Jan. 5, 2001
California Women's Basketball Notes
vs. Arizona State
Jan. 6, 2001 at 1 p.m.
FOX Sports Net
Cal enters the Arizona State game with a 4-7 record and 0-1 in the Pac-10 following its 79-68 loss to Arizona Thursday. A year ago, Cal was 5-6 through 11 games. ASU comes to Berkeley with an 8-5 mark following its 92-64 loss at Stanford in its Pac-10 opener Thursday.
Setting the Series
Cal leads the all-time series, 20-13, and has won four of the last five games. The two teams each won at home last year. Cal defeated ASU, 60-55 in overtime, in Berkeley, and ASU won in Tempe, 69-59. Washington State is the only other conference school in which Cal leads the all-time series (18-15).
Horstmeyer to Face Former Assistant Coach For Second Time This Year
For the second time this season, Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer leads the Bears against a team coached by one of her former assistant coaches at Santa Clara. The Bears battle Charli Turner Thorne's Arizona State Sun Devils, Sat. Jan. 6, at 1 p.m., at Haas Pavilion, Turner Thorne was an assistant for three seasons at SCU under Horstmeyer from 1990-93. During Horstmeyer and Turner Thorne's first season together in 1990-91, the two helped lead the Broncos to a 19-game improvement from the previous season, one of the biggest one-season turnarounds in NCAA history. Earlier this year, Cal entertained Santa Clara, which is now coached by Horstmeyer's seven-year assistant coach Chris Denker. The Bears lost to the Broncos, 77-73.
Four Players in Double Figure Scoring For First Time This Year
For the first time all season, California has four players averaging in double figures for points. Senior guard Courtney Johnson leads the way with 13.0 ppg, followed by senior guard Kenya Corley at 11.0 ppg, junior center Ami Forney at 10.7 ppg and senior forward Lauren Ashbaugh at 10.5 ppg. Those four starters account for 45.2 of Cal's 62.4 ppg (72.4 percent). Johnson (11.7 ppg) and Corley (10.5 ppg) are the only current Bears who also averaged double figures last season.
What a Difference a Year Makes For Forney
A year ago, Cal opened the Pac-10 season against the Arizona schools and something clearly seemed wrong with Ami Forney following a stellar non-conference season. While healthy for the first eight games in 1999-00, she averaged 11.4 ppg and 7.2 rpg (finished the year at 6.6 ppg and 5.1 rpg). In a final non-conference trip to North Carolina and Wake Forest, evidence of a possible stress fracture in her left foot began to appear. By the end of the first Pac-10 weekend, the stress fracture was diagnosed, and Forney missed the next nine games. Forney erased all memory of a 0 point, 0 rebound performance in the Pac-10 opener at Arizona a year ago by posting a career-high 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals vs. the Wildcats Thursday night. The Newark, Calif., native finds herself third on the team in scoring (10.7 ppg), second, first in the league in rebounding (8.2 rpg) and 10th in the Pac-10 for steals (1.9 spg). Prior to last season, former Cal coach Marianne Stanley projected that before Forney's career as a Bear was finished, she would lead the Pac-10 in rebounding.
Narbonne Duo Seeing Big Minutes For Cal over Last Three Games
Sophomore forward Amber White and freshman guard Latasha O'Keith, former teammates at Narbonne High School, have seen their roles increase for Cal over the last three games. After averaging 15.0 mpg over the first eight games of the season, O'Keith has averaged 18.3 mpg over the last three contests, including a season-high 24 minutes at San Diego State. During the similar span, White's minutes have climbed from 22.9 mpg over the first eight contests to 26.0 over the last three. The duo come from one of the most successful high school program's in the nation. That winning mentality has found them both in the lineup during the final five minutes of the game against San Jose State and Arizona. Against SJSU, the move to play White late paid off as she scored the final four points to win the game for Cal (66-64). White and O'Keith are Cal's second and third-leading scorers, respectively, off the bench at 3.5 ppg and 3.3 ppg. White is Cal's top reserve on the glass (3.8 rpg) and for steals (1.5 spg).
Cal Surrenders Halftime Lead, Falls to Arizona, 79-68, in Pac-10 Opener
Arizona pulled together for a strong second half showing to defeat California 79-68 in a Pac-10 opener Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. Junior forward Ami Forney led the Bears with a career-high 22 points and nine rebounds in the effort. Down 33-32 at the half, Arizona (11-2 overall, 1-0 in the Pac-10) regrouped early in the second stanza, taking a one point lead just 2:06 into the half, on its way to a commanding 12 point, 52-40, lead with 12:41 remaining in the game. Senior guard Reshea Bristol led the Wildcats with a career-high 30 points, the most points scored by an Arizona player this season. California (4-7 overall, 0-1 in the Pac-10) led for most of the first half, twice by six points, and appeared to be pulling back into the thick of things midway through the second half, cutting the Arizona lead down to four, 54-50, with 10:44 remaining in the contest. But two UA baskets sandwiched between a Cal turnover gave the Wildcats the opening they needed to regain their double-digit lead and quiet the Bears. Being out-rebounded 50-35 was a major contributor to the loss.
Cal Career Highs Set or Tied vs. Arizona Ami Forney 22 points Latasha O'Keith 2 steals (tied) Becky Staubes 2 steals (tied) Amber White 8 rebounds Nicole Ybarra 4 assists