Bears Hosts San Francisco Monday On FOX Sports Bay Area
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  12/06/1999

Dec. 6, 1999

This Week:
Mon. Dec. 6
San Francisco
Haas Pavilion (12,300)
7:30 p.m.

California, 3-2, returns home to the friendly confines of Haas Pavilion after a four-game road trip, which saw the Golden Bears post a 2-2 record, including an 82-66 win at Fresno State Saturday. The Bears host San Francisco tonight at 7:30 p.m. live on FOX Sports Net Bay Area. Brian Webber has the play-by-play and Mary Murphy, former Sacramento Monarch's GM/coach, has color duties.

The Bears have been successful at home over the last year. They are 1-0 this season with a season opening win over Nevada, while last season, they were 10-4 at their temporary home of Kaiser Arena.

Cal features a balanced attack with three players in double-figure points and a host of players which complement Cal's up-tempo style of play. Junior guard Courtney Johnson leads the team with 14.5 ppg coming off the bench, while junior guard Kenya Corley is close behind at 14.4 ppg and sophomore center Ami Forney is average 12.2 ppg. Corley and Forney are new to the starting ranks for Cal and both have risen to the challenge. Corley averaged 3.9 ppg as a reserve during her first two seasons, while Forney averaged a modest 1.3 ppg in six mpg as a freshman.

Cal's scoring is up to 68.6 ppg from 62.3 ppg a year ago. Part of the increased scoring can be attributed to an improved shooting percentage -- 38.6 percent in 1998-99 to 43.9 this season. The Bears 40.2-35.4 advantage on the glass (+4.8) is another factor which has helped them push the ball up the court with greater success this year. Overall, Cal has outrebounded its opponents in four of five games.

The Bears have continued to maintain their reputation as one of the best defensive teams in the Pac-10. After allowing opponents only 67.7 ppg last season, that figure has dropped to 63.0. Johnson has continued her torrid steals pace this season with 3.3 per game (13) after finishing second in the league with 2.7 in 1998-99. Freshman Amber White has been an impressive addition to the Bears defense. Junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh has been Cal's top interior defender so far. Ashbaugh and Forney have each posted four blocks for Cal.

Cal's Probable Starters and Key Reserves

F   31 Lauren Ashbaugh  6-2  Jr  9.2 6.2 .714 3FG Cal's top rebounder, career-high 5 steals vs. Idaho
F   33 Paige Bowie      6-0  Sr  7.8 4.6  two-time defending Cal scoring leader
C   42 Ami Forney       6-2  So 12.2 6.0 .615 FG CSU all-tournament team selection, C.H. 17 pts. at FSU
G    3 Masa Radovic     6-1  So  6.2 2.0  3.0 apg season-high 13 points, 5 assists at Fresno State
G    4 Kenya Corley     5-8  Jr 14.4 3.8 .452 FG career high 19 pts at Fresno State, CSU all-tournament 
G   10 Courtney Johnson 5-8  Jr 14.5 5.8  3.3 spg career-high 22 points at Santa Clara
F   24 Kawai Matthews   5-11 So  3.8 2.4  career high 8 points vs. Nevada
G   32 Nicole Ybarra    5-8  Jr  0.6 1.4  started first game at Santa Clara
F   23 Amber White      6-0  Fr  1.0 2.8  career-high 5 assissts and 3 assists at Fresno State

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 along with the Dec. 2 game at Santa Clara. Each broadcast begins five minutes prior to tip-off.

At least seven 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 WSU (FSBA), Jan. 27 (tape delayed on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.), 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.

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.

After playing the last two seasons off campus at the Kaiser Arena, 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 will continue to keep fans close to the action.

Marianne Stanley enters her fourth season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program. 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 407-209 (.660). 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.

Stanley is joined at Cal by fourth-year associate head coach Barbara Thaxton, first-year assistant coach Ronalda Smitherman and second-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.

A Look at San Francisco (2-3, 0-0 West Coast)
San Francisco is struggling early on this season, but two of its losses are to nationally-ranked Stanford (75-64) and Iowa State (83-64). The Dons victories came at Northern Illinois (56-49 and Wednesday at home against San Diego State (67-58). Freshman forward Carey Sauer leads the club with 9.8 ppg and 7.0 rpg. The USF game can be seen live on FOX Sports Net Bay Area at 7:30 p.m.

Cal-San Francisco Series History
Cal leads the all-time series 23-8, including wins in the last two meetings. In 1998-99, Paige Bowie led Cal with 17 points in a 58-46 win. With USF leading 46-45 with 3:50 to play, Cal secured the victory with a 14-0 run to close out the game.

San Francisco Co-Head Coaches Bill Nepfel (Cortland State '74) and Mary Hile-Nepfel (USF '81)
Bill Nepfel and Mary Hile-Nepfel are in their 13th season as co-head coaches at USF. They boast a record of 186-154. Bill spent three seasons as head coach at Hawaii from 1984-87, where he posted a 53-35 mark.

San Francisco Probable Starters

POS NO NAME           HT   YR  PTS REB
F   42 Carey Sauer    6-0  Fr  9.8 7.0
F   11 Molly Shannon  6-1  So  3.0 2.2
C   12 Sarah Wanless  6-2  Sr  7.6 5.8
G   22 Lindsey Huff   5-6  So  8.6 1.0 3.4 apg
G   31 Melanie Turner 5-10 So  8.0 3.0
After ranking fourth in the Pac-10 last season in defensive scoring average at 67.7, Cal is ahead of that pace this season at 63.0. Santa Clara's 68 points is the most the Bears have given up this season. Signs of Cal's improved defense include in the steals and blocked shot departments. After averaging 2.9 blocks per game (79 total) in 1998-99, the Bears are averaging 3.6 blocks per game through five contests (18). Cal's opponents only have tallied 10 blocks. Junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh and sophomore center Ami Forney are tied for first on the team with four blocks. Junior guard Courtney Johnson leads the team with 13 steals (3.3 pg) after finishing second in the league with 2.7 a year ago. Cal forced Fresno State into a Cal season opponent high 28 turnovers Saturday (18 steals).

Seniors(1): Paige Bowie
Juniors (6): Lauren Ashbaugh, Kenya Corley, Courtney Johnson, Becky Staubes, Genevieve Swedor, Nicole Ybarra
Sophomores: Ami Forney, Janet Franey, Shavaki Jackson, Kawai Matthews, Masa Radovic
Freshmen: Michelle Wald, Amber White

By Height
5-8: Kenya Corley, Janet Franey, Courtney Johnson, Nicole Ybarra
5-9: Michelle Wald
5-11: Kawai Matthews
6-0: Paige Bowie, Amber White
6-1: Masa Radovic
6-2: Lauren Ashbaugh, Ami Forney
6-3: Genevieve Swedor
6-4: Shavaki Jackson

Cal has outrebounded its opponents in four of five games this season, which in particular helped them defeat Idaho after shooting only 36 percent. A season-high 47 rebounds helped off-set that shooting performance. Last season, Cal ranked fourth in the league in rebounding offense at 38.9. Cal is outhustling its opponents on the glass 40.2 to 35.4, for a +4.8 rebounding margin. Lauren Ashbaugh leads the way with 6.2 boards per game, matching her team-leading 6.2 a year ago, which ranked eighth in the conference. Ami Forney is second at 6.0 pg. Overall, Cal has four players averaging four or more caroms per contest.

Cal head coach Marianne Stanley has described her team as having a balanced offense. Part of that balance has come from players such as junior guard Kenya Corley stepping up her contributions. After coming off the bench for her first two campaigns, Corley has started at shooting guard for the first five contests and has emerged as the team's second-leading scorer. The Lancaster, Calif., native is averaging 14.4 ppg, far exceeding her 3.9 ppg career average she started the season with. Fans in Fort Collins, Colo., and Fresno, Calif., were treated to Corley's athletic feats on jump shots, which she elevated high above her opponents and layups, which she came close to dunking.

After averaging about six minutes and 1.3 points a game as a freshman, sophomore center Ami Forney has found herself as a vital component to Cal's post play. The Newark, Calif., native is third on the team in scoring with 12.2 ppg and second in rebounding at 6.0 rpg in 26.2 minutes of action. She has a team-best 19 offensive boards of the team's 78. She led the Bears with a then-career-high 14 points in a loss to Colorado State but was named to the all-tournament team, along with Corley. Forney added to that career high with 16 points in a loss at Santa Clara and a new career high of 17 in a win at Fresno State. She has also matched her career high of eight boards against Colorado State, Santa Clara and Fresno State.

After Courtney Johnson erupted for a career-high 22 points off the bench at Santa Clara, Coach Stanley told the media that if something isn't broken why fix it. Last season, the Antioch, Calif., native started 23-of-27 games for the Bears, posting 9.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 2.7 spg. The Bears struggled to get consistent contributions off their bench a year ago. They seem to have found that remedy. Johnson is leading the team in scoring and steals this season at 14.5 ppg and 3.3 spg. She is second in rebounding at 5.8 per contest. She's still averaging starter-like minutes at 25.5 per game. Johnson missed the Fresno State game due to a mild concussion she sustained in the closing minutes at Santa Clara. Her status for the USF game has not been determined.

Paige Bowie is the only senior on this year's Cal squad. For the second-consecutive season, her teammates voted her as a captain. Bowie is co-captain this season with Courtney Johnson. Bowie has led Cal in scoring the last two seasons, including 11.9 ppg in 1998-99, which helped her earn honorable mention all-conference honors. With the improved balance and depth on this year's Bear team, Bowie does not have to carry the load as she has done in the past. She is fifth on the team in scoring at 7.8 points per game but is averaging a career-best 4.6 rebounds per game. The Fresno, Calif., native had her best game this season in her return home at Fresno State, posting 11 points and 7 rebounds.


Lead at halftime          3-0
Trailed at halftime       0-2
Were tied at halftime     0-0
Went into overtime        0-0
Led by 10 or more points  2-0
Shot FG 60% or better     1-0
Shot FG 50% or better     3-0
Shot FG less than 50%     0-2
Shot FG less than 40%     0-2
Shot FG less than 30 %    0-0
Score in 50's             0-1
Score in 60's             1-1
Score in 70's             1-0
Score in 80's             1-0
Lead in rebounds          2-2
Are outrebounded          1-0
Are tied for rebounds     0-0
Have less TOs than opp.   3-1
Commit 15 or less TOs     1-1
Start #3, 4, 31, 33, 42   3-1
Start #4, 31, 32, 33, 42  0-1
                 Games  Career Starts
Lauren Ashbaugh     60        31
Paige Bowie         77        67
Ami Forney          28         5
Kenya Corley        59         7
Masa Radovic        36        33

Points Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 335 5.6 Paige Bowie 818 10.6 Ami Forney 92 3.3 Kenya Corley 281 4.8 Masa Radovic 346 9.6

Rebounds Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 317 5.3 Paige Bowie 300 3.9 Ami Forney 72 2.6 Kenya Corley 133 2.3 Masa Radovic 99 2.8

Assists Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 40 0.7 Paige Bowie 194 2.5 Ami Forney 13 0.5 Kenya Corley 53 0.9 Masa Radovic 92 2.6


Paige Bowie     softball
Kenya Corley    track & field
Michelle Wald    field hockey
Redshirt sophomore guard/forward Masa Radovic returned to the Bear lineup this season after sitting out last year with a medical redshirt due to back and knee ailments. While Cal's two junior college point guards (Nicole Ybarra and Becky Staubes) get acclimated to Cal's system, Radovic has started four of Cal's five games at the point, while her more natural position is shooting guard. At 6-1, she gives Cal a bigger, more physical starting lineup. The Belgrade, Yugoslavia native is averaging 6.2 ppg, a team-best 3.0 apg and 2.0 rpg.

While it's not surprising that junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh is leading the Bears with 6.2 rebounds per game, Coach Stanley has to be pleased with her offensive contributions. The Redmond, Wash., native is coming off a season-high 13 points (6-6 FG) at Fresno State, which helped her scoring average rise to 9.2 per game. She entered her junior campaign with a career 5.3 average. The offensive part of her game that has seen the most improvement is three-point shooting. After making 1-2 three-point attempts during her first two seasons at Cal, she is 5-7 beyond the arc this year for a team-best for makes and percentage (71.4).

Cal is 11-4 over the last two seasons at home...senior forward Paige Bowie made the first Cal basket at Haas Pavilion ? a three-pointer against Nevada...Bowie returned home to play at Fresno State Dec. 4 for the first time at Cal...The Bears have outscored their opponents by 28-total points in the 2nd half, while they've equaled their opponents in the first half...Cal has showed marked improvement in the turnover department this year at 18.2 per game, compared to 21.3 in 1998-99.

California had five players in double-figure points and shot 63.6 percent from the field en route to an 82-66 win over Fresno State Saturday afternoon at North Gym. With the victory, the Golden Bears improved to 3-2, while the Bulldogs fall to 3-3.

Junior guard Kenya Corley led the way for Cal with a career-high 19 points on 8-of-9 field goal shooting. Sophomore center Ami Forney posted a career-high 17 points. Fresno State's Amanda Baker posted a game-high 20 points.

After Cal led 42-31 at the half, Cal opened the game up with a 20-10 run to start the second half, giving the Bears a 62-41 lead with 11:45 remaining.

Despite junior guard Courtney Johnson and sophomore center Ami Forney posting a career-high 22 and 16 points, respectively, California (2-2) lost to Santa Clara (7-0), 68-64, in a very physical game at Toso Pavilion Thursday night.

After trailing 34-27 in the first half, the Golden Bears gained their first lead of the game with 8:13 to play at 53-52 when Forney put in a layup for her 15th and 16th point. A jumper by Johnson at 7:05 gave Cal it's biggest lead at 55-52. It was a brief lead however as the two teams were even at 55 with about six minutes remaining when Santa Clara made its move. The Broncos outscored the Bears 13-9 down the stretch led by guard Becki Ashbaugh, who contributed nine of her game-high 23 points.