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Women's Basketball Opens Season At Home Against Pacific
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

November 16, 1998

This Week: Tues. Nov. 17 Pacific Kaiser Arena, Oakland 7:30 p.m.
On Radio: 90.7 FM KALX (Berkeley)
1280 AM KJAX (Stockton)/1360 AM KFIV (Modesto)

QUICK LOOK AT THE BEARS

The California women's basketball team tips off the 1998-99 campaign at home against the University of Pacific Tigers tomorrow (Nov. 17) at 7:30 p.m. at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland. The Golden Bears are coming off a 6-22 season (2-16 Pac-10) but approach the 1998-99 campaign with optimism.

The Bears swept two exhibition games in impressive fashion to start the year. They opened with a 74-53 win (Nov. 9) over the Riverland Raiders of Australia and followed by downing Alvik of Sweden (Nov. 12), 85-38.

The Bears return four starters from last season, including two seniors and last year's co-MVPs and Top 2 scorers in junior F/G Paige Bowie (11.0 ppg) and sophomore G/F Masa Radovic (10.9 ppg, 2.4 apg). Radovic was selected to the 1998 Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Senior Jennie Leander (8.5 ppg), one of the perennial rebounding leaders in the Pac-10, returns at center. Leander corralled 7.1 boards per game last season, sixth in the Pac-10 and tops for Cal for the second-consecutive season. A healthy senior Sherisse Smith (4.8 ppg/2.7 apg) leads the Bears at point guard after battling injuries throughout her career.

The 5-8 sophomore backcourt tandem of Kenya Corley and Courtney Johnson bring versatility to the Bears. In the frontcourt, the Bears return senior forwards 6-0 Kobie Kennon and 6-1 Jamilla Churchill, both three-year letterwinners, along with 6-2 sophomore forward Lauren Ashbaugh, Cal's top returning FG shooter (.600). Kennon is academically ineligible during the fall semester but could return to the Bears line-up Dec. 17 against Northwestern. Junior center Geneva McDaniel (6-5) will redshirt the 1998-99 season.

One commodity Cal added this season is size. The Bears welcome 6-4 Shavaki Jackson and 6-4 Latifa Lewis of Berkeley, 6-2 Ami Forney of Newark and 5-8 guard LaShanthi Rhodes of Houston, Texas. Jackson IS the marquee name as she earned fourth team Parade All-America honors in 1996-97 when she led Berkeley High School to a 29-3 record and the CIF Division I state title. Additionally, the Bears have a talented walk-on in Janet Franey, a 5-8 guard from San Diego. Franey averaged 29.3 points as a senior at Helix High School, third in California and first in San Diego County.

'98-99 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. California

PAC-10 SATELLITE PREVIEW

The Pac-10 will re-run the women's basketball preview feed on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The feed runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT. The coordinates are Galaxy 3, Transponder K17 (KU Band).

CAL ON RADIO

For the 17th consecutive year, KALX (90.7 FM) will carry all California home games and most of the road games. All of the Pac-10 road games are anticipated to be broadcast. 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.

WWW.CALBEARS.COM

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 www.calbears.com. Game recaps and statistics are updated after each contest.

INFO ON FAX-ON-DEMAND

All Cal basketball releases and statistics are available to the media using Info Connection. Please call the Cal media relations office at 510-642-3611 for information on how to use the system.

HEAD COACH MARIANNE STANLEY

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 owns 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.

Best time to reach Stanley: Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. by appointment scheduled through the media relations office.

PACIFIC SCOUTING REPORT

A Look at Pacific (1-0)

Pacific opened its season Nov. 14 with a 73-57 win over Sacramento State and defeated the Riverland Raiders, who Cal also played, 101-50, in its only exhibition game, Nov. 11.

The Tigers return four starters from last year's team which posted a mark of 9-18 (5-10 Big West). Junior guard Eden Palacio is their top returning player having averaged 15.5 ppg in 1997-98.

Cal-Pacific Series History

Cal leads the all-time series 20-2 but has payback on its mind after losing to Pacific, 64-63, last year in Stockton. Martha Yarbrough sank a short jumper with 2.3 seconds remaining to give UOP the win. Masa Radovic led the Bears with 19 points. The Bears had compiled 10-straight victories since the 1981-82 season prior to last year.

Pacific Head Coach Sherri Murrell

UOP opens a new era under the reigns of Sherri Murrell, who served as the top assistant at Portland State for the past two seasons. Murrell was previously head coach at George Fox University, where she compiled a 52-33 record and led her team to three playoff appearances.

Probable Starters POS NO NAME HT YR PTS REB F 25 Martha Yarbrough 5-11 Jr 8.0 7.0 F 20 Sarah Yarbrough 6-2 Sr 11.0 7.0 C 4 Amanda Svensson 6-3 So 6.0 3.0 G 14 Jennifer Miller 5-7 Sr 4.0 3.0 G 15 Selena Ho 5-5 Fr 8.0 3.0

GOLDEN BEAR NOTES

CAL LOOKS TO STAY ON ROLL IN HOME OPENERS

Cal has won 18-straight home openers, beginning with the 1980-81 season. In last year's home opener versus Cal Poly, Cal won 94-58. The Bears started last season 4-4 overall.

WHITE SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT

Amber White, a 6-0 forward/guard from Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif., has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Cal. White led Narbonne as a junior to the 1998 CIF state title, averaging 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. She is the first recruit to officially join Cal for the 1999-00 season.

QUICK FACTS

1997-98 Record:                 6-22
Pac-10:                         2-16/T9th
Letterwinners Returning/Lost:   10/3
Starters Returning/Lost:        4/1
Newcomers                       5
Roster Breakdown 
(Sr/Jr/So/Fr)                   4/1/4/5

GOLDEN BEAR BREAKDOWN

By Class

Senior (4) -Jamilla Churchill, Kobie Kennon, Jennie Leander, Sherisse 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

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, Kobie Kennon
5-8 - Kenya Corley, Janet Franey, Courtney Johnson, LaShanthi Rhodes
5-5 - Sherisse Smith

GLANCE AT CAL HISTORY

Career Rebounds
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 633

Three-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. Milica Vukadinovic 208
8. Paige Bowie 160
9. Eliza Sokolowska 144
10. Kim Robinson 126

CAL SWEEPS TWO EXHIBTIONS

Jennie Leander scored a team-high 16 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, while senior guard Sherrise Smith put in 13 as Cal opened its 1998-99 season, Nov. 9, with a 74-53 exhibition win over the Riverland Raiders of Australia at the New Arena in Oakland. Cal led early 15-9 before breaking the game open with a 25-4 scoring run that took up 9:10 of the first half, and put the Bears up 39-15. Leander put in 11 points during the scoring binge.

The Bears looked even more impressive in an 85-38 rout of Alvik of Sweden, Nov. 12, at the New Arena. Paige Bowie and Leander led the scoring attack for the Bears with 15 points each. Leander also grabbed 13 rebounds for her second straight double-double. The first half of the contest was one of scoring runs. Alvik jumped out to a 7-0 lead at the 18:09 mark. After the two teams exchanged a few baskets, Cal went on two double digits scoring runs. The first was a 10-0 run that lasted 4:52 and was spearheaded by five points from Bowie. The second spanned 4:47 and saw the Bears score 13 unanswered points. Cal closed the first half with a 5-0 mini-run that put it up 42-16 going into the intermission. All told, the Bears outscored the Alvik women 42-9 after their initial 7-0 run to start the game.

FRESHMEN HAVE STRONG SHOWING IN CAL EXHIBITIONS

Center Latifa Lewis was the Bears top rookie performer against the Riverland Raiders as she corralled 11 boards, second to Jennie Leander's 15 as the Bears outrebounded the Australian team 54-39.

Against Alvik, freshman Shavaki Jackson made her debut with 12 points and seven boards. Jackson sat out the first exhibition with an ankle sprain.

KENNON ACADEMICALLY INELIGIBLE

Senior forward Kobie Kennon is academically ineligible to play during the fall semester. The first game she could be eligible for is against Northwestern, Dec. 17, at the Kaiser Arena.

BEARS SCHEDULE STRONG IN '98-99

Cal's schedule features a host of teams ranked in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN coaches' pre-season Top 25 polls. Looking at the AP poll, the Bears face No. 8 Virginia, Nov. 30, in Charlottesville, Va. If the Bears advance to the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic, Dec. 21, Cal could face No. 27 Colorado State. Likewise at the State Farm Classic, Cal could face No. 22 Florida.

Three Pac-10 teams are ranked in the AP and USA Today/ESPN polls. In the AP poll, UCLA is sixth, Stanford 19th and Arizona 21st. In the coaches poll, UCLA is sixth, Stanford 17th and Arizona 21st.

CAL AT KAISER IN 98-99, HAAS OPENS FOR 1999-00 SEASON

While Haas Pavilion is under construction on campus, Cal will play all of its home games for one more season at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland. The Bears posted a 4-10 mark at Kaiser during the inaugural 1997-98 season at the off-campus site. Kaiser seats 4,000 for basketball and is located adjacent to the Oakland Museum and across the street from Laney College.

Cal will open the 1999-00 season in a new on-campus arena - the Walter A. Haas Jr. Pavilion. The facility, on the site of the former Harmon Gym, will have a capacity of 12,300 - up from 6,578 in Harmon - and is named in honor of Walter and Evelyn Haas, who donated a lead gift of $10 million. Construction on the $50 million project got underway in the summer of 1997.


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