Jan. 8, 2001
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
California looks to rebound from an 0-2 home start to Pac-10 play when the Golden Bears visit Oregon (8-3, 1-0), Thursday, and Oregon State (8-3, 0-1) Saturday for a game to be televised by FOX Sports Net. Jim Watson has play-by-play duties, while Tammy Blackburn, who coached Cal's Becky Staubes at Scripps Ranch HS, is the color analyst. The Bears are 2-4 in TV games this year.
The Bears look to snap a 14-game losing streak to Oregon and a two-game slide to Oregon State.
Going on the road might not be such a bad thing for the Bears, who are 3-4 away from home and only 1-4 at Haas Pavilion. Seven of the Bears 10 non-conference games were away or neutral site games.
Defense has been a consistent strong point for the Bears. In five of Cal's eight losses, it has held its opponents to 66 or less points and twice to under 60 points.
Cal looks to break a trend of poor second-half performances this week. The Bears were 4-0 in games they led at the half before the start of league play. In Cal's Pac-10 opener vs. Arizona, the Bears led 33-32 at the half but dropped the game, 79-68. Against ASU, Cal surrendered a 27-26 edge at the break, losing 58-47.
The Bears have been without the services of reserve center Genevieve Swedor for the past two games. Swedor, who averages 3.6 ppg and 3.2 rpg, missed the Pac-10 opening week with a separated right shoulder sustained against San Jose State. She probably will miss the Oregon trip.
Different players have stepped up for Cal throughout the first 12 games, but the Bears have struggled to get at least five players playing well on the same night.
Junior center Ami Forney has been Cal's leader through two Pac-10 games, averaging 17.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg. Overall, the Newark native averages career-bests of 10.8 ppg (16th Pac-10) and 8.1 rpg ( 1st Pac-10).
Senior guard Courtney Johnson is Cal's overall scoring leader at 12.1 ppg but is off to a slow start in Pac-10 play at 4.5 ppg. She is third in the Pac-10 for steals at 2.6 per contest.