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Cal Makes Final Pac-10 Trip To Face USC, UCLA
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/29/2000

Feb. 29, 2000

This Week

Fri., March 3
at USC (12-12, 7-7)
LA Sports Arena (15,509)
7:00 p.m.

Sun., March 5
at UCLA (15-9, 9-5 )
Pauley Pavilion (12,800)
2:00 p.m.

QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS

California hits the road for the final time this season to face USC and UCLA. The Golden Bears are riding a two-game winning streak following victories over Washington (51-49) and Washington State (65-59) last week in Berkeley and look to win three-consecutive conference games for the first time since the 1991-92 season when they did it three times. The Bears hope to finish the year strong as they did last year when they won four of their last six games.

The Bears defense has been solid for the most part throughout the entire season. They rank fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 64.9 ppg and three-point field goal percentage defense at .304. Cal also has helped its cause this year by being solid on the boards, especially when all of its big people are healthy. The Bears lead the conference in offensive rebounding at 16.88 per game and rank third in overall rebounding at 39.4 rpg.

The Bears continue to receive balanced scoring from their starting lineup, while the bench has stepped up their production, as well. Junior guard Courtney Johnson continues to lead Cal in scoring at 11.6 ppg, while sophomore center Shavaki Jackson is second at 11.1 ppg and junior guard Kenya Corley is third at 10.5 ppg. Jackson is second in the conference in rebounding at 8.2 rpg and leads in conference games at 9.3 rpg.

Meanwhile, senior forward Paige Bowie is only four points away from becoming the 15th player in Cal history to reach 1,000 points. She is all but assured to accomplish this feat Friday against USC in her 97th game at Cal.

With the return of Ami Forney to the lineup Feb. 18, against Stanford, Cal received an immediate boost to the its depth. Forney missed nine games due to a stress fracture in her foot and hasn't been able to wrestle the starting center position away from Jackson, who is having an all-conference worthy season. In recent weeks, Cal also has seen freshman forward Amber White and junior guard Becky Staubes step up their production, in particular.

CAL ON RADIO
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. KALX will broadcast the USC and UCLA games this week. Broadcasts begin five minutes prior to tip-off.

BEARS ON TV 9 TIMES
At least nine 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 ASU (COX), Jan. 8, at WSU (FSBA), Jan. 27 (tape delayed on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.), at Stanford (Bay TV), Jan. 21, 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.

WWW.CALBEARS.COM
All Cal releases, results, statistics, box scores, schedules and coaches and players biographical information, as well as historical data, is available on the Internet at www.calbears.com. Game recaps and statistics are updated after each contest.

HAAS PAVILION OPENS
After playing the last two seasons off campus at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland, 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 continues to keep fans close to the action.

CAL HEAD COACH MARIANNE STANLEY
Marianne Stanley is in her fourth season at the helm of the Cal women's basketball program with a 33-73 (.311) record. She coached her 100th game at Cal at home against USC (81-64 win), Feb. 3. 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 413-222 (.650). 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.

USC SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at USC (12-12, 7-7 Pac-10, 6th place)

USC has won four of its last five games. The Trojans 12 wins this season easily surpass last season's 7-20 record. The Trojans are coming off a 69-63 win over Oregon Feb. 26, completing a season sweep of the conference's No. 2 team. USC also has ranked wins over UCLA and Arizona.

Cal-USC Series History
USC leads the all-time series with Cal, 23-10. Cal heads to Los Angeles Friday looking to post its first season sweep over Los Angeles since 1989-90. Cal defeated USC in Berkeley Feb. 3, 81-64. Ironically, Cal head coach Marianne Stanley was the USC coach in 1989-90.

USC Head Coach Chris Gobrecht (USC '77)
Chris Gobrecht is in her third year at the helm of USC, her alma mater, and in her 21st-year as a collegiate head coach. Prior to coming to USC, she spent one year at Florida State, 11 years at UW and six years at Cal State Fullerton. Her record at USC is 31-47 (.397), and her career mark is 363-250 (.592).

USC's Probable Starters

POSNONAMEHTYRPTSREB
F22Tashara Carter6-0Jr10.44.4
F43Danielle Golay6-2Sr11.95.5
C40Tiffany Washington6-2Sr6.05.6
G03Tiffany Elmore5-10So9.63.7
G11Erica Mashia5-7Sr8.22.4/2.3 apg

UCLA SCOUTING REPORT
A Look at UCLA (15-9, 9-5 Pac-10, 5th place)

UCLA is struggling over its last eight games going 3-5, including being swept on the road last week at Oregon (89-72) and Oregon State (72-52) and is facing must-win situations over the final four games to make the NCAA Tournament.

Cal-UCLA Series History
UCLA leads the all-time series with Cal, 28-5, including winning the last 10 contests. The Bears almost broke that streak Feb. 5 in Berkeley with a close 74-67 loss, which saw the Bears lead at the half.

BEAR BITS

  • Cal drew a season-high of 3,681 fans vs. Stanford, Feb. 18.
  • Candace McNamee, the starting setter on the Cal volleyball team, joined the basketball team three weeks ago.
  • Cal's 64 boards against UW, Jan. 29, tied the Pac-10 and school record for rebounds in a game.
  • Lauren Ashbaugh's 20 blocked shots this season is a career-high.
  • Cal has lost eight games this season by 10 or less points.
  • Paige Bowie ranks second all-time at Cal for 3-pointers attempted (435) and third for makes (112).

CAL'S TOP PAC-10 RANKS
(All games, as of 2/27/00)
Note: must play in 75% of games

TEAM

Offensive Rebounds
1. Cal - 16.88
2. Oregon State - 16.00

Rebounding Offense
1. UCLA - 41.9
3. Cal - 39.4

Scoring Defense
1. Oregon State - 59.9
4. Cal - 64.9

3-Point FG PCT Defense
1. Arizona State - .251
4. Cal - .304

Steals
1. Arizona - 11.00
5. Cal - 9.71

Turnover Margin
1. Arizona - +2.69 (20.5-23.2)
3. Cal - +1.75 (18.6-20.4)

Blocked Shots
1. Oregon State - +5.07
5. Cal - +3.17

INDIVIDUAL

Steals
1. Courtney Johnson, CAL - 3.05
2. Reda Petraitis, OSU - 2.56

Rebounding
1. Maylana Martin, UCLA - 8.6
2. Shavaki Jackson, CAL - 8.2

Blocks
1. Sissel Pierce, OSU - 2.96
9t. Lauren Ashabaugh, CAL - 0.83
9t. Shavaki Jackson, CAL - 0.83

Scoring
1. Shaquala Williams, UW - 17.6
15. Courtney Johnson, CAL - 11.6

CAL DOUBLE DOUBLES -99-00
(Points and Rebounds)
Shavaki Jackson - 4
Lauren Ashbaugh - 3
(four for Ashbaugh's career)

UCLA Head Coach Kathy Olivier (UNLV '82)
Kathy Olivier is in her seventh season as head coach of the Bruins with a 112-83 (.574) record. Her overall record is the same.

UCLA's Probable Starters

POSNONAMEHTYRPTSREB
F13Maylana Martin6-3Sr17.18.6
F05Marie Philan6-0Sr8.35.1
C34Janae Hubbard6-4Sr10.37.1
G10Erica Gomez5-9Sr6.92.3/5.4 apg
G23Nicole Kaczmarski5-11Fr11.23.9

GOLDEN BEAR NOTES

FOUR TO GO, BEARS IN HUNT FOR 6TH PLACE
A year ago, Cal finished below .500 (12-15) but finished the season by winning four of its last six games. The Bears have an excellent chance of repeating that performance as four of their final six games are at home and four of those six also are against teams in the bottom half of the conference. Cal is two games behind Arizona State for seventh place and a long-shot three games back from USC. A year ago, Cal finished in a tie with ASU for sixth in the league. The Bears coaching staff is emphasizing a team goal of closing out the year with six-straight wins. So far, Cal is 2-0.

StandingsPac-10 Overall
Stanford11-318-6
Oregon11-420-7
Arizona10-421-5
Oregon State10-514-13
UCLA9-515-9
USC7-712-12
Arizona State6-813-11
California4-109-15
Washington3-127-20
Washington State1-144-21

BEARS KNOWN FOR THEIR DEFENSE
During the Marianne Stanley era at Cal, the Bears reputation as one of the better defensive teams in the conference has continued to grow. Cal is ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 65.9 ppg, which is an improvement over last year's 67.7 ppg mark, which also ranked fourth. Opponents are kept on their toes as the Bears regularly change from various combinations of man-to-man, zone and pressure defense. Cal is coming off its best defensive weekend of the Pac-10 season, allowing a combined 111 points to Washington (49) and Washington State (59) for an average of 55.5 ppg.

BEARS TAKING BETTER CARE OF THE BALL
The Bears improved defense is connected to that their turnover total has been on a steady decline, while its opponents turnover numbers have been on a steady rise during Stanley's four-year tenure at Cal. Cal is third in the Pac-10 this season for turnover margin at +1.75).

SeasonTurnovers/GameOpp. Turnovers/GameMargin
1996-9722.319.3-3.0
1997-9822.219.5-1.8
1998-9921.3 20.2-1.1
1999-0018.620.4+1.8

SPREADING THE WEALTH AROUND
During the last two seasons, senior forward Paige Bowie was Cal's go-to weapon, leading the team in scoring as a sophomore and junior. This year, Cal has had numerous players step up in the scoring and rebounding departments. As for the scoring leaders, junior guard Kenya Corley has led or tied for team-high honors in nine games, sophomore center Shavaki Jackson in eight games and junior guard Courtney Johnson in six games. As for rebounding, Jackson

BEARS RECORD WHEN...

Lead at halftime9-1
Trailed at halftime0-14
Were tied at halftime0-0
Went into overtime0-0
Led by 10 or more points6-0
Shot FG 60% or better1-0
Shot FG 50% or better3-0
Shot FG less than 50%5-15
Shot FG less than 40%4-13
Shot FG less than 30%0-2
Score in 30's0-1
Score in 40's0-1
Score in 50's1-7
Score in 60's4-5
Score in 70's2-1
Score in 80's2-0
Lead in rebounds7-4
Are outrebounded2-9
Are tied for rebounds0-2
Have less TOs than opp.6-11
Commit 15 or less TOs1-5
Start #3, 4, 31, 33, 426-3
Start #4, 31, 32, 33, 420-1
Start #4, 10, 31, 33, 420-1
Start #00, 4, 10, 24, 330-1
Start #00, 4, 10, 31, 333-6
Start #00, 4, 24, 31, 330-1
Start #00, 4, 5, 31, 330-2
Face ranked opponents0-5
Are on television3-6

PROBABLE STARTERS

GamesCareerStarts
Paige Bowie9686
Lauren Ashbaugh7949
Kenya Corley7826
Courtney Johnson7544
Shavaki Jackson4413

PointsCareerAvg.
Paige Bowie99610.4
Shavaki Jackson3928.9
Courtney Johnson6138.2
Lauren Ashbaugh4996.3
Kenya Corley4615.9

ReboundsCareerAvg.
Shavaki Jackson2666.0
Lauren Ashbaugh4325.5
Paige Bowie3793.9
Courtney Johnson2873.8
Kenya Corley1902.4

AssistsCareerAvg.
Paige Bowie2482.6
Courtney Johnson1542.1
Kenya Corley881.1
Shavaki Jackson350.8
Lauren Ashbaugh610.8

Cal 2 SPORT ATHLETES

Paige Bowie     softball
Kenya Corley    track and field
Candace McNamee volleyball
Michelle Wald   field hockey

BOWIE 1,000 PT WATCH - 4 AWAY
Senior forward Paige Bowie has 996 career points, and is looking to become the 15th Bear to reach 1,000-career points. She is averaging 9.0 ppg this season (10.4 ppg for her career) and will accomplish the milestone in her 97th game against USC. Bowie has seven 20+ point scoring games in her career, with a career high of 30 against Northwestern last season. The Wildcat game also saw Bowie break the school record for both three pointers made (8) and attempted (15) in a game. Jennie Leander was the last Bear to reach 1,000- career points at Washington, Jan. 21, 1999.

JACKSON FIRST IN PAC-10 REBOUNDING
Sophomore center Shavaki Jackson is making her claim for All-Pac-10 honors. Jackson is second on the team in scoring at 11.1 ppg and first in rebounding at 8.2 rpg (2nd Pac-10). That average is on pace to be the most by a Cal player since Jennie Leander averaged 8.6 rpg during the 1996-97 season. Jackson's numbers jump in Pac-10 only games to first for scoring (12.1) and rebounding (9.3), which ranks 13th and first in the league, respectively. The Berkeley native has posted double-figure points in 13 of 18 games and has recorded four double-doubles this season.

Jackson earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors Jan. 30, after posting 18 points and 23 rebounds against Washington. The 23 boards is tied for the second most in the NCAA this season, equals the third-best single game mark in Cal history and is the most by any Pac-10 player since 1994. It also puts her in a tie for the second-best single game total in Pac-10 history (the record is 25 rebounds, set by UCLA's Natalie Williams in 1994). Against UW Thursday, Jackson had 9 points and 15 rebounds to finish the season averaging 13.5 ppg and 19.0 rpg against the Huskies.

Jackson also has stepped up her defense this year, standing second on the team with 15 blocked shots.

JOHNSON LEADS PAC-10 IN STEALS & CAL IN SCORING
Junior guard Courtney Johnson also has proven to be an All-Pac-10 candidate for her offensive and defensive exploits. She leads the Bears in scoring with 11.6 ppg (15th Pac-10). Meanwhile, the Antioch, Calif., native leads the league in steals with 3.05 per game after placing second last year at 2.74. She ranks eighth in Cal history with 182 steals (7th: Meme Fanner - 194) and is on pace to finish her career ranked second at Cal for steals. Johnson, a natural shooting guard, also has seen her assists rise to a team-best 2.9 apg and 4.7 apg over the last six games, including a career-best seven assists vs. USC, Feb. 3.

LAST WEEK IN REVIEW

BEARS DEFEAT WSU, 65-59 FOR WEEKEND SWEEP
Cal won its second-straight game, defeating visiting WSU 65-59, Saturday. The win gave Cal its first Pac-10 weekend sweep since it also swept Washington and WSU last season at home. Shavaki Jackson recorded her fourth double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds), while Lauren Ashbaugh added 12 points and Kenya Corley 11. Cal led 29-28 at the half and never trailed after that.

CAL HANGS ON FOR 51-49 WIN OVER WASHINGTON
Cal battled past a resilient Washington squad for a 51-49 victory Thursday. Courtney Johnson led the Bears with 10 points and four rebounds, while Shavaki Jackson notched 15 rebounds. The win marked Cal's third-straight victory over UW and its first season sweep of the Huskies since 1991-92. Up 26-22 at halftime, the Bears fought off a determined UW squad but never let the Dawgs get more than a four-point lead during the second stanza. Back-to-back jumpers by Jackson with four minutes to go put Cal up by four, 49-45.

CALIFORNIA CAREER/SEASON HIGHS-as of Feb. 27, 2000

Lauren Ashbaugh - Jr. - 6-2 - Forward/Center
Career Highs

Points: 18, at Washington, 1/29/00, vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
Rebounds: 13, vs. George Mason, 12/19/97
Assists: 3, vs. 5 opponents, most recently vs. Stanford, 2/18/00
Blocks: 4, at Oregon State, 2/10/00
Steals: 5, at Colorado State, 11/27/99
Season Highs
Points: 18, at Washington, 1/29/00
Rebounds: 11, at UNC, 12/30/99, vs. USF, 12/699
Assists: 3, vs. Stanford, 2/18/00, at Arizona, 1/6/00
Blocks: 4, at Oregon State, 2/10/00
Steals: 5, at Colorado State, 11/27/99

Paige Bowie - Sr. - 6-0 - Forward/Guard
Career Highs

Points: 30, vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
Rebounds: 8, vs. 5 opponents, most recently vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
Assists: 7, at UNC, 12/30/99, vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
Blocks: 2, vs. 3 opponents
Steals: 4, vs. 3 opponents, most recently vs. Oregon State, 3/4/99
Season Highs
Points: 20, vs. Florida, 12/19/99
Rebounds: 7, vs. 3 opponents, most recently vs. Oregon, 1/13/00
Assists: 7, at UNC, 12/30/99
Blocks: 1, vs. 4 opponents, most recently vs. Washington, 2/24/00
Steals: 3, vs. USC, 2/3/00, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99

Kenya Corley - Jr. - 5-8 - Guard
Career Highs

Points: 19, at Oregon, 2/12/00, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
Rebounds: 8, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99, vs. Cal Poly, 11/20/97
Assists: 4, at UA, 1/6/00, at Wake Forest, 12/28/99
Blocks: 4, vs. USF, 12/4/98
Steals: 4, vs. Stanford, 1/9/98
Season Highs
Points: 19, at Oregon, 2/12/00, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
Rebounds: 8, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99
Assists: 4, at UA, 1/6/00, at Wake Forest, 12/28/99
Blocks: 2, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99
Steals: 3, at ASU, 1/8/00

Ami Forney - So. - 6-2 - Center/Forward
Career Highs

Points: 17, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
Rebounds: 12, vs. USF, 12/6/99
Assists: 4, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
Blocks: 2, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
Steals: 3, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
Season Highs
Points: 17, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
Rebounds: 12, vs. USF, 12/6/99
Assists: 4, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
Blocks: 2, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
Steals: 3, at Fresno State, 12/4/99

Shavaki Jackson - So. - 6-4 - Center
Career Highs

Points: 20, vs. Oregon State, 1/4/99
Rebounds: 23, at Washington, 1/29/00
Assists: 5, vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
Blocks: 3, vs. 4 opponents, most recently vs. Washington, 2/24/00
Steals: 2, at Stanford, 1/21/00, vs. Washington, 2/21/99
Season Highs
Points: 19, vs. Stanford, 2/18/00
Rebounds: 23, at Washington, 1/29/00
Assists: 3, vs. UCLA, 2/6/00
Blocks: 3, vs. 3 opponents, most recently vs. Washington, 2/24/00
Steals: 2, vs. USC, 2/3/00, at Stanford, 1/21/00

Courtney Johnson - Jr. - 5-8 - Guard
Career Highs

Points: 22, at Santa Clara, 12/2/99
Rebounds: 9, vs. 4 opponents, most recently vs. Florida, 12/19/99
Assists: 7, vs. USC, 2/3/00
Blocks: 2, at Washington, 1/29/00, vs. George Mason, 12/19/97
Steals: 8 at Washington, 1/29/00, vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
Season Highs
Points: 22, at Santa Clara, 12/2/99
Rebounds: 9, vs. Florida, 12/19/99
Assists: 7, vs. USC, 2/3/00
Blocks: 2, at Washington, 1/29/00
Steals: 8, at Washington, 1/29/00

Kawai Matthews - So. - 5-11 - Forward
Career and Season Highs

Points: 8, vs. Illinois-Chicago, 12/18/99
Rebounds: 7, at Wake Forest, 12/28/99
Assists: 1, vs. 4 opponents, most recently vs. WSU, 2/26/00
Blocks: 2, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99
Steals: 1, vs. 8 opponents, most recently vs. Washington, 2/24/00

Masa Radovic - So. - 6-1 - Guard/Forward
Career Highs

Points: 20, vs. USF, 12/3/97
Rebounds: 7, vs. 2 opponents, most recently vs. Arizona, 2/6/98
Assists: 10, vs. Oregon State, 1/4/98
Blocks: 1, vs. 4 opponents, most recently vs. Idaho, 11/26/99
Steals: 3, vs. 2 opponents, most recently vs. USC, 2/12/98
Season Highs
Points: 13, vs. Idaho, 11/26/99
Rebounds: 4, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99
Assists: 5, at Fresno State, 12/4/99, vs. Nevada, 11/21/99
Blocks: 1, vs. Idaho, 11/26/99
Steals: 2, vs. Illinois-Chicago, 12/18/99, Idaho, 11/26/99

Becky Staubes - Jr. - 5-10 - Guard
Career and Season Highs

Points: 10, at Oregon, 2/12/00
Rebounds: 2, vs. 3 opponents, most recently vs. Washington, 2/24/00
Assists: 4, at Oregon, 2/12/00
Blocks: 1, at Oregon, 2/12/00, at Oregon State, 2/10/00
Steals: 1, vs. 4 opponents, most recently at OSU, 2/10/00

Genevieve Swedor - Jr. - 6-3 - Center
Career and Season Highs

Points: 9, vs. Oregon State, 1/15/00
Rebounds: 5, vs. Oregon State, 1/15/00
Assists: 2, at Fresno State
Blocks: 1, vs. 3 opponents, most recently vs. OSU, 1/15/00
Steals: 2, at OSU, 2/10/00, at Fresno State, 12/4/99

Amber White - Fr. - 6-0 - Forward
Career and Season Highs

Points: 11, at Oregon, 2/12/00
Rebounds: 5, vs, 3 opponents, most recently vs. UCLA, 2/6/00
Assists: 5, at Fresno State, 12/4/99
Blocks: 3, at Stanford, 1/21/00
Steals: 4, at Oregon, 2/12/00

Nicole Ybarra - Jr. - 5-8 - Guard
Career and Season Highs

Points: 5, at Washington, 1/29/00
Rebounds: 3, vs. 4 opponents, most recently vs. USC, 2/3/00
Assists: 3, at Stanford, 1/21/00, Arizona, 1/6/00
Blocks: 1, at Washington, 1/29/00, vs. Oregon, 1/13/00
Steals: 3, at Wake Forest, 12/28/99


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