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Women's Basketball Tips off Second Half of Pac-10 Season
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

February 1, 1999

This Week:

  • Feb. 2 vs. Stanford (11-9, 7-2)
  • Kaiser Arena (4000)
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • TV-FOX Sports Bay Area
  • Radio-KALX (90.7 FM)

    QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
    California (8-10, 2-7 Pac-10) wraps up a three-game homestand Friday against cross-bay nemesis Stanford (11-9, 7-2). The Cardinal is riding a four-game winning streak, while the Bears are coming off a split with the Arizona schools last week. The Bears have two more wins than they had the first two seasons under coach Marianne Stanley. The Stanford game marks the beginning of the second half of the Pac-10 season. On Jan. 8 in Stanford, Calif., Stanford defeated Cal, 80-67, in one of the closest contests between these two teams in six years. Cal trailed by only seven points at the half, 38-31, before running into foul trouble after the break as the Cardinal went to the line 42 times, converting 28 attempts. Lauren Ashbaugh led Cal with 14 points and 11 rebounds, recording her first-career double-double.

    After a 64-59 Cal home victory Feb. 12, 1993, Stanford has reeled off 11-consecutive victories by an average of 31.1 ppg. The Bears are primed for the upset as they are 7-2 at home this season.
    Seniors Jennie Leander and Sherrise Smith have led Cal over the last four games. Leander has caught fire ever since posting her 1000th-career point at Washington, Jan. 21. Leander has climbed to second on the team in scoring at 9.1 ppg following a 14-point scoring spurt over the last four games. Smith, usually known for her playmaking ability, is averaging 13.8 ppg over the last four contests and has seen her season average climb to the best of her Cal career at 8.7 ppg.

    Smith paced Cal to a 74-60 win over Arizona State with a career-high 20 points and seven assists. The ASU win marked the 400th in Stanley's illustrious 20-year collegiate coaching career.

    Paige Bowie continues to lead Cal in scoring for the second-consecutive season with 11.3 ppg. Defensively, Cal is one of the best in the conference. Sophomore Courtney Johnson continues to establish herself as one of the best defenders in the Pac-10 with the fifth-best mark for steals at 2.6 spg. Kenya Corley, one of Cal's best leapers at only 5-8, is tied with Leander for the team lead in blocked shots with 11. Cal already has 56 blocks as a team compared to 57 a year ago.

    PAC-10 STANDINGS (As of 2/1)

                                    Pac-10   Overall
    1. UCLA                            9-0      17-4
    2. Oregon                          7-2      16-4
       Stanford                        7-2      11-9
    4. Washington                      6-3      10-8
    5. Arizona                         5-4      10-8
    6. Wash. State                     3-6       9-9
    7. Oregon State                    2-7      10-8  
       California                      2-7      8-10
       Arizona State                   2-7      8-10
       USC                             2-7      6-12
    
    AROUND THE PAC-10
    Feb. 4
  • Washington at Arizona; WSU at ASU
  • UCLA at Oregon; USC at OSU

    Feb. 5

  • Stanford at Cal

    Feb. 6

  • UCLA at Oregon State
  • Washington St. at Arizona
  • Washington at ASU
  • USC at Oregon

    Pac-10 Statistical Leaders
    (Through 1/30/99 games)

    Scoring

     1.   Maylana Martin, UCLA   18.0
    16.   Paige Bowie, CAL       11.3
    
    Rebounds
     1.   Amber Hall, WASH       10.6
    15.   Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL    5.5
    16.   Jennie Leander, CAL     5.4
    
    Assists
     1.   Erica Gomez, UCLA       7.81
     6.   Sherrise Smith          3.94
    
    Steals
     1.   Julia Gray, WASH        3.33
     5.   Courtney Johnson, CAL   2.61
    
    FG Percentage
     1.   Jenny Mowe, ORE          .645
     5.   Shavaki Jackson, CAL     .558
    
    3-Pt Goal Percentage
     1.   Michelle Tom, ASU        .489
     2.   Sherrise Smith, CAL      .413
     8.   Paige Bowie, CAL         .353
    
    Scoring Defense
     1.   Oregon                 56.2
     4.   California             66.7
    
    Blocked Shots
     1.   Oregon                  5.10
    5t.   California              3.11
    
    Rebounding Offense
     1.   Washington             45.1
     4.   California             39.2
    
    HEAD COACH MARIANNE STANLEY
    Marianne Stanley is in her third season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program and 20th season as a collegiate head coach. A native of Upper Darby, Pa., Stanley has won five national championship titles as a player (2) and coach (3). On Jan. 28 against Arizona State, Stanley became the 28th active NCAA Division I women's coach to reach the 400-career victory plateau. Her career record is 400-202 (.664). Stanley, 44, is the 12th youngest coach to reach the 400-victory milestone. 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.

    STANFORD SCOUTING REPORT

    A Look at Stanford (11-9, 7-2 Pac-10)
    Stanford travels to the East Bay riding a four-game winning streak, its longest of the season. The Cardinal are 11-9 overall and tied for second in the Pac-10 with Oregon at 7-2. The Cardinal are experiencing a down year due to an extremely tough non-conference schedule and being a young squad with only one senior - Regan Freuen.

    Cal-Stanford State Series History
    The Bears trail the all-time series with the Cardinal 15-30 and have lost 11-straight contests by an average of 31 points, with their last win (64-59) coming at home during the 1992-93 season. Last season at Kaiser Arena, Stanford defeated Cal, 72-52. Lifetime, Cal is 10-12 at home vs. Stanford.

    Last meeting: On Jan. 8 at Stanford, Cal played one of its most competitive games in years with the Cardinal, dropping an 80-67 decision. Lauren Ashbaugh led the Bears with her first double-double, tallying 14 points and 11 rebounds. Carolyn Moos led a quartet of double-figure scorers for Stanford with 17 points.

    Stanford Head Coach Tara Vanderveer
    Tara VanDerveer is in her 13th season down on The Farm. She boasts a Stanford record of 296-73 (.802) and a 20-year career mark of 469-130 (.783). She took a one-year leave from her coaching duties at Stanford during the 1995-96 season to coach the 1996 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal. In the 90's, VanDerveer also led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1990 and 1992) and five Final Fours.

    Stanford Probable Starters

    POS NO   NAME                HT    YR   PTS   REB   
    G   25   Lindsey Yamasaki    6-2   Fr  14.2   5.9
    F   41   Bethany Donaphin    6-2   Fr   5.7   5.7
    C   53   Carolyn Moos        6-6   So  13.8   5.9
    G   05   Christina Batastini 5-10  Jr   6.5   1.6
    G   20   Milena Flores       5-6   Jr  10.1   2.9   6.6 apg
    
    Stats (all games) Comparison -- Pac-10 Rank In ( )
                        California      Stanford
    Points Per Game     60.5 (10th)    71.4  (5th)
    Opp. Points PG      66.7  (4th)    70.7  (6th)
    Scoring Margin      -6.2 (T9th)    +0.7  (7th)
    Rebounds PG         39.2  (4th)    40.6  (3rd)
    Opp. Rebounds PG    38.8  (7th)    38.0  (5th)
    Rebound Margin      +0.4  (7th)    +2.6  (4th)
    FG%                 .390  (9th)    .426  (4th)
    Opp. FG%            .405  (6th)    .402  (4th)
    3-Pt. FG%           .315  (6th)    .332  (2nd)
    Opp. 3-Pt. FG%      .297  (5th)    .318  (7th)
    FT%                 .649  (7th)    .697  (4th)
    

    GOLDEN BEAR BREAKDOWN

    By Class
    Senior (4)
    Jamilla Churchill, Kobie 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, Kobie Kennon
    5-8 - Kenya Corley, Janet Franey, Courtney Johnson
    5-5 - Sherrise Smith

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

    CAL ON RADIO
    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.

    BEARS ON TV
    Six 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. Stanford (FSBA), Feb. 5; vs. Washington State (FSBA), Feb. 18, and vs. Washington (FSN), Feb. 21.

    GOLDEN BEAR NOTES

    HOME SWEET HOME - BEARS 7-2 AT KAISER
    The Bears have struggled this season on the road, but they can't get enough of the sweet home cooking of the Kaiser Arena. Cal is 7-2 at home, 0-8 on the road and 1-0 on a neutral court. The Bears best win of the season was an 80-75 decision at home over then-No. 9 Colorado State to claim the Oakland Tribune Classic title. CSU is 22-1 on the season. Offensively, the Bears have had a 65.2 (home) to 55.5 (road) to 58.0 (neutral site) scoring disparity this season.

    BEAR DEFENSE MUCH IMPROVED OVER LAST SEASON
    Cal continues to shine as one of the better defensive teams in the conference this season. After allowing opponents 70.9 ppg last season, Cal has cut that figure to 66.7 ppg this season (4th Pac-10). In Cal's eight wins, opponents have averaged 56.9 ppg compared to 74.5 ppg in Cal's 10 losses. Cal's best defensive outing was a 40-35 win over Pittsburgh, Dec. 20.

    WHEN THE BEARS LIMIT TURNOVERS...THEY WIN
    With the Bears struggling offensively, coach Stanley is emphasizing to her team the importance of taking good care of the basketball. "Turnovers have really been hurting us and therefore limiting are shots," said Stanley. "This has been an enigma to me because earlier in the year, we took better care of the ball." The first seven games of the season, Cal averaged 17.3 turnovers per game but has seen that total rise to its current average of 21.7. Over the last 11 games, Cal is averaging 24.6 miscues per contest. When Cal limits its turnovers, it tends to win. The Bears are 4-1 in games when they've committed fewer turnovers than their opponents.

    SPREADING THE REBOUNDING AND SCORING WEALTH
    Cal has taken the saying that basketball is a team game to extremes this season as six different players have led or tied for the team lead in scoring and rebounding in multiple games this season. Four-of-five starters along with Shavaki Jackson have held top honors in both categories more than once. Freshman Ami Forney led Cal in rebounding against Ohio State.

    Times Led/Tied for Cal Lead in 1998-99

                      Points   Rebounds
    Lauren Ashbaugh      2         5   
    Paige Bowie          6         4
    Jennie Leander       2         5
    Courtney Johnson     2         5
    Sherrise Smith       5        --
    Shavaki Jackson      3         3
    Ami Forney          --         1
    
    CAL EXPERIENCING SUCCESS FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
    The three-point shot has become an important part of Cal's arsenal this season. Cal is shooting at a .390 field goal clip but remarkably is shooting a respectable .315 (69-219) from three-point range. The Bears rank sixth in the conference for three-point field goal percentage and fifth for treys per game (3.83). Cal has already converted on 24 more treys than it made all of last season when it went 45-of-228 (.165) or 1.6 treys per game.

    SMITH AND BOWIE LEAD LONG-RANGE CHARGE
    Cal has one of the most dynamic three-point shooting duos in the Pac-10 in Sherrise Smith and Paige Bowie. Smith is tied for second in the conference, at .413 (19-46) while Bowie is eighth at .353 (36-102).

    On Cal's career three-point shooting percentage chart, Smith and Bowie rank seventh and ninth, respectively, at .333 and .309. Smith currently has the fourth-best three-point shooting percentage on the Cal all-time season

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

    GLANCE AT CAL HISTORY

    1,000-Point Club - 14 members

     1. Colleen Galloway   2320
    10. Heli Toikka        1102
    11. Laura Baker        1072
    12. Patrycja Czepiec   1059
    13. Jennie Leander     1052
    14. Chris Sellin       1008
    
    Career Rebounds
     1. Colleen Galloway   1029
     7. Ingrid Dixson       789
     8. Jennie Leander      731 
     9. Trisha Stafford     721
       
    Career Three-Point FG Percentage
     1. Chris Holten       .467
     7. Sherrise Smith     .333
     9. Paige Bowie        .309
    
    Career Three-Point FG Made
     1. Jennifer Self      159
     7. Paige Bowie         81
        Milica Vukadinovic  81
       
    SMITH EMERGES AS OFFENSIVE THREAT
    After going three seasons without leading Cal in scoring in any games, senior guard Sherrise Smith has led or tied for the team lead in scoring in five games this season. Smith has led Cal in scoring in three of its last four contests, including a career-high 20 points in Cal's win over Arizona State. The Los Angeles native leads Cal in scoring during the Pac-10 season with 10.8 ppg. Additionally, Smith averages 3.9 apg overall but 5.0 apg during the Pac-10 season.

    LEANDER, SMITH PROVIDE SENIOR LEADERSHIP
    Seniors Jennie Leander and Sherrise Smith have led Cal over the last four games. Leander has caught fire since posting her 1000th-career point at Washington, Jan. 21. Leander has climbed to second on the team in scoring at 9.1 ppg following a 14-point scoring spurt over the last four games. Smith is averaging 13.8 ppg over the last four contests and has seen her average climb to the best of her Cal career at 8.7 ppg.

    CORLEY SHARES CAL BLOCKED SHOT LEAD
    At 5-8, sophomore guard Kenya Corley may very well be the best leaper on the Cal squad. Corley caught Leander for the team lead for blocked shots at 11 with 2 blocks each against Arizona State and Arizona. Against ASU, Corley triggered a 13-0 Cal run late in the second half with a one-handed swat of 6-3 Theresa Jantzen's shot. In the ASU post-game interviews, Leander had this to say about her blocked shots co-leader, "That's why she's on the posters." (referring to a "Come Jam With Us" slogan on promotional posters and the media guide.)

    JACKSON, ONE OF THE PAC-10'S BEST FRESHMEN
    Freshman center/forward Shavaki Jackson has put together impressive numbers in a reserve role for the Bears this season. The Berkeley native is fourth on the team in scoring at 8.7 ppg and third in rebounding at 4.8 rpg. Jackson's .558 field goal percentage ranks fifth in the league and first among freshmen. She has led Cal in scoring and rebounding three times each, including a career-high 20 points at Oregon State and a career-high tying 9 rebounds vs. Arizona State. Jackson shined at the State Farm Classic as Cal's only selection to the all-tournament team.

    STANLEY REACHES 400-WIN MILESTONE
    With Cal's 74-60 win over Arizona State, Jan. 28, Cal head coach Marianne Stanley became the 28th active NCAA Division I women's coach to record 400 victories. At age 44, Stanley joins Nancy Wilson (South Carolina, retired) and Cindy Russo (Florida International) as the 12th-youngest coaches to reach the 400-win milestone.

    CAL POSTS BEST NON-CONFERENCE MARK SINCE 1992-93
    Cal posted a 6-3 non-conference record, including an upset of No. 9 Colorado State, 80-75, in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic. The 6-3 mark was Cal's best non-conference mark since the 1992-93 season when the Bears posted an 8-1 record and a 19-10 overall record, earning its last NCAA Tournament selection. The Bears lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Vanderbilt, 82-63. In 1993-94, Cal also posted a 6-3 non-conference record in 1993-94.

    Cal's Probable Starting Five's Career Statistics

    Games              Career      Starts
    Lauren Ashbaugh        46        18
    Paige Bowie            63        53
    Jennie Leander        100        97
    Sherrise Smith         85        58
    Courtney Johnson       46        26
    

    Points Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 232 5.0 Paige Bowie 660 10.5 Jennie Leander 1052 10.5 Sherrise Smith 446 5.2 Courtney Johnson 269 5.8

    Rebounds Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 217 4.7 Paige Bowie 242 3.8 Jennie Leander 731 7.3 Sherrise Smith 178 2.1 Courtney Johnson 171 3.7

    Assists Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 26 0.6 Paige Bowie 165 2.6 Jennie Leander 57 0.6 Sherrise Smith 242 2.8 Courtney Johnson 78 1.7

    LAST WEEK IN REVIEW

    CAL BURNS SUN DEVILS, 74-60
    California opened up its largest margin of victory this season to steam-roll past Arizona State 74-60, handing head coach Marianne Stanley her 400th-career win. Sherrise Smith knocked down a career-best 20 points to lead a quintet of double-digit scorers for Cal. The Bears led 31-20 at the half and extended its lead to as much as 21 points in the second stanza. Theresa Jantzen led Arizona State off the bench with 15 points and five rebounds. Tucker added 13 in an effort that saw the Sun Devils shoot just 33% from the floor, as opposed to the Bears 52% performance.

    BEARS TRAPPED INTO 77-58 DEFEAT VS. ARIZONA
    Arizona jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first eight minutes of the game and utilized a suffocating full court press to contain the Bears the rest of the way. The Bears did manage to cut the Wildcats 39-19 halftime lead down to 14 in the second half, but that was as close as they would get. Cal also outscored Arizona, 39-38, in the second stanza. Wildcat forward Angela Lackey led all players with 22 points and 6 steals. Sherrise Smith led Cal for the second-consecutive game with 15 points and five assists. Jennie Leander contributed 14, while Shavaki Jackson came off the bench to contribute 11.

    CAL 98-99 TEAM GAME HIGHS

    Points in game         88  vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    FG made                31  vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    FG attempts            78  vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    FG percentage        .527  vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
    3-PT FG made           10  vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    3-PT FG attempts       23  vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    3-PT FG percentage   .714  vs. USC, 1/16/99
    FT made                25  vs. Pacific, 11/17/98
    FT attempts            35  vs. Pacific, 11/17/98
    FT percentage .929 (13-14) vs. USF, 12/4/98
    Rebounds               53  vs. USF, 12/4/98
    Assists                25  vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
    Steals                 13  vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    Blocked Shots           7  vs. Pittsburgh, 12/20/98
    
    JACKSON - ONE OF THE PAC-10'S TOP FRESHMEN
    Freshman center Shavaki Jackson came to Cal as a Parade All-American and has proven worthy of that recognition. The Berkeley native is Cal's top player off the bench, averaging 9.6 ppg and 4.5 rpg and 0.8 bpg in 19.6 minutes/contest. She ranks second on the team in scoring, fourth in rebounding and first in blocked shots (10 total). Additionally, she leads the team in field goal percentage (.570), ranking third in the Pac-10. She recorded a career-high 20 points in Cal's loss to Oregon State. Jackson holds the dubious distinction of fouling out in a team-high four games.

    CAL 1998-99 DOUBLE-DOUBLE CLUB

    Jennie Leander
    Pacific -- 15 points, 12 rebounds
    Virginia -- 10 points, 10 rebounds
    USF--11 points, 10 rebounds

    Lauren Ashbaugh
    Stanford - 14 points, 11 rebounds

    CAL BOASTS 5TH BEST RPI IN PAC-10, 58TH NATIONALLY
    Cal is ranked 58th in the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI), which is fifth-best in the Pac-10. For strength of schedule, Cal ranks 19th among the 304 Division I schools. The RPI is used by the NCAA women's basketball committee to supplement the selection of at-large teams and the seeding of all teams for the NCAA basketball tournament. It is derived from three component factors: Div. I winning percentage (25%), schedule strength (50%); and opponent's schedule strength (25%).

    CAL DEFEATS USC FOR FIRST CONFERENCE WIN - 61-51
    Cal picked up its first conference win of 1999 in impressive fashion, beating USC 61-51, Saturday at Kaiser Arena. The Bears were paced by 23 points from Paige Bowie, who shot 9-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. With USC leading 18-17 with 5:53 remaining in the first half, Bowie converted on three-consecutive treys to give Cal a 26-23 advantage. The Bears led at the half 28-25 and never trailed again. In the second half, Cal's lead fluttered between six and eight points before Cal's Courtney Johnson made her only steal of the game and went the length of the floor to give Cal it's first double-digit lead at 48-38. The Trojans were led by 14 points from Adrain Williams.

    UCLA GAME IN REVIEW - 87-62 LOSS
    No. 10 UCLA showed that it is the real deal, beating Cal 87-62 Thursday. The loss was Cal's first at home this season and ended a six-game overall home winning streak. The key to the game was UCLA's ability to capitalize on the Bears bad ball handling, converting 33 Cal turnovers in to 34 points. The Bears turnover total was the highest this season. One high point for Cal was that it out-rebounded UCLA 38-36. The Bruins led only 37-27 at the half and by 13 at 65-52 with only 6:37 remaining in the game. Maylana Martin led UCLA with 19 points, while Shavaki Jackson came off the bench to lead the Bears with 12, while Bowie added 11 and Johnson 10.


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