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Cal Travels To Stanford For Bay TV Game
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/18/2000

Jan. 18, 2000

BERKELEY, Calif. - With three returning starters and seven upperclassmen, the California women's basketball team opened the season with high hopes of a winning season and possibly an NCAA Tournament berth. The Golden Bears started the season 5-2 but are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak and find themselves with a 5-9 overall record and 0-4 Pac-10 mark. With 14 games remaining, there is still time for the Bears to turn the season around. What better way than by snapping a 12-game losing streak to Stanford Friday.

While the record may not show it, the Bears have been competitive in every game this season. They have lost nine games by a combined 69 points or 7.7 points per game. Eight of those losses were by 13 points or less, and in each of those games the Bears held the lead or were within eight points with five minutes to play.

After opening the Pac-10 season on the road with losses to Arizona (71-58) Jan. 6 and Arizona State (69-59) Jan. 8, Cal dropped two frustrating games at home to the Oregon schools last week. Cal fell to No. 23 Oregon, 67-51, Jan. 13, and lost to OSU, 53-50, Jan. 15.

Throughout Cal's struggles, it has continued to be one of the best defensive teams in the Pac-10. The Bears have held their opponents to only 63.5 points per game, which ranks fourth in the conference. This includes a season-low 44-points given up in a 66-44 win over Illinois-Chicago. Cal ranks second in the Pac-10 for both field goal percentage defense (.395) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.275).

Much of Cal's offensive difficulties (62.3 ppg) can be tied to the injury bug, which struck at the start of the conference season. Sophomore center Ami Forney is out three weeks with a stress fracture in her left foot, and redshirt sophomore point guard Masa Radovic is listed as day-to-day with back spasms.

While junior guard, Courtney Johnson leads Cal with 11.8 ppg and leads the Pac-10 with 2.8 steals per game, junior guard Kenya Corley has been the most consistent player for the Bears this season. Corley is second on the team in scoring with 11.2 ppg but is first on the team in conference games at 11.5 ppg, shooting 46.7 percent (21-45). Corley also has led Cal in scoring in six of 14 games this year.

CAL ON RADIO
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's next broadcast is at Stanford

BEARS ON TV 9 TIMES
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.

HAAS PAVILION OPENS
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 continues to keep fans close to the action.

CAL HEAD COACH MARIANNE STANLEY
Marianne Stanley is in her fourth season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program with a 29-67 (.302) record. She will coach her 100th game at Cal at home against USC, 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 409-216 (.654). 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.

Cal's Probable Starters and Key Reserves

POSNONAMEHTYRPTSREBMISCNOTES
F31Lauren Ashbaugh6-2Jr7.86.413 blksleads the team in rebounding and blocks (7th Pac-10)
F33Paige Bowie6-0Sr9.04.52.6 apgleads Cal in assists, top scorer the last 2 seasons
C00Shavaki Jackson6-4So8.44.5.508 FGincredibly efficient scorer in her 17.8 minutes per game
G10Courtney Johnson5-8Jr11.84.92.8 spgleads the Pac-10 in steals, leads Cal in scoring
G4Kenya Corley5-8Jr11.22.9.724 FTCal's most consistent player this season
F24Kawai Matthews5-11So3.62.7career-high 7 rebounds at Wake Forest
C54Genevieve Swedor6-3Jr2.42.1career highs for pts (9) and rebs (5) vs. OSU
G32Nicole Ybarra5-8Jr1.01.01.5 apgcareer-high 3 assists at Arizona
F23Amber White6-0Fr1.02.2one of Cal's best defensive players

Head Coach: Marianne Stanley, 21st year overall, 4th at Cal (409-216, .654 , 29-67, .302)

STANFORD SCOUTING REPORT

A Look at Stanford (10-4, 3-1 Pac-10)
While Stanford is off to a strong start this season, it has shown that it can be beaten, even by underdog teams. Prior to an 8-1 record over the Cardinal's last nine games, it lost three-consecutive games to national power Tennessee and Atlantic-10 foes UMASS and St. Joseph's. The Cardinal lead the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.422).

Cal-Stanford Series History
Stanford leads the all-time series with Cal, 30-15. The Cardinal has won the last 12 contests, which is second to Oregon's 13-game winning streak over Cal. The Bears, however, showed that they have closed the gap to the Cardinal. After losing the first four games under Coach Stanley's tenure to Stanford by an average of 32.8 points, Cal lost last year's two games by an average of 11.5 points.

Last year: Cal lost at Stanford, 80-67, after pulling to within seven at 62-55 with six minutes left. The Cardinal clinched the victory at the foul line, hitting 12-of-16 down the stretch. Lauren Ashbaugh led Cal with her first double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds). At home, Cal lost 77-67 despite 25 points from Paige Bowie.

Stanford Head Coach Tara VanDerveer (Indiana, '75)
Tara VanDerveer is in her 13th season at Stanford with a 334-86 record. Prior to arriving on The Farm for the 1985-86 season, VanDerveer coached two seasons at Idaho (1978-80) and five seasons at Ohio State (1980-85). Her 20-year career record is 486-137.

Stanford's Probable Starters

POSNONAMEHTYRPTSREB
F41Bethany Donaphin6-2So10.86.0
F42Lauren St. Clair6-0So9.93.4
C53Caroyn Moos6-6Jr14.66.5
G20Milena Flores5-6Sr10.63.45.4 apg
G11Jamie Carey5-6Fr9.11.83.4 apg

CAL BREAKDOWN

By Class
Seniors(1): Paige Bowie
Juniors (6): Lauren Ashbaugh, Kenya Corley, Courtney Johnson, Becky Staubes, Genevieve Swedor, Nicole Ybarra
Sophomores (5): Ami Forney, Janet Franey, Shavaki Jackson, Kawai Matthews, Masa Radovic
Freshmen (2): 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

CAL'S TOP PAC-10 RANKS
(Through 1/16/00 games)

TEAM

Rebounding Offense

1. UCLA44.0
4. Cal40.1

Offensive Rebounds

1. Oregon State17.87
4. Cal16.79

Scoring Defense

1. Oregon60.8
4. Cal63.5

FG PCT Defense

1. Oregon.373
2. Cal.395

Turnover Margin

1. Arizona+4.13 (19.4-23.5)
5. Cal+1.14 (19.3-20.4)

INDIVIDUAL

Steals

1. Courtney Johnson, CAL2.83
2. Kitch Kitchen, ASU2.50

Rebounding

1. Maylana Martin, UCLA9.0
10. Lauren Ashabaugh, CAL6.4
14. Ami Forney, CAL5.8

Scoring

1. Megan Franza, UW19.7
15. Courtney Johnson, CAL11.8

Blocks

1. Sissel Pierce, OSU2.80
8. Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL0.93

Statistical Comparison
Pac-10 rank in ( )

CalStanford
PPG62.3 (8th)74.4 (3rd)
PPG Allowed63.5 (4th)67.1 (6th)
FG%.390 (9th).458 (4th)
3FG%.253 (10th).422 (1st)
FT%.615 (9th).652 (8th)
Rebounding40.1 (4th)38.0 (7th)
Turnovers+1.14 (5th)+0.64 (7th)
Steals9.79 (6th)8.00 (9th)
Assists13.14 (9th)17.36 (2nd)

GOLDEN BEAR NOTES

BEARS LOOK TO AVOID 0-5 PAC-10 START
Cal looks to prevent its second-consecutive 0-5 start in the Pac-10 against Stanford this Thursday. Last year, the Bears started the conference season with an 0-5 start. In Cal coach Marianne Stanley's first two seasons, Cal opened the conference slate 2-3 with victories over Arizona State and Oregon State (1996-97) and 1-4 with a win vs. Oregon State (1997-98). Cal and Washington State are the only winless Pac-10 teams.

Pac-10 Standings
(as of 1/17)

Pac-10Overall
UCLA3-09-4
Arizona3-114-2
Arizona State3-110-4
Stanford3-110-4
Oregon2-111-4
USC2-17-6
Oregon State1-25-10
Washington1-35-11
California0-45-9
Washington State0-43-11

CAL CONTINUES TO THRIVE ON DEFENSIVE END
Cal continues to build on its reputation of being one of the better defensive teams in the league. The Bears rank in the top five in three-of-four team defensive categories. Cal ranks fourth in scoring defense at 63.5 ppg and second in both field goal percentage defense at .395 and in three-point field goal percentage defense at .275. These are all improvements over last year's marks of 67.7, .415 and .318, respectively.

SO CLOSE WAY TOO OFTEN
While the record may not show it, the Bears have been competitive in every game this season. They have lost nine games by a combined 69 points or 7.7 points per game. Eight of those losses were by 13 points or less, and in each of those games the Bears held the lead or were within eight points with five minutes to play. While moral victories are little consolation, just two year ago the Bears regularly lost games by double digits and were not in the majority of games in crunch time. Following is a chart of how close Cal was in each of their losses this season with five or less minutes to play.

With 5 or less minutes to play

TeamClosest MarginTime LeftFinal ScoreFinal Deficity
Oregon State+52:22 53-50-3
Oregon-123:4867-51-16
Arizona State-24:2169-59-10
Arizona-84:3671-58-13
North Carolina-3:0670-65-5
Wake Forest-42:1257-48-9
Florida-84:2685-72-13
Santa Clara+14:3266-63-3
Colorado State-41:3366-57-9

BEARS RECORD WHEN...

Lead at halftime5-0
Trailed at halftime0-9
Were tied at halftime0-0
Went into overtime0-0
Led by 10 or more points3-0
Shot FG 60% or better1-0
Shot FG 50% or better2-0
Shot FG less than 50%2-9
Shot FG less than 40%2-8
Shot FG less than 30 %0-0
Score in 40's0-1
Score in 50's0-5
Score in 60's3-2
Score in 70's1-1
Score in 80's1-0
Lead in rebounds4-3
Are outrebounded1-5
Are tied for rebounds0-1
Have less TOs than opp.4-5
Commit 15 or less TOs1-2
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, 31, 330-3
Start #00, 4, 10, 24, 330-1
Face ranked opponents0-3

CAL'S PROBABLE STARTERS CAREER STATS

GamesCareerStarts
Paige Bowie8676
Lauren Ashbaugh6939
Kenya Corley6816
Courtney Johnson6738
Shavaki Jackson344

PointsCareerAvg.
Paige Bowie90510.5
Courtney Johnson5137.7
Shavaki Jackson2597.6
Lauren Ashbaugh3985.8
Kenya Corley3665.4

ReboundsCareerAvg.
Lauren Ashbaugh3755.4
Shavaki Jackson1554.6
Courtney Johnson2664.0
Paige Bowie3404.0
Kenya Corley1552.3

AssistsCareerAvg.
Paige Bowie2242.6
Courtney Johnson1221.8
Kenya Corley721.1
Lauren Ashbaugh510.7
Shavaki Jackson250.7

CAL 2 SPORT ATHLETES

Paige Bowiesoftball
Kenya Corleytrack & field
Michelle Waldfield hockey

JOHNSON LEADS PAC-10 IN STEALS
Junior guard Courtney Johnson has proved that she is one of the most lethal offensive and defensive threats in the conference this season. Johnson leads the Bears in scoring with 11.8 ppg, which ranks 15th in the conference. She also leads the league in steals with 2.83 per game after finishing second last year at 2.74. Her nearest competition is ASU's Kitch Kitchen at 2.50 spg. Johnson has posted a season-high four steals in a game on four occasions. Her career high of eight steals was set last year against Northwestern. Johnson's 4.9 rpg also may be the best of any guard in the Pac-10.

JOHNSON, CORLEY ARE POTENT GUARD COMBO
Johnson and fellow junior guard Kenya Corley have emerged as one of the best backcourt duos in the Pac-10. Corley is second to Johnson in scoring for Cal, averaging 11.2 ppg, and leads the team in conference games at 11.5 ppg. Together, the two account for 36.9 percent (23.0 ppg) of Cal's offense (62.3 ppg). Corley, who started the year on a shooting tear before going through a brief slump, rediscovered her shooting touch in time for the Pac-10 schedule. While she shoots 40.3 percent overall, she is converting on 46.7 percent of her shots in conference games.

BEAR BITS
In five of Cal's nine losses, the Bears have outscored their opponents in the second half...While Ami Forney is out until at least the Washington road trip with a stress fracture, Cal is without one of its best rebounders (5.8 rpg)...Forney ranks 14th in the Pac-10 in rebounding and has the distinction of being one of four of the conference's Top 15 in that category to have more offensive than defensive rebounds...Forney and Lauren Ashbaugh each have one double-double this season...Ashbaugh has two double-doubles for her career with the other coming at Stanford last season...junior Genevieve Swedor is trying to pick up the slack in Forney's absence, posting both a career high nine points and five rebounds vs. Oregon State...senior forward Paige Bowie is third all-time at Cal with 111 three pointers made and 384 attempted.

LAST WEEK IN REVIEW

Bears Blow Late Lead, Fall to Oregon State, 53-30, Jan. 15
California fought a courageous comeback in the second half Saturday night against visiting Oregon State but failed to secure the victory, dropping a 53-50 decision to the Beavers in the final minute of play at Haas Pavilion. Kenya Corley led the Bears with 10 points. A 13-4 run over the final 6:52 minutes of play proved the clincher for Oregon State. Cal led 50-45 with 2:22 remaining but failed to score the rest of the game. A Paige Bowie game-tying three pointer fell short in the final seconds of the game. Sissel Pierce led OSU with 13 points.

Cal Falls To Oregon, 67-51, Jan. 13
Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson led California with 12 points and six rebounds in a 67-51 loss to 23rd-ranked Oregon Thursday at Haas Pavilion. The16-point loss was the biggest for Cal this season. Courtney Johnson added 10 points for the Bears but shot only 5-of-20 for the game. Collectively, the Bears struggled from the field, shooting only 33.3 percent (22-66) to the Ducks 48.3 percent (29-60). Angelina Wolvert came off the bench to lead a quartet of Oregon double-figure scorers with 15 points (6-6 FG, 3-3 FT). After trailing 35-23 at the half, Johnson scored six of her points on a 12-4 Cal run to start the second half, bringing the Bears to within four at 39-35 with 15:23 to play. Oregon's lead hovered between six and 10 points until the Ducks went up 12 at 55-43 with 6:48 remaining and pulled away for the victory.

CALIFORNIA CAREER/SEASON HIGHS
as of Jan. 16, 2000

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

Career Highs
Points: 18, vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
Rebounds: 13, vs. George Mason, 12/19/97
Assists: 4, vs. Oregon State, 1/15/00
Blocks: 3, vs. Oregon State, 1/15/00
Steals: 5, at Colorado State, 11/27/99

Season Highs

Points: 13, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
Rebounds: 11, at UNC, 12/30/99, vs. USF, 12/699
Assists: 4, vs. Oregon State, 1/15/00
Blocks: 3, vs. Oregon State, 1/15/00
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. Oregon, 1/13/00
Steals: 3, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99

Kenya Corley - Jr. - 5-8 - Guard

Career Highs
Points: 19, 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 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: 9, vs. Arizona State, 1/28/99, vs. Pacific, 11/17/98
Assists: 5, vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
Blocks: 3, vs. Pittsburgh, 12/20/98
Steals: 2, vs. Washington, 2/21/99

Season Highs

Points: 14, at Arizona, 1/6/00
Rebounds: 7, at ASU, 1/8/00
Assists: 2, vs. OSU, 1/15/00, vs. Oregon, 1/13/00
Blocks: 1, at Arizona, 1/6/00
Steals: 1, vs. 4 opponents, most recently vs. Oregon, 1/13/00

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: 6, vs. Arizona, 1/30/99
Blocks: 2, vs. George Mason, 12/19/97
Steals: 8 vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98

Season Highs

Points: 22, at Santa Clara, 12/2/99
Rebounds: 9, vs. Florida, 12/19/99
Assists: 5, vs. Florida, 12/19/99
Blocks: 1, vs. Florida, 12/19/99, at Santa Clara, 12/2/99
Steals: 4, vs. 3 opponents, most recently vs. UNC, 12/30/99

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, at UNC, 12/30/99, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99
Blocks: 2, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99
Steals: 1, vs. 6 opponents, most recently at ASU, 1/8/00

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: 2, at ASU, 1/8/00, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
Rebounds: 2, vs. USF, 12/6/99
Assists: 1, at Fresno State, 12/4/99, at Santa Clara, 12/2/99
Blocks: 0
Steals: 1, vs. 3 opponents, most recently vs. UIC, 12/18/99

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 Fresno State, 12/4/99

Amber White - Fr. - 6-0 - Forward

Career and Season Highs
Points: 7, at UNC, 12/30/99
Rebounds: 5, at Santa Clara, 12/2/99
Assists: 5, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
Blocks: 2, vs. Idaho, 11/26/99
Steals: 3, at Fresno State, 12/4/99

Nicole Ybarra - Jr. - 5-8 - Guard

Career and Season Highs
Points: 3, vs. 3 opponents, most recently at ASU, 1/8/00
Rebounds: 3, vs. UIC, 12/18/99, at Colorado State, 11/27/99
Assists: 3, at Arizona, 1/6/00
Blocks: 1, vs. Oregon, 1/13/00
Steals: 3, at Wake Forest, 12/28/99


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