Feb. 14, 2000
This Week: Fri., Feb. 18 vs. Stanford (15-6, 8-3) Haas Pavilion (12,300), 7:30 p.m.
QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
The California women's basketball team has been playing far below full strength throughout the Pac-10 season. But, some relief is in sight. The Golden Bears (7-14, 2-9 Pac-10) wrap up the season with five of their final seven games at home at Haas Pavilion, where they are 4-4 this season. The Bears also are expected to welcome back to the lineup sophomore center Ami Forney against Stanford, Feb. 18. Forney was averaging 8.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg before being sidelined for the last nine games with a stress fracture in her foot. She is probable for limited minutes.
When Cal battles Stanford, the Bears look to end a three-game overall losing streak and a 13-game losing streak to the Cardinal. The last time the Bears defeated the Cardinal was during the 1992-93 season when they earned a 64-59 decision at Harmon Gym. After losing to 15th-ranked UCLA, 74-67, at home Feb. 6, Cal dropped two games to Oregon State (52-33) and Oregon (75-63) in the Great Northwest without starting point guard Courtney Johnson. Johnson, who leads Cal in scoring at 12.1 ppg and the league at 3.2 spg, is questionable for the Stanford game due to recurring symptoms from a concussion she sustained Dec. 2 at Santa Clara.
Junior guard Becky Staubes stepped up her production in Johnson's two-game absence last weekend. After seeing limited minutes all season, Staubes tallied six points, two assists, one block and one steal in 18 minutes of action against the Beavers. That performance earned Staubes her first career start against the Ducks. The Lemon Grove, Calif., native made the most of her opportunity, recording career highs for both points (10) and assists (4) in 33 minutes of action. Freshman forward Amber White also had a career high 11 points vs. Oregon.
Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson, junior guard Kenya Corley and Johnson are all virtually tied at 11.4 ppg for the team lead in scoring in Pac-10 games. Jackson and Lauren Ashbaugh are both forces on the boards in the conference at 7.5 and 6.2 rebounds per game, respectively. Ashbaugh is tied for seventh in the conference in rebounding and ranks ninth in blocked shots at 0.90 per game (19).
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 against Stanford Friday. Broadcasts begin five minutes prior to tip-off.
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 31-72 (.301) record. She coached her 100th game at Cal at home against USC (81-64 win), Feb. 3. 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 411-221 (.650). 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.
STANFORD SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at Stanford (15-6, 8-3 Pac-10, T2nd with Oregon)
Stanford has won eight of its last 10 games. Its three Pac-10 losses were by a combined 12 points. The Cardinal leads the conference in field goal shooting at .465 and three-point shooting at .430 (154-358) and has the top two three-point shooters in the league in Lauren St. Clair (.495) and Jamie Carey (.473).
Cal-Stanford Series History
Stanford leads the all-time series with Cal, 31-15, and has won the last 13 contests. The last time the Bears defeated the Cardinal was during the 1992-93 season when they earned a 64-59 decision at Harmon Gym.
Stanford Head Coach Tara VanDerveer (Indiana, '75)
Tara VanDerveer is in her 14th season at Stanford with a 339-88 (.794) record. Prior to arriving on The Farm for the 1985-86 season, she coached two seasons at Idaho (1978-80) and five seasons at Ohio State (1980-85). Her 20-plus years career record is 491-139 (.779).
Stanford's Probable Starters
|F||42||Lauren St. Clair||6-0||So.||10.2||3.6|
|G||20||Milena Flores||5-6||Sr.||10.8||3.8||6.0 apg|
Statistical Comparison- Pac-10 rank in ( )
|PPG||62.4 (8th)||74.2 (3rd)|
|PPG Allowed||65.1 (4th)||66.0 (6th)|
|FG%||.378 (10th)||.465 (1st)|
|3FG%||.238 (10th)||.430 (1st)|
|FT%||.653 (9th)||.681 (7th)|
|Rebounding||39.5 (4th)||36.6 (7th)|
|Turnovers||+1.95 (3rd)||+.014 (6th)|
|Steals||10.05 (4th)||7.62 (9th)|
|Assists||12.76 (10th)||16.57 (2nd)|
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 (3): Michelle Wald, Amber White, Candace McNamee
5-8: Kenya Corley, Janet Franey, Courtney Johnson, Nicole Ybarra
5-9: Michelle Wald
5-11: Kawai Matthews
6-0: Paige Bowie, Amber White, Candace McNamee
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 2/14/00)
Note: must play in 75% of games
|2. Oregon State||16.83|
|1. Oregon State||60.3|
3-Point FG PCT Defense
|1. Arizona State||.261|
|1. Arizona||+3.57 (19.9-23.4)|
|3. Cal||+1.95 (18.7-20.7)|
|1. Courtney Johnson, CAL||3.24|
|2. Reda Petraitis, OSU||2.61|
|1. Maylana Martin, UCLA||8.8|
|7t. Lauren Ashabaugh, CAL||6.2|
|1. Sissel Pierce, OSU||3.14|
|9. Lauren Ashabaugh, CAL||0.90|
|1. Megan Franza, UW||19.0|
|13. Courtney Johnson, CAL||12.1|
CAL INJURY UPDATE -- STAN.
|Forney (stress fracture foot)||probable|
|Franey (sprained foot)||out|
|Radovic (back)||out for season|
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
BEARS CLOSE PAC-10 SLATE WITH 5-OF-7 AT HOME
A year ago, Cal finished below .500 (12-15) but finished the season by winning four of its last six games. The Bears have an excellent chance of repeating that performance as five of their final seven games are at home and three of those seven also are against teams in the bottom half of the conference
FREE THROW SHOOTING SHOWS IMPROVEMENT
Cal ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting at 65.3 percent, but that percentage has been on a steady rise over the last three weeks. During the last six games, Cal is converting on 73.5 percent (75-102) of its shots from the charity stripe. And, over the last four games, the Bears are hitting at a 76.6 percent (49-64) clip. Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson is Cal's top foul shooter at 75.9 percent (22-29).
BEARS TAKING BETTER CARE OF THE BALL
The Bears turnover total has been on a steady decline, while its opponents turnover numbers have been on a steady rise during Coach Stanley's four-year tenure at Cal. Stanley has been known throughout her career for her ability to instill aggressive defenses in her teams, and she has continued that trend at Cal. This year, Cal ranks third in the Pac-10 for turnover margin at +1.95 as it commits 18.7 per game, while forcing 20.7. In fact, over the last four games, Cal has forced its opponents into 22.8 turnovers per game, including a season-high 30 against USC, while committing only 17.3.
TOO BAD BASKETBALL ISN'T HORSE SHOES
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 recent 74-67 loss to then-No. 15 UCLA was no exception, as Cal shot a then-season-low 29.5 percent. The Bears are 2-8 in games decided by 10 points or less this season. Injuries have also contributed to lack of depth and fatigue in crunch time.
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 streak.
BEARS RECORD WHEN...
|Lead at halftime||7-1|
|Trailed at halftime||0-13|
|Were tied at halftime||0-0|
|Went into overtime||0-0|
|Led by 10 or more points||5-0|
|Shot FG 60% or better||1-0|
|Shot FG 50% or better||3-0|
|Shot FG less than 50%||3-14|
|Shot FG less than 40%||3-12|
|Shot FG less than 30%||0-2|
|Score in 30's||0-1|
|Score in 40's||0-1|
|Score in 50's||0-6|
|Score in 60's||3-5|
|Score in 70's||2-1|
|Score in 80's||2-0|
|Lead in rebounds||5-4|
|Are tied for rebounds||0-2|
|Have less TOs than opp.||5-10|
|Commit 15 or less TOs||1-4|
|Start #3, 4, 31, 33, 42||5-3|
|Start #4, 31, 32, 33, 42||0-1|
|Start #4, 10, 31, 33, 42||0-1|
|Start #00, 4, 10, 24, 33||0-1|
|Start #00, 4, 10, 31, 33||2-6|
|Start #00, 4, 24, 31, 33||0-1|
|Start #00, 4, 5, 31, 33||0-1|
|Face ranked opponents||0-5|
Cal 2 SPORT ATHLETES
|Kenya Corley||track and field|
|Michelle Wald||field hockey|
MCNAMEE - NEW BEAR ON THE BLOCK
With all the recent Cal injuries, head coach Marianne Stanley was happy to accept Bear volleyball player Candace McNamee's offer to practice with the team beginning last week. The combination of players being out for games or sitting out practices to nurse injuries between games has made it difficult for the Bears to sometimes practice five-on-five. McNamee, a sophomore, is the Cal volleyball team's starting setter and has experience playing with the U.S. Junior National team. A 6-0 small forward, she was a four-year member of the Sidwell Friends (where Chelsea Clinton went to school) basketball team, which won three conference crowns. Stanley is happy with her effort and quick learning ability and may reward her by dressing her against Stanford.
JACKSON PUTTING TOGETHER ALL-PAC-10 NUMBERS
Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson is making her claim for All-Pac-10 honors. Jackson is third on the team in scoring at 10.4 ppg and first in rebounding at 7.5 rpg. Those numbers jump in Pac-10 only games to a share for team-high scoring honors at 11.4 ppg and a team-best 8.6 rpg. The Berkeley native has posted double-figure points in 11 of 15 games and has recorded her three career double-doubles in the last five games. Jackson earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors Jan. 30, after posting 18 points and 23 rebounds against Washington. The 23 boards is tied for the second most in the NCAA this season, equals the third-best single game mark in Cal history and is the most by any Pac-10 player since 1994. It also puts her in a tie for the second-best single game total in Pac-10 history (the record is 25 rebounds, set by UCLA's Natalie Williams in 1994).
JOHNSON LEADS PAC-10 IN STEALS
Junior guard Courtney Johnson has proven that she is one of the most lethal offensive and defensive threats in the Pac-10 this year. She leads the Bears in scoring with 12.1 ppg (13th Pac-10). Meanwhile, the Antioch, Calif., native leads the league in steals with 3.24 per game after placing second last year at 2.74. She ranks eighth in Cal history with 176 steals (7th: Meme Fanner ? 194) but has missed the last two games due to recurring symptoms from a concussion she sustained against Santa Clara Dec. 2 (questionable for Stanford).
STAUBES TAKES ADVANTAGE OF PLAYING TIME
While no one is happy about Cal's injury situation, junior guard Becky Staubes has made the most of her increased playing time. With Johnson not making the trip to Oregon last week, Staubes played 18 minutes against Oregon State, posting six points, one block and one steal. That performance earned Staubes her first start as a Bear against Oregon. The Lemon Grove, Calif., native posted career highs for points (10) and assists (4) in 33 minutes at the point and shooting guard positions. She entered the weekend having played an average of four minutes a game in 13 contests.
BOWIE 1,000 PT WATCH
Senior forward Paige Bowie has 968 career points, and is looking to become the 15th Bear to reach 1,000-career points. At her present 9.0 ppg average, she is on pace to accomplish that feat at USC, March 3. The Fresno, Calif., native also ranks third in school history for three-pointers made (118) and attempted (417), for a career .283 percentage.
CAL FALLS TO OSU, 52-33, COMES CLOSE AT UO, 75-63
After an extremely disappointing performance against Oregon State, Feb. 10, Cal hung tough against defending co-Pac-10 champion Oregon, Feb. 12. The Bears trailed only 28-26 at the half and 59-56 with 5:59 to play before falling to the Ducks, 75-63, at MacArthur Court in front of 5,311 fans. Corley led a quartet of double-figure scorers for Cal, matching her career high of 19 points, including 8-of-14 from the field. Jackson posted her third double-double of the season and for her career with 12 points and 10 boards.