Mar. 2, 1998
Thu. Mar. 5
at Oregon State, Gill Coliseum
Sat. Mar. 7
at Oregon, McArthur Court
Both games broadcast live on radio: KALX 90.7 FM
BEARS ON ROAD FOR FINAL GAMES: The Cal women's basketball team (6-20, 2-14) hits the road for the final two games of the 1997-98 season, traveling to Oregon State (6-19, 1-15) on Thursday, March 5 and Oregon (16-8, 12-4) on Saturday, March 7. The Bears are coming off a big 65-58 victory at home over Arizona State last Saturday, which snapped a school record 13-game losing streak.
ABOUT OREGON STATE: The Oregon State Beavers are 6-19 overall and in last place in the Pac-10 with a 1-15 league record. The Beavers have lost 12 consecutive games, and posted their only conference win of the season over USC back on January 10. Monica Watts leads the Beavers and ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring (15.0 ppg), while Sissel Pierce ranks second in the league in blocked shots (1.6 bpg), third in field goal percentage (56%) and 10th in rebounding (6.6 rpg). As a team, the Beavers rank first in the Pac-10 in blocked shots, averaging 3.2 rejections per game.
ABOUT OREGON: The Oregon Ducks are 16-8 overall, and are tied for third place in the Pac-10 with a 12-4 league record. The Ducks have won 10 of their last 12 contests and are making a late run at an NCAA tournament berth. Natalie Hughes lead the team and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring (15.4 ppg), and Lisa Bowyer ranks 10th in the league in assist average (3.1 apg). As a team, the Ducks lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense, allowing just 65.7 points per game and rank first in three-point field goal defense, allowing opponents to hit on just 29% from long distance.
SERIES RECORDS: Oregon State holds a 19-15 series advantage over Cal, with each team winning on its home court in seven of the last eight meetings. Oregon leads the all-time series with Cal, 20-10, including nine straight victories. Cal's last win over the Ducks was March 13, 1993 in Berkeley, and the Bears last win in Eugene was January 7, 1993 (75-63).
LAST TIME VS. OSU: Cal picked up its first Pac-10 win of the season Jan. 4, defeating the Oregon State Beavers, 77-64. The Bears used a 14-2 run in the first half to build a 14-point halftime advantage. OSU worked back to within seven points, 71-64, with 2:11 remaining, but Cal made six of eight free throws down the stretch and held the Beavers scoreless the rest of the game. Cal shot a season-high 54.5 percent from the field and dished out a season-best 22 assists. Freshman guard Masa Radovic posted the first double-double of her career, scoring 16 points, dishing out a career-high 10 assists and grabbing seven rebounds.
LAST TIME VS. OREGON: The Golden Bears lost their Pac-10 opener Jan. 2 at home to Oregon, 71-54. After trailing by as many as 24 points in the first half, the Bears battled back to within seven points midway through the second half and trailed just 61-54 with 2:06 left in the game. But Oregon outscored the Bears 10-0 over the final two minutes to seal the victory. Oregon won the game at the free throw line, sinking 24-of-26 attempts, while Cal only went to the line seven times, making six of those shots. Oregon shot a solid 46.8 percent from the field, while the Bears managed just 36.9 percent field goal shooting (36.9). Senior forward Amber Lacey and junior center Jennie Leander scored 12 points each and freshman guard Masa Radovic added 11 points to lead the Bears.
TWO SENIORS BOW OUT: Two Golden Bears will be playing the final games of their Cal careers this weekend - guard Marie Folsom and forward Amber Lacey. Folsom, the Bears only four-year player, has started 14 games during her career, primarily in her freshman season. The native of Chandler, Arizona scored her career-high of 15 points against Arizona in 1995 and recorded her career-best of four steals against Arizona State in 1995. Lacey, playing her final season of eligibility after transferring from Alabama, ranks second on the team in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and steals (32) and third in scoring (9.8 ppg) this season. She has played in every game for the Bears and started 24 games at power forward. As a high school senior, she led Berkeley High School to the 1993 state title.
LATE SEASON REVIVAL: The Bears are experiencing somewhat of a late season revival, posting a home victory over Arizona State, an overtime loss at #21 Washington and only a 10-point loss at home to #7 Arizona in the last three games. In that three-game stretch, the Bears averaged 67 points and 43 rebounds per game, and hit 7-of-29 three-point attempts (29%) and 45-of-59 from the free throw line (76%), with all numbers easily above the team's season average in each category.
LAST PAC-10 ROAD WIN: The Bears have struggled on the road in recent years in the competitive Pac-10 Conference, with their last Pac-10 road win coming more than two years ago, a 91-83 victory at Washington State on Jan. 24, 1996. Since that win, Cal has lost 17 straight Pac-10 games on the road.
ON THE ROAD: After going 0-13 away from home last year, Cal won two consecutive games away from home early this season, at USF Dec. 3 and against Marshall Nov. 30 in Hawaii. The Bears victory at USF was the first true road win (on an opponents home court) since Feb. 24, 1996. The Bears win over Marshall technically counts as a neutral victory, rather than a road win. Overall, Cal is 1-9 on the road this season, and 1-1 in neutral court games.
BACK-TO-BACK: Coming off the win over Arizona State last Saturday, Cal will head into the Oregon State game looking for back-to-back wins for just the second time this season. With consecutive wins over Marshall Nov. 30 and USF Dec. 3, the Bears won back-to-back games for the first time since winning three consecutive games early last season (Dec. 7-20, 1996), all at home. Cal won back-to-back games only once last year, once during the 1995-96 season and just twice in the 1994-95 season.The wins over USF and Marshall are the first back-to-back wins away from home for Cal since March, 1993.
BOWIE BOUNCES BACK: Sophomore forward Paige Bowie's game also seemed to be revitalized over the past two weekends, as she scored in double figures in all four games to key Cal's offensive attack. Over the four-game streak, Bowie has averaged 17.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Her shooting percentages during the streak of 40% from the field, 38% from three-point range and 77% from the free throw line are also all well above her season averages. Against #21 Washington, Bowie exploded for a career-high 24 points, and she added a career-high seven rebounds against both the Huskies and Arizona State.
IN OUR DEFENSE: The Bears are showing a marked improvement in several statistical areas this season, particularly on defense. Last year, Cal ranked at or near the bottom of every Pac-10 defensive category, but this year they are among the best in the league in several categories. The Bears have improved from last in rebounding margin (-4.6) to fourth, outrebounding their opponents by 2.0 rebounds per game this year. Head coach Marianne Stanley's squad has limited the opponents to just 42.0% field goal shooting, which ranks third in the Pac-10, and the Bears are sixth in scoring defense, allowing 70.3 points per game.
RECORD UPDATE: In only her second season at Cal, sophomore wing Paige Bowie is already making her mark in the career record books. Bowie already ranks 8th in career three-point attempts (149) and 10th in career three-pointers made (40), and with two more attempts this season, she will move into 10th place on the single season rankings. Junior center Jennie Leander, one of the Pac-10's leading rebounders in each of her three seasons, now ranks 10th in career rebounds at Cal (619). Freshman Lauren Ashbaugh leads the team in field goal shooting percentage this season (58.4%), and if she can make at least five more field goals in this weekend's games, she will record one of the top three single season shooting percentages in school history. Ashbaugh, who has made 45-of-77 attempts, needs a minimum of 50 field goals made to earn a spot on the charts. The school record for single season field goal percentage is 62.4%, set by freshman Sophie Van Saldern in 1992-93, followed by 60.1% by junior Kesha Martin in 1992-93 and 58.2% by freshman Charlotte Lusschen in 1983-84.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES: The youthful Cal team has had its ups and downs this season, struggling to put together two solid halves in the same game. In seven of the Bears Pac-10 losses, Cal has played the opponent to within two points in one half; however, the margin was nine points or more in the opponents favor in the other half of those contests. In addition, the Bears have scored 20 points or less in one half seven times this season, with six of those droughts coming in the first half of a game.
ANOTHER TALE: The Bears have put up noticably different numbers statistically in the 10 non-conference games (4-6 record) compared to the 16 Pac-10 Conference games (2-14 record):
Games Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Margin Assists TO Margin Non-Conf 10 65.0 .394 .176 .619 +4.7 13.0 1.1 fewer Pac-10 16 57.4 .377 .178 .688 +0.2 11.1 5.1 more
THE THREE IS GONE...AND THEN BACK: After relying heavily on the three-pointer a year ago, the Bears struggled to connect from long range for the better part of this season. But, the long ball seems to be back in style in the Cal offense over the past five games, with the Bears hitting on 13-of-39 (33%) in that streak, easily above the team's 18% season-average from long distance. Prior to the revival, Cal had been shutout eight times this season from beyond the arc. Overall, the Bears are just 37-for-209 from three-point distance (17.7%) this season, after averaging five treys made per game and shooting 29% from long range last season. Before failing to connect on a trey Nov. 29 vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Bears owned a two-year streak of 53 consecutive games with at least one three-pointer made (Dec. 8, 1995-Nov. 29, 1997).
DOUBLE FUN: Junior Jennie Leander has posted three double-doubles this season, including two in the past three weeks. Leander scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the overtime loss at Washington Feb. 21, turned in a 10-point, 10-rebound performance vs. USC Feb. 12, and recorded a 13-point, 15-rebound performance in the double OT win against George Mason Dec. 19. Senior forward Amber Lacey, a transfer from Alabama, has two double-doubles this season, putting up 19 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Cal Poly SLO in her first game at Cal, and scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the loss at Hawaii. She came close to claiming her third double-double Jan. 31 at ASU, scoring 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds. A starter in 19 games for the Bears thus far, Lacey recorded just one double-double at Alabama in 32 games, all off the bench. Freshman guard Masa Radovic joined the double-double club with 16 points and a career-high 10 assists in the victory over Oregon State Jan. 4.
CLOSE CALLS: The Golden Bears struggled to stay competitive last season, playing in only two games that were decided by three points or less. This season, however, Cal has been in five contests decided by a three-point margin or less (2-3 record in those games). The Bears have suffered three of their losses by a grand total of five points: 64-63 at UOP, 59-58 to Wisconsin-Green Bay, and 62-59 loss to Saint Mary's. In addition, the Bears suffered a five-point loss in overtime at #21 Washington, 83-78, on Feb. 21.
THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM: In the Bears two one-point losses (UOP, Wisconsin-Green Bay), sophomore wing Paige Bowie came up short on game-winning shots. But given a third chance, Bowie came up big, hitting a three-point basket with three seconds remaining in double overtime to give Cal a thrilling 70-69 victory over George Mason Dec. 19 in the Oakland Tribune Classic.
CAL PLAYER UPDATES: LAUREN ASHBAUGH, Freshman, 6-2, Forward/Center, Redmond, WA...Has played in all 26 games...made two starts, at USC Jan. 18 and at ASU Jan. 31...ranks third on the team with 4.2 rebounds per game...averaging 4.5 points per game, including a career-high 10 points in just 13 minutes against Stanford Jan. 9...in her first game back in front of her hometown fans, made one of two free throws with four seconds left at #21 Washington Feb. 21, sending the game into overtime...scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in a career-high 28 minutes at UW Feb. 21...scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in only 14 minutes vs. #7 Arizona Feb. 26...snagged 8 rebounds in 17 minutes vs. WSU Jan. 24...grabbed career-high 13 rebounds vs. George Mason...leads team in field goal pct. at 58.4% (45-for-77) and is on pace to record one of the top three single season shooting percentages in school history (#1 is 62.4%, #2 is 60.1%, #3 is 58.2%; min. 50 FG made). CAREER HIGHS: 10 pts (Stanford, 1/9/98), 13 rebounds (George Mason 12/19/97), 2 assists (twice), 2 blocked shots (Wash. State 1/24/98), 2 steals (George Mason (12/19/97).
PAIGE BOWIE, Sophomore, 5-11, Forward/Guard, Fresno, CA...Has started all 26 games at the wing, the only Cal player to have started every game this season... averaging 10.2 ppg, second-best on the team...leads Cal with 23 treys, including the game-winning three-pointer with three seconds remaining in double overtime against George Mason...scored in double figures 12 times this season, including the last four games...in back-to-back games, scored a career-high 24 points at #21 Washington Feb. 21 and a game-high 17 points vs. #7 Arizona Feb. 26...in the two-game series at WSU/UW Feb. 19-21, scored 42 points and grabbed 11 rebounds...scored team-high 18 points at WSU Feb. 19, including three treys...dished out season-high five assists against both USC and UCLA Feb. 12-14...ranks third on the team with 31 steals, including career-high 4 steals vs. ASU 1/31/98...also ranks third on the team in rebounding (4.2 rpg)...on the career charts at Cal, she ranks 8th in three-point attempts (149) and 10th in three-pointers made (40), in only her second season...also plays shortstop for the nationally-ranked Cal softball team. CAREER HIGHS: 24 points (UW 2/21/98), 8 rebounds (twice), 6 assists (Long Beach St 12/7/96), 4 steals (Arizona St 1/31/98).
JAMILLA CHURCHILL, Junior, 6-1, Forward, Oakland, CA...Played in 24 games, averaging 7.8 minutes per game...had a solid game vs. #7 Arizona Feb. 26, grabbing a career-high six rebounds, scoring two points and blocking a shot in just 12 minutes of action...has grabbed 50 rebounds (2.1 rpg) this season, equal to her entire sophomore (25) and freshman seasons (22) combined...had three rebounds, one blocked shot and one assist in just eight minutes at WSU Feb. 19...scored season-high six points in 11 minutes vs. UCLA Feb. 14...scored five points and grabbed four rebounds against Saint Mary's...snagged a career-high six rebounds against #10 Virginia...two-time Pac-10 qualifier in the high jump for the Cal track and field team...best jump at Cal is 5-9 3/4, which ranks 5th on the all-time list at Cal. CAREER HIGHS: 8 points (Wash St 2/22/97), 6 rebounds (twice), 1 assist (7 times), 2 steals (twice).
KENYA CORLEY, Freshman, 5-8, Guard, Lancaster, CA...Has played in all 26 games...made the first start of her career vs. #7 Arizona Feb. 26, scoring two points and grabbing three rebounds in the off-guard position...one of the first players off the bench, averaging 12.4 minutes per game...scored 12 points in only 12 minutes at #6 Stanford Feb. 6...turned in 10 pts, 5 rebounds and three steals vs. WSU Jan. 24...in her first game at Cal, scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in just 18 minutes vs. Cal Poly SLO...scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds in just nine minutes vs. #10 Virginia...outstanding leaper who can dunk a tennis ball, despite standing just 5'8"...averaging 3.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, and has seven blocked shots this season. CAREER HIGHS: 18 points (Cal Poly SLO 11/20/97, 8 rebounds (Cal Poly SLO 11/20/97), 2 assists (3 times), 4 steals (Stan 1/9/98).
BERMIE DYER, Junior, 5-7, Guard, San Jose, CA...First year walk-on player...has not yet appeared in a game for the Bears... member of the Cal track and field team, competing in the triple jump...played basketball and competed in track 2 yrs at San Jose City College.
MARIE FOLSOM, Senior, 5-8, Guard, Chandler, AZ...One of only two seniors and Cal's only four-year player, she has appeared in 20 games and made two starts this season...in the final home game of her career Feb. 28, a win over ASU, she started and recorded six points, three steals, an assist and a blocked shot in a season-high 30 minutes...also started vs. WSU Jan. 24, and scored a season-high seven points in 29 minutes of action...played 19 minutes against #15 Washington Jan. 22 and recorded two points, three rebounds and two steals...scored five points at Hawaii...has played in 71 games and started 14 games at point guard during her four-year career. CAREER HIGHS: 15 points (Arizona 2/11/95), 5 rebounds (Oregon 2/4/95), 6 assists (UCLA 2/6/97), 4 steals (Arizona St 2/9/95).
TAMARA INOUE, Freshman, 5-6, Guard, Laguna Hills, CA...Played in 22 games and made four starts at point guard...made first start against #14 Stanford Jan. 9, contributing four points and three steals...averaging 2.6 points and 1.0 assists per game...in the win over Oregon State Jan. 4, recorded nine points, five assists and three steals in 22 minutes, all career highs...scored eight points against both George Mason and #10 Virgina...shooting 93 percent from the free throw line (14-for-15)...honorable mention prep All-American, she led Laguna Hills HS to the Calif Div. II state title last season and a 31-3 overall record. CAREER HIGHS: 9 points (Oregon State 1/4/98), 3 rebounds (twice), 5 assists (Oregon State 1/4/98), 3 steals (three times).
COURTNEY JOHNSON, Freshman, 5-8, Guard, Antioch, CA...Played in every game and made 11 starts at shooting guard...had career-high five steals, three assists and three points in a start vs. WSU Jan. 24...leads the team in steal average (1.7 spg)...averages 4.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game...scored in double figures three times, including a team-high 11 pts at Arizona Jan. 29...good rebounder for her size (5'8"), grabbing six or more rebounds seven times...grabbed career-best nine rebounds against both Hawaii and Saint Mary's...season-best of five assists vs. Saint Mary's...named third team Parade All-American as a senior at Antioch HS, averaging 22.9 points per game. CAREER HIGHS: 12 points (Cal Poly SLO 11/20/97), 9 rebounds (twice), 5 assists (Cal Poly SLO 11/20/97), 5 steals (Wash State 1/24/98).
KOBIE KENNON, Junior, 6-0, Forward, East Palo Alto, CA...Became academically eligible prior to the Oakland Tribune Classic Dec. 19-20...has played in seven games this season, scoring two points each against #14 Stanford and USC...started 19 games for the Bears last season at power forward, averaging 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game... named Cal's defensive MVP the past two seasons. CAREER HIGHS: 11 points (Long Beach St 12/1/95), 11 rebounds (Long Beach St 12/1/95), 3 assists (three times), 3 blocked shots (Arizona St 1/14/97), 4 steals (Oregon 2/13/97)
AMBER LACEY, Senior, Forward, 6-0, Altadena, CA...Finishing up her only year at Cal after transferring from Alabama...played in every game and started 24 games at power forward...ranks third on the team in scoring (9.8 ppg), and second in steals (1.2 spg)...ranks second on the team and 12th in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.2 rpg)...scored in double figures in 14 games, including a career-high 19 points against both Cal Poly SLO and Ohio State...scored a team-high 15 points in the win over ASU Feb. 28, the final home game of her Cal career...scored 18 points and grabbed 9 boards at ASU Jan. 31...posted two double-doubles this season, with 19 points and 13 rebounds vs. Cal Poly SLO and 11 points and 11 rebounds at Hawaii...named to the All-Tournament team at the Oakland Tribune Classic, with 29 points and 13 rebounds in two games...played two seasons at Howard County College (Big Spring, TX)...attended Berkeley HS, leading team to the 1992 state title. CAREER HIGHS: 19 points (twice), 16 rebounds (at Alabama, vs. Mid Tenn St 12/9/95), 3 assists (twice), 1 blocked shot (3 times), 3 steals (four times)
JENNIE LEANDER, Junior, Center, 6-3, Tigard, OR...Has started 25 of 26 games this season, and 78 of her 80 games at Cal...did not start Jan. 24 vs. WSU due to illness (flu) and was limited to just 11 minutes and held scoreless for only the third time in her career, ending a streak of scoring in 46 consecutive games...leads the team and ranks 6th in the Pac-10 in rebounding (7.1 rpg)...averaging 8.5 points per game, fourth-best on the team...grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and dished out a career-high three assists vs. #7 Arizona Feb. 26...scored 12 points (shooting 6-for-6 from the field) and grabbed 9 rebounds at WSU Feb. 19, despite missing 11 minutes in the second half with a broken nose after getting an elbow to the face...grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds, including 13 in the first half, at USC Jan. 18...scored in double-figures nine times, including a season-high 20 points vs. Ohio State...has three double-doubles this season - 11 points and 11 rebounds at #21 UW Feb. 21, 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. USC Feb. 12 and 13 points and 15 rebounds in the double-overtime win over George Mason Dec. 19...tied her career-high of three blocked shots vs. USC Feb. 12...named to the All-Tournament team at the Oakland Tribune Classic, totaling 33 points and 21 rebounds...on the Cal career charts, she ranks 10th in career rebounds (619). CAREER HIGHS: 28 points (Arizona St 3/6/97), 19 rebounds (Arizona St 3/6/97), 3 assists (twice), 3 blocked shots (twice), 4 steals (UCLA 1/12/97)
GENEVA MCDANIEL, Sophomore, 6-5, Center, Sausalito, CA...Played in 15 games, averaging 4.1 minutes per game...made her most significant contribution of the season in the win over Oregon State Jan. 4, scoring eight points and grabbing three boards in 13 minutes...scored five points and grabbed two rebounds in the season-opening win over Cal Poly SLO...one of the tallest players in Cal history, behind 6-8 Charlotte Lusschen (1982-86) and 6-6 Sarah Thamer (1980-82)...last season as a freshman, led the team in field goal percentage (.545) and ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (25, 1.0 bpg). CAREER HIGHS: 12 points (Arizona St 1/4/97), 10 rebounds (Fresno St 12/9/96), 2 assists (Washington 1/25/97), 6 blocked shots (Tenn Tech 12/20/96), 4 steals (Fresno St 12/9/97).
MASA RADOVIC, Freshman, 6-1, Guard, Belgrade, Yugoslavia...Has started 24 of 26 games...did not start last weekend vs. #7 Arizona (back pain) and Arizona State (Senior Day)...came off the bench to play 29 minutes vs. Arizona and scored seven points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds...also came off the bench in the win over ASU ansd scored 11 points in just 18 minutes...leads the Bears and ranks 15th in the Pac-10 in scoring (11.1 ppg)...leads team in assist average (3.0 apg)...ranks 9th in the Pac-10 in field goal shooting (48.6%)...in the win over Oregon State Jan. 4, scored a team-high 16 points, grabbed a career-best seven rebounds and dished out a career-high 10 assists...made the game-winning layin (62-61) at USF Dec. 3...scored in double figures 16 times this season, including a career-high 20 points at USF...scored 14 points and a career-high seven rebounds at #21 Washington Feb. 21...her starting assignments include 10 games at point guard early in the season and 14 starts at shooting guard...had never played point guard before coming to Cal fom the Yugoslavian Junior National Team. CAREER HIGHS: 20 points (USF 12/3/97), 7 rebounds (3 times), 10 assists (Oregon St 1/4/98), 3 steals (USC 2/12/98)
SHERRISE SMITH, Junior, 5-5, Guard, Los Angeles, CA...Played in 19 games this season, including 11 starts at point guard...missed five games with a dislocated left elbow suffered vs. Oregon State Jan. 4...returned to the court at Arizona Jan. 29 and has started eight of the last nine games...averaging 4.5 points and 2.1 assists per game...one of the team's top free throw shooters, hitting on 82% (18-of-22)...in last weekend's home series with #7 Arizona and Arizona State, she scored 19 points and dished out 8 assists in the two games combined...scored a season-high 13 points at WSU Feb. 19...tied her career-best of 8 assists vs. UCLA Feb. 14...scored 11 points off the bench against Ohio State in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic...in her first start against #10 Virginia, had nine points, four rebounds and four assists...started 22 games last season at point guard, and ranked 7th in the Pac-10 in assist average (4.0 apg). CAREER HIGHS: 17 points (Saint Mary's 12/28/96), 8 rebounds (Washington 1/25/97), 8 assists (five times), 4 steals (twice)
LINDSAY TOSCANO, Freshman, 5-9, Guard/Forward, Sonoma, CA...Appeared in only one game, playing one minute in the season-opening win over Cal Poly SLO...first-year walk-on player...three-time all-county player at Justin Siena HS.