Bears Travel to USC and No. 11 UCLA
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

February 9, 1999

This Week:

Feb. 12 at USC   (6-14, 2-9)     Lyon Center (1,200)        7:00 p.m.
Feb. 14 at UCLA  (18-5, 10-1)    Pauley Pavilion (12,800)   2:00 p.m.
TV - None
Radio - KALX (90.7 FM)

California has proven that it can compete with anyone in the Pac-10 despite what its 8-11, 2-8 in the Pac-10 record may indicate. After a 10-point victory over the Bears Friday, Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer told the press during post-game interviews, "I thought Cal played extremely well. It's hard to believe they're not at the top of the Pac-10."

The Bears visit USC and No. 11/12 UCLA this weekend looking to end a 24-game Pac-10 road-losing streak. Cal's prospects of ending the streak are realistic especially against USC, which the Bears defeated Jan. 16 at home, 61-51.

Senior center Jennie Leander is Cal's hottest player over the last five games. Since becoming the 14th player in Cal history to reach the 1000-point career milestone, Leander has averaged 14.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Against Stanford, she matched her season-high of 16 points and added 10 rebounds to record her fourth double-double of the season and 20th of her career.

Junior forward Paige Bowie continues to lead Cal in scoring for the second-consecutive season. Bowie led all scorers in the Stanford game Friday with 25 points, improving her season average to 12.0 ppg.

Three-point shooting is the offensive area Cal has improved in the most over a year ago. After converting on only 45-of-228 threes (.164) in 1997-98, Cal is hitting on .310 of its attempts (74-239). Sherrise Smith and Bowie have spurred the dramatic improvement, shooting .380 and .363, respectively.

Defensively, sophomore guard Courtney Johnson continues to pace an improved Cal defensive unit. Johnson is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with 2.68 spg (51 overall) this season, surpassing her 47 swipes as a freshman. As a team, Cal has 58 blocks, one more than the 57 it swatted last year. Leander leads Cal with 12.

PAC-10 STANDINGS (As of 2/8)

                 Pac-10   Overall
 1. UCLA          10-1     18-5
 2. Oregon         9-2     18-4
 3. Stanford       8-2     12-9
 4. Arizona        7-4     12-8
 5. Washington     6-5    10-10
 6. Arizona State  4-7    10-10
 7. Oregon State   3-8     11-9  
    Wash. State    3-8     9-11
 9. California     2-8     8-11
10. USC            2-9     6-14
Feb. 11 - Oregon State at Washington; Oregon at Washington State
Feb. 12 - Stanford at UCLA; Cal at USC
Feb. 13 - Oregon at Washington; Oregon St. at Washington St.; Arizona at ASU
Feb. 14 - Stanford at USC; Cal at UCLA

Pac-10 Statistical Leaders
(Through 2/7/99 games)


 1.     Maylana Martin, UCLA    17.8
15t.    Paige Bowie, CAL        12.0
 1.  Amber Hall, WASH           10.8
13t. Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL       5.74
15.  Jennie Leander, CAL        5.68
1.   Erica Gomez, UCLA         7.57
6.   Sherrise Smith            4.00
 1.  Julia Gray, WASH         3.20
4t.  Courtney Johnson, CAL    2.68
FG Percentage
1.   Jenny Mowe, ORE          .631
3.   Shavaki Jackson, CAL     .547
3-Pt Goal Percentage
1.   Michelle Tom, ASU        .471
4.   Sherrise Smith, CAL      .380
7.   Paige Bowie, CAL         .363
Scoring Defense
1.  Oregon                    57.5
4.  California                67.2
Blocked Shots
1.  Oregon                    5.05
5.  California                3.05
Rebounding Offense
1.  Washington                44.7
4.  California                39.2

Marianne Stanley is in her third season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program and 20th season as a collegiate head coach. A native of Upper Darby, Pa., Stanley has won five national championship titles as a player (2) and coach (3). Against Arizona State on Jan. 28, Stanley became the 28th active NCAA Division I women's coach to reach the 400-career victory plateau. Her career record is 400-203 (.663). Stanley, 44, is the 12th youngest coach to reach the 400-victory milestone.

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 USC (6-14, 2-9 Pac-10)
USC is at the bottom of the Pac-10 and is riding a seven-game losing streak, which started with a 69-49 loss to Stanford, Jan. 14, and includes a 61-51 loss to Cal, Jan. 16.

The Trojans have been plagued with injuries all year long, one of the biggest losses being that of point guard Kristin Clark to an ACL injury, Jan. 4. Clark is the fourth guard to leave the USC line-up this season. Just when the Trojans thought things couldn't get any worse, they've been without the services of Adrain Williams, their leading scorer (15.4) and rebounder (8.6) for the last four games with a right ankle injury. Williams status for the Cal game is uncertain.

Cal-USC Series History
USC leads the all-time series with Cal 22-9, with wins in 11 of the last 12.

Last meeting - Jan. 16 at Kaiser: Paige Bowie led Cal to its first Pac-10 victory of the season, 61-51, with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Adrain Williams, a fellow Clovis West HS graduate, led USC with 14 points.

USC Head Coach Chris Gobrecht
Chris Gobrecht, a 1977 graduate of USC, is in her second year at the command of the USC program. In her inaugural season, the Trojans posted a 12-15 mark and finished sixth in the conference at 7-11. Gobrecht is in her 20th season as a head coach, including stints at Cal State Fullerton (6), Washington (11) and Florida State (1). Her career record is 338-222 (.604).

USC Probable Starters

POS  NO  NAME                 HT   YR  PTS  REB 
 F   14  Carmen Krause       6-1   Fr  3.7  3.2
 F   22  Tashara Carter      6-0   So  8.9  6.0 3.5 apg
 C   40  Tiffany Washington  6-2   Jr  8.6  6.4
 G   03  Tiffany Elmore      5-10  Fr  11.8 3.6
 G   05  Camille Norwood     5-8   Fr  4.0  0.9
Stats (all games) Comparison -- Pac-10 Rank In ( )
                     California   USC          UCLA
Points Per Game      60.8 (10th)  63.0 (8th)   87.6 (1st)
Opp. Points PG       67.2 (4th)   69.4 (5th)   72.8 (9th)  
Scoring Margin       -6.4 (T9th)  -6.4 (9th)  +14.7 (1st)
Rebounds PG          39.2 (4th)   36.1 (9th)   43.3 (2nd)
Opp. Rebounds PG     39.0 (7th)   41.0 (9th)   38.4 (6th)  
Rebound Margin       +0.2 (7th)   -4.9 (9th)   +4.9 (1st)  
FG%                  .388 (9th)   .358 (10th)  .488 (1st)
Opp. FG%             .407 (6th)   .459 (10th)  .406 (5th)  
3-Pt. FG%            .310 (7th)   .202 (10th)  .330 (4th)
Opp. 3-Pt. FG%       .297 (5th)   .320 (8th)   .294 (4th)  
FT% .652 (7th)       .646 (8th)   .710 (3rd)


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

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.

Six Cal games will be broadcast this season. Those games are 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.

All Cal releases, results, statistics, box scores, schedules and coaches and players biographical information, as well as historical data, is available on the Intenet at Game recaps and statistics are updated after each contest.


A Look at UCLA (18-5, 10-1 Pac-10) - No. 12 AP Poll/No. 11 USA Today/ESPN Poll

After reeling off nine-consecutive Pac-10 wins, Oregon proved that UCLA is fallible with a 106-79 win in Eugene, Feb. 4. The Bruins rebounded to defeat Oregon State in Corvallis, 90-68, Feb. 6, to remain one-game ahead of Oregon for first in the Pac-10.

UCLA, the highest scoring Pac-10 team at 87.6 ppg, is loaded with weapons. Forward Maylana Martin leads a quartet of double-figurer scorers with 17.8 ppg (1st Pac-10) and 9.2 rpg (2nd Pac-10). Martin has however been plagued with back problems throughout the season. What's most intriguing about the Bruins is that they're only going to get better as they have no seniors.

Cal-UCLA Series History
UCLA leads the all-time series with Cal 26-5, including winning the last eight contests. The Bears last win over the Bruins was a 97-84 decision, Jan. 28, 1995, at Harmon Gym. Cal's last road win over UCLA was a 71-68 triumph, March 5, 1988.

Last meeting - Jan. 14 at Kaiser: After trailing UCLA only 37-27 at the half, the Bruins raced past the Bears in the second half to secure an 87-62 victory. Shavaki Jackson led Cal off the bench with 12 points. Thirty-three turnovers and 37 percent shooting were too much for Cal to overcome.

UCLA Head Coach Kathy Olivier
Kathy Olivier is in her sixth year at the helm of the UCLA program and her 13th year of association with the school. Her UCLA and career record stands at 89-71 (.556). In 1997-98, Olivier guided the Bruins to their best-ever conference finish (2nd, 14-4) and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where they lost a 74-73 decision to Alabama on several questionable calls. Olivier, 38, originally joined the UCLA staff in the summer of 1986 as an assistant coach.

UCLA Probable Starters

POS NO  NAME                HT  YR   PTS  REB 
F   13  Maylana Martin     6-3  Jr  17.8  9.2     
F    5  Marie Philman      6-0  Jr  12.3  4.8
C   34  Janae Hubbard      6-4  Jr  13.7  7.8
G   10  Erica Gomez        5-9  Jr   7.9  2.5 7.6 assists
G   45  LaCresha Flannigan 5-7  So  13.3  3.1


Cal looks to finally put an end to its mysteriously long 24-game Pac-10 road losing streak Friday at USC. The skid began ominously with a 51-point loss at Stanford (87-36), March 2, 1996. The Bears were on track to put an end to their road troubles early in the conference season, but a buzzer beater lay-up by Sissel Pierce gave Oregon State a 54-52 win at home. Cal also jumped out to an 11-0 lead before OSU began to compete.

The conditions are ideal for Cal to prevent the streak from hitting the quarter century mark against a struggling USC squad. The Trojans have lost seven-straight games, including home losses to Washington and Washington State.

Cal continues to shine as one of the better defensive teams in the conference this season. After allowing opponents 70.9 ppg last season, Cal has cut that figure to 67.2 ppg this season (4th Pac-10). In Cal's eight wins, opponents have averaged 56.9 ppg compared to 74.7 ppg in Cal's 11 losses. Cal's best defensive outing was a 40-35 win over Pittsburgh, Dec. 20, in the opening round of the Oakland Tribune Classic.

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              6-0
Trailed at halftime         1-11
Were tied at halftime        1-0
Went into overtime           0-0
Led by 10 or more points     7-1
Shot FG 60% or better        0-0
Shot FG 50% or better        2-0
Shot FG less than 50%       6-11
Shot FG less than 40%        5-9
Shot FG less than 30 %       2-0 
Score in 40's                1-3
Score in 50's                2-4
Score in 60's                2-3
Score in 70's                1-1
Score in 80's                2-0
Lead in rebounds             4-3
Are out rebounded            4-5
Are tied for rebounds        0-3
Have less TOs than opp.      4-2
Start #10, 23, 31, 33, 50    5-9
Start #10, 23, 33, 4, 40     1-0
Start #10, 23, 24, 33, 50    1-0
Start #3, 23, 31, 33, 50     1-2


1,000-Point Club - 14 members
 1.  Colleen Galloway    2320
10.  Heli Toikka         1102
11.  Laura Baker         1072
12.  Jennie Leander      1068
13.  Patrycja Czepiec    1059
Career Rebounds
1. Colleen Galloway      1029
7. Ingrid Dixson          789
8. Jennie Leander         741
Career Three-Point FG Percentage
 1. Chris Holten         .467
 9. Sherrise Smith       .321
10. Paige Bowie          .315
Career Three-Point FG Made
1.  Jennifer Self        159
6.  Kelly Tatum           95
7.  Paige Bowie           86
In 16 of 19 games this season, Cal had the lead, was tied or trailed by 10 or less points at the half. Games tend to slip away from Cal midway through the second half. According to coach Stanley, "Overall, we're competing much better, but we have to find ways to make plays to win close games."

Cal has taken the saying that basketball is a team game to extremes this season as six different players have led or tied for the team lead in scoring and rebounding in multiple games this season. Four-of-five starters along with Shavaki Jackson have held top honors in both categories more than once. Freshman Ami Forney led Cal in rebounding against Ohio State.

Times Led/Tied for Cal Lead in 1998-99

                 Points  Rebounds
Lauren Ashbaugh    2        6   
Paige Bowie        7        4
Jennie Leander     2        6
Courtney Johnson   2        5
Sherrise Smith     5       --
Shavaki Jackson    3        3
Ami Forney        --        1
The three-point shot has become an important part of Cal's arsenal this season. Cal is shooting at a .388 field goal clip but remarkably is shooting a respectable .310 (74-239) from three-point range. The Bears rank seventh in the conference for three-point field goal percentage and fourth for treys per game (3.89). Cal has already converted on 29 more treys than it made all of last season when it went 45-of-228 (.165) or 1.6 treys per game.

Cal has one of the most dynamic three-point shooting duos in the Pac-10 in Sherrise Smith and Paige Bowie. Smith is fourth in the conference, at .380(19-50) while Bowie is seventh at .363 (41-113).

On Cal's career three-point shooting percentage chart, Smith and Bowie rank ninth and 10th, respectively, at .321 and .315. Smith currently has

the sixth-best three-point percentage on the Cal's season's best list.

Bowie ranks sixth for career threes attempted (273) and is seventh for career threes made (86).

Against Northwestern Dec. 17, 1998, Bowie set the school record for three pointers made (8) and attempted (15) in a game and has hit at least one three-pointer in 16-of-19 games in 1998-99.

Leander has caught fire since posting her 1000th-career point at Washington, Jan. 21. Leander has climbed to second on the team in scoring at 9.5 ppg following a 14.4-point scoring spurt over the last four games. The Tigard, Ore., native entered her senior campaign a career 7.7 rpg player. While Leander has struggled somewhat in that category at 5.7 rpg this season, she is averaging 7.0 rpg over the last five games. During the same stretch, Leander is shooting at a .553 clip (26-47) and has seen her field goal percentage climb to .479.

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.

The Bears are 2-1 in games this season in which Bowie has poured in 20 or more points. She posted a career-high 30 points in Cal's 88-76 win over Northwestern. Bowie also had 23 points to pace Cal to its first Pac-10 win over USC, 61-51. She is coming off a 25-point effort in Cal's 77-67 loss to Stanford, Friday. What Cal needs is a balanced scoring attack to win as the following chart illustrates.

Cal's Probable Starting Five's Career Statistics

Games             Career   Starts
Lauren Ashbaugh     47      19
Paige Bowie         64      54
Jennie Leander     101      98
Sherrise Smith      86      59
Courtney Johnson    47      27

Points Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 237 5.0 Paige Bowie 685 10.7 Jennie Leander 1068 10.6 Sherrise Smith 452 5.3 Courtney Johnson 280 6.0

Rebounds Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 227 4.8 Paige Bowie 246 3.8 Jennie Leander 741 7.3 Sherrise Smith 181 2.1 Courtney Johnson 175 3.7

Assists Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 28 0.6 Paige Bowie 167 2.6 Jennie Leander 59 0.6 Sherrise Smith 247 2.9 Courtney Johnson 81 1.7

Bowie's 20+ Point Games
1. Northwestern, 12/17/98    30 points   Cal won
(Cal record 8, 3-pointers made and 15 attempted)
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. vs. USC, 1/16/99          23 points   Cal won
5. UCLA, 1/12/97             22 points   Cal lost
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 is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 in steals at 2.68 per game. Her 51 steals surpasses the 47 she posted as a freshman. The Antioch native is coming off a four-steal effort against Stanford and was close to having several more swipes.

When the post-season rolls around, Cal's game tape of its 80-75 win over Colorado State will be a hot commodity. The Rams have quietly climbed to No. 5 in the country with a 24-1 record. Their lone blemish came in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic to the Bears.

With Cal's 74-60 win over Arizona State, Jan. 28, Cal head coach Marianne Stanley became the 28th active NCAA Division I women's coach to record 400 victories. At age 44, Stanley joins Nancy Wilson (South Carolina, retired) and Cindy Russo (Florida International) as the 12th-youngest coaches to reach the 400-win milestone.

Cal posted a 6-3 non-conference record, including an upset of No. 9 Colorado State, 80-75, in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic. The 6-3 mark was Cal's best non-conference mark since the 1992-93 season when the Bears posted an 8-1 record and a 19-10 overall record, earning its last NCAA Tournament selection. The Bears lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Vanderbilt, 82-63. In 1993-94, Cal also posted a 6-3 non-conference record in 1993-94.


After years of losing to Stanford by as much as 50 points on multiple occasions, the Golden Bears proved this season that they have significantly closed the gap but have not gotten over the hump. The Bears dropped a 13-point decision, 80-67, Jan. 8 at Stanford, and lost by 10 to the Cardinal Friday, 77-67, despite Paige Bowie tallying a game-high 25 points.

After trailing 39-34 at the half, Cal made a run at Stanford to start the second stanza. Down by just one point with 17:22 remaining in the game, California had closed the gap to a mere 42-43 before Carolyn Moos and Regan Freuen converted on back-to-back trips to the line, pushing the Cardinal lead up to 47-42. Freuen would add a lay-up moments later to fuel an 8-0 run from which the Bears would not recover. Pa

Freuen led Stanford with 21 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, followed by 18 from Moos. Jennie Leander recorded her fourth double-double this season for Cal, matching her season-high of 16 points, while adding 10 boards. Lauren Ashbaugh also added 10 rebounds for Cal.