Nov. 29, 1999
QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS- California wraps up its four-game road trip with a game at Santa Clara (5-0) Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. and a contest at Fresno State (2-2) Saturday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. Next Monday, Dec. 6, Cal returns home to battle San Francisco (1-3) on FOX Sports Net Bay Area at 7:30 p.m. After the USF game, Cal takes a 12-day game break for finals.
The Golden Bears are coming off two hard-fought games at the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational. Cal defeated Idaho 66-63 in the opening round and lost to Colorado State, 66-57, in a game which Cal trailed by only four with 1:33 remaining.
Cal's defense has been outstanding through the first three games. The Bears are holding opponents to 60.3 points per game, with CSU's 66 being the most an opponent has scored. Meanwhile, the Bears have stepped up their offense slightly from last season. After averaging 62.3 ppg, Cal is averaging 65.7 ppg this season.
Led by Lauren Ashbaugh's career-best 8.3 rebounds per game, Cal has outrebounded its opponents in all three games this season. She ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in 1998-99 with 6.2 caroms per game. Overall, Cal holds a 43.7-37.7 advantage on the glass. Other defensive highlights include Cal averaging 5.0 blocks per game to its opponents' 1.3.
Offensively, Cal has featured a balanced attack this season. Including the exhibition games, three or more players have posted double-digit points in four of the five games. Junior guard Kenya Corley has become a go-to player for the Bears. After coming off the bench for most of her career at Cal, Corley has started the first three games at shooting guard and is averaging a team-best 14.3 ppg and is tied for second on the team with 5.0 rpg and second with 1.0 bpg. Junior guard Courtney Johnson has been an offensive spark off the bench, standing second on the team with 12.0 ppg. Another added offensive punch this year has come from sophomore forward/center Ami Forney, who has posted 9.3 ppg.
CAL ON RADIO
For the 18th-consecutive year, KALX (90.7 FM) will carry all California home games. All of the Pac-10 road games will be carried along with the Dec. 2 game at Santa Clara. Each broadcast begins five minutes prior to tip-off.
BEARS ON TV
At least seven Cal games will be 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 WSU (FSBA), Jan. 27 (tape delayed on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.), 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, and possibly Arizona (FSN), Mar. 11.
All Cal releases, results, statistics, box scores, schedules and coaches and players biographical information, as well as historical data, is available on the Intenet at www.calbears.com. Game recaps and statistics are updated after each contest.
HAAS PAVILION OPENS
After playing the last two seasons off campus at the Kaiser Arena, 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 will continue to keep fans close to the action.
HEAD COACH MARIANNE STANLEY
Marianne Stanley enters her fourth season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program. 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 406-208 (.661). 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.
SANTA CLARA SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at Santa Clara (5-0, 0-0 West Coast)
Santa Clara begins this week 5-0 following its 72-57 victory over Denver Sunday for the Diet Coke Shootout championship. The Broncos host San Jose State Wednesday before hosting the Bears Thursday. The Broncos are averaging 77.2 ppg, while giving up only 54.2. They are shooting an incredible 50.5 percent from the field. SCU lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year. Sophomore forward Tammy Annas leads the team with 11.8 ppg.
Cal-Santa Clara Series History
Cal leads the all-time series with Santa Clara, 24-5. The Bears won the last meeting in 1992-93 (80-67) in Berkeley.
Santa Clara Head Coach Caren Hostmeyer (Santa Clara '84)
Caren Horstmeyer is in her 12th season at the helm of the Santa Clara program. Including this season's five games, she boasts an all-time record of 205-115. She has led Santa Clara to four NCAA Tournament appearances.
Santa Clara Probable Starters
FRESNO STATE SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at Fresno State (2-2, 0-0 WAC)
Fresno State is 2-2 heading into this week's action. The Bulldogs host Sacramento State Nov. 30 before entertaining Cal, Dec. 4. The Cal game will be available to Fresno residents on local cable access television. Fresno State opened the season by edging Georgetown, 57-56, and defeating Boston University 83-57, Nov. 27. Their losses are to Ball State (71-70) and to Boise State (77-62). Senior forward Tiffany Lewis leads the team with 12.8 ppg and 9.3 rpg.
Cal-Fresno State Series History
Cal leads the all-time series with FSU, 16-5. The Bears were victorious in the last meeting in 1996-97 in Berkeley (62-52). In that game, senior Paige Bowie, a native of Fresno, had 17 points and 5 rebounds as a freshman.
Seniors(1): Paige Bowie
Juniors (6): Lauren Ashbaugh, Kenya Corley, Courtney Johnson, Becky Staubes, Genevieve Swedor, Nicole Ybarra
Sophomores: Ami Forney, Janet Franey, Shavaki Jackson, Kawai Matthews, Masa Radovic
Freshmen: Michelle Wald, Amber White
5-8: Kenya Corley, Janet Franey, Courtney Johnson, Nicole Ybarra
5-9: Michelle Wald
5-11: Kawai Matthews
6-0: Paige Bowie, Amber White
6-1: Masa Radovic
6-2: Lauren Ashbaugh, Ami Forney
6-3: Genevieve Swedor
6-4: Shavaki Jackson
Fresno State Head Coach Britt King (Providence '86)
Britt King is in her second year as head coach at Fresno State. In her first season in 1998-99, the Bulldogs posted a 9-19 mark. Prior to arriving in Fresno, King spent a year as head coach at Coppin State and five years at the helm of the University of District of Columbia.
Fresno State Probable Starters
SAN FRANCISCO SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at San Francisco (1-3, 0-0 West Coast)
San Francisco is struggling early on this season, but two of its losses are to nationally-ranked Stanford (75-64) and Iowa State (83-64). The Dons only victory came at Northern Illinois (56-49), Nov. 26. Freshman forward Carey Sauer leads the club with 11.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg. Prior to playing Cal Dec. 6 in front of a FOX Sports Bay Area television audience, USF hosts San Diego State Dec. 1.
Cal-San Francisco Series History
Cal leads the all-time series 23-8, including wins in the last two meetings. In 1998-99, Paige Bowie led Cal with 17 points in a 58-46 win. With USF leading 46-45 with 3:50 to play, Cal secured the victory with a 14-0 run to close out the game.
San Francisco Co-Head Coaches Bill Nepfel (Cortland State '74) and Mary Hile-Nepfel (USF '81)
Bill Nepfel and Mary Hile-Nepfel are in their 13th season as co-head coaches at USF. They boast a record of 185-154. Bill spent three seasons as head coach at Hawaii from 1984-87, where he posted a 53-35 mark.
San Francisco Probable Starters
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
CAL CONTINUES TO EXCEL ON DEFENSE
After ranking fourth in the Pac-10 last season in defensive scoring average at 67.7, Cal is ahead of that pace this season at 60.3. Colorado State's 66 points is the most the Bears have given up this season. Signs of Cal's improved defense include in the steals and blocked shot departments. After averaging 2.9 blocks per game (79 total) in 1998-99, the Bears are averaging 5.0 blocks per game through three contests (15). Cal's opponents have only tallied four blocks. Junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh is first on the team with four blocks. Junior guard Courtney Johnson leads the team with 10 steals (3.3 per game) after finishing second in the league with 2.7 a year ago.
BEARS SHOW IMPROVEMENT ON THE GLASS
Cal has outrebounded its opponents in all three games this season, which in particular helped them defeat Idaho after shooting only 36 percent. A season-high 47 rebounds helped off-set that shooting performance.
BEARS RECORD WHEN...
Lead at halftime 2-0
Trailed at halftime 0-1
Were tied at halftime 0-0
Went into overtime 0-0
Led by 10 or more points 1-0
Shot FG 60% or better 0-0
Shot FG 50% or better 2-0
Shot FG less than 50% 0-1
Shot FG less than 40% 0-1
Shot FG less than 30 % 0-0
Score in 50's 0-1
Score in 60's 1-0
Score in 70's 1-0
Score in 80's 0-0
Lead in rebounds 2-1
Are outrebounded 0-0
Are tied for rebounds 0-0
Have less TOs than opp. 2-0
Commit 15 or less TOs 1-0
Start #3, 4, 31, 33, 42 2-1
CAL'S PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP CAREER STATS
CAL 2 SPORT ATHLETES
|Kenya Corley||track & field|
|Michelle Wald||field hockey|
Last season, Cal ranked fourth in the league in rebounding offense at 38.9. Cal is outhustling its opponents on the glass 43.7 to 37.7, for a +6 rebounding margin. Lauren Ashbaugh leads the way with 8.3 boards per game, improving on her team-leading 6.2 a year ago, which ranked eighth in the conference. Two 5-8 guards in Kenya Corley and Courtney Johnson are tied for second on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game.
CORLEY EMERGES AS TEAM'S LEADING SCORER
Cal head coach Marianne Stanley has described her team as having a balanced offense. Part of that balance has come from players such as junior guard Kenya Corley stepping up her contributions. After coming off the bench for her first two campaigns, Corley has started at shooting guard for the first three contests and has emerged as the team's leading scorer. The Lancaster, Calif., native is averaging 14.3 ppg, far exceeding her 3.9 ppg career average she started the season with. She displayed her explosive leaping ability to the Fort Collins, Colo., fans over the weekend to the tune of 12.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg on her way to all-tournament honors.
FORNEY STEPS UP HER ROLE IN THE POST IN 99-00
After averaging about six minutes and 1.3 points a game as a freshman, sophomore forward/center Ami Forney has found herself as a vital component to Cal's post play. The Newark, Calif., native is third on the team in scoring with 9.3 ppg and fourth in rebounding at 4.3 rpg in 24 minutes of action. She has a team-best 10 offensive boards of the team's 43. She led the Bears with 14 points in a loss to Colorado State but was named to the all-tournament team, along with Corley.
After making 1-2 three-point attempts during her first two seasons at Cal, junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh is 3-4 beyond the arc this year?senior forward Paige Bowie made the first Cal basket at Haas Pavilion ? a three-pointer against Nevada?Bowie returns home to play at Fresno State for the second time at Cal?Cal is shooting .402 from the field and .382 from three-point land?The Bears have outscored their opponents by 10-total points in the second half, while they've been outscored by four in the first half.
CAL FINISHES SECOND AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN INVITE
Cal 66, Idaho 63
Cal opened the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational with a 66-63 win over Idaho (1-2). The Bears (2-0) had four players in double-figure points, led by Kenya Corley's 14 points. Masa Radovic added 13 and Lauren Ashbaugh contributed 11, along with a team-high eight rebounds. Courtney Johnson came up huge off the bench for Cal for the second-straight game with 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals. With 10:49 to go in the game, Johnson hit a jumper to put Cal up 46-44, a lead Cal would not relinquish. Alli Nieman led Idaho with a game-high 21 points, but coach Stanley commended Ashbaugh's defensive performance on Nieman.
Colorado State 66, Cal 57
Sophomore forward/center Ami Forney scored 14 points and junior guard Kenya Corley added 11 for California (2-1), but the Golden Bears lost to Colorado State, 66-57, in the championship game of the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational Friday at Moby Arena. After trailing 31-18 at the half, Cal picked up their offensive and defensive intensity in the second half, outscoring the Rams 39-35. But the Bears couldn't any closer than four points at 59-55 with 1:33 to play. Farrah McDill led CSU with 15 points.