Women's Basketball Travels East Thanksgiving Weekend

Sat. Nov. 28 at #17 Virginia Charlottesville, VA noon PT Mon. Nov. 30 at Ohio State Columbus, OH 4:30 p.m. PT QUICK LOOK AT THE BEARS The California women' s basketball team (1-0) hits
By Cal Athletics on Mon, June 21, 1999

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November 24, 1998

This Week:
Sat. Nov. 28 at #17 Virginia Charlottesville, VA noon PT
Mon. Nov. 30 at Ohio State Columbus, OH 4:30 p.m. PT

The California women' s basketball team (1-0) hits the road after opening its season at home for the fifth time in the last six years. The Bears have a red-eye flight Thanksgiving night for the East Coast, where they face perennial national powers Virginia and Ohio State. The Bears have 11 days off prior to their holiday trip so they should be well rested. Cal also has a 13-day break in December. The road trip tips off Saturday, Nov. 28, against the Cavaliers at noon PT, and concludes Monday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. PT, against the Buckeyes. The Bears will have payback on their mind in both games as they lost the home end of both series last season.

Cal defeated Pacific, 66-58, Nov. 17, at the Kaiser Arena, extending its home-opener winning streak to 19, dating back to the 1980-81 season. The Pacific game also marked the first time the Bears have won three-straight games (including two exhibition games) since the 1996-97 season when they defeated Long Beach State, Fresno State and Tennessee Tech, Dec. 7, Dec. 9 and Dec. 20, respectively.

Senior Jennie Leander led the Bears against Pacific with her 17th career double-double, tallying 15 points and 12 boards. The team was sparked off the bench by the play of freshman Shavaki Jackson and sophomore Courtney Johnson. Johnson had a career-high 17 points and four steals, while Jackson debuted with 12 points and nine boards. Junior Paige Bowie, the Bears top-returning scorer from last season at 11.0 ppg, looks to get on track this weekend. She opened with only three points against the Tigers, shooting 0-for-9 from the floor. Bowie finished last season on a tear, averaging 18.6 ppg over the last six contests, including a pair of career-high 24-point performances. Cal' s starting five for the Pacific game was somewhat predictable as head coach Marianne Stanley went with the returning four starters , Bowie at small forward, Leander at center, senior Sherisse Smith at the point, sophomore Masa Radovic at off-guard , along with sophomore Lauren Ashbaugh at power forward.


Cal Probable Starters & Key Reserves

POS  NO  NAME               HT  YR  PTS  REB ASST  NOTES
F    31  Lauren Ashbaugh   6-2  So  5.0  7.0  1.0  Cal' s top returning FG shooter at .600
F    33  Paige Bowie       6-0  Jr  3.0  3.0  2.0  Cal' s top returning scorer and team co-MVP in 1997-98
C    50  Jennie Leander    6-3  Sr 15.0 12.0  1.0  Ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in rebounding in 1997-98
G     3  Masa Radovic      6-1  So  4.0  3.0  2.0  97-98 team co-MVP with Bowie, led Cal in assists at 2.9 pg
G    23  Sherisse Smith    5-5  Sr  6.0  1.0  2.0  Cal' s Best Defensive Player honoree in 1997-98
G    10  Courtney Johnson  5-8  So 17.0  4.0  2.0  Led Cal in steals in 1997-98 at 1.7 per game as a freshman
C/F  00  Shavaki Jackson   6-4  Fr 12.0  9.0  1.0  Fourth team Parade All-American in 1996-97
G     4  Kenya Corley      5-8  So  2.0  1.0  2.0  Cal' s Most Improved Player in 1997-98
               Pac-10   Overall
Wash. State      0-0      2-0
California       0-0      1-0 
Arizona State    0-0      1-0
Oregon State     0-0      1-0
USC              0-0      1-0
Oregon           0-0      2-1
Washington       0-0      1-1
Arizona          0-0      1-2
UCLA             0-0      1-2
Stanford         0-0      1-3
This Week in the Pac-10
Nov. 23 --San Diego State at Arizona; Colorado St. at Oregon St
Nov. 24 --Oregon at Colorado; Gonzaga at Washington; Wyoming at Wash. St.
Nov. 25 -- Drake at USC, 7 p.m.
Nov. 27 -- Arizona State vs. SW Louisiana; BYU at Oregon; E. Washington at Oregon State; Texas Tech at Stanford; UCLA at Hawaii Tournament; USC at Cancun Tournament
Nov. 28 -- Arizona State at Rutgers Tournament; Cal at Virginia; Oregon hosts Pepsi Shootout; Oregon State hosts OSU Classic; UCLA at Hawaii Tournament USC at Cancun Tournament

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.

All Cal basketball releases and statistics are available to the media using Info Connection. Please call the Cal media relations office for further information.

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 owns a career record of 393-192 (.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 No. 17 Virginia
Virginia stands at 1-1 after opening the season with an 85-72 win at West Virginia (Nov. 15) and a shocking 77-86 loss at Arkansas State, Nov. 22. The Cavaliers' home opener is Tuesday, Nov. 24, against Virginia Commonwealth before they host Cal Saturday, Nov. 28. The Cavaliers are ranked No. 17 in the AP poll and 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.

Virginia returns three starters from its 1997-98 squad which posted a 19-10 record (9-7 ACC/5th) and lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Virginia has made 15-consecutive appearances in the Big Dance, the third most behind Tennessee and Louisiana Tech. Senior forward Lesley Brown is UVA' s top scorer early on at 17.0 ppg, while senior DeMya Walker leads the team in boards at 8.5 pg.

Cal-Virginia Series History
Virginia won the only meeting between the two teams last year in Berkeley, 81-66. Amber Lacey (graduated) led the Bears with 10 points, while Sherisse Smith, Paige Bowie and Kenya Corley (off the bench) each contributed nine.

Virginia Head Coach Debbie Ryan
Debbie Ryan has compiled a career and Virginia coaching record of 482-166 over 21 plus years. During that time she has led Virginia to national prominence, including three Final Fours in 1990, 91 and 92, all during the Dawn Staley era.

Probable Starters

POS NO  NAME               HT  YR   PTS  REB 
F    4  Lesley Brown      6-0  Sr  17.0  5.5
F   15  Svetlana Volnaya  6-1  Jr   9.0  3.0
F   22  DeMya Walker      6-3  Sr  14.5  8.5
G    5  Renee Robinson    5-6  Jr   3.0  1.0
G   35  Monick Foote      6-0  Sr  13.5  6.0

A Look at Ohio State
Ohio State is 1-1 and plays Xavier, Nov. 23, before facing Cal Nov. 30. The Buckeyes squeaked out a win at Kansas State, 63-62, to open the season before losing in overtime, 92-84, in their home opener against Kentucky (Nov. 19).

The Buckeyes return five starters from last season' s 15-12 team (7-9 Big Ten/8th). Senior forwards Larecha Jones (21.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and Marrita Porter (17.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg) have led the way so far for OSU.


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     645

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 161 9. Eliza Sokolowska 144 10. Kim Robinson 126

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

POS NO NAME             HT YR  PTS REB 
 F  00 Marrita Porter 5-11 Sr 17.0 7.5 
 F  05 Michaela Moua   6-0 Jr 11.5 4.0 
 F  34 Larecha Jones   6-1 Sr 21.5 5.5
 G  12 Jamie Lewis     5-5 So  6.0 2.5
 G  25 Roslyn Barker   5-8 Sr  6.5 2.5

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. Jackson contributed 12 points and nine boards in 23 minutes off the bench.

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 consistent, starter-like numbers in about 20 minutes per game. Against Pacific, Jackson posted 12 points and nine rebounds, while she tallied 12 points and 7 boards against Alvik. According to coach Stanley, Jackson is also a versatile defender and at 6-4 can defend an opponent' s point guard.

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 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 lead Narbonne to the CIF Division I state title (later overturned) as a junior.

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      9. Oregon St.
9t. Oregon State   10. California
Pac-10 Teleconferences
The Pac-10 will hold media-only teleconferences with Pac-10 head coaches nine times throughout the 1998-99 season. To obtain the number, media should call the Pac-10 office at 925-932-4411. To listen to the teleconference on a taped replay, call 402-633-6900. Below are the teleconference dates for this season:
Wednesday, Dec. 16
Tuesday, Jan. 12
Tuesday, Jan. 19
Tuesday, Jan. 26
Tuesday, Feb. 2
Tuesday, Feb. 9
Tuesday, Feb. 16
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Tuesday, March 2
The order of coaches is as follows:
12:00-12:03 Joan Bonvicini, Arizona
12:03-12:06 Charli Turner, Thorne, Arizona State
12:06-12:09 Marianne Stanley, Cal
12:09-12:12 Jody Runge, Oregon
12:12-12:15 Judy Spoelstra, OSU
12:15-12:18 Tara VaDerveer, STAN
12:18-12:21 Kathy Olivier, UCLA
12:21-12:24 Chris Gobrecht, USC
12:24-12:27 June Daugherty, WASH
12:27-12:30 Harold Rhodes, WSU
12:30-12:40 Student-athlete
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.

If you include Cal' s two exhibition wins, the Bears have 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 (393-192) 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.

While Haas Pavilion 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 will open the 1999-00 season in a new on-campus arena , the Walter A. Haas Jr. Pavilion. The facility, on the site of the former Harmon Gym, will have a capacity of 12,300 , up from 6,578 in Harmon , and is named in honor of Walter and Evelyn Haas, who donated a lead gift of $10 million. Construction on the $50 million project got underway in the summer of 1997.


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