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Women's Hoops Hosts Washington Schools This Week
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/21/2000

Feb. 21, 2000

This Week: WSU Game is on FOX Sports Net
Thurs., Feb. 24 vs. Washington (7-18, 3-10) Haas Pavilion 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 26 vs. WSU (4-19, 1-12) Haas Pavilion 5:00 p.m.

QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
California looks to finish the season on a high note as it wraps up the year with four-of-six games at home at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears open that stretch at home vs. Washington, and WSU, which are eighth and 10th in the league, respectively. The Bears (7-15, 2-10 Pac-10, 9th Pac-10) look to break a four-game losing streak when they battle the Huskies Thursday. Cal defeated Washington, 72-59, Jan. 29, in Seattle for its first Pac-10 victory of the season. Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson led Cal to the victory with her first career double-double with 18 points and a career-high 23 rebounds. Junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh added a double-double of her own with 18 points and 10 boards. Meanwhile, Washington State earned its only conference win of the season against Cal, 72-65, Jan. 27, in Pullman. The injury-ridden Bears are gradually returning to some semblance of their original 1999-2000 roster. Sophomore center Ami Forney returned to the lineup last week against Stanford after missing nine games with a stress fracture in her foot. Junior guard Courtney Johnson also was reactivated against the Cardinal after missing two games due to concussion-related symptoms. Junior center Genevieve Swedor (back) and sophomore guard Janet Franey (foot) also may return from injuries this week.

With all of their injuries, it's somewhat surprising that Cal ranks second in the Pac-10 for turnover margin. The Bears commit only 18.5 turnovers per game, while forcing 20.5 for a +2.0 margin. Forcing more turnovers has been a key for the Bears usually steady defense. Cal ranks fifth in the conference in scoring defense at 65.9 ppg.

Johnson leads Cal in scoring with 11.9 ppg (14th Pac-10) and the league in steals at 3.22 spg (58 total). Johnson, along with Jackson, are making a strong claim for all-Pac-10 honors. Jackson is second on the Bears in scoring at 10.9 ppg and leads the team in rebounding at 7.6 rpg. In Pac-10 only games, Jackson leads the team in scoring (12.0 ppg, 14th Pac-10) and rebounding (8.7 rpg, 2nd Pac-10). Ashbaugh paces Cal with a career-high 20 blocks (0.9 bpg, 9th Pac-10).

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 will broadcast the UW and WSU games this week. Broadcasts begin five minutes prior to tip-off.

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.

WWW.CALBEARS.COM
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 the Cal women's basketball program with a 31-73 (.300) record. She coached her 100th game at Cal at home against USC (81-64 win), 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 411-222 (.649). 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.

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.

WASHINGTON SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at Washington (7-18, 3-10 Pac-10, 8th place) After earning a bid to the WNIT last season, Washington is eighth in the conference at 7-18 overall, 3-10 in the Pac-10. The Huskies also take an 0-8 road record and a four-game losing streak into Berkeley. UW boasts two of the top three scorers in the league in Megan Franza (17.9 ppg) and Loree Payne (17.0 ppg). However, the Huskies also rank last in the conference in scoring defense at 76.4 ppg.

Cal-Washington Series History
Washington leads the all-time series with Cal, 27-7, but the Bears have won the last two games. Cal defeated Washington, 72-59, Jan. 29, in Seattle for its first Pac-10 victory of the season. Last year, Cal recorded a 58-56 win in Oakland.

Washington Head Coach June Daugherty (Ohio State '78)
June Daugherty is in her fourth season at the helm of the UW program. She is 58-52 (.527). Prior to joining UW, she was 123-75 (.621) in seven seasons as head coach at Boise State. Her career record is 181-127 (.588).

Washington's Probable Starters

POSNONAMEHTYRPTSREB
F22Loree Payne6-0Fr17.03.4
F23Emily Autrey6-0Fr5.54.0
C42LeAnn Sheets6-2Jr8.06.4
G3Julia Gray5-6So3.32.43.3 apg
G14Megan Franza5-11Jr17.93.2

WASHINGTON STATE SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at WSU (4-19, 1-12 Pac-10, 10th place, at Stanford 2/24) Under first-year head coach Jenny Przekwas, Washington State is last in the Pac-10 at 4-19 overall and 1-12 in league play. Since defeating Cal in late January, the Cougars have lost six-straight games. WSU is coming off close losses to Oregon (73-68) and Oregon State (65-62) last weekend. Two of WSU's strengths are three-point shooting (.345) and free throw shooting (.753).

Cal-Washington State Series History
Cal leads the all-time series with Washington State, 17-15. WSU defeated Cal earlier this year in Pullman, 72-65. The Bears downed the Cougars last year in Oakland at Kaiser Arena, 83-68.

BEAR BITS

  • Ami Forney had 4 points and 2 rebounds in her return to the lineup against Stanford after missing 9 games with a stress fracture in her foot.
  • Cal drew a season-high of 3,681 fans vs. Stanford, Feb. 18.
  • Candace McNamee, the starting setter on the Cal volleyball team, joined the basketball team two weeks ago.
  • Cal's 64 boards against UW, Jan. 29, tied the Pac-10 and school record for rebounds in a game.
  • Lauren Ashbaugh's 20 blocked shots this season is a career-high.
  • Cal has lost eight games this season by 10 or less points.

    CAL'S TOP PAC-10 RANKS

    (All games, as of 2/21/00)
    Note: must play in 75% of games

    TEAM

    Offensive Rebounds
    1. Cal 16.91
    2. Oregon State 16.60
    Scoring Defense
    1. Oregon State 60.0
    5. Cal 65.9
    3-Point FG PCT Defense
    1. Arizona State .259
    3. Cal .301
    Steals
    1. UCLA 11.23
    4. Cal 9.91
    Turnover Margin
    1. Arizona +2.72 (20.4-23.1)
    2. Cal +1.95 (18.5-20.5)

    INDIVIDUAL

    Steals
    1. Courtney Johnson, CAL 3.22
    2. Reda Petraitis, OSU 2.56
    Rebounding
    1. Maylana Martin, UCLA 8.7
    6. Lauren Ashabaugh, CAL 6.2
    Blocks
    1. Sissel Pierce, OSU 2.92
    9. Lauren Ashabaugh, CAL 0.91
    Scoring
    1. Megan Franza, UW 17.9
    14. Courtney Johnson, CAL 11.9

    CAL INJURY UPDATE FOR UW AND WSU GAMES
    Franey (sprained foot): questionable
    Radovic (back): out for season
    Swedor (back): questionable

    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's State's Probable Starters

    POSNONAMEHTYRPTSREB
    F31Yvonne Volkman5-11Jr8.44.8
    F33Alke Dietel6-4Sr13.65.3
    G20Katie Nyseth5-3Jr3.72.53.7 apg
    G24Cathy McNeely5-9Sr3.51.5
    G30Jen Kerns5-7Sr11.62.74.3 apg

    Statistical Comparison- Pac-10 rank in ( )

    Cal UWWSU
    PPG 62.1 (8th)68.0 (6th)61.3 (9th)
    PPG Allowed 65.9 (5th)76.4 (10th)72.1 (9th)
    FG% ..375 (10th).391 (9th).397 (7th)
    3FG% .235 (10th).294 (7th).345 (3rd)
    FT% .661 (9th).686 (5th).753 (1st)
    Rebounding 39.2 (4th)36.8 (7th)33.6 (10th)
    Turnovers +1.95 (2nd)+1.60 (4th)-1.87 (9th)
    Steals 9.91 (4th)8.92 (6th)7.22 (10th)
    Assists12.82 (10th)13.52 (8th)14.74 (5th)

    GOLDEN BEAR NOTES

    BEARS CLOSE SEASON WITH 4-OF-6 AT HOME
    A year ago, Cal finished below .500 (12-15) but finished the season by winning four of its last six games. The Bears have an excellent chance of repeating that performance as four of their final six games are at home and four of those six also are against teams in the bottom half of the conference. Cal can tie Washington for eighth in the conference with a win on Thursday in Berkeley.

    StandingsPac-10 Overall
    Oregon10-319-6
    Stanford9-316-6
    UCLA9-315-7
    Arizona9-420-5
    Oregon State8-512-13
    USC6-611-11
    Arizona State6-713-10
    Washington3-107-18
    California2-107-15
    Washington State1-124-19

    CAL STAYS CLOSE IN 1ST HALF, FALLS TO STANFORD
    Cal trailed visiting Stanford only 40-32 at halftime before dropping an 81-56 decision to the Cardinal. Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson led the Bears with a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds. Senior forward Paige Bowie added 11. Poor shooting in the second half sealed the Bears fate, knocking down just 26% of its looks on 7-for-27 shooting as compared to Stanford's 45% on 14-of-31 from the floor. For the game, Cal shot just 32% while the Cardinal posted a 46% average. Stanford also shot 8-of-20 from three-point land.

    FREE THROW SHOOTING SHOWS IMPROVEMENT
    Cal ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting at 66.1 percent, but that percentage has been on a steady rise over the last four weeks. During the last eight games, Cal is converting on 73.8 percent (104-141) of its shots from the charity stripe. And, over the last five games, the Bears are hitting at a 78.2 percent (61-78) clip. Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson is Cal's top foul shooter at 75.7 percent (28-37). The improved free throw shooting is reflected in that Cal ranks fifth in free throw shooting in conference only games at 70.9.

    BEARS RECORD WHEN...

    Lead at halftime7-1
    Trailed at halftime0-14
    Were tied at halftime0-0
    Went into overtime0-0
    Led by 10 or more points5-0
    Shot FG 60% or better1-0
    Shot FG 50% or better3-0
    Shot FG less than 50%3-15
    Shot FG less than 40%3-13
    Shot FG less than 30%0-2
    Score in 30's0-1
    Score in 40's0-1
    Score in 50's0-7
    Score in 60's3-5
    Score in 70's2-1
    Score in 80's2-0
    Lead in rebounds5-4
    Are outrebounded2-9
    Are tied for rebounds0-2
    Have less TOs than opp.5-11
    Commit 15 or less TOs1-5
    Start #3, 4, 31, 33, 425-3
    Start #4, 31, 32, 33, 420-1
    Start #4, 10, 31, 33, 420-1
    Start #00, 4, 10, 24, 330-1
    Start #00, 4, 10, 31, 332-6
    Start #00, 4, 24, 31, 330-1
    Start #00, 4, 5, 31, 330-2
    Face ranked opponents0-5

    PROBABLE STARTERS

    GamesCareerStarts
    Paige Bowie9484
    Lauren Ashbaugh7747
    Kenya Corley7624
    Courtney Johnson7342
    Shavaki Jackson4212

    PointsCareerAvg.
    Paige Bowie97910.4
    Shavaki Jackson3678.7
    Courtney Johnson5958.2
    Lauren Ashbaugh4816.2
    Kenya Corley4455.9

    ReboundsCareerAvg.
    Shavaki Jackson2405.7
    Lauren Ashbaugh4225.5
    Paige Bowie3734.0
    Courtney Johnson2823.9
    Kenya Corley1812.4

    AssistsCareerAvg.
    Paige Bowie2442.6
    Courtney Johnson1462.0
    Kenya Corley831.1
    Shavaki Jackson320.8
    Lauren Ashbaugh590.8

    Cal 2 SPORT ATHLETES

    Paige Bowie softball
    Kenya Corleytrack and field
    Candace McNameevolleyball
    Michelle Wald field hockey

    BEARS TAKING BETTER CARE OF THE BALL
    The Bears turnover total has been on a steady decline, while its opponents turnover numbers have been on a steady rise during Coach Stanley's four-year tenure at Cal. Cal has climbed to second in the Pac-10 for turnover margin at +1.95 as it commits 18.5 per game, while forcing 20.5. In fact, over the last five games, Cal has forced its opponents into 21.4 turnovers per game, including a season-high 30 against USC, while committing only 16.6 for a +4.8 margin.

    SeasonTurnovers/GameOpp. Turnovers/GameMargin
    1996-9722.319.3-3.0
    1997-9822.219.5-1.8
    1998-9921.3 20.2-1.1
    1999-0018.5 20.5+2.0

    SPREADING THE WEALTH AROUND
    During the last two seasons, senior forward Paige Bowie was Cal's primary go-to weapon, leading the Bears in scoring as a sophomore and junior. This year, Cal has had numerous players step up in the scoring and rebounding departments. As for the scoring leaders, junior guard Kenya Corley has led or tied for team-high honors in nine games, sophomore center Shavaki Jackson in seven games and junior guard Courtney Johnson in five games. As for rebounding, junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh has led or tied for top honors in nine games, while Jackson has in eight games (of the 16 she's played in), including the last six games.

    BOWIE 1,000 PT WATCH - 21 AWAY
    Senior forward Paige Bowie has 979 career points, and is looking to become the 15th Bear to reach 1,000-career points. Considering she has seven 20+ point scoring games in her career, she could accomplish the feat as soon as Thursday against Washington. The last Bear to reach 1,000 career points - Jennie Leander - accomplished that feat against Washington Jan. 21, 1999.

    JACKSON PUTTING TOGETHER ALL-PAC-10 NUMBERS
    Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson is making her claim for All-Pac-10 honors. Jackson is second on the team in scoring at 10.9 ppg and first in rebounding at 7.6 rpg. Those numbers jump in Pac-10 only games to first for scoring (12.0) and rebounding (8.7), which ranks 14th and second in the league, respectively. The Berkeley native has posted double-figure points in 12 of 16 games and has recorded her three career double-doubles in the last six games. Jackson earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors Jan. 30, after posting 18 points and 23 rebounds against Washington. The 23 boards is tied for the second most in the NCAA this season, equals the third-best single game mark in Cal history and is the most by any Pac-10 player since 1994. It also puts 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).

    JOHNSON LEADS PAC-10 IN STEALS
    Junior guard Courtney Johnson has proven that she is one of the most lethal offensive and defensive threats in the Pac-10 this year. She leads the Bears in scoring with 11.9 ppg (14th Pac-10). Meanwhile, the Antioch, Calif., native leads the league in steals with 3.22 per game after placing second last year at 2.74. She ranks eighth in Cal history with 179 steals (7th: Meme Fanner - 194). She has missed four games this season due to concussion-related symptoms.

    STAUBES TAKES ADVANTAGE OF PLAYING TIME
    Junior guard Becky Staubes has made the most of her increased playing time due to injuries. After averaging about four minutes a game for most of the season, Staubes has started the last two games at shooting guard and has averaged 22.3 mpg over the last three games. In her first start as a Bear against Oregon, the Lemon Grove, Calif., native posted career highs for points (10) and assists (4) in 33 minutes of action at both guard positions.


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