Cal Women Face WSU This Saturday
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/25/2000

Feb. 25, 2000

This Week:
ANG College Day: All Youth Tickets $1 - Sat., Feb. 26 vs. WSU (4-20, 1-13) - Haas Pavilion, 5:00 p.m.

California is looking to complete its first Pac-10 weekend sweep of the season against Washington Saturday and first since last season when the Golden Bears also defeated the Washington schools at home, Feb. 18 (WSU), and Feb. 21 (UW). On a nationally-televised FOX Sports Net game, the Bears also will be looking to avenge a 72-65 loss in Pullman to the Cougars, Jan. 27.

The Bears coaching staff preached that the team view the remainder of the season as a six game season with the goal being to go 6-0. Cal took the first step towards that goal with a 51-49 victory over Washington Thursday night, completing Cal's first season sweep of the Huskies since the 1991-92 season.

The injury-ridden Bears are gradually returning to some semblance of their original 1999-2000 roster. Sophomore center Ami Forney returned to the lineup last week against Stanford after missing nine games with a stress fracture in her foot. Junior guard Courtney Johnson also was reactivated against the Cardinal after missing two games due to concussion-related symptoms. Junior center Genevieve Swedor (back) missed the UW game and is questionable for WSU, while sophomore guard Janet Franey (foot) returned to the lineup against UW.

Thursday's performance vs. Washington was indicative of Cal's usually sold defense this season. The 49 points by the Huskies was the second-lowest points Cal has allowed this year and propelled Cal back into fourth in the Pac-10 for scoring defense at 65.1 ppg.

Cal has shown this year that it has many more go-to players than it has in the past. Any of the starters especially are capable of leading the team. Junior guard Courtney Johnson leads the team in scoring at 11.8 ppg and continues to lead the league in steals at 3.11 spg. Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson is second at 10.8 ppg and leads the team in rebounding at 8.0 rpg. In Pac-10 games, Jackson leads the conference at 9.2 rpg.

Meanwhile, Paige Bowie, Cal's leading scorer the last two seasons, is fourth on the team this year at 9.1 ppg and is only 12 points from becoming the 15th Bear to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

Cal's Probable Starters and Key Reserves

F31Lauren Ashbaugh6-2Jr8.66.120 blks2nd on Cal in rebounding (6th Pac-10), 1st for Cal blks
F33Paige Bowie6-0Sr9.14.42.6 apg988 career points, will become 15th Bear to reach 1000
C00Shavaki Jackson6-4So10.88.0.451 FGhad 9 points and 15 rebounds against UW, 2/24
G4Kenya Corley5-8Jr10.53.21.0 spgtied for 3rd on the team for blocked shots
G10Courtney Johnson5-8Jr11.84.13.11 spgleads Pac-10 in steals, leads Cal in scoring and assists
F/C42Ami Forney6-2So7.65.3returned from a foot stress fracture vs. Stanford, 2/18
F23Amber White6-0Fr1.82.6posted a career high 11 points and 4 steals at Oregon
F24Kawai Matthews5-11So2.82.5started both Oregon State games this year
G5Becky Staubes5-10Jr1.60.56-7 FThad her first start at Cal vs Oregon, career high 10 pts
G32Nicole Ybarra5-8Jr1.10.91.4 apgbeen playing with an Achilles injury since about Jan. 10
Head Coach: Marianne Stanley, 21st year overall, 4th at Cal (412-222, .650, 32-73, .305)

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. KALX will broadcast the UW and WSU games this week. Broadcasts begin five minutes prior to tip-off.

At least nine 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 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, 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 Internet at Game recaps and statistics are updated after each contest.

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.

Marianne Stanley is in her fourth season at the helm of the Cal women's basketball program with a 32-73 (.305) 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 412-222 (.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. Stanley is joined at Cal by fourth-year associate head coach Barbara Thaxton, first-year assistant coach Ronalda Smitherman and second-year assistant coach Jualeah Woods. Best time to reach Stanley: Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. by appointment scheduled through the media relations office.

A Look at WSU (4-20, 1-13 Pac-10, 10th place)
Under first-year head coach Jenny Przekwas, Washington State is last in the Pac-10 at 4-20 overall and 1-13 in league play. Since defeating Cal in late January, 72-65, the Cougars only conference win, they have lost seven-straight games. WSU is coming off close losses to Oregon (73-68) and Oregon State (65-62) last weekend and a 78-73 loss to Stanford Thursday. Two of WSU's strengths are three-point shooting (.354) and free throw shooting (.749).

Cal-Washington State Series History
Cal leads the all-time series with Washington State, 17-15. WSU defeated Cal earlier this year in Pullman, 72-65. The Bears downed the Cougars last year in Oakland at Kaiser Arena, 83-68. WSU and ASU are the only two conference schools Cal holds the series lead.

Washington State Head Coach Jenny Przekwas (Wyoming '86)
First-year head coach Jenny Przekwas has had a rough initiation into the Pac-10 Conference. Przekwas came to WSU after eight years at St. Francis, where she recorded a 133-99 mark and led her team to four-consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

Washington's State's Probable Starters

F31Yvonne Volkman5-11Jr8.74.7
F5Victoria Harrod6-0Jr5.83.2
C33Alke Dietel6-4Sr14.35.5
G20Katie Nyseth5-3Jr4.22.53.7 apg
G30Jen Kerns5-7Sr11.12.74.2 apg

Statistical Comparison- Pac-10 rank in ( )

PPG 61.6 (9h)61.8 (8th)
PPG Allowed 65.1 (4th)72.4 (9th)
FG% .373 (10th).398 (7th)
3FG% .231 (10th).354 (3rd)
FT% .660 (9th).749 (1st)
Rebounding 39.5 (3rd)33.8 (10th)
Turnovers +1.78 (4th)-1.92 (9th)
Steals 9.74 (4th)7.08 (10th)
Assists12.91 (9th)15.08 (5th)


  • Ami Forney had 4 points and 2 rebounds in her return to the lineup against Stanford after missing 9 games with a stress fracture in her foot.
  • Cal drew a season-high of 3,681 fans vs. Stanford, Feb. 18.
  • Candace McNamee, the starting setter on the Cal volleyball team, joined the basketball team two weeks ago.
  • Cal's 64 boards against UW, Jan. 29, tied the Pac-10 and school record for rebounds in a game.
  • Lauren Ashbaugh's 20 blocked shots this season is a career-high.
  • Cal has lost eight games this season by 10 or less points.

    (All games, as of 2/25/00)
    Note: must play in 75% of games


    Offensive Rebounds
    1. Cal 16.96
    2. Oregon State16.12

    Rebounding Offense

    1. UCLA42.5
    3. Cal39.5

    Scoring Defense

    1. Oregon State60.2
    5. Cal 65.1

    3-Point FG PCT Defense

    1. Arizona State.259
    4. Cal.299


    1. UCLA11.17
    4t. Cal9.74

    Turnover Margin

    1. Arizona +2.72 (20.4-23.1)
    4. Cal +1.78 (18.6-20.4)

    Blocked Shots

    1. Oregon State +5.08
    4. Cal +3.26



    1. Courtney Johnson, CAL 3.11
    2. Reda Petraitis, OSU2.62


    1. Maylana Martin, UCLA 8.7
    6. Lauren Ashabaugh, CAL 6.1


    1. Sissel Pierce, OSU 2.92
    9. Lauren Ashabaugh, CAL 0.87


    1. Megan Franza, UW17.5
    14. Courtney Johnson, CAL11.8


    Radovic (back)out for season
    Swedor (back)questionable


    A year ago, Cal finished below .500 (12-15) but finished the season by winning four of its last six games. The Bears have an excellent chance of repeating that performance as four of their final six games are at home and four of those six also are against teams in the bottom half of the conference. Cal is a half a game behind UW for eighth place because Cal has played one less game. The Bears coaching staff is emphasizing a team goal of closing out the year 6-0.

    StandingsPac-10 Overall
    Oregon State9-513-13
    Arizona State6-713-10
    Washington State1-134-20

    Cal ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting at 66 percent, but that percentage has been on a steady rise over the last four weeks. During the last nine games, Cal had converted on 72.8 percent (115-158) of its shots from the charity stripe. Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson is Cal's top foul shooter at 76.7 percent (33-43), which is a marked improvement over her 55.9 percentage (38-68) of last year. The improved free throw shooting is reflected in that Cal ranks sixth in free throw shooting in conference only games at 70.4 percent.

    The Bears turnover total has been on a steady decline, while its opponents turnover numbers have been on a steady rise during Coach Stanley's four-year tenure at Cal. Cal began the week second in the Pac-10 for turnover margin at +1.95. After the UW game, Cal is fourth as it commits 18.6 per game, while forcing 20.4 (+1.8).

    1998-9921.3 20.2-1.1

    During the last two seasons, senior forward Paige Bowie was Cal's primary go-to weapon, leading the Bears in scoring as a sophomore and junior. This year, Cal has had numerous players step up in the scoring and rebounding departments. As for the scoring leaders, junior guard Kenya Corley has led or tied for team-high honors in nine games, sophomore center Shavaki Jackson in seven games and junior guard Courtney Johnson in six games. As for rebounding, junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh and sophomore center Shavaki Jackson have led or tied for top honors in nine games. For Jackson, that's nine of the 17 games she has played in and includes the last seven games.

    BOWIE 1,000 PT WATCH - 12 AWAY
    Senior forward Paige Bowie has 988 career points, and is looking to become the 15th Bear to reach 1,000-career points. She is averaging 9.1 ppg, but considering she has seven 20+ point scoring games in her career, she could accomplish that feat against Washington State. She entered the week needing 21 point and had nine against UW. The last Bear to reach 1,000 career points - Jennie Leander - accomplished that feat against Washington, Jan. 21, 1999.


    Lead at halftime8-1
    Trailed at halftime0-14
    Were tied at halftime0-0
    Went into overtime0-0
    Led by 10 or more points5-0
    Shot FG 60% or better1-0
    Shot FG 50% or better3-0
    Shot FG less than 50%4-15
    Shot FG less than 40%4-13
    Shot FG less than 30%0-2
    Score in 30's0-1
    Score in 40's0-1
    Score in 50's1-7
    Score in 60's3-5
    Score in 70's2-1
    Score in 80's2-0
    Lead in rebounds6-4
    Are outrebounded2-9
    Are tied for rebounds0-2
    Have less TOs than opp.5-11
    Commit 15 or less TOs1-5
    Start #3, 4, 31, 33, 425-3
    Start #4, 31, 32, 33, 420-1
    Start #4, 10, 31, 33, 420-1
    Start #00, 4, 10, 24, 330-1
    Start #00, 4, 10, 31, 333-6
    Start #00, 4, 24, 31, 330-1
    Start #00, 4, 5, 31, 330-2
    Face ranked opponents0-5
    Are on television2-6


    Paige Bowie9585
    Lauren Ashbaugh7848
    Kenya Corley7725
    Courtney Johnson7443
    Shavaki Jackson4313

    Paige Bowie98810.4
    Shavaki Jackson3768.7
    Courtney Johnson6058.2
    Lauren Ashbaugh4876.2
    Kenya Corley4505.8

    Shavaki Jackson2555.9
    Lauren Ashbaugh4275.5
    Paige Bowie3794.0
    Courtney Johnson2853.9
    Kenya Corley1882.4

    Paige Bowie2472.6
    Courtney Johnson1502.0
    Kenya Corley861.1
    Shavaki Jackson340.8
    Lauren Ashbaugh600.8


    Paige Bowie softball
    Kenya Corleytrack and field
    Candace McNameevolleyball
    Michelle Wald field hockey

    Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson is making her claim for All-Pac-10 honors. Jackson is second on the team in scoring at 10.8 ppg and first in rebounding at 8.0 rpg. 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 (11.8) and rebounding (9.2), which ranks 13th and first in the league, respectively. The Berkeley native has posted double-figure points in 12 of 17 games and has recorded three 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 is tied for the second most in the NCAA this season, 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.

    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 11.8 ppg (14th Pac-10). Meanwhile, the Antioch, Calif., native leads the league in steals with 3.11 per game after placing second last year at 2.74. She ranks eighth in Cal history with 180 steals (7th: Meme Fanner - 194). Johnson could have more steals this year if it wasn't for the fact the she has had to miss four games due to concussion-related symptoms and is currently having her minutes monitored by the training staff.

    Junior guard Becky Staubes has made the most of her increased playing time due to injuries. After averaging about four minutes a game for most of the season, Staubes has started two of the last three games and has averaged 20.3 mpg over the last four games. In her first start as a Bear against Oregon, the Lemon Grove, Calif., native posted career highs for points (10) and assists (4) in 33 minutes at both guard positions. Overall during the last four games, she is averaging 6.0 ppg, 2.3 apg and 1.0 rpg.


    Cal battled past a resilient Washington squad for a 51-49 victory Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. Junior guard Courtney Johnson led the Bears with 10 points and four rebounds while sophomore center Shavaki Jackson notched a 15 rebound performance. The win marked Cal's third-straight victory over Washington and its first season sweep of the Huskies since 1991-92. Up 26-22 at halftime, the Bears fought off a determined Washington squad but never let the Dawgs get more than a four-point lead during the second stanza. Back-to-back jumpers by Jackson with four minutes to go put Cal up by four, 49-45.

    Cal trailed visiting Stanford only 40-32 at halftime before dropping an 81-56 decision to the Cardinal. Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson led the Bears with a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds. Senior forward Paige Bowie added 11. Poor shooting in the second half sealed the Bears fate, knocking down just 26% of its looks on 7-for-27 shooting as compared to Stanford's 45% on 14-of-31 from the floor. For the game, Cal shot just 32% while the Cardinal posted a 46% average. Stanford also shot 8-of-20 from three-point land.


    Lauren Ashbaugh - Jr. - 6-2 - Forward/Center

    Career Highs
    Points: 18, at Washington, 1/29/00, vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
    Rebounds: 13, vs. George Mason, 12/19/97
    Assists: 3, vs. 5 opponents, most recently vs. Stanford, 2/18/00
    Blocks: 4, at Oregon State, 2/10/00
    Steals: 5, at Colorado State, 11/27/99
    Season Highs
    Points: 18, at Washington, 1/29/00
    Rebounds: 11, at UNC, 12/30/99, vs. USF, 12/699
    Assists: 3, vs. Stanford, 2/18/00, at Arizona, 1/6/00
    Blocks: 4, at Oregon State, 2/10/00
    Steals: 5, at Colorado State, 11/27/99

    Paige Bowie - Sr. - 6-0 - Forward/Guard

    Career Highs Points: 30, vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    Rebounds: 8, vs. 5 opponents, most recently vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
    Assists: 7, at UNC, 12/30/99, vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
    Blocks: 2, vs. 3 opponents
    Steals: 4, vs. 3 opponents, most recently vs. Oregon State, 3/4/99
    Season Highs
    Points: 20, vs. Florida, 12/19/99
    Rebounds: 7, vs. 3 opponents, most recently vs. Oregon, 1/13/00
    Assists: 7, at UNC, 12/30/99
    Blocks: 1, vs. 4 opponents, most recently vs. Washington, 2/24/00
    Steals: 3, vs. USC, 2/3/00, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99

    Kenya Corley - Jr. - 5-8 - Guard

    Career Highs
    Points: 19, at Oregon, 2/12/00, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
    Rebounds: 8, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99, vs. Cal Poly, 11/20/97
    Assists: 4, at UA, 1/6/00, at Wake Forest, 12/28/99
    Blocks: 4, vs. USF, 12/4/98
    Steals: 4, vs. Stanford, 1/9/98
    Season Highs
    Points: 19, at Oregon, 2/12/00, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
    Rebounds: 8, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99
    Assists: 4, at UA, 1/6/00, at Wake Forest, 12/28/99
    Blocks: 2, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99
    Steals: 3, at ASU, 1/8/00

    Ami Forney - So. - 6-2 - Center/Forward

    Career Highs
    Points: 17, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
    Rebounds: 12, vs. USF, 12/6/99
    Assists: 4, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
    Blocks: 2, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
    Steals: 3, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
    Season Highs
    Points: 17, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
    Rebounds: 12, vs. USF, 12/6/99
    Assists: 4, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
    Blocks: 2, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
    Steals: 3, at Fresno State, 12/4/99

    Shavaki Jackson - So. - 6-4 - Center

    Career Highs
    Points: 20, vs. Oregon State, 1/4/99
    Rebounds: 23, at Washington, 1/29/00
    Assists: 5, vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
    Blocks: 3, vs. 4 opponents, most recently vs. Washington, 2/24/00
    Steals: 2, at Stanford, 1/21/00, vs. Washington, 2/21/99
    Season Highs
    Points: 19, vs. Stanford, 2/18/00
    Rebounds: 23, at Washington, 1/29/00
    Assists: 3, vs. UCLA, 2/6/00
    Blocks: 3, vs. 3 opponents, most recently vs. Washington, 2/24/00
    Steals: 2, vs. USC, 2/3/00, at Stanford, 1/21/00

    Courtney Johnson - Jr. - 5-8 - Guard

    Career Highs
    Points: 22, at Santa Clara, 12/2/99
    Rebounds: 9, vs. 4 opponents, most recently vs. Florida, 12/19/99
    Assists: 7, vs. USC, 2/3/00
    Blocks: 2, at Washington, 1/29/00, vs. George Mason, 12/19/97
    Steals: 8 at Washington, 1/29/00, vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    Season Highs
    Points: 22, at Santa Clara, 12/2/99
    Rebounds: 9, vs. Florida, 12/19/99
    Assists: 7, vs. USC, 2/3/00
    Blocks: 2, at Washington, 1/29/00
    Steals: 8, at Washington, 1/29/00

    Kawai Matthews - So. - 5-11 - Forward

    Career and Season Highs
    Points: 8, vs. Illinois-Chicago, 12/18/99
    Rebounds: 7, at Wake Forest, 12/28/99
    Assists: 1, vs. 3 opponents, most recently at WSU, 1/27/00
    Blocks: 2, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99
    Steals: 1, vs. 8 opponents, most recently vs. Washington, 2/24/00

    Masa Radovic - So. - 6-1 - Guard/Forward

    Career Highs
    Points: 20, vs. USF, 12/3/97
    Rebounds: 7, vs. 2 opponents, most recently vs. Arizona, 2/6/98
    Assists: 10, vs. Oregon State, 1/4/98
    Blocks: 1, vs. 4 opponents, most recently vs. Idaho, 11/26/99
    Steals: 3, vs. 2 opponents, most recently vs. USC, 2/12/98
    Season Highs
    Points: 13, vs. Idaho, 11/26/99
    Rebounds: 4, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99
    Assists: 5, at Fresno State, 12/4/99, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99
    Blocks: 1, vs. Idaho, 11/26/99
    Steals: 2, vs. Illinois-Chicago, 12/18/99, Idaho, 11/26/99

    Becky Staubes - Jr. - 5-10 - Guard

    Career and Season Highs
    Points: 10, at Oregon, 2/12/00
    Rebounds: 2, vs. 3 opponents, most recently vs. Washington, 2/24/00
    Assists: 4, at Oregon, 2/12/00
    Blocks: 1, at Oregon, 2/12/00, at Oregon State, 2/10/00
    Steals: 1, vs. 4 opponents, most recently at OSU, 2/10/00

    Genevieve Swedor - Jr. - 6-3 - Center

    Career and Season Highs
    Points: 9, vs. Oregon State, 1/15/00
    Rebounds: 5, vs. Oregon State, 1/15/00
    Assists: 2, at Fresno State
    Blocks: 1, vs. 3 opponents, most recently vs. OSU, 1/15/00
    Steals: 2, at OSU, 2/10/00, at Fresno State, 12/4/99

    Amber White - Fr. - 6-0 - Forward

    Career and Season Highs
    Points: 11, at Oregon, 2/12/00
    Rebounds: 5, vs, 3 opponents, most recently vs. UCLA, 2/6/00
    Assists: 5, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
    Blocks: 3, at Stanford, 1/21/00
    Steals: 4, at Oregon, 2/12/00

    Nicole Ybarra - Jr. - 5-8 - Guard

    Career and Season Highs
    Points: 5, at Washington, 1/29/00
    Rebounds: 3, vs. 4 opponents, most recently vs. USC, 2/3/00
    Assists: 3, at Stanford, 1/21/00, Arizona, 1/6/00
    Blocks: 1, at Washington, 1/29/00, vs. Oregon, 1/13/00
    Steals: 3, at Wake Forest, 12/28/99