March 2, 2001
BERKELEY - California looks to keep its WNIT postseason hopes alive when it hosts USC Saturday at 1 p.m. at Haas Pavilion for the Golden Bears final home game of the regular season. Youth 17 and under wearing blue and gold will be admitted for free.
Seven Bear seniors also play their final regular season home game at Haas Pavilion and will be honored before the game. Those players are Lauren Ashbaugh, Kenya Corley, Brook Coulter, Courtney Johnson, Becky Staubes, Genevieve Swedor and Nicole Ybarra.
The Bears (12-13, 8-7 Pac-10) are coming off an 83-59 victory over UCLA Thursday, giving them their first season sweep of the Bruins in school history. Meanwhile, the Trojans (10-15, 5-10 Pac-10, ninth) upset Stanford at Maples Pavilion, 62-59. Cal, which is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with Arizona, looks to complete its first season sweep of USC since the 1989-90 season and likewise looks to post is first 4-0 record against the Pac-10 LA schools. A 61-55 come-from-behind victory over USC in Los Angeles Feb. 2 ignited a five-game Cal winning streak.
Cal's 12 wins is one more than it posted all of last season (11-17, 6-12 Pac-10). One more win gives the Bears their most victories since the 1992-93 campaign, which also was the last year they earned a postseason bid (lost NCAA 2nd round to Vanderbilt).
Cal's victory over UCLA this week featured many additional team and individual highlights:
- Most points Cal has scored in 2000-01, bettering the 82-73 victory at Stanford Feb. 16.
- Largest margin of victory over UCLA with the previous being 13 (97-84 in 1994-95).
- Largest Cal margin of victory in any game since the Bears defeated Arizona State, 88-58, Jan. 4, 1997.
- Senior guard Courtney Johnson became the 16th player in Cal women's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. She has 1013 points, which ranks 15th all-time in school history.
- Johnson's one steal vs. the Bruins gave her 276 career swipes and moved her into a tie for third all-time in Pac-10 history with Oregon State's Margo Evashevski (1990-93).