Bears Return Home to Face Arizona, Arizona State
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

January 25, 1999

California returns this week to the sweet home cooking of the Kaiser Arena. The Golden Bears (7-9, 1-6 Pac-10) entertain Arizona State and Arizona at their temporary Oakland home, where they've posted an outstanding 6-1 record this season.

After seeing their six-game home-winning streak dating back to last season snapped against UCLA, Jan. 14, the Bears got back on track at home with a 61-51 win over USC, Jan. 16. Seven of Cals final 11 regular season games are at home.

Bear head coach Marianne Stanley is in search of her 400th-career victory as her record stands at 399-201. Stanley, 44, is looking to become the 27th active Division I womens coach to achieve that milestone and tie as the 12th-youngest coach to reach 400 victories.

Cal is in last place in the Pac-10 Conference but one game separates sixth through 10th place. They have an excellent opportunity to gain on teams above them, especially against Arizona State, which it has faired the best of any Pac-10 team. Cal owns the all-time series 17-12, including a 65-58 home win last season.

During Cals two losses last week to the Washington schools, senior center Jennie Leander was one of the bright spots for Cal as she came out of a midseason slumber, averaging 13.5 points, 8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in 32.5 minutes/game. The four-year starter posted a career-high of four blocks versus Washington State and became the 14th player in Cal history to surpass the 1,000-career point plateau against Washington.

The Bears defense continues to remain respectable, but where they are struggling is in finding enough consistent offensive weapons and taking care of the ball. While five different players have led the Bears in scoring during the last five games, the Bears struggle to get multiple players consistently hitting on all cylinders. Paige Bowie continues to lead Cal in scoring for the second-consecutive season with 11.8 ppg.

This Week:

Jan. 28 vs. Arizona State (8-8, 2-5)  Kaiser Arena      7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30 vs. Arizona (9-7, 4-3)        Kaiser Arena      2:00 p.m.

Radio KALX (90.7 FM)

(As of 1/25)
                                   Pac-10   Overall
 1.  UCLA                             7-0      15-4
 2.  Oregon                           6-2      15-4
 3.  Washington                       5-2       9-7
 4.  Stanford                         5-2       9-9
 5.  Arizona                          4-3       9-7
 6.  Arizona State                    2-5       8-8
     Wash. State                      2-5       8-8
     USC                              2-5      6-10
 9.  Oregon State                     2-6      10-7  
10.  California                       1-6       7-9


Jan. 28   ASU at Cal; 
          Arizona at Stanford;   
          UW at UCLA;  
          Washington State at USC

Jan. 29 Oregon State at Oregon

Jan. 30 Arizona at Cal; Arizona State at Stanford; WSU at UCLA; UW at USC

Pac-10 Statistical Leaders
(Through 1/24/99 games)


  1.  Maylana Martin, UCLA    18.0 
 16.  Paige Bowie, CAL        11.8
  1.  Amber Hall, WASH        10.3
14t.  Jennie Leander, CAL      5.6
18t.  Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL     5.3
  1.  Erica Gomez, UCLA       8.05
 8t.  Sherrise Smith          3.69
  1.  Julia Gray, WASH        3.44
  5.  Courtney Johnson, CAL   2.56
FG Percentage
  1.  Jenny Mowe, ORE         .650
  7.  Shavaki Jackson, CAL    .535
3-Pt Goal Percentage
  1.  Michelle Tom, ASU       .476
 3t.  Sherrise Smith, CAL     .381
  7.  Paige Bowie, CAL        .366
Scoring Defense
  1.  Oregon                  56.7  
  4.  California              66.7
Field Goal Percentage Defense
  1.  Oregon                  .360  
  5.  California              .406
3-Point Field Goal Percentage
  1.  Washington State        .348 
  2.  California              .320

Marianne Stanley is in her third season at the helm of Cals womens 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). Her career record stands at 399-201 (.665), which ranks 27th in victories among all active NCAA Division I womens coaches. Stanley, 44, will tie as 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.


A Look at Arizona State (8-8, 2-5 Pac-10)
Arizona State is currently in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Pac-10 with a 2-5 record. Overall, the Sun Devils are 8-8 and have split their last four contests with wins against Washington State and Oregon State. Redshirt junior Rachel Holt leads a defensive-minded ASU team with 11.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg.

Cal-Arizona State Series History
Cal leads the all-time series 17-12, including a win the last time the two teams played in Oakland last season, 65-58. Washington State and Arizona State are the only two conference schools in which Cal leads the all-time series.

Arizona State Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne
Charli Turner Thorne is in her third season at the helm of the ASU womens basketball program. Her Sun Devil record is 27-44 (.380). In five plus years as a collegiate head coach, including three years at Northern Arizona University, Thornes record is 67-84 9 (.435). A 1988 graduate of Stanford, Thorne spent time as an assistant coach at Santa Clara University.

Arizona State Probable Starters

POS  NO  NAME              HT  YR   PTS   REB 
 F   14  Kristine Sand    6-0  Jr. 10.5   4.3
 F   04  Leaf Newman      5-9  So.  9.6   4.1
 C   54  Rachel Holt      6-3  Jr. 11.1   5.3
 G   15  Kitch Kitchen    5-7  Jr.  7.0   3.9  3.94 apg
 G   33  Natalie Tucker   5-9  So.  7.6   3.3  5.13 apg
Stats (all games) Comparison -- Pac-10 Rank In ( )
                   California   Arizona State   Arizona
Points Per Game    59.8 (10th)    66.6 (7th)   74.4 (4th)
Opp. Points PG     66.4 (4th)     63.8 (2nd)   72.3 (9th)
Scoring Margin     -6.6 (10th)    +2.8 (5th)   +2.1 (6th)
Rebounds PG        39.8 (4th)     39.0 (5th)   35.5 (10th)
Opp. Rebounds PG   39.3 (7th)     37.0 (3rd)   37.1 (4th)
Rebound Margin      +.5 (7th)     +2.0 (4th)   -1.6 (8th)
FG%                .380 (9th)     .409 (6th)   .454 (3rd)
Opp. FG%           .406 (5th)     .426 (7th)   .439 (8th)
3-Pt. FG%          .320 (2nd)     .314 (6th)   .295 (8th)
Opp. 3-Pt. FG%     .286 (4th)     .233 (1st)   .380 (10th)
FT%                .637 (7th)     .684 (5th)   .702 (2nd)


By Class
Senior (4)
Jamilla Churchill, Kobie 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, Kobie 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 Arizona (9-7, 4-3 Pac-10)
Arizona, which advanced to the 1998 NCAA Sweet 16, takes a three-game winning streak into the San Francisco Bay Area this week. After playing Stanford Thursday, the Wildcats (9-7, 4-3 Pac-10) visit the Bears Saturday at 2 p.m. UA got off to a slow start at 5-4 during the non-conference season but played an extremely difficult schedule. All four losses came at the hands of ranked opponents Nebraska, Purdue, Louisiana Tech and Colorado State. The Wildcats have a talented recruiting class, which has helped them deal with the loss of Adia Barnes, the 1998 Pac-10 Player of the Year.

Cal-Arizona Series History
Arizona leads the all-time series with Cal 15-13. Cal held a 13-9 advantage, but UA has rattled off six-consecutive wins. Cals last win over Arizona was a 94-66 home win during the 1994-95 season. Last season, the Bears played competitively with the Wildcats at home before dropping a 67-57 decision. Paige Bowie led the way for Cal with 17 points.

Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini
Joan Bonvicini is in her ninth season at the commands of the Arizona womens basketball program. In eight plus years in the Valley of the Sun, she boasts a 125-94 (.571) record. Bonvicini came to Arizona after concluding a 12-year tenure at Long Beach State with a record of 325-71 (.820). Overall, her career record stands at 450-167 (.729).

Arizona State Probable Starters

POS  NO  NAME                 HT  YR   PTS    REB 
 F   10  Reshea Bristol     5-10  So. 11.5    4.2
 F   34  Angela Lackey       6-0  Jr. 12.7    4.7
 C   45  Elizabeth Pickney   6-4  Fr. 12.4    6.1
 G   03  Lisa Griffith       5-6  Jr.  8.9    2.8  4.56 apg
 G   23  Felecity Willis     5-7  Jr. 12.9    3.3  5.88 apg


Its been a tale of two seasons for Cal. The Bears are 6-1 at home, 0-8 on the road and 1-0 on a neutral court. Cal saw its six-game home winning streak dating back to a win over Arizona State (65-58), Feb. 28, 1998, snapped against UCLA, but the Bears immediately got a new home- winning streak started with a 61-51 win over USC, Jan. 16. The Bears best win of the season was an 80-75 decision at home over No. 9 Colorado State to claim the Oakland Tribune Classic title. CSU is 21-1 on the season. Offensively, the Bears have had a 65.0 (home) to 55.5 (road) to 58.0 (neutral site) scoring disparity this season.

With the Bears struggling offensively, coach Stanley is emphasizing to her team the importance of taking good care of the basketball. "Turnovers have really been hurting us and therefore limiting are shots," said Stanley. "This has been an enigma to me because earlier in the year, we took better care of the ball." The first seven games of the season, Cal averaged 17.3 turnovers per game but has seen that total rise to its current average of 21.8. Over the last nine games, Cal is averaging 25.3 miscues per contest. When Cal limits its turnovers, it tends to win. The Bears are 3-1 in games when theyve committed fewer turnovers than their opponents.

Cal has shown many signs of improvement this season, including its seven wins surpassing its win total of the previous two seasons, and there are clear signs that the future looks even brighter. Eight of 13 players on Cals roster this season are freshmen and sophomores. Cals regular starting lineup features two sophomores in Lauren Ashbaugh at power forward and Courtney Johnson at the off-guard spot. The experience Ashbaugh and Johnson are gaining this year will lend itself to a very experienced Bear lineup in 1999-2000. Cals three recruited freshmen average a combined 10.4 minutes off the bench.


    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


Led at halftime                  5-0
Trailed at halftime              1-9
Were tied at halftime            1-0
Went into overtime               0-0
Led by 10 or more points         6-1
Shot FG 60% or better            0-0
Shot FG 50% or better            1-0
Shot FG less than 50%            6-9
Shot FG less than 40%            5-8
Shot FG less than 30%            2-0
Score in 40s                     1-3
Score in 50s                     2-3
Score in 60s                     2-2
Score in 70s                     0-1
Score in 80s                     2-0
Lead in rebounds                 4-3
Are out rebounded                3-4
Are tied for rebounds            0-2
Have less TOs than opp.          3-1
Start #10, 23, 31, 33, 50        4-7
Start #10, 23, 33, 4, 40         1-0
Start #10, 23, 24, 33, 50        1-0
Start #3, 23, 31, 33, 50         1-2


1,000-Point Club 14 members
 1.  Colleen Galloway    2320
10.  Heli Toikka         1102
11.  Laura Baker         1072
12.  Patrycja Czepiec    1059
13.  Jennie Leander      1023
14.  Chris Sellin        1008

Career Rebounds

 1.  Colleen Galloway    1029
 7.  Ingrid Dixson        789
 8.  Jennie Leander       722
 9.  Trisha Stafford      721

Career Three-Point FG Percentage

 1.  Chris Holten        .467
 8.  Sherrise Smith      .317
 9.  Paige Bowie         .312

Career Three-Point FG Made

 1.  Jennifer Self        159
 7.  Milica Vukadinovic    81
 8.  Paige Bowie           79

The Bears have been a very unselfish team this season as six different players have led or tied for top scoring and rebounding honors in games this season. On the glass, Johnson and Leander lead the way in five games. Leander led Cal with nine rebounds against Washington State and tied for the lead against Washington with seven. A 5-8 guard, Johnson has been Cals top rebounder in five of the last seven games and leads her team in boards in Pac-10 games with 5.7 per game. Paige Bowie leads with six top game scoring honors.

Fox Sports Bay Area has made a late decision to broadcast the Cal-Stanford womens basketball game Feb. 5 at the Kaiser Arena. Tip-off is at 7:35 p.m. That brings Cals 1998-99 television games up to six four on FOX Sports Bay Area and two on FOX Sports Net.

The three-point shot has become an important part of Cals offense this season. Cal is shooting at a .380 field goal clip but remarkably is shooting a respectable .320 (64-200) from three-point range. The Bears rank second in the conference for three-point field goal percentage and fifth for treys per game (4.0). Washington State leads the league at .348 and 7.88 treys per game. Cal has already converted on 19 more treys than it made all of last season when it went 45-of-228 or 1.6 treys 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 tied for third in the conference, shooting 38.1%, while Bowie is seventh at .366.

On Cals career three-point shooting percentage charts, Smith and Bowie rank ninth and 10th, respectively, at .317 and .312. Bowie also ranks sixth for career threes attempted and eighth for threes made.

Against Northwestern this season, 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 13-of-16 games in 1998-99.

Senior center Jennie Leander became the 14th player in Cal history to record her 1000th-career point with 11 points in Cals loss to Washington Thursday. The Tigard, Ore., native followed that performance with a season-high 16 points and a career-high four blocks at Washington State Saturday. Leander now has 1023 points in 98 games (96 starts) in a Bear uniform. This season, Leander has 135 points (8.4 ppg).

Berkeleys Latifa Lewis has seen her minutes rise during the Pac-10 season as her strong, physical presence is vital to Cals ability to match up with more physical Pac-10 centers. The 6-4 center averages 4.7 minutes per game overall but 5.7 during conference games. One of Lewis best games of the year came against Washington, where she posted two points and career highs for rebounds (4) and blocked shots (2) in eight minutes of action. She posted a career high of nine points against then-No. 20 Florida.

Cals Probable Starting Fives Career Statistics

Games             Career  Starts
Lauren Ashbaugh     44      16
Paige Bowie         61      51
Jennie Leander      98      96
Sherrise Smith      83      56
Courtney Johnson    44      24

Points Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 226 5.1 Paige Bowie 646 10.6 Jennie Leander 1023 10.4 Sherrise Smith 411 5.0 Courtney Johnson 248 5.6

Rebounds Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 202 4.6 Paige Bowie 239 3.9 Jennie Leander 722 7.4 Sherrise Smith 176 2.1 Courtney Johnson 164 3.7

Assists Career Avg. Lauren Ashbaugh 24 0.7 Paige Bowie 162 2.7 Jennie Leander 57 0.6 Sherrise Smith 230 2.8 Courtney Johnson 68 1.5

The countdown is down to one. Cal head coach Marianne Stanley is one way away from becoming the 27th Division I womens basketball coach to top the 400-career victory plateau. Earlier this year, Paul Sanderford of Nebraska became the 26th coach to reach that milestone. At age 44, Stanley also will match Nancy Wilson (South Carolina, retired) and Cindy Russo (Florida International) as the 12th-youngest coaches to earn 400 wins. Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt recorded her 400th win at 37.

Sherrise Smith has distributed the ball better for Cal during the Pac-10 season. The Los Angeles native leads Cal with 3.69 apg and was in seventh in the conference as of Jan. 22 with 3.73 apg. In conference games, Smiths average is 4.71 apg.

Cal posted a 6-3 non-conference record, including an upset of No. 9 Colorado State, 80-75, in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic. The 6-3 mark was Cals best non-conference mark since the 1992-93 season when the Bears posted an 8-1 record and a 19-10 overall record, earning its last NCAA Tournament selection. The Bears lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Vanderbilt, 82-63. In 1993-94, Cal also posted a 6-3 non-conference record in 1993-94.

The Bears did a good job staying with the Cougars run and gun offense for the first 12 minutes of the game. With WSU leading 16-12 with 8:35 left in the first half, the Cougars capitalized on two Bear turnovers and poor shooting to go on a 10-0 run to gain a double-digit lead (26-12), which they would not relinquish the remainder of the game. The Cougars took a 37-16 lead into the locker room behind 14 points from Yvonne Volkman, who led the Cougars with 18 points. Jennie Leander paced Cal with a season-high 16 points, 9 rebounds and a career-high 4 blocks.

Huskies head coach June Daugherty had seen enough of the resilient Bears and burned her first full timeout with 13:15 remaining and her team clinging to a 41-40 lead on its home court. Following the time out, the Huskies began to put the game out of striking distance with hot shooting on a 12-0 run. After leading 30-28 at the half, UW closed out the game with a 20-9 run to secure a 22-point win. Smith led Cal with 13 points and Jennie Leander contributed 11 as she reached the 1000-career point plateau. Amber Hall led UW with 18 points, including 12 in the second half, as the Huskies moved into second place in the conference.


Points in game        88
    vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
FG made               31
    vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
FG attempts           78
    vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
FG percentage       .527
    vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
3-PT FG made          10
    vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
3-PT FG attempts      23
    vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
3-PT FG percentage  .714
    vs. USC, 1/16/99
FT made               25
    vs. Pacific, 11/17/98
FT attempts           35
    vs. Pacific, 11/17/98
FT percentage       .929 (13-14)
    vs. USF, 12/4/98
Rebounds              53
    vs. USF, 12/4/98
Assists               25
    vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
Steals                13
    vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
Blocked Shots          7
    vs. Pittsburgh, 12/20/98

Freshman center Shavaki Jackson came to Cal as a Parade All-American and has proven worthy of that recognition. The Berkeley native is Cals top player off the bench, averaging 9.6 ppg and 4.5 rpg and 0.8 bpg in 19.6 minutes/contest. She ranks second on the team in scoring, fourth in rebounding and first in blocked shots (10 total). Additionally, she leads the team in field goal percentage (.570), ranking third in the Pac-10. She recorded a career-high 20 points in Cals loss to Oregon State. Jackson holds the dubious distinction of fouling out in a team-high four games.


Jennie Leander
Pacific -- 15 points, 12 rebounds
Virginia -- 10 points, 10 rebounds
USF--11 points, 10 rebounds

>Lauren Ashbaugh
Stanford 14 points, 11 rebounds

Cal is ranked 58th in the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI), which is fifth-best in the Pac-10. For strength of schedule, Cal ranks 19th among the 304 Division I schools. The RPI is used by the NCAA women's basketball committee to supplement the selection of at-large teams and the seeding of all teams for the NCAA basketball tournament. It is derived from three component factors: Div. I winning percentage (25%), schedule strength (50%); and opponent's schedule strength (25%).

Cal picked up its first conference win of 1999 in impressive fashion, beating USC 61-51, Saturday at Kaiser Arena. The Bears were paced by 23 points from Paige Bowie, who shot 9-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. With USC leading 18-17 with 5:53 remaining in the first half, Bowie converted on three-consecutive treys to give Cal a 26-23 advantage. The Bears led at the half 28-25 and never trailed again. In the second half, Cals lead fluttered between six and eight points before Cals

Courtney Johnson made her only steal of the game and went the length of the floor to give Cal its first double-digit lead at 48-38. The Trojans were led by 14 points from Adrain Williams.

No. 10 UCLA showed that it is the real deal, beating Cal 87-62 Thursday. The loss was Cals first at home this season and ended a six-game overall home winning streak. The key to the game was UCLA's ability to capitalize on the Bears bad ball handling, converting 33 Cal turnovers in to 34 points. The Bears turnover total was the highest this season. One high point for Cal was that it out-rebounded UCLA 38-36. The Bruins led only 37-27 at the half and by 13 at 65-52 with only 6:37 remaining in the game. Maylana Martin led UCLA with 19 points, while Shavaki Jackson came off the bench to lead the Bears with 12, while Bowie added 11 and Johnson 10.

7-9 overall, 1-6 Pac-10
6-1 home; 0-8 road; 1-0 neutral

Date Opponent Time/Result 11/9 Riverland Raiders (exh) W 74-53 11/12 Alvik (exh) W 85-38 11/17 Pacific W 66-58 11/28 at Virginia (17/19) L 55-70 11/30 at Ohio State L 48-73 12/4 USF W 58-46 12/17 Northwestern $ W 88-76 12/20-21 Oakland Tribune Classic 12/20 vs. Pittsburgh W 40-35 12/21 vs. Colorado St. (9/9) W 80-75 12/28-29 State Farm Classic @Florida 12/28 vs. Vermont W 58-54 12/29 at Florida (20/20) L 70-96 1/2 at Oregon * L 49-64 1/4 at Oregon State * L 52-54 1/8 at Stanford * $ L 67-80 1/14 UCLA * (10/10) L 62-87 1/16 USC * W 61-51 1/21 at Washington * L 49-71 1/23 at Washington State * ! L 54-73 1/28 Arizona State * 7:30 p.m. 1/30 Arizona * 2:00 p.m. 2/5 Stanford * $ 7:30 p.m. 2/12 at USC * 7:00 p.m. 2/14 at UCLA * (8/9) 2:00 p.m. 2/18 Washington St. * $ 7:30 p.m. 2/21 Washington * ! 3:00 p.m. 2/25 at Arizona * 7:00 p.m. 2/27 at Arizona State * 7:00 p.m. 3/4 Oregon State * 7:30 p.m. 3/6 Oregon * 2:00 p.m.

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