Nov. 11, 2001
BERKELEY - The California women's basketball team plays its second of two exhibition games Monday, Nov. 12 against KSC Szekszard, a club team from Hungary. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
KCS Szekszard brings a 1-6 American tour record into its final game against Cal. The lone victory was an 86-76 overtime decision against San Francisco, Nov. 10.
This year marks the first season that the Golden Bears will play their evening games at 7 p.m. The decision to do away with 7:30 p.m. starts was made to better accommodate Cal's family-oriented fan base.
Cal opens the regular season at home against San Diego State, Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Last season, the Aztecs defeated the Bears, 63-49, in San Diego. Six of the Bears nine non-conference games are at home this season after they played seven of 10 non-league games away from Haas Pavilion in 2000-01.
The Bears held off a feisty Bay Area Pro-Am team to claim a 61-55 victory in their exhibition opener Nov. 4.
Senior Ami Forney, the only returning starter, paced Cal with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Last season, she posted six double-doubles to lead Cal. Sophomore guard LaTasha O'Keith added 11 points and six rebounds against the Pro-Am squad.
Horstmeyer knew before the season started what Forney and O'Keith were capable of, but the performances of freshman point guard Kristin Iwanaga and junior forward Audrey Watler were the most impressive of the eight dressed newcomers.
Iwanaga, who comes to Cal from Archbishop Mitty High School, started against the Pro-Am team and played a team-high 37 minutes. She posted nine points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists and showed leadership on the court. Iwanaga is the Bears first true point guard since Sherrise Smith directed the team from 1996-99.
Iwanaga looks to fill the shoes of Courtney Johnson, a natural shooting guard who stepped in as Cal's point guard the last two seasons. As a senior in 2000-01, Johnson earned first team All-Pac-10 honors after leading Cal in scoring with 15.2 points per game.
Watler was a late addition as a walk-on to the Bear this year. She transferred to Cal after playing two seasons at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. Against the Bay Area team, the 5-10 power forward, contributed nine points, six rebounds and two steals in 18 minutes of action.
The most intriguing of Cal's newcomers - 6-4 sophomore center Olga Volkova - didn't score in seven minutes of playing time. She is still recovering from an ACL tear, so she is being eased into game action.
The Bears probable starting lineup against the Hungarian club team is:
Kiki Williams, 6-1, Fr.-R, F Amber White, 6-0, Jr., F Ami Forney, 6-2, Sr., C LaTasha O'Keith, 5-7, So., G Kristin Iwanaga, 5-6, Fr., G