Jan. 22, 2001
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
California (5-10 overall, 1-4 Pac-10, T9th) looks to get back on the winning track when it hosts Washington State (8-8, 3-3 Pac-10, 5th) Thursday and Washington (11-5, 4-2 Pac-10, T2nd Pac-10) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each night. Saturday is ANG Newspapers "Come To College Day" with everyone 17 and under admitted free. The Bears are coming off a 63-56 loss to Stanford Saturday, its closest game against the Cardinal in the last 15 meetings.
The Bears have done well against the Washington schools as of late. Last year, Cal swept both games against the Huskies and split the two games with the Cougars. When the Bears traveled to Seattle last year to face UW, they tied the school record for rebounds in a game with 64.
Two wins this week are also important for the Bears, who finish the Pac-10 season with seven of 11 games away from Haas Pavilion. However, the Bears have faired well away from home this year with a 4-5 mark.
During Cal's up-and-down season, strong defense has usually been a constant. The Bears rank fifth in the conference for scoring defense at 66.7 points per game and fifth for steals at 9.27 per game. In six of Cal's 10 losses, the Bears have held their opponents to 66 points or less.
Senior guard Courtney Johnson has been Cal's offensive and defensive catalyst. The tri-captain leads Cal in scoring at 12.6 ppg and steals at 2.60 per game, which ranks 12th and third in the league, respectively. She ranks fourth all-time at Cal with 236 steals and is expected to surpass Jackie Lear (238) for third place this week.
During Pac-10 games, senior guard Kenya Corley is Cal's leading scorer at 12.8 ppg and has shown her ability to be a scoring threat as a jump shooter and a penetrator to the basket. Overall, Corley is second on the team at a career-best 11.3 ppg.
On the glass, Ami Forney is second in the Pac-10 at 7.4 rpg and leads the conference in offensive rebounding with 3.21 per contest.
Off the bench, senior guard/forward Brook Coulter, sophomore forward Amber White and freshman guard Latasha O'Keith have been the spark plugs for Cal, in particular during the Pac-10 season. O'Keith contributes 4.5 ppg and 1.1 spg and has upped her scoring average to 7.0 ppg in Pac-10 games. Meanwhile, Amber White adds 4.0 ppg (5.8 Pac-10 games), and Coulter has upped her 4.0 ppg average to 5.0 in league play.