January 6, 1999
Cal's Probable Starters and Key Reserves
POS NO NAME HT YR PTS REB MISC NOTES
F/C 31 Lauren Ashbaugh 6-2 So 5.7 5.3 Career-high 18 pts vs. CSU; 11 RB vs. UF & UVA
F 33 Paige Bowie 6-0 Jr 11.7 4.7 3.8 apg Career-high 30 points vs. NU; MVP OTC
C 50 Jennie Leander 6-3 Sr 9.3 6.3 3 double-doubles; 19 for career
G 10 Courtney Johnson 5-8 So 10.2 4.4 3.1 spg 3rd in Pac-10 in steals; career-high 8 vs. NU
G 23 Sherrise Smith 5-5 Sr 6.5 2.9 3.1 apg Career-high 10 assists vs. NU; led Cal in scoring twice
C/F 00 Shavaki Jackson 6-4 Fr 9.7 4.8 .583 FG Career-highs 20 pts vs. OSU; State Farm all-tourney
G 4 Kenya Corley 5-8 So 3.1 1.8 Career-high 4 blocks vs. USF; T2nd on Cal with 6
F/C 42 Ami Forney 6-2 Fr 1.7 3.0 Led Cal with 5 boards vs. Ohio State; high 8 vs. USF
F 40 Kobi Kennon 6-0 Sr 1.5 3.0 Defensive specialist, strong on the boards
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QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
Cal (6-5, 0-2 Pac-10) looks to get back on track Friday at Stanford as the Golden Bears close out a five-game road trip. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. The Bears opened the non-conference season with a 6-2 record, including a five-game winning streak, but have lost three straight, including the last non-conference game against No. 20 Florida and Pac-10 road games at Oregon and Oregon State.
The Bears have been playing tough defense through the first 11 games but have struggled on the offensive end. Opponents outscore Cal an average of 3.7 ppg -- 64.1 to 60.4. Cal entered the week with the fourth stingiest defense in the Pac-10. Cal is coming off a frustrating road Pac-10 opening weekend. Oregon took advantage of a season-high 28 turnovers by Cal as it pulled out a 64-49 win after being tied at 38 with about 10 minutes remaining in the game. Oregon State center Sissel Pierce handed the Bears a heartbreaking 54-52 loss Monday with the winning bucket with 5.4 ticks on the clocks.
The Bears look to snap a 21-game Pac-10 road losing streak dating back to Feb. 24, 1996, a 91-83 win at Washington State. The average margin of loss during that stretch is 21.0 ppg. Although, three of the last five Pac-10 road losses have been decided by five points or less. With Stanford struggling in the midst of a rebuilding year, Cal has an excellent opportunity to end its road woes. However, the Bears trail the all-time series with the Cardinal 15-29 and have lost 10-straight contests with their last win (64-59) coming at home during the 1992-93 season. It's been since the 1985-86 season that Cal won at Stanford, 73-69.
Several players have stepped up for Cal offensively this season, including three of five starting players setting scoring career highs this season. Forward Paige Bowie, the lone junior on the Cal squad, led the Bears in scoring last season (11.0) and leads her team this season with 11.7 ppg. Sophomore guard Courtney Johnson is second on the team with 10.2 ppg after averaging 3.9 ppg, primarily as a reserve in 1997-98. Johnson has also picked up her defensive intensity this season, averaging 3.1 spg and 4.4 rpg. Senior center Jennie Leander continues to be Cal's top rebounder at 6.3 rpg. Shavaki Jackson is making a name for herself as one of the top freshmen in the conference, tallying 9.7 ppg and 4.8 rpg. She posted a career-high 20 points versus Oregon State.
PAC-10 STANDINGS (As of 1/6)
Pac-10 Overall Oregon 2-0 10-2 UCLA 2-0 10-4 Washington 1-0 5-5 Oregon State 1-1 9-2 Arizona 1-1 6-5 USC 1-1 5-6 Stanford 1-1 5-8 Wash. State 0-1 6-4 Arizona State 0-1 6-4 California 0-2 6-5AROUND THE PAC-10
Jan. 7 - Arizona St. at Washington; Arizona at Washington St.
Jan. 8 - Cal at Stanford; Oregon St. at UCLA; Oregon at USC
Jan. 9 - Arizona at Washington; Arizona St. at Washington St.
Jan. 10 -- Oregon at UCLA; Oregon St. at USC
Pac-10 Statistical Leaders
(Through 1/3/99 games)
1. Alke Dietel, WSU 20.6
16. Paige Bowie, CAL 12.3
1. Maylana Martin, UCLA 10.7
10. Jennie Leander, CAL 6.3
1. Erica Gomez, UCLA 8.1
T9. Paige Bowie 3.7
1. Julia Gray, WASH 4.00
3. Courtney Johnson, CAL 3.2
1. Carly Funicello, UCLA .625
7. Shavaki Jackson, CAL .569
3-Pt Goal Percentage
1. Michelle Tom .519
5. Paige Bowie, CAL .386
1. Natalie Tucker, ASU .929
6. Courtney Johnson, CAL .778
1. Oregon 53.3
4. California 64.7
FG Percentage Defense
1. Oregon .353
4. California ,411
HEAD COACH MARIANNE STANLEY, 2 WINS SHY OF 400
Marianne Stanley enters her third season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program. A native of Upper Darby, Pa., Stanley is a 19-year coaching veteran and winner of five national championship titles as a player (2) and coach (3). She entered the 1998 campaign with a career record of 392-192 (.671), which ranks 26th in victories among all active NCAA Division I women's coaches. Stanley, 44, will become the 12th youngest coach to reach the 400 victory plateau this season.
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.
STANFORD SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at Stanford (5-8, 1-1 Pac-10)
No. 1 seed Stanford lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year to No. 16 seed Harvard and then lost four players to the professional basketball ranks. The Cardinal (5-8, 1-1 Pac-10) is undergoing a huge rebuilding year, with Regan Freuen being the lone senior on the team. The Cardinal is led by 6-2 freshman guard Lindsey Yamasaki and 6-6 sophomore center Carolyn Moos. The below .500 record is also a reflection of the Cardinal playing eight ranked teams so far. The Cardinal did upset then-No. 1 Purdue at home, 73-72.
Cal-Stanford Series History
The Bears trail the all-time series with the Cardinal 15-29 and have lost 10-straight contests with their last win (64-59) coming at home during the 1992-93 season. It's been since the 1985-86 season that Cal won at Stanford, 73-69.
Stanford Head Coach Tara VanDerveer
VanDerveer is in her 13th season down on The Farm. She boasts a Stanford record of 311-78 and a 19 plus years career mark of 463-129. She took a one-year leave from her coaching duties at Stanford during the 1995-96 season to coach the 1996 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal. In the '90's, VanDerveer also led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1990 and 1992) and five Final Fours.
Stanford Probable Starters
POS NO NAME HT YR PTS REB F 33 Sarah Dimson 6-0 So 7.3 4.8 F 41 Bethany Donaphin 6-2 Fr 5.0 4.1 C 53 Carolyn Moos 6-6 So 14.4 5.8 1.5 bpg G 20 Milena Flores 5-6 Jr 9.2 2.4 6.1 apg G 25 Lindsey Yamasaki 6-2 Fr 14.1 6.2GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
BEARS STEP UP DEFENSIVE INTENSITY IN 1998
Cal has allowed opponents only 64.1 points per game, far ahead of last season's 70.9 points per game pace. The Bears ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in defense to start the week of Dec. 4 (64.7) behind Oregon (53.3), Arizona State (59.2) and Oregon State (60.8). Cal's lowest opponent output this season was Pitt's 35 points, while the 96 points it allowed Florida last week was by far the most points Cal has given up this season. Despite being 0-2 in the conference, Cal has stepped up its defensive intensity against Pac-10 foes, allowing only 59.0 ppg.
GOLDEN BEAR BREAKDOWN
Senior (4) -Jamilla Churchill, Kobie Kennon, Jennie Leander, Sherrise Smith
Junior (1) - Paige Bowie
Sophomore (4) - Lauren Ashbaugh, Kenya Corley, Courtney Johnson, Masa Radovic
Freshman (5) - Ami Forney, Janet Franey, Shavaki Jackson, Latifa Lewis, LaShanthi Rhodes
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, Kobie Kennon
5-8 - Kenya Corley, Janet Franey, Courtney Johnson, LaShanthi Rhodes
5-5 - Sherrise Smith
Two Sport Athletes
Paige Bowie - softball
Jamilla Churchill - track & field
CAL ON RADIO
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.
BEARS ON TV
At least five 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. Washington State (FSBA), Feb. 18, and vs. Washington (FSN), Feb. 21.
CAL EXPERIENCING SUCCESS FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Cal is shooting at a .378 field goal clip but remarkably is shooting a respectable .309 (43-139) from three-point range. The Bears rank fifth in the conference with 3.9 treys per game. Remarkably, all of 1997-98, Cal made only 45 three-pointers (45-228), averaging 1.6 per game.
The majority of Cal's success from long range can be attributed to Paige Bowie who is shooting .381 (24-63). Bowie is a lifetime .309 (69-223) three-point shooter. She ranks seventh on the Cal career three-point FG attempt chart and eighth for career treys made.
CAL POSTS BEST NON-CONFERENCE MARK SINCE
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.
CAL WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT FOR FIRST TIME IN SIX YEARS
Cal saw its five-game winning streak snapped with its loss to Florida last week in the championship of the State Farm Classic. The five-game winning streak was the longest since the 1992-93 season when the Bears won six straight. The longest winning streak in school history is 10 set during the 1981-82 and 1986-87 seasons.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GOAND WIN
Cal has shot 29 percent twice this season and won both contests. The Bears defeated USF 58-46 and Pitt 40-35. The last time Cal scored 40 or less points and won happened three times during the Bears inaugural 1973-74 season. The Bears shot a season's-best .527 in their win over CSU. Three times Cal won with a shooting percentage between 30-39 percent.
REBOUNDING BY COMMITTEE
Cal is out rebounding its opponents slightly at 39.2 to 38.8. The Bears Top 3 rebounders are three of their talented post players, but overall five players average at least four rebounds per game. Senior center Jennie Leander leads the club at 6.3 rpg, while sophomore forward Lauren Ashbaugh is second at 5.3 and and freshman center Shavaki Jackson is third at 4.8 pg. The Bears guards have also been a factor on the boards. Sophomore Courtney Johnson leads all the guards with 4.4 boards per contest, including leading Cal with seven caroms against Oregon and Oregon State.
Six different players have led Cal in rebounding this season, with Leander leading the way in four games. Cal is 3-1 when out rebounding opponents, 3-3 when the Bears our out rebounded and 0-1 when tied for rebounding.
BOWIE LEADS CAL OFFENSE FOR 2ND-STRAIGHT SEASON
Paige Bowie leads Cal with 11.7 ppg and 3.8 apg. She has led or tied for the team lead in scoring in five times this season. Bowie's best game came against Northwestern, where she hit a career-high 30 points. Bowie is the first Bear to score over 30 points in a game since Eliza Sokolowska accomplished that feat versus USC, Feb. 25, 1995. The Fresno, Calif., native also set school records for three pointers made (8) and attempted (15) against Northwestern.
JOHNSON, ONE OF THE PAC-10'S BEST DEFENDERS
Sophomore guard Courtney Johnson is establishing herself as one of the premier defenders in the Pac-10. Johnson set a career high for steals with 8 (34 on the season) against Northwestern including three during Cal's 25-10
PAC-10 PRE-SEASON POLLS
Coaches Media 1. UCLA UCLA 2. Stanford Stanford 3. Oregon Oregon 4. Washington Washington 5. Arizona Arizona 6. USC USC 7. Arizona State Arizona State 8. Washington St. Washington St. 9t. California 9. Oregon St. 9t. Oregon State 10. CaliforniaBEARS RECORD WHEN THEY
Led at half-time 4-0
Trailed at half-time 1-5
Were tied at half-time 1-0
Went into overtime 0-0
Led by 10 or more points 5-1
Shot FG 60% or better 0-0
Shot FG 50% or better 1-0
Shot FG less than 50% 5-4
Shot FG less than 40% 5-4
Shot FG less than 30 % 2-0
Score in 40's 1-2
Score in 50's 2-1
Score in 60's 1-0
Score in 70's 0-1
Score in 80's 2-0
Lead in rebounds 3-1
Are out rebounded 3-3
Are tied for rebounds 0-1
Start #10, 23, 31, 33, 50 4-3
Start #10, 23, 24, 33, 50 1-0
Start #3, 23, 31, 33, 50 1-2
GLANCE AT CAL HISTORY
1. Colleen Galloway 1029 2. Kesha Martin 875 3. Teresa Palmisano 874 4. Cynthia Cooke 855 5. Jennifer Bennett 812 6. Amanda Ray 795 7. Ingrid Dixson 789 8. Trisha Stafford 721 9. Chris Sellin 703 10. Jennie Leander 702Three-Point Field Goals Attempted
1. Liz Rizzo 460 2. Jennifer Self 430 3. Laura Baker 325 4. Kelly Tatum 295 5. Patrycja Czepiec 289 6. Chris Holten 229 7. Paige Bowie 223 8. Milica Vukadinovic 208 9. Eliza Sokolowska 144 10. Kim Robinson 126She followed that effort up with 6 against Pittsburgh. The Antioch, Calif., native leads Cal with 3.1 spg and ranks third in the Pac-10 (Jan. 4 stats) behind Julia Gray of Washington's 4.0 pg.
Johnson led Cal in steals as a freshman with 1.7 per game and has almost doubled that pace this season. After making 47 steals in 1997-98, Johnson already has 34 steals this season.
ASHBAUGH FINDS HOME IN BEARS STARTING FIVE
After playing a reserve role for Cal as a freshman last season, sophomore forward Lauren Ashbaugh has found a place in the Bears starting line-up with the graduation of power forward Amber Lacey. Ashbaugh averages 5.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 20.9 min./game. She is second on the team in rebounding. She has started 10-of-11 games this season. Last season, the Redmond, Wash., native posted 4.7 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 15.3 min./game. Ashbaugh has stepped up her play against Cal's three ranked opponents in 1998-99. She led Cal with 11 boards against No. 17 Virginia and No. 20 Florida. In Cal's 80-75 win over No. 9 Colorado State, she paced Cal with a career-high 18 points.
JACKSON OFF TO STELLAR FRESHMAN SEASON
Freshman center Shavaki Jackson came to Cal as a Parade All-American and has proven worthy of that recognition. The Berkeley native is Cal's top player off the bench, averaging 9.7 ppg and 4.8 rpg and 0.6 bpg in 19.7 minutes/contest. She ranks third on the team in scoring and in rebounding. Additionally, she leads the team in blocked shots. Last week, Jackson earned the first of likely many all-tournament selections as she paced Cal with 15 points against Florida in the championship game of the State Farm Classic. Monday, she recorded a career-high 20 points in Cal's loss to Oregon State.
STANLEY TWO WINS SHY OF 400 WINS
Cal head coach Marianne Stanley, 44, is two wins shy of becoming the 12th youngest NCAA Division I women's basketball coach to top the 400 victory plateau. Stanley's career record stands at 398-197 (.669). Stanley began the season as the 26th winningest active Division I women's coach.
CAL LOSES HEARTBREAKER AT OSU, 54-52
Cal got off to a quick 11-0 lead in the first half against Oregon State, but the Beavers rallied to a 25-20 half-time lead. Cal fought back in the second half from 10 points down to grab a brief lead at 50-49 with less than a minute and 30 seconds remaining. With the score tied at 52-52 with 37.6 seconds on the clock following Courtney Johnson's two free throws for Cal, OSU center Sissel Pierce got the rebound of a wild three-point shot and put in the winning bucket with 5.4 ticks on the clock. The Bears called two time outs before Sherrise Smith drove the length of the court and got off a shot in the paint which fell short.
BEARS DROP PAC-10 OPENER TO OREGON, 64-49
California committed a season-high 28 turnovers losing its Pac-10 opener to Oregon, 64-49, Saturday in front of 3,927 fans at the McArthur Center. The momentum of the game turned for good with the score 38-38 and 10:39 on the clock. Oregon, sparked by five of Angelina Wolvert's game-high 16 points, grabbed its then-biggest lead of the game at 52-40 (6:12 remaining) with Cal committing six turnovers, including three steals by the Ducks. The Bears wouldn't get any closer than eight points the rest of the way. Courtney Johnson led Cal with 13 points and 7 rebounds.