Bears Host 23rd-Annual Oakland Tribune Classic
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  12/13/1999

Dec. 13, 1999

BERKELEY, Calif. - California has received balanced offensive and defensive contributions en route to a 4-2 start and a two-game winning streak. Cal has been off 12 days for final exams between the USF game, Dec. 6, and the Oakland Tribune Classic. The tournament field consists of Cal, Florida (5-1), UIC (5-2) and Pepperdine (2-4). Sunday's Cal game will be carried on FOX Sports Net Bay Area with Brian Webber and Mary Murphy calling all of the action. Cal has won seven of the last 10 tournaments, including in 1998 with an 80-75 win over then-No. 9 and undefeated Colorado State, 80-75, in the title game. Cal senior forward Paige Bowie was the MVP of last year's tournament.

Cal's balance on offense can directly be attributed to the rise of Corley and sophomore center Ami Forney. After averaging about four points per game in about 15 minutes of action per contest as a reserve during her first two campaigns, Corley is Cal's starting shooting guard and leading scorer at 14.8 ppg in a team-high 31.7 mpg.

Forney, who averaged a little over a point in about six minutes of action as a freshman, has been inserted into the starting lineup at center. She is third on the team in scoring at 12.7 ppg in 27.3 mpg. She is coming off of her first career double-double vs. USF (15 points, career-high 12 rebounds).

The Bears are averaging almost five points more per game (67.2) this season than they did a year ago (62.3). In addition to Corley and Forney's contributions, junior guard Courtney Johnson has been an offensive spark off the bench after starting 23-of-27 games in 1998-99. Johnson is second on the team in scoring with a career-best 14.5 ppg in addition to a Pac-10-leading 3.3 steals per game (13). She posted a career-best 22 points in Cal's loss at Santa Clara.

The Bears continue to build upon their reputation of being one of the best defensive teams in the conference. In 1998-99, Cal was fourth in the league in scoring defense at 67.7 ppg. This year, that number has fallen to an impressive 62.2 ppg. Evidence of Cal's improved defensive intensity includes averaging 41.2 rebounds, 10.3 steals and 3.7 blocks per contest. These numbers are up from 38.9, 9.1 and 2.9 in 1998-99.

This Week: Sunday Cal game on FOX Sports Net Bay Area
Sat. Dec. 18 vs. UIC Haas Pavilion (12,300) 5:00 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 19 vs. Florida/Pepper. Haas Pavilion (12,300) 5:00 p.m.

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.

Cal's Probable Starters and Key Reserves

F31Lauren Ashbaugh6-2Jr8.8 7.0.714 3FGtied with Forney for team-high in rebounding and blocks
F33Paige Bowie6-0Sr7.74.711 points, 7 rebounds at Fresno State
C42Ami Forney6-2So12.77.0.537 FGC.H. 17 pts. at FSU, 1st career double-double vs. USF
G3Masa Radovic6-1So6.21.82.8 apgseason-high 13 points, 5 assists at Fresno State
G4Kenya Corley5-8Jr14.83.7.459 FGgame winner vs. USF, C.H. 19 pts at Fresno State
G10Courtney Johnson5-8Jr14.55.83.3 spgcareer-high 22 points at Santa Clara
F24Kawai Matthews5-11So3.22.0career high 8 points vs. Nevada
G32Nicole Ybarra5-8Jr1.01.2started first game at Santa Clara
F23Amber White6-0Fr0.83.0career-high 5 rebounds and 3 assists at Fresno State

At least eight 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.), 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 Game recaps and statistics are updated after each contest.

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.

Marianne Stanley is in her fourth season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program with a 28-60 (.319) record. 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 408-209 (.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.

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.

The field for the 23rd-annual Oakland Tribune Classic includes Cal, Illinois-Chicago, Florida and Pepperdine. 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 18 of 22 years, winning 11. Florida and Illinois-Chicago are making their first appearances, while Pepperdine is making its third appearance (1979 and 1980).


A Look at Illinois-Chicago (5-2, 0-0 MCC)
Illinois-Chicago enters this week's play with a 5-2 record and is riding a two-game winning streak. The Flames are led by Kimberly Henry who is averaging 15.1 ppg. No other player for the Flames is averaging in double figures. This will be a busy week for Illinois-Chicago as it plays at St. John's in Jamaica, NY, tomorrow night before flying out to Berkeley later this week. The Flames five wins on the season equal their winning total from last season.

Cal-Illinois-Chicago Series History
This is the first meeting between these two teams.

Illinois-Chicago Head Coach Tim Eatman (Talladega Coll. '88)
Tim Eatman enters his second year as coach of the Flames. So far he has compiled a 10-24 record, while landing a recruiting class for the 1999-00 season that was ranked as high as No. 20 in the nation. Prior to coming to UIC, Eatman was an assistant at the University of Kansas.

Illinois-Chicago Probable Starters

F13Melea Clark5-9Jr.9.93.1
F42Amanda Bartz6-0Jr.9.75.9
C35Stephanie Jost6-3Jr.1.94.7
G15Kimberly Henry5-10Jr. apg
G21LaKesha Williams5-6Fr.8.12.2


A Look at Florida (5-1, 0-0 SEC)
Florida takes a 5-1 record into its game against Pepperdine at the Oakland Tribune Classic. The Lady Gators are coming off of an 82-74 defeat of Florida State on Dec. 7, with their only loss of the year coming at the hands of 1999 national champion Purdue, 90-50, on Nov. 26. An uptempo team, the Lady Gators are averaging 84.3 ppg and are paced by seniors

Cal-Florida Series History
Florida leads the series 1-0. The two teams met for the first time last year in the championship game of the State Farm Classic in Gainesville with the Gators coming away victorious 96-70. The Bears were led by Shavaki Jackson's 15 points and Lauren Ashbaugh's 11 rebounds. Tonya Washington led the way for Florida with 25 points.

Florida Head Coach Carol Ross (Mississippi '82)
Carol Ross is in her 10th year at the helm of the Florida program. The winningest coach in Florida history, Ross has compiled a 189-92 record, while leading the Gators to the NCAA Tournament the last seven seasons. Prior to arriving at Florida, Ross spent seven years as an assistant at Auburn.

Florida Probable Starters

F 43 Naomi Mobley6-2So.7.77.7
F 44Tonya Washington6-0Sr.15.96.5
C4Tamara Stocks6-3Jr.9.85.7
G 5Tombi Bell 5-5Jr. apg
G 12Tiffany Travis5-10Sr.19.83.3


A Look at Pepperdine (2-4, 0-0 WCC)
Pepperdine comes into this week's tournament sporting a 2-4 record with its last game ending in a loss at the hands of nationally-ranked UCLA 86-67, Dec. 11. The Waves have three players in double-figure points, led by Rasheeda Clark, who is averaging 15.8 ppg.

Cal-Pepperdine Series History
The Bears lead the series 5-0 with their last meeting coming in 1992-93 with a 69-65 victory by Cal.

Pepperdine Head Coach Mark Trakh (Long Beach State '81)
Mark Trakh enters his seventh season as head coach of the Waves, compiling a 98-77 record. Under his leadership, Pepperdine has posted back-to-back 20 win seasons for the first time since the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons. Before coming to Pepperdine, Trakh served as head coach at Brea-Olinda High School for 13 seasons.

Pepperdine Probable Starters

F00Dee Braxton6-0Sr.10.06.2
G12Tamara McDonald5-7Fr.6.83.3
G20Rasheeda Clark5-10Jr.15.83.8
F23Anna Lembke6-3So.8.77.3
F25Nesha Thomas5-11Jr.2.34.5


By Class
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

By Height

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

The Pac-10 will conduct 11 coaches/media teleconference calls during the season. The teleconferences will feature five minutes with each head coach.

Thu., Dec. 16
Tue., Jan. 4
Tue., Jan. 11
Tue., Jan. 18
Tue., Jan. 25
Tue., Feb. 1
Tue., Feb. 8
Tue., Feb. 15
Tue., Feb. 22
Tue., Mar. 1
Tue., Mar. 8

SCHEDULE: (times are Pacific)

9:35 - 9:40 a.m.Charli Turner Thorne, Ariz. St.
9:40 - 9:45 a.m.Joan Bonvicini, Arizona
9:45 - 9:50 a.m.Judy Spoelstra, Oregon State
9:50 - 9:55 a.m.Jody Runge, Oregon
9:55 - 10:00 a.m.Chris Gobrecht, USC
10:00 - 10:05 a.m.Kathy Olivier, UCLA
10:05 - 10:10 a.m.Jenny Przekwas, Washington St.
10:10 - 10:15 a.m.June Daugherty, Washington
10:15 - 10:20 a.m.Marianne Stanley, California
10:20 - 10:25 a.mTara VanDerveer, Stanford

Cal won its first Oakland Tribune Classic since 1995 and 11th overall with an 80-75 upset of No. 9 Colorado State in the championship game. The win was keyed by Cal's dominant post-game. Sophomore forward Lauren Ashbaugh broke out of a scoring slumber to score a career-high 18 points and freshman center Shavaki Jackson tallied a career-high 17 points. Senior center Jennie Leander also had 14 points. The Bears trailed 73-72 with 1:12 remaining in the game when they went on an 8-2 run to seal the win. All-America guard Becky Hammon led CSU with 27 points.


Lead at halftime4-0
Trailed at halftime0-2
Were tied at halftime0-0
Went into overtime0-0
Led by 10 or more points2-0
Shot FG 60% or better1-0
Shot FG 50% or better2-0
Shot FG less than 50%1-2
Shot FG less than 40%1-2
Shot FG less than 30 %0-0
Score in 50's0-1
Score in 60's2-1
Score in 70's1-0
Score in 80's1-0
Lead in rebounds3-2
Are outrebounded1-0
Are tied for rebounds0-0
Have less TOs than opp.3-1
Commit 15 or less TOs1-1
Start #3, 4, 31, 33, 424-1
Start #4, 31, 32, 33, 420-1


Lauren Ashbaugh6132
Paige Bowie7868
Ami Forney296
Kenya Corley608
Masa Radovic3734

Lauren Ashbaugh3425.6
Paige Bowie82510.6
Ami Forney1073.7
Kenya Corley2985.0
Masa Radovic3529.5

Lauren Ashbaugh3285.4
Paige Bowie3053.9
Ami Forney842.9
Kenya Corley1362.3
Masa Radovic1002.7

Lauren Ashbaugh400.7
Paige Bowie1972.5
Ami Forney140.5
Kenya Corley550.9
Masa Radovic942.5


Paige Bowiesoftball
Kenya Corleytrack & field
Michelle Waldfield hockey


Cal was strong on the glass last season, but the Bears have taken that prowess to a new level this year. The Bears are leading the Pac-10 with a +6.5 rebounding margin. Cal is averaging 41.2 rebounds per game to its opponents 34.7. Last season, Cal grabbed as many boards as it gave up ? 38.9. Possibly within Cal's reach this year is the school rebounding record of 44.8 rpg, set during the 1981-82 season.

On a team with more guard-type players than posts, one might think Cal's rebounding dominance would be surprising. But, not to Coach Stanley, who believes everyone needs to do their part on the glass. Junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh and sophomore center Ami Forney lead the club with 7.0 rpg, which ranks tied for eighth in the Pac-10. With the possible return of sophomore center Shavaki Jackson this weekend from academic ineligibility, Cal's dominance on the boards should improve even further.

In addition to Cal's marked improvement on the glass over a year ago, Cal has seen its steals and block production increase as well. After averaging 9.1 steals and 2.9 blocks per game in 1998-99, the Bears are fourth in the Pac-10 in steals with 10.33 pg and fifth in blocked shots with 3.67 pg. Junior guard Courtney Johnson leads Cal with 3.3 steals per game, while Forney and Ashbaugh lead the team in blocks with 1.0 per contest (6). These improved statistics have helped propel Cal into fourth in the league in defensive scoring at 62.2 ppg.

The Bears four wins have come in the blowout and nail-biter variety. They opened the year with a 22-point victory at home over Nevada (74-52) and won by 16 at Fresno State (82-66). The Nevada game was the first-ever official game ? men's or women's ? at the new Haas Pavilion. Cal also has edged Idaho by three (66-63) and most recently San Francisco by two (60-58), with a running jumper by guard Kenya Corley with 2.9 seconds on the clock for the win. Cal's two losses have been by a combined 13 points ? 66-57 at Colorado State and 68-64 at Santa Clara. With the exception of about 10 total minutes of sub-par play which led to key opponent runs, the Golden Bears could be looking at a 6-0 start.

Over the last two seasons, Cal is an impressive 8-3 in games decided by five points or less. This season, Cal is 2-1 in close games. During Coach Stanley's tenure dating back to the 1996-97 season, Cal is 12-12 in games decided by five or less points.

Cal has yet to lose at the Haas Pavilion this season with a 2-0 record. Actually, the Cal men are also undefeated at home at 3-0. Last year, Cal was 10-4 at the Kaiser Arena (temporary home) in Oakland. Prior to the start of the season, Haas Pavilion was affectionately dubbed the Haas of Pain by the student body.

One of the most athletic players in the Pac-10, junior guard Kenya Corley leads Cal's improved offensive attack with 14.8 ppg, which ranks seventh in the Pac-10. Corley attributes her offensive spurt to an increase in confidence. During her first two seasons, she came off the bench and averaged about 3.9 ppg in 14.9 mpg. This year, she also has played a team-high 31.7 mpg. The Lancaster, Calif., native has led Cal in scoring in four-of-six games, including a career-high 19 points at Fresno State. She has posted double figures in every game.

(through Dec. 12 games)


Rebounding Margin

1. California41.234.7+6.5
2. USC41.835.8+6.0

Offensive Rebounds

1. UCLA612821.33
4. California69816.33

Defensive Rebounds

1. Arizona821326.63
4. California614924.83

Rebounding Offense

1. UCLA628547.5
4. California624741.2

Rebounding Defense

1. Arizona St.722532.1
3. California723834.7


1. UCLA67212.0
4. California66210.33

Blocked Shots

1. Oregon St.8384.75
5. California6223.67

Scoring Defense

1. USC633355.5
4. California637362.2

Field Goal Percentage Defense

1. USC116316.367
4. California133334.398



1. Megan Franza, UW18.9
7. Kenya Corley, CAL14.8
12. Ami Forney, CAL12.7


1. Maylana Martin, UCLA10.7
8t. Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL7.0
8t. Ami Forney, CAL7.0


1. Sissel Pierce, OSU2.38
8t. Lauren Ashbaugh1.00
8t. Ami Forney1.00

Field Goal Percentage

1. Tatum Brown, AZ.691
6. Ami Forney, CAL.537

Free Throw Percentage

1t. Milena Flores, STAN1.000
1t. Christina Batastini, STAN1.000
9t. Kenya Corley, CAL.800

After averaging about six minutes and 1.3 points a game as a freshman, sophomore center Ami Forney has found herself as a vital component to Cal's post play. The native of Newark, Calif., is third on the team in scoring at 12.7 ppg in 27.3 mpg and is tied for the team lead in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and blocks (1.0 bpg). She ranks eighth in the league in rebounds and blocks and has led or tied Cal in rebounding in the last four contests. Additionally, she posted her first career double-double in a win over USF (15 points, career-high 12 rebounds).

Paige Bowie is the only senior on this year's Cal squad. For the second-consecutive season, her teammates voted her as a captain. Bowie is co-captain this season with Courtney Johnson. Bowie has led Cal in scoring the last two seasons, including 11.9 ppg in 1998-99, which helped her earn honorable mention all-conference honors. With the improved balance and depth on this year's Bear team, Bowie does not have to carry the load as she has done in the past. She is fifth on the team in scoring at 7.7 points per game but is averaging a career-best 4.7 rebounds per game. The Fresno, Calif., native had her best game this season in her return home at Fresno State, posting 11 points and 7 rebounds. Bowie will become the 15th player in Cal history to hit the 1,000-point plateau sometime this season.

While it's not surprising that junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh is tied for the team lead in rebounding with a career-best 7.0 per game, Coach Stanley has to be pleased with her offensive contributions as she is averaging a career-best 8.8 ppg. The Redmond, Wash., native posted a season-high 13 points (6-6 FG) at Fresno State. She entered her junior campaign with a career 5.3 average. The offensive part of her game that has seen the most improvement is three-point shooting. After making 1-of-2 three-point attempts during her first two seasons at Cal, she is 5-of-7 beyond the arc this year for a team-best for makes and percentage (71.4%).

Redshirt sophomore guard/forward Masa Radovic returned to the Bear lineup this season after sitting out last year with a medical redshirt due to back and knee ailments. While Cal's two junior college point guards (Nicole Ybarra and Becky Staubes) get acclimated to Cal's system, Radovic has started five of Cal's six games at the point, while her more natural position is shooting guard. At 6-1, she gives Cal a bigger, more physical starting lineup. The Belgrade, Yugoslavia, native is averaging 6.2 ppg, a team-best 2.8 apg and 1.8 rpg.


Junior guard Kenya Corley scored the game-winning basket with 2.9 seconds left on the clock to give Cal a 60-58 victory over San Francisco, Dec. 6. Corley posted a team-high 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor. Sophomore center Ami Forney tallied her first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Lindsey Huff led the Dons with 26 points and six assists, including 19 points and three assists in the final 20 minutes.