Bears Entertain Washington State, Washington
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

February 15, 1999

California looks to snap a four-game losing streak at home this week against Washington State and Washington. Thursday game with the Cougars will be live on FOX Sports Bay Area, while Sunday's meeting with the Huskies is a Pac-10 Game of the Week on FOX Sports Net. The Golden Bears are 1-3 in TV games this season, with the lone win being an 88-76 decision over Northwestern, Dec. 17.

While the Bears are struggling this year (8-13, 2-10) in the win department, they do have two more wins and have equaled the Pac-10 wins that they've posted each of the last two seasons. With four of the final six games at home where Cal excels, the Bears have an excellent shot of ending the season on a high note. Additionally, Cal has fought harder this season, trailing by no more than 10 points at halftime in 18-of-21 games.

Senior Sherrise Smith was Cal's most consistent player in two close losses to the Los Angeles schools last weekend. She averaged 19.5 ppg, shooting 17-32 (.531) from the field, and contributed 3 apg and 2 spg. Fellow senior Jennie Leander saw a string of six-consecutive double-digit scoring games come to end against UCLA as she failed to score in 16 minutes of action.

Junior Paige Bowie continues to lead the Bears in scoring for the second-consecutive season at 12.0 ppg. She had a good shooting night (7-of-13) against USC, leading the team with 19 points but only scored six points on 3-of-17 shooting versus UCLA.

Defensively, Cal has been riding steady as the fourth-best scoring defensive team in the conference. Over the last couple weeks, the Cal's opponent scoring average has gone up from around 65 ppg to 68 ppg. Courtney Johnson is in third in the Pac-10 steal race at 2.71 spg and is gaining on league-leader Julia Gray of Washington (3.09). Over the last four games, Johnson is averaging 3.5 spg.

Look for the Bears to put a lot of pressure on the ball against Washington and Washington State to help them get into a transition-style game with the Washington schools.

This Week:

Feb. 18 Washington State (10-12, 4-9)    Kaiser Arena (4,000)      7:35 p.m.
Feb. 21 Washington (11-11, 7-6)          Kaiser Arena (4,000)      3:00 p.m.
Radio: 'KALX (90.7 FM)

 PAC-10 STANDINGS (As of 2/15)   Pac-10  Overall
 1. Oregon                         11-2    20-4
    UCLA                           11-2    19-6
 3. Stanford                       10-2    14-9
 4. Arizona                         8-4    13-8
 5. Washington                      7-6   11-11
 6. Arizona State                   4-8   10-11
 7. Wash. State                     4-9   10-12
 8. Oregon State                   3-10   11-11  
    USC                            3-10    7-15
10. California                     2-10    8-13
Feb. 18: 'Wash. State at Cal; Washington at Stanford
Feb. 19: 'ASU at Oregon; Arizona at OSU
Feb. 20: 'Wash. State at Stanford; UCLA at USC
Feb. 21: 'ASU at OSU; Arizona at Oregon; Washington at Cal

Pac-10 Statistical Leaders
(Through 2/14/99 games)


 1.  Maylana Martin,  UCLA  17.8
12.  Paige Bowie,      CAL  12.0
 1.  Amber Hall,      WASH  10.6
11.  Lauren Ashbaugh,  CAL   5.8
14.  Jennie Leander,   CAL   5.4
1.  Erica Gomez,     UCLA   7.44
6.  Sherrise Smith          3.90
1.  Julia Gray,      WASH   3.09
3.  Courtney Johnson, CAL   2.71
FG Percentage
1.  Jenny Mowe,       ORE   .605
4.  Shavaki Jackson,  CAL   .527
3-Pt Goal Percentage
1.  Michelle Tom,     ASU   .455
5.  Sherrise Smith,   CAL   .362
8.  Paige Bowie,      CAL   .344
Free Throw Percentage
1. Vanessa Morris,    OSU   .849
6. Courtney Johnson,  CAL   .765
Scoring Defense
1.  Oregon                  57.3
4.  California              68.0
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 400-205 (.661). 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 Washington State (10-12, 4-9 Pac-10)
Washington State snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-52 victory at home over Oregon State. The Cougars are in seventh place in the Pac-10. The team is led by sophomore guard Tricia Lamb, who averages 16.5 ppg, which ranks second in the conference. WSU has had to cope with the loss of forward Alke Dietel to an ACL injury 14 games into the season. Dietel was averaging 17 ppg and 7.3 rpg prior to her injury.

Cal-Washington State Series History
Cal leads the all-time series 16-14 but has lost the last five contests. WSU and Arizona State are the only two Pac-10 schools that Cal leads the all-time series.

Last meeting - Jan. 23 in Pullman: Cal struggled out of the gate, trailing 37-16 at the half, losing 73-54. Jennie Leander led Cal with 16 points and 9 rebounds, while WSU's Yvonne Volkman led all scorers with 18 points.

Washington State Head Coach Harold Rhodes
Harold Rhodes is in his 17th season as head coach at WSU. His WSU and career record is 193-267 (.420). Rhodes was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1991 after leading WSU to an 18-11 record and the NCAA Tourney.

WSU's Probable Starters

POS NO NAME               HT  YR  PTS  REB 
 F  31 Yvonne Volkman   5-11  So  8.2  4.5
 F  42 Jennifer Stinson  6-1  Jr  5.6  4.1
 C  50 Sheri Quinton     6-0  Sr  5.5  4.0
 G  20 Katie Nyseth      5-3  So  4.2  2.8 3.82
 G  22 Tricia Lamb      5-10  So 16.5  3.6
Stats (all games) Comparison -- Pac-10 Rank In ( )
                     California      WSU          UW
Points Per Game      61.3 (10th)  71.9 (4th)   72.5 (3rd)
Opp. Points PG       68.0 (4th)   71.9 (9th)   71.0 (8th) 
Scoring Margin       -6.7 (10th)  +0.0 (7th)   +1.4 (4th)
Rebounds PG          39.2 (4th)   36.2 (9th)   44.7 (1st)
Opp. Rebounds PG     39.8 (8th)   42.9 (10th)  39.5 (7th) 
Rebound Margin       -0.5 (7th)   -6.7 (10th)  +5.2 (1st) 
FG%                  .384 (9th)   .394 (7th)   .393 (8th)
Opp. FG%             .406 (6th)   .443 (9th)   .404 (5th) 
3-Pt. FG%            .297 (7th)   .353 (1st)   .255 (9th)
Opp. 3-Pt. FG%       .294 (5th)   .327 (8th)   .291 (4th) 
FT%                  .671 (7th)   .725 (1st)   .614 (9th)

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 Washington (11-11, 7-6 Pac-10)
Washington has had an up and down season and have lost five of its last seven games. Last weekend, UW defeated OSU (73-64) but lost to Oregon (67-57). The Huskies lead the conference with a +5.2 rebounding margin, which has been an area of Cal's game that has been suspect. Senior Jamie Redd leads a trio of double-digit scorers with 14.9 ppg. Redd and Bear guard Sherrise Smith are the only two starting senior guards in the Pac-10.

Cal-Washington Series History
Washington boasts a 27-5 series advantage, including winning the last 13 meetings. Cal's 13-straight losses to UW is the longest it has against any conference school.

Last meeting - Jan. 21 at Seattle: Jennie Leander became the 14th player in California history to score 1,000-career points in a 71-49 loss to UW. Washington held a 30-28 lead at the half and a 41-40 edge with 13:15 left in the game before they closed out the game with a 30-9 run behind 18 points and 11 rebounds from Amber Hall.

Washington Head Coach June Daugherty
June Daugherty is in her third season at the helm of the Washington women's basketball program. She led the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament in each of her first two seasons. Prior to coaching at UW, Daugherty was head coach at Boise State for seven seasons. Her overall record at UW is 46-32 (.599), while her career record is 169-106 (.615).

Washington Probable Starters

POS NO NAME            HT  YR  PTS   REB  
 F  23 Amber Hall     6-1  Sr  14.8 10.7  
 C  34 Malinda Lynch  6-3  Sr   8.5  5.7
 G  03 Julia Gray     5-6  Fr   5.7  3.1 3.1 apg
 G  11 Jamie Redd    5-10  Sr  14.9  6.5 3.2 apg
 G  14 Megan Franza  5-10  So  13.1  2.5

After opening the season with a 7-1 home court record, the Bears have dropped consecutive home games to Arizona and Stanford. The Bears most noteworthy home win was an 80-75 win over then-No. 9 Colorado State. The Rams are 26-1 this season. Last season, Cal posted a 4-10 record at home at the Kaiser Arena, giving the Bears an 11-13 mark in almost two seasons at its temporary home.

After shooting .658 from the charity stripe last season, Cal is hitting at a .671 clip this season. The Bears are coming off one of their best free throw shooting series in Los Angeles. Overall, Cal shot 39-48 (.813) from the foul line last weekend. Sophomore Courtney Johnson leads Cal's improvement at .765 (52-68). Against UCLA, she was 9-of-9, moving her into 6th place in the Pac-10.

In 18 of 21 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." Most recently, Cal was tied with USC, 69-69, with 1:32 remaining in the game but after leading by six at the half, USC's rebounding dominance (50-36) was too much for Cal to overcome. CAL 1998-99

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             6-1
Trailed at halftime        1-12
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%      6-13
Shot FG less than 40%      5-10
Shot FG less than 30 %      2-1
Score in 40's               1-3
Score in 50's               2-4
Score in 60's               2-4
Score in 70's               1-2
Score in 80's               2-0
Lead in rebounds            4-3
Are out rebounded           4-7
Are tied for rebounds       0-3
Have less TOs than opp.     4-3
Start #10, 23, 31, 33, 50  5-11
Start #10, 23, 33, 4, 40    1-0
Start #10, 23, 24, 33, 50   1-0
Start #3, 23, 31, 33, 50    1-2
GLANCE AT CAL HISTORY 1,000-Point Club - 14 members
 1. Colleen Galloway   2320
10. Heli Toikka        1102
11. Jennie Leander     1081
12. Laura Baker        1072
13. Patrycja Czepiec   1059
Career Rebounds
1. Colleen Galloway    1029
7. Ingrid Dixson        789
8. Jennie Leander       747
Career Three-Point FG Percentage
 1. Chris Holten       .467
 9. Sherrise Smith     .316
10. Paige Bowie        .309
Career Three-Point FG Made
1. Jennifer Self        159
6. Kelly Tatum           95
7. Paige Bowie           88
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         8         5
Jennie Leander      2         6
Courtney Johnson    2         6
Sherrise Smith      6        --
Shavaki Jackson     3         3
Ami Forney         --         1
The three-point shot has been an important part of Cal's arsenal this season. Cal is shooting at a .384 field goal clip but remarkably has been shooting at about 31 percent from beyond the arc for most of the season . The Bears average has dipped to .297 after having one of their worst three-point shooting efforts in Los Angeles, converting on 5-of-27 (.185) from three-point range. The Bears take 12.7 three pointers per game, averaging 3.8 conversions 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 fifth in the conference at .362 (21-58) while Bowie is eighth at .344 (43-125).

On Cal's career three-point shooting percentage chart, Smith and Bowie rank ninth and 10th, respectively, at .316 and .309. Smith currently has the ninth-best three-point percentage on the Cal's season's best list.

Bowie ranks sixth for career threes attempted (285) and is seventh for career threes made (88).

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.

Seniors Jennie Leander and Sherrise Smith have stepped up their play over the last seven games. Smith is averaging 14.4 ppg and 4.3 apg, and Leander is averaging 12.1 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Leander saw a string of six-consecutive double-digit scoring games snapped against UCLA Sunday.

Leander caught fire after posting her 1000th-career point at Washington, Jan. 21. Leander has climbed to second on the team in scoring at 9.2 ppg and has moved into 11th on Cal's all-time career scoring list.

Smith posted a career-high 21 points at UCLA in front of her hometown fans Sunday. In two games in LA, Smith averaged 19.5 ppg while shooting 17-32 from the field (.532). Smith's average has climbed to second on the team at 9.6 ppg, her best average in four seasons.

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. She leads the Bears for the second-consecutive season in the scoring department.

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. Most recently, she poured in 25-points in Cal's 77-67 loss to Stanford. 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       49           21
Paige Bowie           66           56
Jennie Leander       103          100
Sherrise Smith        88           61
Courtney Johnson      49           29

Points Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 246 5.0 Paige Bowie 710 10.8 Jennie Leander 1081 10.5 Sherrise Smith 491 5.6 Courtney Johnson 300 6.1

Rebounds Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 239 4.9 Paige Bowie 258 3.9 Jennie Leander 747 7.3 Sherrise Smith 183 2.1 Courtney Johnson 188 3.8

Assists Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 30 0.6 Paige Bowie 171 2.6 Jennie Leander 59 0.6 Sherrise Smith 253 2.9 Courtney Johnson 85 1.7

Bowie's 20+ Point Games
1. Vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98 30 points Cal won
   (Cal record 8, 3-pointers made and 15 attempted)
2. vs. 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. at 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 third in the Pac-10 in steals at 2.71 per game. Her 57 steals surpass the 47 she posted as a freshman. The Antioch native is coming off a four-steal effort against UCLA, a game in which Cal forced the nationally-ranked team into 29 turnovers. Over the last four games, Johnson has 14 steals (3.5 spg).

Sophomore Masa Radovic will utilize a medical redshirt for the 1998-99 women's basketball season as announced Wednesday by coach Stanley. Radovic will return for the 1999-2000 season and retain three years of basketball eligibility. Radovic, a 6-1 guard/forward from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, played the first three games of the season before developing a recurrence of a back injury suffered last summer and a stress injury in her left knee. Radovic was a Pac-10 All-Freshman honoree last season and Cal's co-MVP after finishing second on the team in scoring with 10.9 ppg.

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. 4 in the country with a 26-1 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 had a tough time in Los Angeles last weekend. Against USC, Cal let a 34-29 halftime lead slip away in the second half. With the score tied at 69 with 1:32 remaining in the game, the Trojans were able to secure a 76-71 win by converting four-of-six free throws down the stretch. Paige Bowie led Cal with 19, while Sherrise Smith added 18. USC's 50-36 rebounding edge and 26-7 advantage on the offensive glass were the difference.

The Bears played with a lot more heart against UCLA. The Bruins jumped out to a 31-13 advantage with 7:45 remaining in the first half when the Bears forced the Bruins into numerous turnovers during a 15-3 run to close the half. UCLA led 34-28 at the half. Cal played intense defense, forcing UCLA into 29 turnovers for the game, but was unable to overcome 26 percent shooting in its 76-51 loss. Sherrise Smith led Cal with a career-high 21 points.