Women's Basketball Entertains No. 10 UCLA and USC

QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS Cal (6-6, 0-3 Pac-10) returns home to the friendly confines of Kaiser Arena for the Golden Bears Pac-10 home opener Thursday against No. 10 UCLA. The Bears also host USC
By Cal Athletics on Mon, June 21, 1999

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January 11, 1999

QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS Cal (6-6, 0-3 Pac-10) returns home to the friendly confines of Kaiser Arena for the Golden Bears Pac-10 home opener Thursday against No. 10 UCLA. The Bears also host USC Saturday at 2 p.m., at the Kaiser Arena. Its been a tale of two seasons for the Bears in 1998-99. While the Bears have struggled on the road, they are a perfect 5-0 at home, which should help them find the cure for their four-game losing streak. Overall, Cal is 9-10 in one plus seasons at Kaiser Arena. Cals last game at Kaiser was its stunning upset of No. 9 Colorado State, 80-75, to claim the Oakland Tribune Classic. Dating back to last season, Cal is riding a six-game home-winning streak.

Friday, Cal showed the Bay Area that it has closed the gap between arch rival Stanford and itself, dropping an 80-67 decision. The Cardinal led only 38-31 at halftime. Sophomore forward Lauren Ashbaugh paced Cal with her first career double-double, notching 14 points and 11 boards. The 11 boards matched Ashbaughs season-high set against No. 17 Virginia and No. 20 Florida.

Defensively, Cal has shined most of the season. Opponents are scoring only 65.1 ppg, compared to 70.9 in 1997-98. The catalyst of Cals defense is sophomore guard Courtney Johnson, who ranks third in the conference in steals with 3.0 pg. A little less than halfway through the season, Cal has 31 blocks as a team (57 all last year), with freshman center Shavaki Jackson leading the way with seven in a reserve role.

Offensively, the Bears are exactly where they finished a year ago, averaging 60.9 ppg. Before the holidays, Cals offense was performing more cohesively as it put together an 88-76 win over Northwestern and an 80-75 victory versus Colorado State. Ironically, during Cals five-game winning streak, it shot .381 (115302) as a team, but have shot better during its present four-game losing steak at .395 (88-302). Junior Paige Bowie and Johnson lead Cals offensive attack with 11.8 and 9.8 ppg, respectively. Jackson is Cals top player off the bench with 9.4 ppg and is third in the conference in field goal shooting at .584 (45-77).

This Week:

  • Thur. Jan. 14
  • #10 UCLA (12-4, 4-0)
  • Kaiser Arena (4,000)
  • 7:30 p.m.

  • Sat. Jan. 16 USC (6-7, 2-2)
  • Kaiser Arena (4,000)
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • TV: None
  • Radio: KALX (90.7 FM)

    PAC-10 STANDINGS (As of 1/11)

                     Pac-10  Overall
    1. UCLA           4-0     12-4
    2. Washington     3-0      7-5
    3. Oregon         3-1     12-3
    4. Stanford       2-1      6-8
    5. USC            2-2      6-7
    6. Wash. State    1-2      7-5
    7. Arizona        1-3      6-7
    8. Arizona State  1-3      7-6
    9. Oregon State   1-3      9-4
    10. California    0-3      6-6

    Jan. 14 - UCLA at Cal, USC at Stanford
    Jan. 15 - Washington at Oregon, Washington State at Oregon State
    Jan. 16 - Arizona State at Arizona; USC at Cal, UCLA at Stanford
    Jan. 17 - Washington State at Oregon; Washington at Oregon State

    Pac-10 Statistical Leaders (Through 1/10/99 games)


     1.  Tricia Lamb, WSU       18.2
    18.  Paige Bowie, CAL       11.8
     1.  Amber Hall, WASH       10.7
    12.  Jennie Leander, CAL    5.83
    14.  Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL   5.75
     1.  Erica Gomez, UCLA      8.25
     7.  Paige Bowie            3.75
     1.  Julia Gray, WASH       3.50
     3.  Courtney Johnson, CAL  3.00
    FG Percentage
     1.  Jenny Mowe, ORE       .613
     3.  Shavaki Jackson, CAL  .584
    3-Pt Goal Percentage
     1.  Michelle Tom, ASU     .500
         Lisa Boyer, ORE       .500
     7.  Paige Bowie, CAL      .366
    FT Percentage
     1.  Natalie Tucker, ASU    .897
     4.  Courtney Johnson, CAL  .795


    Scoring Defense

     1.  Oregon                55.2
     4.  California            65.1
    FG Percentage Defense
     1.      Oregon            .362
     4.      California        .414
    Marianne Stanley enters her third season at the helm of Cals womens basketball program. A native of Upper Darby, Pa., Stanley is a 19-year coaching veteran and winner of five national championship titles as a player (2) and coach (3). She entered the 1998 campaign with a career record of 392-192 (.671), which ranks 26th in victories among all active NCAA Division I womens coaches. Stanley, 44, will become the 12th youngest coach to reach the 400 victory plateau this season.

    Stanley has earned four conference coach of the year honors and national coach of the year kudos twice, in 1979 at Old Dominion and 1996 at Stanford.

    Stanley is joined at Cal by third-year associate head coach Barbara Thaxton and first-year assistant coach Jualeah Woods.


    A Look at No. 10 UCLA (12-4, 4-0 Pac-10)
    UCLA (12-4, 4-0 Pac-10) so far has lived up to its preseason No. 1 billing by the Pac-10 coaches and media polls. This year marked the first time since the 1988-89 season that a team other than Stanford was chosen to win the conference. In 1988-89, Washington was pegged in the top spot. The Bruins, ranked No. 10 in the AP and USA Today/ESPN polls, are riding a five-game winning streak heading into their clash with the Bears.

    The Bruins rise to the top should last awhile as they are top-heavy with juniors this season. Four or five juniors regularly start for the Bruins. The most noteworthy of those juniors are Erica Gomez and Maylana Martin. Gomez leads the conference in assists at 8.25 apg, while Martin is third in scoring at 17.8 ppg for a Bruins offense that ranks first in the conference at 87.1 ppg. In contrast, UCLA is last in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 74.4 ppg.

    Cal-UCLA Series History
    UCLA leads the all-time series with Cal 26-5, including winning the last seven contests. Last season, the Bruins defeated the Bears at Kaiser, 86-54, and on their home court, 74-53, despite only leading 30-28 at the half. The Bears last win over the Bruins was a 97-84 decision, Jan. 28, 1995, at Harmon Gym.

    UCLA Head Coach Kathy Olivier
    Kathy Olivier is in her sixth year at the helm of the UCLA program and her 13th year of association with the Westwood school. Her UCLA and career record stands at 83-70 (.542). In 1997-98, Olivier guided the Bruins to their best-ever conference finish (2nd, 14-4) and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where they lost a 74-73 decision to Alabama on several questionable calls. Olivier,38, originally joined the UCLA staff in the summer of 1986 as an assistant coach.

    UCLA Probable Starters

    POS  NO  NAME                 HT  YR   PTS   REB 
     F   13  Maylana Martin      6-3  Jr  17.8  10.0        
     F    5  Marie Philman       6-0  Jr  11.1   5.1
     C   34  Janae Hubbard       6-4  Jr  14.6   8.1
     G   10  Erica Gomez         5-9  Jr   7.1   2.4 8.3 assists
     G   45  LaCresha Flannigan  5-7  So  12.3   3.3


    A Look at USC (6-7, 2-2 Pac-10)
    The Trojans (6-7, 2-2 in the Pac-10) have struggled this season partly due to the injury bug. Before the season began, the Trojans lost guard Kim Clark to a broken leg suffered while competing for the schools soccer team.


    By Class
    Senior (4) Jamilla Churchill, Kobie Kennon, Jennie Leander, Sherrise Smith
    Junior (1) Paige Bowie
    Sophomore (4) Lauren Ashbaugh, Kenya Corley, Courtney Johnson, Masa Radovic
    Freshman (5) Ami Forney, Janet Franey, Shavaki Jackson, Latifa Lewis, LaShanthi Rhodes

    By Height
    6-4 Shavaki Jackson, Latifa Lewis
    6-3 Jennie Leander
    6-2 Lauren Ashbaugh, Ami Forney
    6-1 Jamilla Churchill, Masa Radovic
    6-0 Paige Bowie, Kobie Kennon
    5-8 Kenya Corley, Janet Franey, Courtney Johnson, LaShanthi Rhodes
    5-5 Sherrise Smith

    Two Sport Athletes

    Paige Bowie        softball
    Jamilla Churchill  track & field

    For the 17th consecutive year, KALX (90.7 FM) will carry all California home games and all of the Pac-10 road games. Each broadcast begins five minutes prior to tip-off.

    At least five Cal games will be broadcast this season. Those games are vs. Northwestern (FSBA), Dec. 17; at Stanford (FSBA), Jan. 8, at Washington State (FSN), Jan. 23; vs. Washington State (FSBA), Feb. 18, and vs. Washington (FSN), Feb. 21.

    Last week against Arizona, twin sister Kristin Clark (starting point guard) injured her knee and her status is unknown for the game against Cal. The Trojans currently have 10 healthy players and are led by senior center Adrain Williams, who ranks fifth in the conference with 16.4 ppg and third with 9.6 rpg.

    In 1983 and 1984, USC became the first school to win back-to-back NCAA womens basketball championships.

    Cal-USC Series History
    USC leads the all-time series with Cal 22-8, including winning the last 11 contests. Cals last win over USC was a 68-55 decision, Jan. 21, 1993, at Harmon Gym.

    USC Head Coach Chris Gobrecht
    Chris Gobrecht, a 1977 graduate of USC, enters her second year at the command of the USC program. In her inaugural season, the Trojans posted a 12-15 mark and finished sixth in the conference at 7-11. Gobrecht is in her 20th season as a head coach, including stints at Cal State Fullerton (six years), Washington (11) and Florida State (1). Her career record is 338-215 (.611).

    USC Probable Starters

    POS NO  NAME                 HT  YR  PTS   REB 
     F  14  Carmen Krause       6-1  Fr   3.4  2.7 
     F  40  Tiffany Washington  6-2  Jr   7.6  5.0
     C  30  Adrain Williams     6-4  Sr  16.4  9.6
     G   3  Tiffany Elmore     5-10  Fr  12.0  3.9
     G  22  Tashara Carter      6-0  So   7.1  5.0

    Stats Comparison--Pac-10 Rank In ( )

                         Cal                UCLA                USC
    Points Per Game     60.9 (10th)         87.1 (1st)         66.8 (8th)
    Opp. Points PG      65.1 (4th)          74.4 (10th)        68.7 (5th)
    Scoring Margin      -4.2 (10th)       + 12.7 (2nd)         -1.9 (8th) 
    Rebounds PG         39.3                44.2               37.7
    Opp. Rebounds PG    39.2                38.0               40.3
    Rebound Margin       +.1 (6th)        +  6.2 (1st)         -2.6 (9th)
    FG%                 .379 (9th)          .493 (1st)         .372 (10th)
    Opp. FG%            .414 (4th)          .417 (T5th)        .451 (10th)
    3-Pt. FG%           .300 (7th)          .322 (3rd)         .211 (10th)
    Opp. 3-Pt. FG%      .292                .308               .264
    FT%                 .660 (6th)          .671 (4th)         .639 (8th)
    Leading Scorer       P. Bowie - 11.8     M. Martin- 17.8    A. Williams-16.4
    Leading Rebounder    J. Leander- 5.8     M. Martin- 10.0    A. Williams- 9.6
    3-Pt. FG%            P. Bowie - .366     M. Pearson- .360   T. Elmore- .289 


    It's been a tale of two seasons for Cal. The Bears are 5-0 at home, 0-6 on the road and 1-0 on a neutral court. Overall, Cal is riding a six-game home winning streak dating back to a win over Arizona State (65-58), Feb. 28, 1998. The Bears hope that they can wrangle up some home cooking to follow up its 80-75 win over No. 9 Colorado State with a win over No. 10 UCLA. Offensively, the Bears have had a 66.4 (home) to 56.8 (road) to 58 (neutral site) scoring disparity this season.

    Cal is shooting at a .379 field goal clip but remarkably is shooting a respectable .300 (48-160) from three-point range. The Bears rank seventh in the conference in three-point field goal percentage and fifth with 4.0 treys per game. Only .024 percentage points separate seventh and second place in Pac-10 three-point shooting percentage. Remarkably, all of 1997-98, Cal made only 45 three-pointers (45-228), averaging 1.6 per game.

    The majority of Cals success from long range can be attributed to Paige Bowie who is shooting .366 (26-71). Bowie is a lifetime .307 (71-231) three-point shooter. She moved into sixth against Stanford on the Cal career three-point FG attempt chart with 231 and is eighth for career treys made (71).


         Coaches            Media
    1.   UCLA               UCLA
    2.   Stanford           Stanford
    3.   Oregon             Oregon
    4.   Washington         Washington
    5.   Arizona            Arizona
    6.   USC                USC
    7.   Arizona State      Arizona State
    8.   Washington St.     Washington St.
    9t.  California      9. Oregon St.
    9t.  Oregon State   10. California


    Led at halftime                4-0
    Trailed at halftime            1-6
    Were tied at halftime          1-0
    Went into overtime             0-0
    Led by 10 or more points       5-1
    Shot FG 60% or better          0-0
    Shot FG 50% or better          1-0
    Shot FG less than 50%          5-6
    Shot FG less than 40%          5-5
    Shot FG less than 30 %         2-0
    Score in 40s                   1-2
    Score in 50s                   2-2
    Score in 60s                   1-1
    Score in 70s                   0-1
    Score in 80s                   2-0
    Lead in rebounds               3-1
    Are out rebounded              3-4
    Are tied for rebounds          0-1
    Start #10, 23, 31, 33, 50      4-4
    Start #10, 23, 24, 33, 50      1-0
    Start #3, 23, 31, 33, 50       1-2

    GLANCE AT CAL HISTORY Career Rebounds

     1. Colleen Galloway  1029
     2. Kesha Martin       875
     3. Teresa Palmisano   874
     4. Cynthia Cooke      855
     5. Jennifer Bennett   812
     6. Amanda Ray         795
     7. Ingrid Dixson      789
     8. Trisha Stafford    721
     9. Jennie Leander     703
        Chris Sellin       703
    Three-Point Field Goals Attempted
     1. Liz Rizzo          460
     2. Jennifer Self      430
     3. Laura Baker        325
     4. Kelly Tatum        295
     5. Patrycja Czepiec   289
     6. Paige Bowie        231
     7. Chris Holten       229
     8. Milica Vukadinovic 208
     9. Eliza Sokolowska   144
    10. Kim Robinson       126

    The Bears should find some comfort in that in 11-of-12 games this season, they have trailed by no more than eight points at halftime. Against Ohio State, Cal trailed by 19 at the half (42-23). This phenomenon existed last year as well. For example, Cal trailed UCLA on the road 30-28 before losing 74-53. The Bears are 4-0 when leading at the half, 1-6 when trailing and 1-0 when tied this season.

    Cal posted a 6-3 non-conference record, including an upset of No. 9 Colorado State, 80-75, in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic. The 6-3 mark was Cals best non-conference mark since the 1992-93 season when the Bears posted an 8-1 record and a 19-10 overall record, earning its last NCAA Tournament selection. The Bears lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Vanderbilt, 82-63.

    Cal is out rebounding its opponents slightly at 39.3 to 39.2, but it has been a group effort this season with five different players are averaging at least four rebounds per game. Jennie Leander and Lauren Ashbaugh lead the Bears with 5.8 rpg. In conference games, 5-8 guard Courtney Johnson paces Cal with 6.3 caroms per contest.

    Six different players have led Cal in rebounding this season, with Leander leading the way in four games. In 1998-99, Cal is 3-1 when out rebounding opponents, 3-4 when it is out rebounded and 0-1 when tied for rebounding.

    Paige Bowie leads Cal with 11.8 ppg, 3.8 apg and a .366 marksmanship from beyond the arc. She has led or tied for the team lead in scoring five times and has posted double-digit points in eight-of-12 games this year. Bowies best game came against Northwestern, where she hit a career-high 30 points. Bowie is the first Bear to score over 30 points in a game since Eliza Sokolowska accomplished that feat versus USC, Feb. 25, 1995.

    The Fresno, Calif., native also set school records for three pointers made (8) and attempted (15) in a game against Northwestern.

    Courtney Johnson is establishing herself as one of the premier defenders in the Pac-10. The Antioch, Calif., native leads Cal with 3.0 spg and ranks third in the Pac-10 behind Julia Gray of Washingtons 3.50 pg. Johnson set a career high for steals with 8 against Northwestern. She followed that effort up with 6 against Pittsburgh.

    Johnson led Cal in steals as a freshman with 1.7 per game and has almost doubled that pace this season. After accumulating 47 steals in 1997-98, Johnson already has 36 steals this season.

    With seniors Sherrise Smith and Jennie Leander being regular starters during their Bear careers, seniors Kobi Kennon and Jamilla Churchill have provided important lifts off the bench that fans often lose site of. Both are defensive specialists but have provided key offensive sparks. Against Stanford, Churchill led all reserves with 7 points (in only four minutes of action) and Kennon led all reserves with 5 rebounds. Kennon has grabbed five boards in three of her five games and averages 3.4 rpg in 12.4 min./game.


    Points in game        88    vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    FG made               31    vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    FG attempts           78    vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    FG percentage       .527    vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
    3-PT FG made          10    vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    3-PT FG attempts      23    vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    3-PT FG percentage  .500    at  Oregon, 1/2/99
    FT made               25    vs. Pacific, 11/17/98
    FT attempts           35    vs. Pacific, 11/17/98
    FT percentage       .773    vs. USF, 12/4/98
    Rebounds              53    vs. USF, 12/4/98
    Assists               25    vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
    Steals                13    vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
    Blocked Shots          7    vs. Pittsburgh, 12/20/98

    Freshman center Shavaki Jackson came to Cal as a Parade All-American and has proven worthy of that recognition. The Berkeley native is Cals top player off the bench, averaging 9.4 ppg and 4.5 rpg and 0.6 bpg in 19.0 minutes/contest. She ranks third on the team in scoring and in rebounding and first in blocked shots (.6 pg). Additionally, she leads the team in field goal percentage (.584), ranking third in the Pac-10. Jackson was selected to the State Farm Classic all-tournament team after leading Cal with 15 points against Florida in the championship game of the tournament. She recorded a career-high 20 points in Cals loss to Oregon State.

    Cal head coach Marianne Stanley, 44, is two wins shy of becoming the 12th youngest NCAA Division I womens basketball coach to top the 400 victory plateau. Stanleys career record stands at 398-198 (.668). Stanley began the season as the 26th winningest active Division I womens coach.

    If Cal can continue spinning its home court magic, Stanley could earn her 400th career victory as soon as Saturday against USC, where she coached from 1989-93. In four seasons, she led the Trojans to a combined 71-46 record, including two 20-win seasons and three NCAA Tournament selections.

    Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif., has somehow become the training ground of future Pac-10 womens basketball players. Two former stars of Clovis will be showcasing their talents when Cal battles USC Saturday. Bear junior Paige Bowie, a 1996 graduate of Clovis, will be reunited with her former teammate senior Adrain Williams (a 1995 Clovis graduate) of USC. The Clovis connection goes beyond Cal and USC. Oregon sophomore Lindsey Dion graduated from Clovis in 1997.


    Jennie Leander
    Pacific -- 15 points, 12 rebounds
    Virginia -- 10 points, 10 rebounds
    USF -- 11 points, 10 rebounds

    Lauren Ashbaugh
    Stanford -- 14 points, 11 rebounds

    Lauren Ashbaugh posted her first career double-double (14 points, 11 boards) in Cal's 80-67 loss at Stanford Friday. The Golden Bears trailed the Cardinal only 38-31 at the half despite falling behind 10 points at 23-13 with 8:20 remaining in the first half. Stanford opened the second stanza with a 10-0 burst during the first two minutes, nine seconds to grab its biggest lead of the game at 48-31. Ashbaugh, who scored 10 of her team-high 14 points in the second half, got to work and helped Cal close the gap to seven at 62-55 at the 5:58 mark. The Cardinal sealed the win with, hitting 12-of-16 free throws down the stretch. The Cardinal shot a remarkable 42 free throws for the game, hitting 28 of them for a 67 percent clip.

    In addition to free throws, turnovers and rebounding keyed Stanford's victory. Cal had 22 turnovers to Stanford's 18, and Stanford held a 43-40 advantage on the boards.


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