Feb. 4, 2000
BERKELEY, Calif. - After a nine-game losing streak, which included numerous close contests, California looks for its third-straight victory as it plays host to No. 15/17 UCLA on FOX Sports Net Saturday at 1 p.m. Bill Macdonald has the play-by-play, while Ann Meyers has color duties.
The Golden Bears have discovered an easy cure for having games being close down the stretch and possibly not going their way. In wins over Washington and USC, the Bears have gotten off to quick starts and led by seven and 16 points, respectively, at the half. Cal is 7-0 in games it leads at the half and 0-11 in games it trails.
While Cal's offense has awoken over the last two games, defense has been Cal's season-long strength. After allowing UW 59 points and USC 64 points, the Bears have moved up to third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 64.8 ppg. Against USC, Cal forced a season-high 30 turnovers, which included matching its season high of 18 steals.
A number of Cal players are having career offensive years. Junior guard Courtney Johnson leads the team with 11.9 ppg, which ranks 14th in the league. Junior guard Kenya Corley is second at 11.3 ppg, while sophomore center Shavaki Jackson, this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, is also in double-digits at 10.5 ppg. With the improved offensive production of the players above among others, senior forward Paige Bowie has not had to carry the offensive burden she had to in the past. After leading the Bears in scoring the last two seasons, Bowie ranks fourth on the team at 9.3 ppg.
Johnson continues to establish herself as one of the best defenders in the Pac-10, averaging a conference-best 3.19 spg, including 13 over the last two games. Junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh is averaging a career-best 8.9 ppg and leads the team with a career-best 15 blocks (0.83, 10th Pac-10), as she continues to play strong interior defense.
While the Bears have been able to compensate for the injury bug recently, injuries to starting guard Masa Radovic (back) and starting center Ami Forney (foot stress fracture) have slowed Cal down at times. Forney may make her return to the Bears next week, while an announcement on Radovic's playing status is expected next week.
|This Week:||UCLA Game on FOX Sports Net||and Autograph Day|
|Feb. 3||vs. USC (8-9, 3-4)||Haas Pavilion (12,300)||W 81-64|
|Feb. 5||vs. UCLA (12-5, 6-1)||Haas Pavilion (12,300)||1:00 p.m|
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 Internet 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 31-69 (.310) record. She coached her 100th game at Cal at home against USC (81-64 win) this week. 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 411-218 (.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.
Best time to reach Stanley: Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. by appointment scheduled through the media relations office.
UCLA SCOUTING REPORTA Look at UCLA (12-6, 6-2 Pac-10)
UCLA saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end in a 67-58 loss at home to Oregon, Jan. 29. The Bruins, last year's co-Pac-10 champion, are tied for first in the conference at 6-2 (12-6 overall) this season after losing at Stanford (83-68). UCLA is ranked 15th in the AP poll and 17th in the ESPN/USA Today poll. They are led by All-American Maylana Martin.
Cal-UCLA Series History
UCLA leads the all-time series with Cal, 27-5, with the Bears last victory coming at home in 1994-95 (97-84), before Coach Stanley arrived at Cal. Last year, Cal lost to UCLA at home, 87-62 and on the road, 76-61.
UCLA Head Coach Kathy Olivier (UNLV '82)
Kathy Olivier is in her seventh season at the helm of the UCLA program with a 109-76 (.589) record. Her career record is the same. Last year, she led the Bruins to the NCAA Elite Eight.
UCLA's Probable Starters
|G||10||Erica Gomez||5-9||Sr||7.2||3.0 5.7 apg|
Statistical Comparison- Pac-10 rank in ( )
|PPG||63.7 (8th)||76.9 (2nd)|
|PPG Allowed||64.8 (3rd)||71.0 (8th)|
|FG%||.388 (10th)||.439 (5th)|
|3FG%||.290 (2nd)||.304 (4th)|
|FT%||.635 (9th)||.659 (8th)|
|Rebounding||40.4 (3rd)||43.3 (1st)|
|Turnovers||+1.78 (3rd)||+.56 (5th)|
|Steals||10.17 (3rd)||11.33 (1st)|
CAL'S TOP PAC-10 RANKS
Note: must play in 75% of games
(Through 2/4/00 games)
|2. Oregon State||16.95|
FG Pct Defense
3-Point FG PCT Defense
|1. Arizona State||.245|
|1. Arizona||+4.11 (19.5-23.6)|
|3. Cal||+1.78 (18.9-20.7)|
|1. Courtney Johnson, CAL||3.19|
|2. Reda Petraitis, OSU||2.53|
|1. Maylana Martin, UCLA||8.8|
|7. Lauren Ashabaugh, CAL||6.5|
CAL INJURY UPDATE
Radovic (back) indefinitely out
Forney (stress fracture foot) out (50-50 for next week)
Franey (sprained foot) out week-to-week
GOLDEN BEAR NOTESBEARS LOOK TO BUILD MOMENTUM AT HOME
Cal entered this week having played 11 of its first 17 games away from the friendly confines of Haas Pavilion. Following the home win vs. USC Thursday, the Bears are 4-3 at home, 2-8 on the road and 1-0 at a neutral site. Cal looks to stay on a roll as it finishes the regular season with 7-of-11 games at home. The Bears take on UCLA, which is in a tie with Stanford for first in the conference. The Bruins opened the conference season 6-0 but have lost their last two games.
CAL CONTINUES TO THRIVE ON DEFENSIVE END
Cal continues to build on its reputation of being one of the better defensive teams in the Pac-10. The Bears rank in the top five in the league in six-of-nine team defensive categories. This includes: Cal ranks third in scoring defense at 64.8 ppg, 2nd in three-point field goal percentage defense at .290, and fifth in field goal percentage defense (.405). These are all improvements over last year's marks of 67.7, .318, and 415, respectively.
TURNOVERS DOWN, STEALS UP-LEAD TO IMPROVED TRANSITION GAME
Since Cal is not known for its shooting prowess, the Bears are often able to compensate for this fact by getting their transition game going. Cal is loaded with athletic players who are able to run the court. The Bears are able to get into their transition game by being strong on the glass and forcing a lot of turnovers. Cal ranks third in the conference in rebounding offense at 40.4 rpg, third in turnover margin at +1.78 and third in steals at 10.17 spg. This includes forcing USC into an opponent season-high 30 turnovers and tying a season-high with 18 steals (5 for Johnson). This is more than Cal forced an opponent into all of last year. Last year, Cal averaged 9.15 spg.
MORE ON TURNOVRS
The Bears turnover total has been on a steady decline during Coach Stanley's four-year tenure at Cal.
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 11 games by a combined 102 points or 9.3 points per game, with 26 of those points accounted for in the Stanford loss. Nine of those losses were by 13 points or less, and in each of those nine games the Bears held the lead or were within eight points with five minutes to play.
BEARS RECORD WHEN
|Lead at halftime||7-0|
|Trailed at halftime||0-11|
|Were tied at halftime||0-0|
|Went into overtime||0-0|
|Led by 10 or more points||5-0|
|Shot FG 60% or better||1-0|
|Shot FG 50% or better||3-0|
|Shot FG less than 50%||3-11|
|Shot FG less than 40%||3-10|
|Shot FG less than 30 %||0-0|
|Score in 40's||0-1|
|Score in 50's||0-6|
|Score in 60's||3-3|
|Score in 70's||2-1|
|Score in 80's||2-0|
|Lead in rebounds||5-4|
|Are tied for rebounds||0-1|
|Have less TOs than opp.||5-7|
|Commit 15 or less TOs||1-3|
|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||2-5|
|Face ranked opponents||0-4|
Cal 2 SPORT ATHLETES
|Kenya Corley||track and field Michelle Wald||field hockey|
Senior forward Paige Bowie ranks third in school history for three-pointers made (115) and attempted (400), for a career .288 percentage. She also has 947 career points.
CAL TIES PAC-10 RECORD FOR REBOUNDS IN A GAME
Despite playing with only three post players due to injuries, Cal tied the school record and Pac-10 Conference game record with 64 rebounds (31 offensive) vs. Washington. USC set the previous conference record against UCLA, 2/4/94. The Bears previously had 64 rebounds against Texas El-Paso in 1983 and Humboldt State in 1978. The rebounding feat was instrumental in Cal earning its first Pac-10 win of the season, 72-59, over Washington and ending its nine-game losing skid. Cal is now first in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounding at 17.44 rpg.
JACKSON NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson earned Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors for Jan. 24-30. Jackson, from Berkeley, averaged 16.0 points and 16.0 rebounds in Cal's road split in Washington last weekend. Jackson had one of the most dominating games in school history in leading Cal to a 72-59 victory at Washington, Jan. 29. Against the Huskies, Jackson posted a season-high 18 points along with a career-high 23 rebounds (12 offensive, 11 defensive), giving her the first double-double of her career. The 23 rebounds equals the third-best single game mark in Cal history. Jackson's 23 boards were the most by any Pac-10 player since 1994, and put her in a tie for the second-best single game total in Pac-10 history (the record is 25 rebounds, set by UCLA's Natalie Williams in 1994).
Jackson is making a claim for all-conference honors as she leads Cal in conference games in scoring (11.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg).
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 11.9 ppg (14th conference). Meanwhile, the Antioch, Calif., native leads the league in steals with 3.19 per game after finishing second last year at 2.74. Her nearest competition is Oregon State's Reda Petraitis at 2.53 spg. Johnson matched her career high of eight steals in Cal's win at UW, including seven in the first half. She ranks eighth in school history with 172 steals (7th is Meme Fanner - 194).
CORLEY STEPS UP HER GAME FROM FIRST 2 YEARS
Junior guard Kenya Corley may be 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 second on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg), while contributing 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apg and 0.9 spg. She has led or tied for team-high scoring honors in seven games and continues to dazzle crowds with her explosive leaping ability.
ASHBAUGH FINDS HER GROOVE IN HOME STATE
Junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh continues to improve as Cal's starting power forward over the last two seasons. A native of Redmond, Wash., Ashbaugh had a stellar two games last week in front of her family and friends in Washington. The Cal forward posted two double-doubles, giving her four for her career. At WSU, she had 16 points and 10 rebounds and upped those marks at UW, tying her career high of 18 points, along with 10 boards. After averaging 5.8 ppg and a team-best 6.2 rpg last season, Ashbaugh is averaging 8.9 ppg and 6.5 rpg (7th Pac-10) this season.
MOMENTUM BUILDING, CAL THUMPS USC, 81-64
Riding a high from last week's 72-59 victory at Washington, Cal brought their show home, thumping USC in the first half 43-27 to capture an 81-64 win Thursday at Haas Pavilion, its biggest Pac-10 victory margin since 1996-97. Paige Bowie (sporting a new look Thurs. - blue hair) and Courtney Johnson led the game with 18 points each. Johnson also had a career-high seven assists and five steals. Kenya Corley finished with 14 points and Shavaki Jackson had 12.