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Cal Women Open Second Half Of Pac-10 Slate At OSU, Oregon
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/07/2000

Feb. 7, 2000

This Week: OSU Game on FSN Northwest Tape Delayed
Feb. 10 - at Oregon State (9-12, 5-4) Gill Coliseum (10,400), 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 12 - at Oregon (15-6, 6-3) McArthur Court (9,087), 7:00 p.m.
Catch both games on KALX Radio (90.7 F.M)

QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
The California women's basketball team has been playing with a renewed sense of confidence over the last two weeks. After losing nine straight, the Golden Bears defeated Washington (72-59) on the road and USC (81-64) at home and almost defeated first-place UCLA (67-74) Saturday after leading 35-29 at the half.

The Bears open the second half of the Pac-10 schedule on the road Thursday at Oregon State at 7 p.m. That game is being broadcast by FOX Sports Net Northwest on a taped delayed basis. FOX Sports Net Bay Area will show the game at 2 p.m. on Friday. Sunday, the Bears face Oregon at 7 p.m. Cal looks to avenge earlier losses this year to both teams.

Cal has consistently been among the conference's best defensive teams over the last two years. Over the last three games, Cal's offense has shown some improvement (73.3 ppg), propelling Cal to seventh in the Pac-10 at 63.9 ppg. The Bears rank fourth in scoring defense at 65.3 ppg.

Four of Cal's starters are having career offensive years. Those offensive improvements have made it such that senior forward Paige Bowie has not had to carry the offensive burden this year. Bowie is fourth on the team in scoring at 9.3 ppg after leading the team in that category as a sophomore and junior. Junior guard Courtney Johnson leads the Bears in scoring this year at 12.1 ppg, while junior guard Kenya Corley (11.1 ppg) and sophomore center Shavaki Jackson (10.7 ppg) are also in double figures. Jackson leads the Bears in conference games at 12.0 ppg and 8.4 rpg (3rd Pac-10). Johnson continues to set the pace in the Pac-10 for steals at 3.24 spg (55) after finishing second in the league last year at 2.74 spg. Junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh has emerged as Cal's top post defender, leading the team with 15 blocks and standing in second with 29 steals (1.5 spg).

Off the bench, Kawai Matthews, Nicole Ybarra, Amber White and Genevieve Swedor have provided lifts for the Bears.

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 broadcasts are this week.

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 in Oakland, 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 the Cal women's basketball program with a 31-70 (.307) record. She coached her 100th game at Cal at home against USC (81-64 win) last week. 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 411-219 (.652). 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.

OREGON STATE SCOUTING REPORT

A Look at Oregon State (9-12, 5-4 Pac-10, 5th)
Oregon State has won five of its last seven games, beginning with a 53-50 come-from-behind win over Cal, Jan. 15, in Berkeley. The winning stretch has vaulted the Beavers into fifth place in the Pac-10. They are, however, coming off a 65-49 loss to Arizona at home.

Cal-Oregon State Series History
Oregon State leads the all-time series vs. Cal, 22-16. The teams have alternated victories over the last eight games.

Oregon State Head Coach Jody Spoelstra (Oregon State, '83)
Judy Spoelstra is in her fourth season at the helm at Oregon State with a 57-74 mark. Prior to joining the Beavers, she spent six seasons as head coach at Montana State, where she posted a 98-68 mark. Her career record is 154-142.

Oregon State' Probable Starters

POSNONAMEHTYRPTSREB
F33Reda Petraitis6-1Sr7.17.62.43 spg
F34Felicia Ragland5-9So13.25.3
C32Sissel Pierce6-4Sr11.97.0
G21Chassie Wiersma5-11So6.44.2
G25Cherrith Wiersma5-9So4.52.62.9 apg

OREGON SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at Oregon (15-6, 6-3 Pac-10, 4th, vs. Stanford Thursday) Oregon, last year's co-Pac-10 champion, is only 4-3 over its last seven games, including losses to Stanford, USC and Arizona. The Ducks lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 61.3 ppg.

Cal-Oregon Series History
Oregon leads the series with Cal, 24-10, and has won the last 13 contests. Prior to the long losing streak, the Bears swept the season series in 1991-92 and 1992-93, with the last win being a 90-74 win in Berkeley.

Oregon Head Coach Jody Runge (Kentucky '85)
Jody Runge is in her seventh season at the helm of the Oregon women's basketball team. She boasts a 135-59 Oregon and career record. The 1999 Pac-10 Coach of the Year has led Oregon to the NCAA Tournament every year in her six-year tenure.

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

(All games, as of 2/7/00)
Note: must play in 75% of games

TEAM
Offensive Rebounds
1. Cal 17.64
2. Oregon State 16.95
Rebounding Offense
1. UCLA 43.4
2. Cal 40.6
Scoring Defense
1. Oregon 61.3
4. Cal 65.3
3-Point FG PCT Defense
1. Arizona State .251
2. Cal .291
Steals
1. UCLA 11.11
3. Cal 10.16
Turnover Margin
1. Arizona +3.33 (20.0-23.3)
4. Cal +1.95 (18.8-20.7)

INDIVIDUAL

Steals
1. Courtney Johnson, CAL 3.24
2. Reda Petraitis, OSU 2.43
Rebounding
1. Maylana Martin, UCLA 9.1
6. Lauren Ashabaugh, CAL 6.5
Scoring
1. Megan Franza, UW 19.0
12. Courtney Johnson, CAL 12.1

CAL INJURY UPDATE

Radovic (back)indefinitely out
Forney (stress fracture foot)out
(50-50 for this week)
Franey (sprained foot)out
week-to-week

Oregon's Probable Starters

POSNONAMEHTYRPTSREB
F14Nicole Strange5-10Sr8.03.5
F40Angelina Wolvert6-3Jr12.16.1
C34Jenny Mowe6-5Jr5.35.7
G10Jamie Craighead5-9So5.11.9
G3Shaquala Williams5-6So17.83.34.3 apg

Statistical Comparison- Pac-10 rank in ( )

Cal OSUOregon
PPG 63.9 (7th)60.4 (10th)70.7 (4th)
PPG Allowed 65.3 (4th)61.7 (2nd)61.3 (2nd)
FG% .382 (10th).393 (8th).458 (3rd)
3FG% .233 (10th).324 (4th).282 (9th)
FT% .647 (9th).556 (10th).732 (2nd)
Rebounding 40.6 (2nd)40.5 (3rd)37.2 (7th)
Turnovers +1.9 (4th)-0.33 (8th)+2.33 (2nd)
Steals 10.16 (3rd)9.90 (4th)9.29 (7th)
Assists 13.16 (9th)14.14 (7th)16.00 (3rd)

GOLDEN BEAR NOTES

BEARS BEGIN 2ND HALF OF PAC-10 SLATE ON ROAD
At 2-7 and ninth in the Pac-10, Cal is not happy with how the first half of the conference schedule played out. The Bears have won two of their last three games and begin the second half of the conference schedule this week with renewed hope and redemption on their mind in many cases. There is currently a three-way tie for the conference lead between Stanford, UCLA and Arizona. This week, Cal battles fourth-place Oregon and fifth-place Oregon State.

StandingsPac-10 Overall
Arizona 7-2 18-3
Stanford 7-2 14-5
UCLA 7-2 13-6
Oregon 6-3 15-6
Oregon State 5-4 9-12
Arizona State 4-5 11-8
USC 3-68-11
Washington 3-6 7-14
California 2-7 7-12
Washington State 1-8 4-15

OFFENSE SHOWS SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT
Over the last three games, Cal's offense has shown huge signs of improvement, while the Bears defense continues to be a steadying force. During that stretch, the Bears are averaging 73.3 ppg, above their 63.9 ppg average. They are also holding opponents to 63.3 ppg, exceeding their 65.3 ppg average. Over the last three games, Cal has had four players in double figure scoring once and three players twice.

BEARS TAKING BETTER CARE OF THE BALL
The Bears turnover total has been on a steady decline during Coach Stanley's four-year tenure at Cal. This year, Cal ranks fourth in the Pac-10 for turnover margin at +1.95 as it commits 18.9 per game, while forcing 20.7. In fact, over the last three games, Cal has forced its opponents into 24 turnovers per game, including a season-high 30 against USC.

SeasonTurnovers/Game
1996-9722.3
1997-9822.2
1998-9921.3
1999-0018.8

BEARS RECORD WHEN

Lead at halftime7-1
Trailed at halftime0-11
Were tied at halftime0-0
Went into overtime0-0
Led by 10 or more points5-0
Shot FG 60% or better1-0
Shot FG 50% or better3-0
Shot FG less than 50%3-12
Shot FG less than 40%3-11
Shot FG less than 30 %0-1
Score in 40's0-1
Score in 50's0-6
Score in 60's3-4
Score in 70's2-1
Score in 80's2-0
Lead in rebounds5-4
Are outrebounded2-6
Are tied for rebounds0-2
Have less TOs than opp.5-8
Commit 15 or less TOs1-3
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, 24, 330-1
Start #00, 4, 10, 31, 332-6
Face ranked opponents0-4

PROBABLE STARTERS

GamesCareerStarts
Paige Bowie9181
Lauren Ashbaugh7444
Kenya Corley7321
Courtney Johnson7242
Shavaki Jackson399

PointsCareerAvg.
Paige Bowie95610.5
Shavaki Jackson3318.5
Courtney Johnson5878.2
Lauren Ashbaugh4646.3
Kenya Corley4195.7

ReboundsCareerAvg.
Lauren Ashbaugh4105.5
Shavaki Jackson2125.4
Paige Bowie3624.0
Courtney Johnson2823.9
Kenya Corley1762.4

AssistsCareerAvg.
Paige Bowie2372.6
Courtney Johnson1452.0
Kenya Corley801.1
Shavaki Jackson300.8
Lauren Ashbaugh550.7

Cal 2 SPORT ATHLETES

Paige Bowie softball
Kenya Corleytrack and field
Michelle Wald field hockey

BOWIE 1,000 PT WATCH
Senior forward Paige Bowie ranks third in school history for three-pointers made (116) and attempted (406), for a career .288 percentage. She also has 956 career points, and is looking to become the 15th Bear to reach 1,000-career points.

SO CLOSE WAY TOO OFTEN
The Bears have been close in almost every one of their games this season. They usually have an advantage in several categories each game, but often seem to lag behind in the one category that can usually put a team over the top ? field goal shooting. The 74-67 loss to UCLA Saturday was no exception, as Cal shot a season-low 29.5 percent. The Bears have lost 12 games by a combined 109 points or 9.1 points per game, with 26 of those points accounted for in the Stanford loss.

CAL TIES PAC-10 RECORD FOR REBOUNDS IN A GAME
Despite playing with only three post players due to injuries, Cal tied the school record and Pac-10 Conference game record with 64 rebounds (31 offensive) vs. Washington, Jan. 29. USC established the conference record against UCLA, 2/4/94. The Bears previously had 64 rebounds against Texas El-Paso in 1983 and Humboldt State in 1978. The rebounding feat was instrumental in Cal earning its first Pac-10 win of the season, 72-59, over Washington and ending its nine-game losing skid.

JACKSON, ASHBAUGH MAKE DYNAMIC POST DUO
Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson and junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh have been on a tear over the last four games. Jackson is averaging 14.3 ppg and 12.3 rpg, while Ashbaugh is averaging 14.0 ppg and 7.8 rpg. This far exceeds Jackson's averages of 10.7 ppg and 7.2 rpg and Ashbaugh's of 9.2 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Each have posted two double-doubles during that stretch, with both players' best games coming in Cal's win at Washington (Jackson: 18 pts, 23 reb., Ashbaugh: 18 pts, 10 reb.). In addition to dominating offensively, Ashbaugh has improved her defense, posting a team-best 15 blocks (T10th Pac-10) and ranking second in steals at 1.5 pg.

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 12.1 ppg (12th Pac-10). Meanwhile, the Antioch, Calif., native leads the league in steals with 3.24 per game after finishing second last year at 2.74. She'll face her nearest competition Thursday, Oregon State's Reda Petraitis at 2.43 spg. Johnson matched her career high of eight steals in Cal's win at UW. She ranks eighth in school history with 176 steals (7th is Meme Fanner ? 194).

WHITE PROVIDES LIFT OFF THE BENCH
While four of Cal's five starters are averaging 30 or more minutes per game during the Pac-10 schedule, minutes have been hard to come by for the Bear reserves. Freshman forward Amber White has found that playing good defense and rebounding were the best ways to earn playing time. Against UCLA, White was inserted to guard Michelle Greco who made three early baskets, and Greco was held scoreless the remainder of the game. White posted six points and five rebounds in 14 minutes vs. No. 15 UCLA.

CAL THUMPS USC, 81-64, FALLS TO UCLA, 74-67
Riding a high from last week's 72-59 victory at Washington, Cal brought their show home, thumping visiting USC in the first half 43-27 to capture an 81-64 win Thursday, its biggest Pac-10 victory margin since 1996-97. Paige Bowie (sporting a new look ? blue hair) and Courtney Johnson led the game with 18 points each. Johnson also had a career-high seven assists. Kenya Corley finished with 14 points, and Shavaki Jackson had 12.

Cal dropped a close contest to visiting UCLA, 74-67, Saturday. Despite a 35-29 halftime lead, the Bears were unable to pull together in the final minutes against the Bruins, losing the lead for good with 6:10 remaining. Johnson led Cal with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Ashbaugh had 14 points, while Jackson added 13 points and 13 rebounds (second double-double). Maylana Martin led UCLA with 28 points and 13 rebounds.


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