Cal Travels to Arizona, Arizona State
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

February 22, 1999

This Week:

  • Feb. 25 at Arizona (14-9, 9-5)
  • McKale Center (14,489)
  • 7:00 p.m. MT

  • Feb. 27 at ASU (11-12, 5-9)
  • Wells Fargo Arena (14,198)
  • 7:00 p.m. MT

    TV: None
    Radio: KALX (90.7 FM)

    California (10-13, 4-10 Pac-10) takes a two-game winning streak on the road this week to the Valley of the Sun, where the Golden Bears battle Arizona Thursday at 7 p.m. and Arizona State Saturday at 7 p.m.

    The Bears defeated Washington State and Washington last week, putting together their first Pac-10 home or road sweep since the 1994-95 season when they defeated Arizona and Arizona State during the same week. The wins also halted a 13-game and five-game losing streak, respectively, against Washington and Washington State.

    With last weeks two wins, Cal has climbed into seventh in the Pac-10 and continues to show improvement over the first two seasons under head coach Marianne Stanley. Cal has four more overall wins and two more conference wins than it posted each of the last two seasons. The Bears 10 wins are the most that they have garnered since the 1994-95 season when they went 10-17. With four games left in the regular season, Cal is on track to post its best record since the 1992-93 seasons 19-10, 10-8 Pac-10 record.

    Senior Sherrise Smith is making a strong claim for All-Pac-10 recognition. Smith led the Bears with 12.5 ppg, 8.5 apg and 5.0 spg in the two wins over the Washington schools. The Los Angeles native is averaging a career-best for points (9.8), assists (4.3) and steals (1.52). She leads Cal in scoring and assists in Pac-10 games with 11.9 ppg and 5.2 apg.

    Meanwhile, junior Paige Bowie remains on pace for her second-consecutive team scoring title, averaging 12.0 ppg.

    Defense has been Cals strong suit throughout the season as opponents are scoring only 67.5 ppg, compared to 70.9 ppg last season. Blocked shots is the defensive area Cal has improved in the most over last season as the team has 70 blocked shots compared to 57 a year ago. Freshman Shavaki Jackson leads a quartet of double-digit shot blockers with 14. Courtney Johnson leads the Bears in steals and ranks second in the conference with 2.74 spg.

                    PAC-10 STANDINGS (As of 2/22)   Pac-10 Overall
     1. Oregon             13-2                         22-4
        UCLA               12-2                         20-6
     3. Stanford           11-3                        15-10
     4. Arizona             9-5                         14-9
     5. Washington          8-7                        12-12
     6. Arizona State       5-9                        11-12
     7. California         4-10                        10-13   
     8. Wash. State        4-11                        10-14
     9. USC                3-11                         7-16
    10. Oregon State       3-12                        11-13  
    Feb. 25
    Cal at Arizona; Stanford at ASU; USC at Washington, UCLA at WSU

    Feb. 26
    Oregon at Oregon State

    Feb. 27
    USC at Washington State, Stanford at Arizona, Cal at ASU; UCLA at Washington

    Pac-10 Statistical Leaders
    (Through 2/21/99 games)
    1. Maylana Martin, UCLA 18.7
    13. Paige Bowie, CAL 12.0

    1. Amber Hall, WASH 10.5
    9. Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL 6.2
    16. Jennie Leander, CAL 5.3

    1. Erica Gomez, UCLA 7.31
    6. Sherrise Smith 4.30

    1. Julia Gray, WASH 3.08
    3. Courtney Johnson, CAL 2.74

    FG Percentage
    1. Jenny Mowe, ORE .607
    5t. Shavaki Jackson, CAL .522

    3-Pt Goal Percentage
    1. Michelle Tom, ASU .433
    10. Paige Bowie, CAL .328

    Free Throw Percentage
    1. Milena Flores, STAN .800
    5. Courtney Johnson, CAL .756

    Scoring Defense
    1. Oregon 57.8
    4. California 67.5

    Rebounding Offense
    1. Washington 44.3
    4. California 39.3

    Marianne Stanley is in her third season at the helm of the Cal womens basketball program and 20th season as a collegiate head coach. A native of Upper Darby, Pa., Stanley has won five national championships as a player (2) and coach (3). Against Arizona State on Jan. 28, 1999, Stanley became the 28th-active NCAA Division I womens coach to reach the 400-career victory plateau. Her career record is 402-205 (.662). Stanley, 44, is the 12th-youngest coach to reach 400 wins.

    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 Arizona (14-9, 9-5 Pac-10)
    Arizona saw a five-game winning streak, which began with a 77-58 win over Cal Jan. 30, end with an 82-76 loss to No. 18 Oregon Sunday. The Wildcats are in fourth in the Pac-10 and are on pace to receive the conferences fourth and likely final bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats rank second in the Pac-10 in scoring at 74.7 ppg and boast the conferences only starting unit which averages in double-digit points with Angela Lackey leading the way with 14.0 ppg.

    Cal-Arizona Series History
    Arizona leads the all-time series with Cal 16-13. The Wildcats have won seven-consecutive contests, with the Bears last defeating the Wildcats 94-66 at home, Feb. 11, 1995. The last time Cal won in Tucson was March 4, 1993 (81-74)

    Last meeting Jan. 30 in Oakland: Arizona led from start to finish as it cruised to a 77-58 victory over Cal. The Wildcats opened the game up 16-2 and never looked back, leading by as many as 25 points in the second half. Sherrise Smith led Cal with 15 points, while Angela Lackey paced Arizona with 22 and was an integral role in UAs pressing defense.

    Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini
    Joan Bonvicini is in her ninth season at the commands of the Arizona womens basketball program. In eight plus years in the Valley of the Sun, she boasts a 130-96 (.575) record. Bonvicini came to Arizona after concluding a 12-year tenure at Long Beach State with a record of 325-71 (.820). Overall, her career record stands at 455-167 (.732).

    Arizonas Probable Starters

    POS NO  NAME                HT  YR   PTS  REB 
    F   10  Reshea Bristol    5-10  So. 10.7  4.1
    F   34  Angela Lackey      6-0  Jr. 14.0  5.0
    C   45  Elizabeth Pickney  6-4  Fr. 11.6  5.7
    G    3  Lisa Griffith      5-6  Jr. 10.1  2.8
    G   23  Felecity Willis    5-7  Jr. 12.0  3.7 5.7 apg
    Stats (all games) Comparison Pac-10 Rank In ( )
                           California      Arizona      Arizona State
    Points Per Game        62.1 (9th)    74.7 (2nd)       66.6 (7th)
    Opp. Points PG         67.5 (4th)    70.3 (8th)       65.3 (2nd) 
    Scoring Margin         -5.4 (9th)    +4.3 (3rd)       +1.3 (6th)
    Rebounds PG            39.3 (4th)   35.2 (10th)       38.3 (5th) 
    Opp. Rebounds PG       39.3 (7th)    37.5 (4th)       36.8 (3rd)
    Rebound Margin         -0.1 (7th)    -2.3 (8th)       +1.6 (6th) 
    FG%                    .386 (9th)    .451 (3rd)       .408 (5th)
    Opp. FG%               .409 (6th)    .429 (7th)       .434 (8th) 
    3-Pt. FG%              .299 (7th)    .335 (2nd)       .321 (6th)
    Opp. 3-Pt. FG%         .307 (6th)   .375 (10th)       .257 (1st) 
    FT%                    .674 (7th)    .714 (2nd)       .705 (4th)

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

    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, Kobi Kennon
    5-8 Kenya Corley, Janet Franey, Courtney Johnson
    5-5 Sherrise Smith

    Two Sport Athletes
    Paige Bowie softball
    Jamilla Churchill track & field
    Kenya Corley 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.

    Cal wrapped up its six-game television schedule Sunday with a 58-56 win on FOX Sports Net. The broadcast schedule included vs. Northwestern (FSBA), Dec. 17; at Stanford (FSBA), Jan. 8, at Washington State (FSN), Jan. 23; vs. Stanford (FSBA), Feb. 5; vs. Washington State (FSBA), Feb. 18, and vs. Washington (FSN), Feb. 21.

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    A Look at Arizona State (11-12, 5-9 Pac-10)
    Arizona State is on a slight role, having won three of its last five games, including a loss in overtime to Arizona. The Sun Devils are in sixth place in the Pac-10, one game ahead of the Bears, who reside in seventh. ASU is led by freshman Theresa Jantzen, who has come on during the last five games to move into the team scoring lead at 11.4 ppg and has made four- straight starts.

    Cal-Arizona State Series History
    Cal leads the all-time series with Arizona State 18-12 and has won five of the last seven meetings. ASU and Washington State (17-14 Cal) are the only two conference foes which Cal leads the all-time series. Cal looks to sweep the season series having won at home Jan. 28. A sweep would be the first time the Bears have swept a conference foe since they won both games over ASU during the 1995-96 season.

    Last meeting Jan. 28 in Oakland: Cal defeated ASU, 74-60, handing Cal head coach Marianne Stanley her 400th-career victory. Five players scored in double-digits for the Bears behind 20 from Sherrise Smith. Cal outshot ASU 53 percent to 33 percent. Jantzen led ASU off the pine with 15 points and five boards.

    Arizona State Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne
    Charli Turner Thorne is in her third season at the helm of the ASU womens basketball program. Her Sun Devil record is 27-44 (.380). In five plus years as a collegiate head coach, including three years at Northern Arizona University, Thornes record is 67-84 (.435). Turner Thorne didnt make the trip to the Bay Area in January due to the final week of her pregnancy.

    Arizona States Probable Starters

    POS NO  NAME              HT  YR   PTS  REB 
    F    4  Leaf Newman      5-9  So.  9.6  3.7 
    F   22  Theresa Jantzen  6-3  Fr. 11.4  5.7
    C   54  Rachel Holt      6-3  Jr. 10.6  5.2
    G   15  Kitch Kitchen    5-7  Jr.  6.5  3.8
    G   33  Natalie Tucker   5-9  So.  8.0  3.4 5.0 apg

    While Cal has been impressive at home this season with a 9-3 record, the Bears have been equally unimpressive on the road this season at 0-10. Cal has lost 19-straight road games with its last win being a 62-61 decision at USF, Dec. 3, 1997. In the Pac-10, Cal has lost 26-consecutive road games with its last win dating back to a 91-83 win at Washington State, Feb. 24, 1996. During that long conference losing streak, the closest Cal came to ending the skid was a two-point loss at Oregon State (54-52), Jan. 4, 1999.

    Cals 9-3 home court record is its best home mark since it went 9-5 in 1994-95 at Harmon Gym. If the Bears sweep the Oregon schools March 4 and 6, they will have tallied 11 home wins for the first time since 1993-94 (11-3). Cals best home win this year was over then-No. 9 Colorado St. (80-75).

    After shooting .658 from the charity stripe last season, Cal is hitting at a .674 clip this season, which ranks seventh in the Pac-10. The Bears have shot 70 percent or better in six of the last seven games. The one bump in the road came against Washington Sunday, a 59-percent effort in Cals win.

    Sophomore Courtney Johnson leads Cals improvement at .756 (59-78), fifth in the Pac-10. The Antioch, Calif., native saw a string of 13-straight free throws snapped against Washington as she converted on three-of-six, including two clutch points in the final minute. As a freshman, Johnson shot only 62.2 percent as a freshman.


    Jennie Leander
    Pacific -- 15 points, 12 rebounds
    Virginia -- 10 points, 10 rebounds
    USF--11 points, 10 rebounds
    Stanford 16 points, 10 rebounds

    Lauren Ashbaugh
    Stanford 14 points, 11 rebounds

    Led at halftime 7-1
    Trailed at halftime 2-12
    Were tied at halftime 1-0
    Went into overtime 0-0
    Led by 10 or more points 9-1
    Shot FG 60% or better 0-0
    Shot FG 50% or better 2-0
    Shot FG less than 50% 8-13
    Shot FG less than 40% 6-10
    Shot FG less than 30 % 2-1
    Score in 40s 1-3
    Score in 50s 3-4
    Score in 60s 2-4
    Score in 70s 1-2
    Score in 80s 3-0
    Lead in rebounds 6-3
    Are out rebounded 4-7
    Are tied for rebounds 0-3
    Have less TOs than opp. 6-3
    Start #10, 23, 31, 33, 50 7-11
    Start #10, 23, 33, 4, 40 1-0
    Start #10, 23, 24, 33, 50 1-0
    Start #3, 23, 31, 33, 50 1-2
    TV games 3-3

    1,000-Point Club 14 members
    1. Colleen Galloway 2320
    10. Heli Toikka 1102
    11. Jennie Leander 1101
    12. Laura Baker 1072

    Career Rebounds
    1. Colleen Galloway 1029
    7. Ingrid Dixson 789
    8. Jennie Leander 755

    Career Three-Point FG Percentage
    1. Chris Holten .467
    8t. Sherrise Smith
    10. Paige Bowie

    Career Three-Point FG Made
    1. Jennifer Self 159
    6. Kelly Tatum 95
    7. Paige Bowie 90

    Career Free Throws Made
    1. Teresa Palmisano 482
    7. Cynthia Cooke 265
    8. Jennie Leander 263

    Cal showed resiliency during the non-conference season, coming back from deficits on a regular basis. Then Cal went through a stretch during the conference season when it would hang around teams until the 10 minute- mark of the game before letting games slip away.

    The Bears that fought back from a five-point deficit to then-No. 9 Colorado State to win 80-75 are back. Last week, Cal overcame a season-high 10-point deficit to Washington State and a six-point deficit to Washington to win both games. The WSU game featured a 25-point turnaround as Cal won by 15 points, 83-68.

    After allowing opponents 70.9 ppg last season, Cal ranks fourth in the league with a 67.5 scoring defense. Over the last five games, Cal has thrown a variety of presses and trapping defenses at opponents to keep their offenses out of sync and maintain their own intensity.

    Cals pressure defense has paid off in big dividends in the turnover category. Overall, opponents average 19.7 turnovers per game against Cal but over the last five games, Cal has forced opponents into 24.2 turnovers and over the last four games 26.3. Not only are the Bears forcing more turnovers, theyre doing a good job of converting turnovers on the offensive end. Cal scored 25 points off UWs 28 turnovers and versus Washington State, the Bears capitalized with 31 points off 27 Cougar miscues.

    Senior Sherrise Smith is Cals hottest player during the Pac-10 season, especially over the last nine games. In all games, Smith is second on the Bears with 9.8 ppg and leads the team with 4.3 apg (sixth Pac-10). In Pac-10 games, Smith leads Cal with 11.9 ppg and 5.2 apg. Additionally, in Pac-10 games, Smith ranks second in the conference in three-point shooting accuracy at .400 (16-40).

    Smiths previous-best Bear scoring average was as a sophomore when she averaged 5.4 ppg.

    Smith posted a career-high 21 points at UCLA in front of her hometown fans. Last week in Cals wins over UW and WSU, Smith averaged 12.5 points, 8.5 assists, 5 steals, 3 rebounds and 1 blocked shot. UW head coach June Daugherty offered the following praise of Smith.

    "Sherrise Smith is one heck of a floor leader. That kid totally has my admiration. There is nothing in that kids eyes that tells you her team is having a losing season. Hopefully, coaches will recognize her at the end of the season with Pac-10 honors because she is the difference."

    Fellow senior Jennie Leander has also stepped up her play over the last nine games, averaging 11.7 ppg (9.3 ppg on the season). Leander has scored in double-digit points in seven of the last nine games, including twice a season-high 16 points.

    Leander caught fire after posting her 1000th-career point at Washington, Jan. 21. The Tigard, Ore., native (1,101 points) is one point away from moving into a tie with Heli Toikka (1,102 points) for 10th place on Cals all-time career scoring chart.

    Junior forward Paige Bowie has seen her average climb from 8.8 ppg as a freshman to 11.0 as a sophomore to a career-best pace of 12.0 this season. She leads the Bears for the second-consecutive season in the scoring department.

    The Pac-10 will hold media-only teleconferences with Pac-10 head coaches throughout the 1998-99 season. To obtain the number, media should call the Pac-10 office or Cals media relations office. Below are the remaining teleconference dates for this season:

    Tuesday, Feb. 23
    Tuesday, March 2

    The order of coaches is as follows:

    12:00-12:03 Joan Bonvicini, Arizona
    12:03-12:06 Charli Turner, Thorne, Arizona State
    12:06-12:09 Marianne Stanley, Cal
    12:09-12:12 Jody Runge, Oregon
    12:12-12:15 Judy Spoelstra, OSU
    12:15-12:18 Tara VaDerveer, STAN
    12:18-12:21 Kathy Olivier, UCLA
    12:21-12:24 Chris Gobrecht, USC
    12:24-12:27 June Daugherty, WASH
    12:27-12:30 Harold Rhodes, WSU
    12:30-12:40 Student-athlete

    Cals Probable Starting Fives Career Statistics

                             Games  Career Starts
    Lauren Ashbaugh            51        23
    Paige Bowie                68        58
    Jennie Leander            105       102
    Sherrise Smith             90        63
    Courtney Johnson           51        40

    Points Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 262 5.1 Paige Bowie 733 10.8 Jennie Leander 1101 10.5 Sherrise Smith 507 5.7 Courtney Johnson 325 6.4

    Rebounds Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 260 5.1 Paige Bowie 265 3.9 Jennie Leander 755 7.2 Sherrise Smith 189 2.1 Courtney Johnson 195 3.8

    Assists Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 32 0.6 Paige Bowie 179 2.6 Jennie Leander 60 0.6 Sherrise Smith 270 3.0 Courtney Johnson 88 1.7

    The Bears close out their two-year stint at the Kaiser Arena, March 6, against Oregon. Next season, Cal moves into the Haas Pavilion (12,300 capacity) on campus.

    The Bears are 2-1 in games this season in which Bowie has poured in 20 or more points and 2-4 during Bowies career. She posted a career-high 30 points in Cals 88-76 win over Northwestern. Bowie also had 23 points to pace Cal to its first Pac-10 win over USC, 61-51. She also poured in 25-points in Cals 77-67 loss to Stanford.

    Standing 5-8 and blessed with extremely long arms, sophomore guard Courtney Johnson is recognized as one of the top defenders in the Pac-10. Johnson moved into second in the conference steals race at 2.74 spg with six steals on the weekend. UWs Julia Gray leads the way with 3.08 spg but has played one more game than Johnson. Johnsons 63 steals surpass the 47 she posted as a freshman.

    Shavaki Jackson leads the Bears with 14 blocks and in FG shooting at .522 (T5th Pac-10)against WSU, Latifa Lewis posted a career-high five rebounds while Kenya Corley had a season-high eight pointsCorley also had a career-high five rebounds vs. WashingtonLauren Ashbaugh leads Cal in rebounding at 6.3 rpg (9th Pac-10)Sherrise Smith had a career-high two blocks against Washington.

    Sophomore Masa Radovic, a 1998 Pac-10 All-Freshman honoree, will utilize a medical redshirt for the 1998-99 womens basketball season as announced Feb. 10 by coach Stanley. Radovic will return for the 1999-2000 season and retain three years of basketball eligibility.

    When the post-season rolls around, Cals game tape of its 80-75 win over Colorado State will be a hot commodity. The Rams have quietly climbed to No. 4 in the country with a 27-1 record. Their lone blemish came in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic to the Bears.


    Cal played smothering defense as it held off Washington 58-56 at Kaiser, snapping a 13-game losing streak to the Huskies. Cal pulled out of a 27-33 halftime deficit to threaten numerous times through the final 15 minutes of the game before Courtney Johnson smashed through the UW Dawg Pound.

    With 3:05 remaining in the game and Cal down 51-52, Sherrise Smith picked Megan Franzas pocket, feeding Johnson on the breakaway for a one-point advantage, which the Bears wouldnt surrender. Paige Bowie led Cal with 15 points and Johnson added 12. Ashbaugh gathered a game-high 12 rebounds, one away from her career-high of 13. Amber Hall led UW with 10 points, 10 boards. Cal forced UW into 28 turnovers.

    California used 16 points and a career-best six steals from senior Sherrise Smith to send visiting Washington State packing 83-68 at the Kaiser Arena. Smith led a quartet of double-digit scorers for Cal. Tricia Lamb led WSU with a game-high 22 points.

    Both teams came out slowly in the early going. WSU was the first to take charge, going on a 14-4 run to put it up 20-10 with 10:21 to play in the half. Cal came storming back for its biggest come-from-behind win this year, outscoring the Cougars 30-14 from that point on, taking a 40-34 lead into the locker room. Cal took charge early in the second half. The Bears jumped out to a 17-point lead, its biggest of the night at the 5:24 mark and never looked back, despite WSU cutting the lead to 10 on three occasions. The Bears were aided by 27 WSU turnovers and a 48-percent shooting night, their third-best performance of the year.