November 15, 1998
The six Bay Area women's basketball coaches got together Thursday, Nov. 12, at the San Jose Arena to discuss their teams outlook for the Bay Area media. Cal head coach Marianne Stanley had the following thoughts on the 1998-99 season.
"For the first time in a couple of years we're healthy. I'm nervous sitting next to Tara (Vanderveer) and Karen (Smith), whose teams have injuries."
On The Team's Turning Point
"I'm very excited about this year's team. I think we began to turn the corner the latter half of last season. The last six games, we saw evidence of the kind of team we can be. We played many tournament teams well."
On Sherisse Smith, Cal's senior point guard
"I'm really proud of Sherisse. I think she's earned the respect of her teammates. We should call Lloyds of London to get an insurance policiy on her. She's healthy and playing exceptionally well. With Sherisse and Paige (Bowie) healthy and playing well, we have great leadership on the floor. Our seniors -- Sherisse, Jamilla Churchill, Kobie Kennon and Jennie Leander -- are very motivated to turn this program around. They haven't experienced much winning. Those four players have shown maturity and leadership and for a team that hasn't experienced much winning, that is huge."
On Cal's Sophomore Class
"Our sophomore class gained a lot of experience as freshmen. They're very experienced sophomores."
On Depth to the Front Line
"For the first time in years, we have depth in the front line. Shavaki Jackson has ability to emerge as the dominant player in that class. 6-4 Latifa Lewis is a big player. I kidded Tom Holmoe (Cal football coach) that he might need her to put on some pads. Ami Forney of Newark is also a key player."
On What to Expect From Cal in 98-99
"Our seniors have a sense of urgency. They want to win and lead this team. The leadership is there and we're healthy. The Cal Bears are looking to move up in the Pac-10."