Jan. 3, 2000
Thur., Jan. 6 at Arizona McKale Center (14,489) 6 p.m. PT
Sat., Jan. 8 at Arizona State Wells Fargo Arena (14,198) 1 p.m. PT
QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
California (5-5 overall) opens its Pac-10 slate on the road at 15th-ranked Arizona (11-1) Thursday, Jan. 6, and at Arizona State (7-3) Saturday, Jan. 8. The Golden Bears look to snap a three-game losing streak as they open the Pac-10 season on the road for the second-consecutive season.
The Bears, in the midst of a four-game road trip, wrapped up the non-conference season with losses at Wake Forest (57-48) and No. 9 North Carolina (70-65). Cal played a difficult pre-conference schedule, which also included Colorado State, Santa Clara and Florida ? all teams which have been ranked or have been receiving votes this season.
Last year, Cal entered the conference season with a 6-3 mark, but statistically, the Bears are an improved team over a year ago. Cal is averaging 65.4 ppg to 62.3 ppg. Cal is also ranked fourth in the league in scoring defense at 62.9 ppg after ranking fourth last year with a 67.7 mark. The Bears have improved their rebounding to a conference-best 42.9 rpg from 38.9 rpg and also rank third in the conference for rebounding margin at +5.6. Cal has also cut its turnovers to 18.4 pg from 21.3 pg. Another sign of Cal's improved defense is an increase in its steals to 10.5 spg (third in Pac-10) from 9.1 spg.
Junior guard Courtney Johnson has been Cal's most consistent scoring threat this season as she leads the team with a career-best 12.9 ppg. She has scored in double figures in 7-of-8 games she has played in. Johnson is also leading the Pac-10 in steals with 3.13 per game
Other scoring punch has come from junior guard Kenya Corley, who is having a breakout season. The Lancaster native entered the year with a career average of 3.9 ppg but is averaging 11.1 ppg this season.
Approaching double digits in scoring are sophomore center Ami Forney (9.8) and senior forward Paige Bowie (9.2), who has led Cal in scoring the last two seasons.
Cal's Probable Starters and Key Reserves
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 Jan. 6 at Arizona.
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.
HEAD COACH MARIANNE STANYLE
Marianne Stanley is in her fourth season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program with a 29-61 (.315) 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 409-212 (.659). 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.
Best time to reach Stanley: Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. by appointment scheduled through the media relations office.
ARIZONA SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at Arizona (11-1, 0-0 Pac-10)
Arizona, which returns all five starters from last season, finished the non-conference season with an 11-1 record. The Wildcats lone loss came at No. 23 Kansas, 71-68, Dec. 21. UA has three players in double-figure scoring. Arizona is outscoring its opponents by a Pac-10-best 18.0 ppg (83.1-65.1).
Cal-Arizona Series History
Arizona leads the all-time series, 17-13, and has won eight-straight games. Cal is 4-10 on the road, 8-7 at home and 1-0 at neutral venues vs. Arizona.
Last year: Cal took Arizona to the final minute before the Wildcats pulled away for a 74-65 win in Tuscon. Four Bears posted double figures, including Kenya Corley with a season-high 13 points off the bench. At the Kaiser Arena in Oakland, UA defeated Cal, 77-58.
Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini
(Southern Conn.,'75)) Joan Bonvicini is in her ninth year at the helm of the Arizona program with a 145-99 (.594) record at the school. Her 20+ year career record is 470-170 (.734). After 12 years at Long Beach State, Bonvicini has led UA to three-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
Arizona Probable Starters
ARIZONA STATE SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at Arizona State (7-3, 0-0 Pac-10 ? hosts Stanford 1/6)
Arizona State posted an impressive 7-3 non-conference record but enters the Pac-10 season on a two-game losing streak. ASU's offense is improved this season behind four players in double figures. Theresa Jantzen, a 1999 Pac-10 all-freshman team selection, leads the way with 15.0 ppg.
Cal-Arizona State Series History
Cal leads the all-time series with ASU, 19-12, and has won the last three contests. Last year: Cal grabbed a 74-60 win at home for Coach Stanley's 400th-career victory. The Bears had five players in double figures. At ASU, Cal ended a 27-game Pac-10 road-losing streak with a 67-63 win. Cal rallied from 16-points down to sweep the season series with the Sun Devils.
CAL BREAKDOWNBy Class
Seniors(1): Paige Bowie
Freshmen: Michelle Wald, Amber White
5-9: Michelle Wald
5-11: Kawai Matthews
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 1/2/00 games)
|1. Oregon State||17.92|
|FG PCT Defense|
|1. Courtney Johnson, CAL||3.13|
|2. Kitch Kitchn, ASU||2.60|
|1. Maylana Martin, UCLA||9.1|
|7. Lauren Ashabaugh, CAL||7.0|
|10t. Ami Forney, CAL||6.3|
|1. Megan Franza, UW||20.9|
|10. Courtney Johnson, CAL||12.9|
Arizona State Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne
(Stanford, '88) Charlie Turner Thorne is in her fourth season as head coach at Arizona State and her seventh as a collegiate head coach. Turner Thorne is 38-50 (.432) at ASU and 78-92 (.459) overall. Before being hired at ASU, she coached three seasons at Northern Arizona. In 1998-99, she led the Sun Devils to the exact record as Cal, 12-15, 6-12 Pac-10 (tied for 6th).
Arizona State Probable Starters
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES PAC-10 PREVIEW
UCLA was picked to win the 2000 Pac-10 title in separate preseason coaches and media polls. Oregon was tabbed second, while Stanford was picked third and Arizona fourth in each poll. Despite finishing tied for sixth last season with a 6-12 record, Cal was picked to finish ninth in both polls. The sixth-place finish and six wins were the most by Cal since the 1992-93 season. UCLA and Oregon were co-Pac-10 champions in 1998-99.
Preseason polls are not always strong indications of how the conference race will fare. Based on the non-conference schedule, Arizona appears to be top dog with an 11-1 record, followed by Oregon at 9-3 and Stanford and Arizona State at 7-3. UCLA has played an extremely difficult pre-conference schedule and stands at 6-4, followed by Cal with the sixth-best non-conference record at 5-5.
BEARS LEAD PAC-10 IN REBOUNDING
Cal leads the Pac-10 in rebounding, snaring 42.9 rebounds per game. UCLA is second at 42.7 per contest. This is an improvement over Cal's 38.9 rebounding average in 1998-99. The Bears also rank third in the conference in rebounding margin at +5.6 per game (give up 37.3 rpg). Cal's success on the glass can largely be attributed to its balance as five players average four or more rebounds per game. Junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh ranks first on the team and seventh in the league with a career-best 7.0 average.
CAL TAKES BETTER CARE OF THE BALL IN 99-00
Cal ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +1.90. The Bears are committing only 18.4 tpg, while forcing their opponents into 20.3 tpg. This is an improvement over last year's ?1.1 figure (21.3-20.2). Unfortunately, Cal's turnover advantage hasn't translated into many more wins as it is 4-3 in games it has less turnovers than its opponent. The Bears season low for turnovers is 13, set in losses at Santa Clara and UNC.
JOHNSON PACES CAL'S OFFENSE AND DEFENSE
Despite starting just one game this season, junior guard Courtney Johnson leads the Pac-10 in steals with 3.1 per game after finishing second in 1998-99 at 2.7 per contest. She also leads Cal and ranks 10th in the league in scoring (12.9 ppg). Additionally, she leads the Bears and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 for free throw percentage (.786). The Antioch native missed two games after sustaining a concussion against Santa Clara (12/2). She has posted double-digit points in seven of eight games, with the only sub-par game coming against UNC when she wasn't feeling well.
BEARS RECORD WHEN
Lead at halftime 5-0
Trailed at halftime 0-5
Were tied at halftime 0-0
Went into overtime 0-0
Led by 10 or more points 3-0
Shot FG 60% or better 1-0
Shot FG 50% or better 2-0
Shot FG less than 50% 2-5
Shot FG less than 40% 2-5
Shot FG less than 30 % 0-0
Score in 40's 0-1
Score in 50's 0-1
Score in 60's 3-2
Score in 70's 1-1
Score in 80's 1-0
Lead in rebounds 4-3
Are outrebounded 1-1
Are tied for rebounds 0-1
Have less TOs than opp. 4-3
Commit 15 or less TOs 1-2
Start #3, 4, 31, 33, 42 5-3
Start #4, 31, 32, 33, 42 0-1
Start #4, 10, 31, 33, 42 0-1
CAL'S PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP CAREER STATS
CAL 2 SPORT ATHLETES
|Kenya Corley||track & field|
|Michelle Wald||field hockey|
BOWIE RETURNS TO FORM, LEADS CAL IN ASSISTS
Senior forward Paige Bowie has led Cal in scoring the last two seasons, but with the improved depth on this year's squad, she has not had to carry the offensive burden. Bowie ranks fourth on the team in scoring at 9.2 ppg, but her average is on the rise. A co-captain with Courtney Johnson, Bowie knows she must step up her performance in crunch time and against better opponents. Bowie led Cal in scoring with 20 points against Florida in the title game of the Oakland Tribune Classic. That marked her sixth 20+ point game of her career. Often when Bowie scores 20+ points, however, it tends to equal a Bear loss as they probably didn't receive balanced scoring. She also led Cal against No. 9 North Carolina with 14 points and 7 assists. Bowie leads Cal in assists with 2.8 per game from her small forward spot.
Bowie's 20+ Point Games
|1. Northwestern,||12/17/98||30 points||Cal won|
|2. Stanford,||2/5/99||25 points||Cal lost|
|2. at Washington,||2/21/98||24 points||Cal lost|
|3. at Oregon State,||3/5/98||24 points||Cal lost|
|4. USC,||1/16/99||23 points||Cal won|
|5. at UCLA,||1/12/97||22 points||Cal lost|
|6. Florida,||12/19/99||20 points||Cal lost|
WHITE SHOWS MATURITY AS PAC-10'S APPROACH
On a veteran Bear squad, forward Amber White is Cal's only scholarship freshman. The Los Angeles native played for perennial-national power Narbonne High School so she knows how to deal with pressure. With the Pac-10 season beginning this week, White has already shown signs that she is ready to step up her performance during the conference season. White gave Cal a lift against ninth-ranked North Carolina, tallying a career-high 7 points and 2 rebounds in 11 minutes. She is contributing 1.3 ppg and 2.4 rpg in 9.6 minutes per game.
In four of Cal's five losses, the Bears have outscored their opponents in the second half?6-2 junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh is Cal's top three-point shooter (6-10, .600)?sophomore center Ami Forney is Cal's top passing post player, averaging 1.5 apg?Ashbaugh and Forney each have one double-double this season?Ashbaugh has two double-doubles for her career with the other coming at Stanford last season?senior forward Paige Bowie is tied for third all-time at Cal with 107 three pointers made and is in third for three-point attempts with 367.
CAL GIVES VALLIANT EFFORT IN 70-65 LOSS AT UNC
Cal almost rang in the new year by putting an end to ninth-ranked North Carolina's 61-game home unbeaten streak to non-conference opponents. In the end, the Tar Heels (9-2) came away with a 70-65 victory over the visiting Bears (5-5) Dec. 30. Senior forward Paige Bowie, one of four Cal players in double figures, led the Bears with 14 points and tied her career high of seven assists. Junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh posted her second career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. A three-pointer by Juana Brown with 23 seconds left propelled UNC to the victory.
CAL FALLS TO WAKE FOREST, 58-47
Cal (5-4) was unable to overcome 15.6 percent shooting in the first half as it lost to Wake Forest, 57-48, on the road, Dec. 28. Junior guard Courtney Johnson made her first start of the season and led Cal with 11 points, five rebounds and four steals. After trailing 28-14 at the half, the Bears outscored the Deamon Deacons (4-6), 34-29, in the second stanza, but it wasn't enough to pull out the win.