May 23, 2000
BERKELEY - Sophomore Janet Franey, a 5-8 guard who has been a member of the California basketball team as a walk-on for two seasons, has been awarded a full scholarship, head coach Caren Horstmeyer announced Tuesday.
With the addition of Franey as a scholarship athlete, Cal has utilized 14 of its available 15 scholarships for the 2000-2001 basketball season.
"We are fortunate to be able to reward Janet for being one of the hardest working players on the team," said Horstmeyer. "This honor is a reflection of her work ethic and dedication to the Cal women's basketball program."
Franey has seen action in 13 games, including nine Pac-10 contests, during her two seasons with the Golden Bears. The La Mesa, Calif., native earned the 1999-2000 Golden Bear Award for having the highest grade point average on the women's basketball team.
"I am excited to be recognized for my contributions to the team," said Franey. "Being on scholarship, I believe I can better contribute to Cal's success since more of my time and energy can be devoted to the team and not to working to help support my way through school."
Franey, who is celebrating her 19th birthday today, came to Cal after starring at Helix High School in La Mesa, Calif. As a senior, Franey led San Diego County in scoring with 29.8 points per game, earning second team all-state honors by Cal-Hi Sports Magazine and honorable mention all-state recognition by USA Today.
Cal is coming off an 11-17 injury-ridden season but should be much improved in 2000-20001 during Horstmeyer's first season at the helm. The Bears will feature six seniors and two honorable mention All-Pac-10 selections - senior guard Courtney Johnson and junior center Shavaki Jackson.