Golden Bears Set to Host Oakland Tribune Classic
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

December 11, 1998

Cal (2-2) is coming off a 12-day layoff and a 58-46 home win over San Francisco, Dec. 4. Cal, in the midst of a four-game homestand, looks to continue its winning ways against Northwestern (5-2) and at the 22nd-annual Oakland Tribune Classic. The Bears entertain the Wildcats, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the Kaiser Arena. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Bay Area.

Cals holiday classic tips off Dec. 20 with Cal facing Pittsburgh (5-2) in the nightcap at 6 p.m. No. 9 Colorado State (10-0), perhaps the best team in the West this season next to UCLA, meets Wake Forest (4-4) at 4 p.m. The consolation game is slated for Dec. 21, at 4 p.m., with the championship following immediately at 6 p.m. Cal has played in the championship game 17 of the tournaments 21 years and every year since it went to a four-team format in 1983. Last season, Ohio State claimed the crown with an 85-72 win over Cal. The last time Cal won the holiday tournament was 1995 when it defeated Southern Mississippi, 89-75, in the championship game.

Cal tipped off its homestand with a 58-46 win over USF. The Bears utilized a 14-0 run over the final 3:50 to claim the win. The Bears had their best rebounding performance of the season with a 53-27 advantage over USF. Paige Bowie led the way for Cal with 17 points, 8 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals. The junior forward has led Cal in scoring in three of four games this season. Senior center Jennie Leander also had a strong performance with her third double-double this season (11 points, 10 boards). Sherrise Smith notched 10 points for the second-consecutive game.

Off the bench, Cal has received lifts from different players throughout the young season. Freshman forward Ami Forney sparked the Bears on the boards against USF with 8 caroms in 12 minutes. In the last two games, Forney has averaged 6.5 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game.

This Week:

Thurs.  Dec. 17     vs. Northwestern (FOX Sports Bay Area)      7:30 p.m.
        Dec. 20-21      Oakland Tribune Classic, Kaiser Arena
Sun.    Dec. 20         No. 11 Colorado State vs. Wake Forest   4:00 p.m.
                        California vs. Pittsburgh               6:00 p.m.
Mon.    Dec. 21         Consolation Game                        4:00 p.m.
                        Championship Game                       6:00 p.m.

PAC-10 STANDINGS (As of 12/14)

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


Dec. 15  Oregon at Boise State
         Northwestern at Stanford 
Dec. 17  Northwestern at Cal 
Dec. 18  Arizona State at UC Irvine
         Oregon State at Portland State
         Gonzaga at Washington State
Dec. 19  Arizona at UCSB
         Stanford at Tennessee
         UCLA at Texas
         Liberty at Washington
Dec. 20  Pittsburgh at Cal
         USC at Western Kentucky
         Kansas/Tennessee-Martin at Washington
Dec. 21  Arizona State at UCSB
         Colorado State/Wake Forest at Cal
         UCLA at Tennessee
         Washington St. at Saint Marys 
For the 17th consecutive year, KALX (90.7 FM) will carry all California home games and most of the road games. All of the Pac-10 road games will be broadcast. 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.

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 Game recaps and statistics are updated after each contest.

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 Northwestern (5-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
At 5-2, Northwestern is off to its best start since the 1996-97 season when it opened with a 6-1 mark. After dropping their first two contests, the Wildcats have won five straight. The Wildcats visit Stanford, Dec. 15, prior to facing Cal on Dec. 17.

The Wildcats return three starters this season but have lost the services of senior forward Kristina Divjak, who will undergo a procedure to relieve a lateral patella compression on her left knee, Dec. 18. She averaged 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in four contests this season. Divjak led the Big Ten in scoring last season with 22.1 ppg. The Wildcats have four starters in double-digit scoring, led by guard Megan Chawansky, who averages 18.3.

Cal-Northwestern Series History
The Bears and Wildcats have split their only two meetings with the Bears winning most recently at home during the 1992-93 season, 81-78, and the Wildcats victorious (79-67) at the Nebraska Invitational during the 1980-81 campaign.

Northwestern Head Coach Don Perrelli Don Perrelli enters his 15th season at the helm of Northwestern. Perrelli entered this season with a 239-165 record at NU and a lifetime mark of 414-236 in 22 seasons as a head coach. Prior to coaching at NU, Perelli spent five seasons at St. Johns and three seasons at Southern Connecticut State, his alma mater.

Northwestern Probable Starters

POS  NO  NAME              HT  YR   PTS  REB 
 F   22  Clarissa Flores  5-8  So.  3.4  2.9
 F   25  Leslie Schock    6-0  Jr. 12.9  6.6   
 C   00  Tami Sears       6-2  So. 10.0  8.7
 G   10  Dana Leonard     5-6  So. 15.3  3.0 4.0 assists
 G   24  Megan Chawansky 5-11  Sr. 18.3  6.7 4.9 assists

Oakland Tribune Classic Scouting Report
The field for the 22nd-annual Oakland Tribune Classic includes Cal, No. 9 Colorado State, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. The tournament, previously known as the Golden Bear Classic, was tabbed the OTC in 1991-92. Cal has appeared in the final of the tournament in 17 of 21 years, winning 10.


A Look at Pittsburgh (5-2, 1-0 Big East)
Pittsburgh, of the Big East, jumped out to a 4-0 start and enters its first Oakland Tribune Classic with a 5-2 mark. The Panthers opened the season with a 4-0 mark, including a win over now-No. 12 Penn State. Junior 6-7 center Nickeia Morris leads the Panthers with 12.1 ppg and 9.9 rpg.

Cal-Pittsburgh Series History
This is the first meeting between Pittsburgh and Cal.

Pittsburgh Head Coach Traci Waites
Waites is in her first year as head coach at Pittsburgh. She comes to Pitt after spending two seasons as associate head coach at Arizona (1996-98) and two seasons as an assistant coach (1994-96) at the Pac-10 school.

Pittsburgh Probable Starters

POS  NO  NAME                HT  YR   PTS  REB 
 F   32  Alecia Balich      6-1  Sr  13.9  5.5     
 F   44  Kortni Webb        6-2  Sr   8.7  8.3
 C   40  Nickeia Morris     6-7  Jr  12.1  5.9
 G   23  LaTonya Blanton    5-5  Sr   3.6  2.0  4.4 assists
 G   25  Michelle Katkowski 5-6  Jr   8.3  3.1  2.9 assists


A Look at Colorado State (10-0, 0-0 WAC)
Colorado State, of the WAC, is off to its best start in school history at 10-0. The Rams are ranked No. 9 in the AP and USA Today/ESPN coaches polls. CSU visits Santa Clara, Dec. 18. The Rams are led by senior All-America candidate Becky Hammon, who leads the team in scoring with 18.0 ppg and in assists with 4.9 apg. CSU is 2-6 in its three previous Cal holiday tournaments.

Cal-Colorado State Series
Cal leads the all-time series with Colorado State, 2-1. The two teams met three-consecutive times from the 1981-82 season to the 1983-84 season. The Bears won the most recent meeting at the then-Golden Bear Classic (now Oakland Tribune Classic) Dec. 2, 1983, 93-83.

Colorado State Head Coach Tom Collens

Tom Collen is in his second year as head coach of Colorado State. In his inaugural season, Collen led the Rams to one of their best seasons ever, posting a 24-6 mark and earning their 2nd NCAA Tournament berth.

Colorado State Probable Starters

POS NO  NAME              HT  YR   PTS  REB 
 F  14  Angie Gorton     6-0  Fr   8.6  4.2     
 F  33  Katie Cronin     6-0  Sr  16.7  6.3
 C  41  Marsha Tate      6-3  So   2.3  2.1
 G  15  Roxanne Manning  5-8  Jr   6.1  2.3 3.5 assists
 G  25  Becky Hammon     5-6  Sr  18.0  2.7 4.9 assists 


A Look at Wake Forest (4-4, 1-1 ACC)
Wake Forest, of the ACC, is 4-4 overall, 1-1 ACC, saw its three-game losing streak snapped with a 65-47 win over Maryland, Dec. 13. The Demon Deacons travel to host Furman (Dec. 17) prior to visiting California for their inaugural appearance at the Oakland Tribune Classic. Wake Forest, which returns four starters from 1997, is led by sophomore forward Olivia Dardy. Dardy averages 11.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

Cal-Wake Forest Series
Wake Forest defeated Cal, 61-58, in the teams only meeting Nov.23, 1996, at the Old Dominion Tournament.

Pac-10 Pre-season Polls

   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 half-time           2-0
Trailed at half-time       0-2
Were tied at half-time     0-0
Went into overtime         0-0
Led by 10 or more points   1-0
Shot 60% or better         0-0
Shot 50% or better         0-0
Shot less than 50%         2-2
Shot less than 40%         2-2

Wake Forest Head Coach Charlene Curtis
Charlene Curtis enters her second season at the commands of the Wake Forest program. The Demon Deacons posted a 4-23 mark in their first season under Curtis direction. Curtis comes to Wake Forest from UCONN, where she served as an assistant coach for two seasons under Geno Auriemma. She has six years head coaching experience at Radford (1985-90) and five at Temple (1991-95).

Wake Forest Probable Starters (Stats as of Dec. 11)

POS  NO  NAME              HT  YR   PTS  REB 
 F    5  Emon McMillian   6-1  Sr  10.1  5.1 
 F   12  Jenn Miklic      6-0  Sr   1.2  1.8
 C   34  LaChina Robinson 6-4  Fr   3.9  3.3
 G   11  Alisha Mosley    5-6  Jr  11.1  2.7 3.1 assists
 G   22  Heidi Coleman    5-7  Sr   9.7  4.0 3.1 assists


Cal has allowed opponents only 61.8 points per game, far ahead of last seasons 70.9 points per game pace. The Bears defensive average ranks fourth in the Pac-10. Cals lowest opponent output this season was USFs 46 points.

It should be no surprise that the Bears turnovers per game are down from a year ago with a healthy Sherrise Smith. Through four games, Cal is averaging 18.8 turnovers, while it averaged 22.3 miscues per game without the services of Smith for seven games in 1997-98. The Bears have only topped the taboo 20-turnover clip one time this season (against Pacific).

Cal is helping its cause by improving its free throw shooting from a year ago. This season the Bears are converting 70 percent (.698) of its free throws, compared to a .658 clip a year ago. The Bears free throw percentage ranks third in the Pac-10 behind Arizona State (.727) and Washington State (.717). The Bears were 9-of-10 at the charity stripe down the stretch to secure the win over USF.

Sophomore guard Courtney Johnson keys Cals improved efficiency at the foul line as she is hitting on .923 (12-of-13) of her attempts, ranking 20th in the NCAA and second in the conference.

Junior forward Paige Bowie and senior center Jennie Leander lead Cals offensive attack this season with 10.8 points per game. Bowie, last seasons scoring leader, has picked up where she left off last season, leading the Bears in scoring in three-of-four games this season. Her best performance this season was against USF, where she poured in 17 points, 8 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Leander has stepped up her production in points and rebounds from a year ago when she averaged 8.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. Leander is averaging a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the Pac-10. She has tallied a double-double in three-of-four games this season and has 19 for her career.

Sophomore guard Masa Radovic has been plagued with back troubles over the last couple of months but has been able to play through them. Now, she is experiencing a stress-related condition in her left knee, which kept her out of the USF game. She is undergoing rehabilitation and is listed as week-to-week.

Pac-10 Statistical Leaders


 1. Alke Dietel, WSU          19.9
21. Paige Bowie, CAL          10.8
    Jennie Leander, CAL       10.8


 1. Maylana Martin, UCLA     11.6
 2. Adrain Williams, USC     11.1
 3. Leah Combs, ASU           9.7
 4. Jennie Leander, CAL       8.8
 9. Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL      7.0


 1. Sissel Pierce, OSU       1.88
    Jenny Mowe, ORE          1.88
6t. Kenya Corley, CAL        1.00

3-Pt Goal Percentage

 1. Michelle Tom, ASU        .533
8t. Sherisse Smith, CAL      .333
        Kristin Clark, USC   .333

FT Percentage

 1. Natalie Tucker, ASU      .955
 2. Courtney Johnson, CAL    .923
 7. Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL     .818
    (Johnson ranks 20th in NCAA)


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. Chris Sellin              703
10. Jennie Leander            668

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. Chris Holten              229
 7. Milica Vukadinovic        208
 8. Paige Bowie               180
 9. Eliza Sokolowska          144
10. Kim Robinson              126

Kobi Kennon could be eligible for Cals game against Northwestern after being declared academically ineligible for the fall season. The Bears are finishing finals this week and are awaiting word on her status.

The Bears have received lifts off their bench from a variety of players early on this season. The latest spark has come over the last two games from freshman forward Ami Forney. While only averaging 8.7 minutes in three contests this season, Forney is fourth for Cal in rebounding at 4.7 boards per game. She contributed 8 boards in 12 minutes against USF and a team-high 5 boards in 13 minutes at Ohio State.

Sophomore 5-8 guard Kenya Corley proved against USF that she truly is Cals best leaper as she blocked four Don shots, a career high. Corley is the main dunker on the Bears "Come Jam With Us" poster and media guide.

With USF leading 46-44 with 3:50 remaining in the game, the Bears buckled down to outscore the Dons 14-0 down the stretch and secure a 58-46 victory. The run was sparked by a three-point play by Jennie Leander which put Cal up 47-46. Bowie followed with her third three-pointer of the game and the Bears never looked back. Bowie led Cal with 17 points on 6- 13 from the floor and 3-of--5 from beyond the arc. The Bears had their best rebounding performance of the season, tallying a 53-27 advantage.

No. 9 Colorado State competes at the Oakland Tribune Classic this weekend. If the Bears advance to the finals, there is a good chance that they will face the Rams. The last time Cal defeated a Top 25 team was March 4, 1995, at home in Harmon Gym when they ousted No. 19 Oregon State, 77-75.

Cal played competitively against No. 17 Virginia (Nov. 28), trailing 32-30 at the half, before losing 70-55. Other Top 25 teams on the horizon include No. 13 Florida (possibly Dec. 29) and No. 8 UCLA., the Pac-10 home opener Jan. 14.

While Haas Pavilion is under construction on campus, Cal will play all of its home games for one more season at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland. The Bears posted a 4-10 mark at Kaiser during the inaugural 1997-98 season at the off-campus site. Kaiser seats 4,000 for basketball and is located adjacent to the Oakland Museum and across the street from Laney College.

Cal will open the 1999-00 season in a new on-campus arena the Walter A. Haas Jr. Pavilion. The facility, on the site of the former Harmon Gym, will have a capacity of 12,300 up from 6,578 in Harmon and is named in honor of Walter and Evelyn Haas, who donated a lead gift of $10 million. Construction on the $50 million project got underway in the summer of 1997.


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


Dec. 19-20,1997
First Round
California 70, George Mason 69 2OT
Ohio State 76, Howard 56

George Mason 60, Howard 45

Ohio State 85, California 72

Larecha Jones, Ohio State

Dec. 20-21, 1996
First Round
Michigan State 91, UC Irvine 71
California 85, Tennessee Tech 67

UC Irvine 78, Tennessee Tech 67
Michigan State 93, California 62

Paula Sanders, Michigan State

December 16-17, 1995
First Round
Southern Miss. 79, Texas Tech 76
California 79, Pacific 72

Texas Tech 81, Pacific 61

California 89, Southern Mississippi 75

Patrycja Czepiec, California