March 7, 2000
QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
The California women's basketball team wraps up the 1999-2000 season at home where it is 6-5 this week against Arizona State and Arizona. The Golden Bear have won three of their last four games to improve to 10-16, 5-11 in the Pac-10. A year ago the Bears also finished the season strong, winning four of their final six games. Cal can equal its 12 wins and surpass its six conference wins of a year ago with two victories this weekend.
This week's games wrap up the inaugural women's basketball season at Haas Pavilion and mark the end of senior forward Paige Bowie's four-year career with the Bears. Bowie, who became the 15th Bear to reach 1,000-career points against USC, will join the softball team at a tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif., Sunday.
Cal is coming home on the heels of a 61-53 victory over UCLA, March 5, at Pauley Pavilion. Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson and junior guard Kenya Corley scored 16 points each to lead the Bears to their first win over the Bruins since 1994-95 and first road win over their conference rival since the 1987-88 season.
The Bears came close to returning home with a road sweep, but USC pulled out an 81-78 victory over Cal in the final minute of the game, March 3. In that game, Bowie scored a season-high 21 points and now ranks 14th all-time in scoring in school history with 1,025 points. The game was tied at 78-78 with 1:15 to play before three different Trojan players converted on one-of-two free throws to seal the victory. Junior guard Courtney Johnson added 16 points for the Bears, while junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Johnson leads Cal in scoring at 11.6 ppg. She had seven steals against UCLA to build her Pac-10 leading steals average to 3.23 swipes per game. Jackson also has been a top gun for the Bears this season as she ranks second in scoring at 11.2 ppg and first in rebounding at 8.1 rpg. Jackson ranks second in the conference overall in rebounding and first in Pac-10 games at 9.1 rpg.
CAL ON RADIO
KALX (90.7 FM) will wrap up its 18th-consecutive year carrying California women's basketball games this week with broadcasts of the Arizona State and Arizona games. Broadcasts begin five minutes prior to tip-off.
BEARS ON TV 9 TIMES
Nine Cal games were broadcast this season. Those games are at Fresno State (local cable), Dec. 4, vs. USF (FSBA), Dec. 6, Cal game of the Oakland Tribune Classic, Dec. 19 (FSBA), at ASU (COX), Jan. 8, at WSU (FSBA), Jan. 27 (tape delayed on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.), at Stanford (Bay TV), Jan. 21, UCLA (FSN), Feb. 5, at Oregon State (FSBA), Feb. 10 (tape delayed on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.), vs. Washington State (FSN), Feb. 26.
HAAS PAVILION OPENS
After playing the last two seasons off campus at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland, Cal officially opened the Haas Pavilion era Nov. 21 with a 74-52 win over Nevada. The $57.5 million structure, a remodeled and enlarged version of old Harmon Gym, opened this fall after two years of construction. The seating capacity is 12,300, up from 6,578. And although the structure is 37 feet taller and 28 feet wider than Harmon, it continues to keep fans close to the action.
CAL HEAD COACH MARIANNE STANLEY
Marianne Stanley is in her fourth season at the helm of the Cal women's basketball program with a 34-74 (.315) record. She coached her 100th game at Cal at home against USC (81-64 win), Feb. 3. A native of Upper Darby, Pa., Stanley is a 20-year coaching veteran and winner of five national championship titles as a player (2) and coach (3). She owns a career record of 414-223 (.650). She began the year ranked tied for 26th in victories (404) among all active NCAA Division I women's coaches. Stanley, 45, tied as the 12th-youngest coach to reach the 400-victory plateau last season against Arizona State (1/28/99) at the age of 44.
She has earned four conference coach of the year honors and national coach of the year recognition twice, in 1979 at Old Dominion and 1996 at Stanford.
Best time to reach Stanley: Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. by appointment scheduled through the media relations office.
ARIZONA STATE SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at ASU (14-12, 7-9 Pac-10, 7th place)
Arizona State broke a four-game losing streak with a 75-58 victory over Oregon State at home, March 4. The Sun Devils are in seventh place in the Pac-10 after finishing in a tie for sixth with the Bears a year ago. ASU is in search of its first winning season since 1992-93.
Cal-ASU Series History
Cal leads the season series with ASU, 19-13. The Bears had won three-straight games until the Sun Devils won at home Jan. 8, 69-59. That game saw ASU convert on 39-of-52 free throw attempts. ASU hasn't won in Berkeley since 1991-92.
ASU Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne (Stanford '88)
Charli Turner Thorne is in her fourth year at the helm of the Arizona State women's basketball team with a 45-61 record (.425). Her seven-year career record is 85-100 (.459).
ASU's Probable Starters
|F||15||Kitch Kitchen||5-7||Sr.||8.8||3.4||3.1 apg|
|G||33||Natalie Tucker||5-9||Jr.||7.2||2.3||3.9 apg|
ARIZONA SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at Arizona (22-6, 11-5 Pac-10, 3rd place, 3/9 at Stanford)
Arizona is ranked No. 20 and No. 22 in this week's ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls, respectively. The Wildcats are one win away from tying the school record of 23 wins set in 1996-97. Arizona leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 78.9 ppg.
Cal-Arizona Series History
Arizona leads the all-times series with Cal, 18-13, and is winners of the last nine contests. The Wildcats opened up the year with a 71-58 victory over the Bears in Tucson, Jan. 6.
Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini (Southern Conn., '75)
Joan Bonvicini is in her ninth year at the helm of Arizona's women's program with a 156-104 (.600) record. She is in her 21st-year of collegiate coaching with a 481-175 mark (.733).
CAL'S TOP PAC-10 RANKS
(All games, as of 3/6/00)
Note: must play in 75% of games
|2. Oregon State||16.14|
|1. Oregon State||61.1|
|FG PCT Defense|
|1. Oregon State||.389|
|1. Oregon State||4.90|
|1. Courtney Johnson,||CAL||3.23|
|2. Reda Petraitis,||OSU||2.55|
|1. Maylana Martin,||UCLA||8.5|
|2. Shavaki Jackson,||CAL||8.1|
|1. Sissel Pierce,||OSU||2.89|
|8t. Lauren Ashabaugh,||CAL||0.81|
|10. Shavaki Jackson,||CAL||0.75|
|1. Shaquala Williams,||UW||17.9|
|14. Courtney Johnson,||CAL||11.6|
Arizona's Probable Starters
|G||3||Lisa Griffith||5-6||Sr.||8.6||1.8||3.7 apg|
|G||23||Felecity Willis||5-7||Sr.||7.9||2.5||5.3 apg|
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES BEARS ON PACE TO FINISH STRONG, AGAIN
Cal is finally healthy and has resumed its winning ways. The Bears have won three of their last four games, earning double-digit wins for the second-consecutive season. The Bears are two wins away from equaling their 12 wins of a year ago and one win shy of the six Pac-10 wins it posted last season. Cal is in eighth place in the conference, but two wins this week and two ASU losses would allow Cal to tie ASU for seventh place in the Pac-10. In 1998-99, Cal also finished the season strong, winners of four of its final six games.
The Pac-10 race is still up for grabs between Oregon, Stanford and Arizona with one week remaining in the conference season.
|5. Oregon State||10-7||14-15|
|7. Arizona State||7-9||14-12|
|10. Washington State||1-15||4-22|
BEARS DEFENSE STIFLES OPPONENTS
During the Marianne Stanley era at Cal, the Bears reputation as one of the better defensive teams in the conference has continued to grow. Cal is ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 65.0 ppg, which is an improvement over last year's 67.7 ppg mark, which ranked fourth. Opponents are kept on their toes as the Bears regularly change from various combinations of man-to-man, zone and pressure defenses. Cal's best defensive weekend of the Pac-10 season came Feb. 24 and 26th, allowing a combined 111 points to Washington (49) and Washington State (59) for an average of 55.5 ppg. Last weekend, Cal held UCLA, which ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring (73.8 ppg), to only 53 points.
BOWIE REACHES 1000 POINTS, BIDS BEARS FAREWELL
Senior 6-0 forward Paige Bowie scored 21 points against USC, March 3, to become the 15th player in Cal history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. The Fresno native added eight points in Cal's win over UCLA, putting her 14th in scoring at Cal with 1,025 points. After leading the Bears in scoring as a sophomore (11.0 ppg) and junior (11.9 ppg), Bowie ranks fourth on the team this year at 9.5 ppg. Her diminished scoring role this season will not detract from her status as one of the most prolific scorers in school history. Bowie has eight 20+ point games to her credit, including a career-high 30 points last year against Northwester. The NU game saw her hit a school record eight three-pointerers. She currently ranks third in school history for three-pointers made (124) and second for attempts (442).
VETERAN LINEUP RETURNS FOR 2000-2001 SEASON
Looking ahead to next season, Cal only loses Paige Bowie to graduation and likely redshirt sophomore Masa Radovic will not play next season as she continues to weigh her options to fix bad discs in her back. The Bears return four of their five regular starters during the 2000 Pac-10 season guards Courtney Johnson and Kenya Corley, forward Lauren Ashbaugh, and center Shavaki Jackson. That group has played in a combined 284 games, including 140 starts, and represents 67.4 percent of the Bears offense this season (42 of 62.3 ppg).
BEARS RECORD WHEN
|Lead at halftime||10-1|
|Trailed at halftime||0-14|
|Were tied at halftime||0-0|
|Went into overtime||0-0|
|Led by 10 or more points||7-0|
|Shot FG 60% or better||1-0|
|Shot FG 50% or better||3-0|
|Shot FG less than 50%||5-16|
|Shot FG less than 40%||5-13|
|Shot FG less than 30%||0-2|
|Score in 30's||0-1|
|Score in 40's||0-1|
|Score in 50's||1-7|
|Score in 60's||4-5|
|Score in 70's||2-2|
|Score in 80's||2-0|
|Lead in rebounds||7-5|
|Are tied for rebounds||0-2|
|Have less TOs than opp.||7-11|
|Commit 15 or less TOs||1-5|
|Start #3, 4, 31, 33, 42||6-3|
|Start #4, 31, 32, 33, 42||0-1|
|Start #4, 10, 31, 33, 42||0-1|
|Start #00, 4, 10, 24, 33||0-1|
|Start #00, 4, 10, 31, 33||4-7|
|Start #00, 4, 24, 31, 33||0-1|
|Start #00, 4, 5, 31, 33||0-2|
|Face ranked opponents||0-5|
|Are on television||3-6|
Cal 2 SPORT ATHLETES
|Kenya Corley||track and field|
|Michelle Wald||field hockey|
JACKSON POSTS SUPER SOPHOMORE SEASON
Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson is making her claim for All-Pac-10 honors. Jackson is second on the team in scoring at 11.2 ppg and first in rebounding at 8.1 rpg (2nd Pac-10). That average is on pace to be the most by a Cal player since Jennie Leander averaged 8.6 rpg during the 1996-97 season. Jackson's numbers jump in Pac-10 only games to first for scoring (12.1) and rebounding (9.1), which ranks 11th and first in the league, respectively. The Berkeley native has posted double-figure points in 14 of 20 games and has recorded four double-doubles this season.
Jackson earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors Jan. 30, after posting 18 points and 23 rebounds against Washington. The 23 boards equals the third-best single game mark in Cal history and is the most by any Pac-10 player since 1994. It also puts her in a tie for the second-best single game total in Pac-10 history (the record is 25 rebounds, set by UCLA's Natalie Williams in 1994). Against UW Thursday, Jackson had 9 points and 15 rebounds to finish the season averaging 13.5 ppg and 19.0 rpg against the Huskies.
Jackson also has stepped up her defense this year, standing second on the team with 15 blocked shots.
JOHNSON LEADS PAC-10 IN STEALS & CAL IN SCORING
Junior guard Courtney Johnson also has proven to be an All-Pac-10 candidate for her offensive and defensive exploits. She leads the Bears in scoring with 11.6 ppg (14th Pac-10). Meanwhile, the Antioch, Calif., native leads the league in steals with 3.23 per game after placing second last year at 2.74. Often her steals come in crunch time like Sunday against UCLA in the final minute of the game. She ranks eighth in Cal history with 192 steals (7th: Meme Fanner 194) and is on pace to finish her career ranked second at Cal for steals. Johnson, a natural shooting guard, also has seen her assists rise to a team-best 2.8 apg.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
CAL FALLS TO USC, 81-78, IN FINAL MINUTE OF GAME
Three different USC players converted on one-of-two free throw attempts in the final minute of the game to give USC an 81-78 victory over Cal Friday night at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. After USC led 41-38 at halftime, Cal opened the second half with an 8-1 spurt to grab its biggest lead of the game at 46-42. The Bears four-point lead was the biggest lead either team would have the rest of the way, as the game was tied on 12 occasions in the second half. Cal's Courtney Johnson, who posted 16 points, split two free throws with 1:15 left in the game to tie the contest for the final time at 78-78. Paige Bowie led all scorers with 21 points, becoming the 15th Bear to reach 1000 points.
BEARS WIN AT UCLA, 61-53, FOR 1ST TIME SINCE 87-88
Shavaki Jackson and Kenya Corley scored 16 points each as California defeated UCLA 61-53 at Pauley Pavilion Sunday afternoon. The win marked the Golden Bears first victory over the Bruins since 1994-95 when they defeated them 97-84 in Berkeley. It also was Cal's first victory at Pauley Pavilion since 1987-88 when it earned a 71-68 decision. The Bears win also spoiled senior day for the Bruins six seniors, which led UCLA to the NCAA Elite Eight last season. The Bears led 38-27 at the half and built a lead as big as 14 points on two occasions before the Bruins cut the lead to two at 55-53 with 1:16 to play. Cal forced two of UCLA's 29 turnovers in the final minute and hit six free throws to earn the victory. Maylana Martin led UCLA with 20 points, and Janae Hubbard added 11.