back from a season-best 16 points to defeat Arizona State, 67-63, Saturday. The ASU game snapped the Bears 27-game Pac-10 road-losing streak, dating back to the 1995-96 season. Jennie Leander was Cal's most consistent player against the Arizona schools, averaging 13.5 points and 10.0 rebounds, including posting her fifth and sixth double-doubles of the season.

Over the last four contests, Cal has found a better offensive and defensive balance, posting 68.3 ppg and allowing only 65.3 ppg, while its season averages are 62.4 and 67.6, respectively.

Paige Bowie and Sherrise Smith are the Bears offensive leaders. Bowie is on pace to claim her second-consecutive team scoring title at 12.0 ppg. Meanwhile, Smith leads Cal during the conference season at 11.9 ppg (10.0 ppg overall).

Defensively, Courtney Johnson has been Cal's most consistent spark plug, averaging 2.64 spg. Smith has moved into second with a career-best 1.68 spg (42). Cal's depth in the post this year has translated into more blocked shots. After swatting 57 blocks in 1997-98, Cal has 72, including four players with 10 or more. Leander and Shavaki Jackson lead the way with 14.

Cal's Probable Starters and Key Reserves

POS  NO  NAME              HT   YR  PTS   REB  MISC       NOTES
F    31  Lauren Ashbaugh   6-2  So   5.8  6.2  .702 FT    1st on Cal in reb..; 1st double-double vs. Stanford 
F    33  Paige Bowie       6-0  Jr  12.0  4.2   3.2 apg   C.H. 30 points vs. NU, 23 vs. USC, 25 vs. Stanford 
C    50  Jennie Leander    6-3  Sr   9.6  5.7  14 blks    1128 career points (10th Cal); T1st on Cal in blocks
G    10  Courtney Johnson  5-8  So   9.5  4.5   2.64 spg  3rd in Pac-10 in steals; led Cal in rebounds 6 times
G    23  Sherrise Smith    5-5  Sr  10.0  2.4   4.3 apg   C.H. 6 steals vs. WSU; career high 21 pts. at UCLA
C/F  00  Shavaki Jackson   6-4  Fr   7.5  4.8  .525 FG    Leads Cal in FG%; T1st Cal in blocks w/ 14
G     4  Kenya Corley      5-8  So   3.8  2.0  11 blks    Season-high 13 points at Arizona; 4th on Cal in blocks
F    40  Kobi Kennon      6-0  Sr   0.9  1.2             Defensive specialist; 1st career 3FG vs. WSU
F    24  Jamilla Churchill 6-1  Sr   1.5  1.2             Tied career high of 6 rebounds at WSU
Head Coach: Marianne Stanley, 3rd year at Cal (23-57, .288); 20th year overall (403-206, .662)

PAC-10 STANDINGS (As of 3/1)

                  Pac-10  Overall
 1. Oregon        14-2    23-4
 2. UCLA          13-3    21-7
 3. Stanford      12-4    16-11
 4. Arizona       11-5    16-9
 5. Washington    10-7    14-12
 6. California     5-11   11-14   
 7. Arizona State  5-11   11-14
 8. Wash. State    5-12   11-15
 9. Oregon State   3-13   11-14  
10. USC            3-13    7-18
Mar. 4-OSU at Cal, Oregon at Stanford, ASU at UCLA; Arizona at USC
Mar. 6-Oregon at Cal; Oregon State at Stanford, Arizona at UCLA, Arizona State at USC, Washington at WSU

Pac-10 Statistical Leaders (Through 2/27/99 games)

 1. Maylana Martin, UCLA  18.7
13. Paige Bowie, CAL      12.0

Rebounds 1. Amber Hall, WASH 10.5 9. Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL 6.2 16. Jennie Leander, CAL 5.3

Assists 1. Erica Gomez, UCLA 7.31 6. Sherrise Smith 4.30

Steals 1. Julia Gray, WASH 3.08 3. Courtney Johnson, CAL 2.74 FG Percentage 1. Jenny Mowe, ORE .607 5t. Shavaki Jackson, CAL .522

3-Pt Goal Percentage 1. Michelle Tom, ASU .433 10. Paige Bowie, CAL .328

Free Throw Percentage 1. Milena Flores, STAN .800 5. Courtney Johnson, CAL .756

Scoring Defense 1. Oregon 57.8 4. California 67.5

Rebounding Offense 1. Washington 44.3 4. California 39.3

Marianne Stanley is in her third season at the helm of the Cal women's basketball program and 20th season as a collegiate head coach. A native of Upper Darby, Pa., Stanley has won five national championships as a player (2) and coach (3). Against Arizona State on Jan. 28, 1999, Stanley became the 28th-active NCAA Division I women's coach to reach the 400-career victory plateau. Her career record is 403-206 (.662). Stanley, 44, is the 12th-youngest coach to reach 400 wins. 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.


A Look at Oregon State (11-14, 3-13 Pac-10)
After posting an 8-1 non-conference record, Oregon State has struggled during the Pac-10 season with a 3-13 record for an 11-14 overall mark. The Beavers take a six-game losing streak into Oakland. OSU ranks last in the conference in scoring at 61.1 ppg, with Sissel Pierce leading the way with 10.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg.

Cal-Oregon State Series History

The Beavers lead the all-time series 21-15, including winning the last two contests, both in Corvallis, by an average of three points (73-69 in 1997-98; 54-52 in 1998-99). Cal's last victory over OSU came last season at home, 77-64.

Last meeting - Jan. 4 at Corvallis: Sissel Pierce's lay-up with 5.4 seconds left on the clock gave OSU a 54-52 victory over Cal. Sherrise Smith took the ball coast-to-coast for Cal but was unable to tie the game. Shavaki Jackson came off the bench to lead Cal with a career-high 20 points. Reda Kakeranaite led OSU with 17 points, while Pierce added 14.

Oregon State Head Coach Judy Spoelstra
Judy Spoelstra wraps up her fourth season at Oregon State in the Bay Area. Spoelstra boasts a 48-59 OSU record (.449) and a 10-year career mark of 146-127 (.535). Spoelstra spent six seasons at Montana State before taking the helm at OSU.

Oregon State Probable Starters

POS NO  NAME               HT    YR   PTS  REB   
F   35  Lei Salea          6-1   Sr.  2.1  2.1
F   34  Felicia Ragland    5-9   Fr   7.0  4.4
C   22  Ericka Brosterhous 6-3   Fr.  7.2  3.7
G   21  Chassie Wiersma    5-11  Fr.  6.6  3.4   
G   25  Cherrith Wiersma   5-9   Fr.  4.2  2.4  2.6 pg
Stats (all games) Comparison
                  Cal    Oregon St.   Oregon
Points Per Game   62.4   61.1         70.9
Opp. Points PG    67.6   65.4         57.6    
Scoring Margin    -5.2   -4.3        +13.3 
Rebounds PG       39.1   38.2         36.8    
Opp. Rebounds PG  39.0   35.2         35.2 
Rebound Margin    +0.1   +3.0         +1.6    
FG%               .389   .406         .458 
Opp. FG%          .413   .404         .355    
3-Pt. FG%         .297   .277         .329 
Opp. 3-Pt. FG%    .316   .326         .285    
FT%               .679   .593         .688 

By Class
Senior (4) -Jamilla Churchill, Kobi Kennon, Jennie Leander, Sherrise Smith
Junior (1) - Paige Bowie
Sophomore (4) - Lauren Ashbaugh, Kenya Corley, Courtney Johnson, Masa Radovic

Freshman (4) - Ami Forney, Janet Franey, Shavaki Jackson, Latifa Lewis

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, Kobi Kennon
5-8 - Kenya Corley, Janet Franey, Courtney Johnson

5-5 - Sherrise Smith

Two Sport Athletes
Paige Bowie - softball
Jamilla Churchill - track & field
Kenya Corley - track & field

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

Cal wrapped up its six-game television schedule Sunday with a 58-56 win on FOX Sports Net. The broadcast schedule included vs. Northwestern (FSBA), Dec. 17; at Stanford (FSBA), Jan. 8, at Washington State (FSN), Jan. 23; vs. Stanford (FSBA), Feb. 5; vs. Washington State (FSBA), Feb. 18, and vs. Washington (FSN), Feb. 21.


A Look at Oregon (23-4, 14-2 Pac-10)
Oregon leads the Pac-10 by one game over UCLA with two games remaining in both teams' seasons. The Ducks have won nine-consecutive games and are in search of their first Pac-10 title. Oregon features a balanced attack with sophomore Brianne Meharry being the only player in double-digit scoring at 10.0 ppg. UO leads the Pac-10 and ranks among the nation's leaders in scoring defense at 57.6 ppg.

Cal-Oregon Series History
Oregon leads the all-time series 22-10, including 11-consecutive victories. The Bears hold their second-longest conference losing streak to Oregon (Stanford 12). The last time Cal defeated Oregon was 90-74 at Harmon Gym, March 13, 1993.

Last meeting - Jan. 2 in Eugene: Cal jumped out to an 11-4 lead before falling behind 29-21 at the half. Cal opened the second half with a 13-0 run to go up 34-29 with 15:48 remaining. UO held Cal to 15 points the rest of the game as it secured a 64-49 victory from the charity stripe in the last couple of minutes of the game. Courtney Johnson led the Bears with 13 points, while Angelina Wolvert paced the Ducks with 16.

Oregon Head Coach Jody Runge
Jody Runge looks to lead Oregon to its first conference title in her sixth year at the school. Runge's lifetime and Oregon record is 118-51 (.698). Last season, Runge led the Ducks to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Oregon's Probable Starters

POS  NO  NAME              HT    YR   PTS   REB   
F    05  Natasha O'Brien   5-11  Sr.   9.1  3.3
F    54  Brianne Meharry   6-1   So.  10.0  4.9
C    40  Angelina Wolvert  6-3   So.   9.5  6.0
G    03  Shaquala Williams 5-6   Fr.   9.5  3.0
G    11  Lisa Boyer        5-8   Sr.   8.4  2.0   3.9 apg

Cal halted several woeful road records in impression fashion, rallying from 16 points down to defeat Arizona State, 67-63, Saturday. The win marked the Bears first road win of the season (1-11 road) but more importantly snapped a 27-game Pac-10 road losing streak and a 20-game overall road losing skid. The Bears last Pac-10 road win was Feb. 24, 1996, at Washington State (91-83), and their last road win overall came last season at San Francisco, 62-61.

Cal's 9-3 home court record is its best home mark since it went 9-5 in 1994-95 at Harmon Gym. If the Bears sweep the Oregon schools March 4 and 6, they will have tallied 11 home wins for the first time since 1993-94 (11-3). Cal's best home win this year was over then-No. 9 Colorado St. (80-75).

After shooting .658 from the charity stripe last season, Cal is hitting at a .679 clip this season, which ranks XX in the Pac-10. The Bears have shot 70 percent or better in eight of the last nine games, including .846 at UCLA and at home against Arizona State. The one bump in the road came versus Washington, a 59-percent effort in Cal's win.

All five of Cal's starters average 70 percent or better from the charity stripe, with Paige Bowie leading Cal at .804. Bowie and Sherrise Smith teamed to connect on four free throws in the final minute to secure a 67-63 win at Arizona State over the weekend.


Jennie Leander
Pacific -- 15 points, 12 rebounds
Virginia -- 10 points, 10 rebounds
USF--11 points, 10 rebounds
Stanford - 16 points, 10 rebounds
Arizona - 10 points, 10 rebounds
Arizona St. - 17 points, 10 rebounds

Lauren Ashbaugh Stanford - 14 points, 11 rebounds

Led at halftime 7-1
Trailed at halftime 3-13
Were tied at halftime 1-0
Went into overtime 0-0
Led by 10 or more points 9-1
Shot FG 60% or better 0-0
Shot FG 50% or better 2-0
Shot FG less than 50% 9-14
Shot FG less than 40% 6-10
Shot FG less than 30 % 2-1
Score in 40's 1-3
Score in 50's 3-4
Score in 60's 3-5
Score in 70's 1-2
Score in 80's 3-0
Lead in rebounds 7-3
Are out rebounded 4-8
Are tied for rebounds 0-3
Have less TOs than opp. 7-3
Start #10, 23, 31, 33, 50 8-12
Start #10, 23, 33, 4, 40 1-0
Start #10, 23, 24, 33, 50 1-0
Start #3, 23, 31, 33, 50 1-2

TV games 3-3


1,000-Point Club - 14 members
 1. Colleen Galloway   2320
 9. Amanda Ray         1172
10. Jennie Leander     1128

Career Rebounds 1. Colleen Galloway 1029 7. Ingrid Dixson 789 8. Jennie Leander 775

Career Three-Point FG Made 1. Jennifer Self 159 6. Kelly Tatum 95 7. Paige Bowie 94

Career Free Throws Made 1. Teresa Palmisano 482 5. Colleen Galloway 278 6. Jennie Leander 268 7. Karen Smith 267 8. Cynthia Cooke 265

Cal showed resiliency during the non-conference season, coming back from deficits on a regular basis. Then Cal went through a stretch during the conference season when it would hang around teams until the 10 minute- mark of games before letting games slip away.

The Bears that fought back from a five-point deficit to then-No. 9 Colorado State to win 80-75 are back. Cal has won three of its last four games coming back from deficits of 10 (Washington State), six (Washington) and a season-high 16 points (ASU). The WSU game featured a 25-point turnaround as Cal won by a season-best 15 points, 83-68.

The Bears have trailed by 10 or less points at the half in 21 of 25 games this season. Cal's recent string of come-from-behind victories is not surprising as Cal tends to be a better second half team. Overall, Cal has scored 857 points in the second half and 705 in the first half. The Bears have outscored opponents in the second half in 13 of 25 games, while they've only outscored opponents eight times in the first half.

After allowing opponents 70.9 ppg last season, Cal ranks fourth in the league with a 67.6 scoring defense. Over the last half of the Pac-10 slate, Cal has thrown a variety of presses and trapping defenses at opponents to keep their offenses out of sync and maintain their own intensity.

Cal's pressure defense has paid off in big dividends in the turnover category. Overall, opponents average 19.7 turnovers per game against Cal but over the last six games, Cal has forced opponents into 24.2 turnovers. Not only are the Bears forcing more turnovers, they're doing a good job of converting turnovers on the offensive end. Cal scored 25 points off UW's 28 turnovers and versus Washington State, the Bears capitalized with 31 points off 27 Cougar miscues.

Senior Sherrise Smith is Cal's hottest player during the Pac-10 season, especially over the last nine games where she is averaging 14.2 ppg and 5.3 apg. During that nine-game stretch, Smith has led Cal in scoring five times (8 overall this season), including a career-high 21 points.

In all games, Smith is second on the Bears with a career-best 10.0 ppg and leads the team with 4.3 apg (sixth Pac-10). In Pac-10 games, Smith leads Cal with 11.9 ppg and 5.1 apg. Smith's previous-best Bear scoring average was as a sophomore when she averaged 5.4 ppg.

In Cal's wins at home over UW and WSU, Smith averaged 12.5 points, 8.5 assists, 5 steals, 3 rebounds and 1 blocked shot. UW head coach June Daugherty offered the following praise of Smith.

"Sherrise Smith is one heck of a floor leader. That kid totally has my admiration. There is nothing in that kid's eyes that tells you her team is having a losing season. Hopefully, coaches will recognize her at the end of the season with Pac-10 honors because she is the difference."

Fellow senior Jennie Leander continues to firmly etch herself in the Cal record books in several categories. Against Arizona last Thursday, Leander climbed into 10th place on the all-time scoring chart with her 10 point-effort vs. the Wildcats. Leander became the 14th player in Cal history to surpass 1000-career points and will likely remain in 10th as Amanda Ray is in ninth, 44 points ahead of Leander.

Leander started the year No. 10 on the Bears career-rebounding ladder and has climbed to No. 8 with 775 rebounds, only 14 away from Ingrid Dixon in seventh and 20 away from Ray in sixth. She is also ranks sixth in free throws made (268) and attempted (424).

Cal's Probable Starting Five's Career Statistics

Games            Career  Starts
Lauren Ashbaugh   53      25
Paige Bowie       70      60
Jennie Leander   107     104
Sherrise Smith    92      65
Courtney Johnson  53      42

Points Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 276 5.2 Paige Bowie 757 10.8 Jennie Leander 1128 10.5 Sherrise Smith 530 5.8 Courtney Johnson 348 6.6

Rebounds Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 274 5.2 Paige Bowie 273 3.9 Jennie Leander 775 7.2 Sherrise Smith 192 2.1 Courtney Johnson 202 3.8

Assists Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 35 0.7 Paige Bowie 185 2.6 Jennie Leander 62 0.6 Sherrise Smith 278 3.0 Courtney Johnson 93 1.8

The Bears close out their two-year stint at the Kaiser Arena, March 6, against Oregon. Next season, Cal moves into the Haas Pavilion (12,300 capacity) on campus.

Junior forward Paige Bowie has seen her average climb from 8.8 ppg as a freshman to 11.0 as a sophomore to a career-best pace of 12.0 this season. She leads the Bears for the second-consecutive season in the scoring department.

The Bears are 2-1 in games this season in which Bowie has poured in 20 or more points and 2-4 during Bowie's career. She posted a career-high 30 points in Cal's 88-76 win over Northwestern. Bowie also had 23 points to pace Cal to its first Pac-10 win over USC, 61-51. She also poured in 25-points in Cal's 77-67 loss to Stanford.

Standing 5-8 and blessed with extremely long arms, sophomore guard Courtney Johnson is recognized as one of the top defenders in the Pac-10. Johnson is in third in the conference steals race at 2.64 spg. UW's Julia Gray leads the way with 3.08 spg but has played one more game than Johnson. Johnson's 66 steals surpass the 47 she posted as a freshman.

Shavaki Jackson and Leander are tied for the Bears lead with 14 blocksJackson leads Cal in FG shooting at .525Kenya Corley posted a season-high 13 points at Arizona and a season-high 3 steals at Arizona StateLauren Ashbaugh leads Cal in rebounding at 6.2 rpg and posted a career-high three steals at Arizona StateSherrise Smith has a career-high 107 assists this season.

Sophomore Masa Radovic, a 1998 Pac-10 All-Freshman honoree, will utilize a medical redshirt for the 1998-99 women's basketball season as announced Feb. 10 by coach Stanley. Radovic will return for the 1999-2000 season and retain three years of basketball eligibility.

When the post-season rolls around, Cal's game tape of its 80-75 win over Colorado State will be a hot commodity. The Rams have quietly climbed to No. 4 in the country with a 28-1 record. Their lone blemish came in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic to the Bears.


Cal rallied from a 16-point deficit in the first half to win at Arizona State, 67-63, Saturday. The win gave Cal its first road win of the season and first Pac-10 road win in the last 27 contests. Cal withered away at ASU's 29-22 halftime lead to grab its first lead since 8-7 at 37-36 at 11:49 courtesy of a Courtney Johnson three-pointer. Eight lead changes and six ties would follow before Cal grabbed a four-point cushion at 62-58, which it held onto at the free throw line. Jennie Leander led Cal with her second-consecutive double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds). ASU freshman Theresa Jantzen led everyone with 19 points and 13 rebounds.

California took Arizona to the final minute before the Wildcats pulled away for a 74-65 victory. With the Wildcats leading 66-62 with 1:16 remaining in the game, Arizona's Reshea Bristol missed the front end of a one-and-one and Cal's Lauren Ashbaugh corralled the rebound. The Bears seemingly had an opportunity to cut the lead to two when the Wildcats Angela Lackey knocked the ball away from Ashbaugh to Felecity Willis. Arizona converted only 16-of-25 free throws on the night, but in the final minute, Cal was forced to foul and the Wildcats sank eight-of-eight free throws to secure the win. Sherrise Smith and Paige Bowie led the Bears with 15 points, while Willis contributed a game-high 24.