Women's Basketball Travels To ACC's Wake Forest, North Carolina
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  12/21/1999

Dec. 21, 1999

This Week:
Tues. Dec. 28 -- at Wake Forest - Reynolds Gym (2,000) - 7:00 p.m. ET
Thurs. Dec. 30 -- at UNC - Carmichael Aud. (10,000) - 7:00 p.m. ET


California (5-3) wraps up its 10-game non-conference schedule on the East Coast in the state of North Carolina. After a nine-day break following the Oakland Tribune Classic, Cal visits Wake Forest (3-5), Dec. 28 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 30, the Golden Bears battle North Carolina (8-2), at 7 p.m. The Tar Heels are ranked No. 11 in the USA Today/Coaches poll and No. 10 in the Associated Press poll. They are the first ranked team the Bears will play this season.

Cal owns one neutral site win over Idaho and is in search of its second road victory as it is 1-2. The Bears saw their three-game winning streak snapped with an 85-72 loss to Florida in the championship game of their own Oakland Tribune Classic, Dec. 19.

The Bears have been keyed by their defense this season, ranking fifth in the Pac-10 allowing 62.8 ppg. This is an improvement over last season's credible 67.7 average. Junior guard Courtney Johnson leads the Pac-10 in steals with 2.83 per game. The Bears lead the Pac-10 in rebounding margin, grabbing 7.8 more rebounds (43.9 rpg) than their opponents (36.1 rpg). Against Florida, Cal posted a season-high 55 rebounds, while giving up 47. Sophomore center Ami Forney (7.3 rpg) leads a pack of six Cal players who average four or more rebounds per game.

Not only is Johnson leading Cal's defense, she is pacing Cal offensively with 14.5 ppg in only 25.3 mpg off the bench.

By no means is Cal a one-player offense as junior guard Kenya Corley is second on the team at 12.8 ppg and sophomore center Ami Forney is third at 11.4 ppg. Corley and Forney are both in the midst of breakout seasons for Cal after making modest contributions as a reserve during the beginning of their Cal careers. Senior forward Paige Bowie, who led Cal in scoring her first two seasons, has her average up to 9.4 ppg after leading Cal with 20 points in a loss to Florida in Cal's last game. Bowie and Johnson were named to the Oakland Tribune Classic all-tournament team.


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's next broadcast is Jan. 6 at Arizona.


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.


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 www.calbears.com. 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 is in her fourth season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program with a 28-61 (.322) record. 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 409-210 (.661). 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.


A Look at Wake Forest (3-5, 0-0 ACC)

Wake Forest is 3-5 heading into its game at Louisiana State Dec. 22. The Deamon Deacons have won two of their last three games, including most recently a buzzer-beater 58-57 win at New Orleans Dec. 19. Cal's game with Wake will take place at Reynolds Gym (2,000) due to a scheduling conflict with Veterans Memorial Coliseum (14,407).

Cal-Wake Forest Series History

Wake Forest won the only meeting with Cal, 61-58, during the 1996-97 season. The game took place at a tournament at Old Dominion. The Deacons did compete at the 1998 Oakland Tribune Classic but were not matched up with Cal.

Wake Forest Head Coach Charlene Curtis (Radford '76)

Charlene Curtis is in her third season at the helm of the Wake Forest program. She boasts a 15-48 record during the rebuilding process. Prior to being hired at WFU, Curtis coached at Temple for five seasons (1990-95) and at her alma mater Radford for six seasons (1984-90).

Wake Forest Probable Starters (stats as of Dec. 15)

F20Kristen Shaffer5-10Jr10.52.8
F50Brenda Kirkpatrick6-0Jr7.56.3
C34LaChina Robinson6-4So8.55.3
G10Val Klopfer5-4So3.31.3
G21Janae Whiteside5-7Jr8.32.23.0 apg


A Look at North Carolina (8-2, 1-0 ACC)

North Carolina is 8-2 and in the midst of an 11-day break prior to the Cal game, Dec. 30. The Tar Heels have won four-straight games following a 99-86 loss vs. No. 11 Notre Dame, Dec. 4. The Tar Heels are ranked 11th in the USA Today/Coaches poll and 10th by the Associated Press. Junior forward LaQuanda Barksdale leads the team with 21.0 ppg and 9.2 rpg. Overall five players are in double figures in an offense which averages 80.2 ppg, while giving up 67.7 ppg.

Cal-North Carolina Series History

The series is tied at 1-1. This marks the first meeting between these two teams in 12 years. Cal won the most recent meeting at home in 1987-88 (77-72), while UNC won at Chapel Hill in 1985-86 (77-67).


By Class
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'S TOP PAC-10 RANKS (THROUGH 12/19 games)


Rebounding Margin
1. Cal +7.8 (43.9-36.1)
2. UCLA +5.9 (47.0-41.1)

Rebounding Offense
1. UCLA 47.0
2. Cal 43.9

Offensive Rebounds
1. UCLA 20.86
2. Cal 18.50

FG PCT Defense
1. Oregon .358
4. Cal .388

1. UCLA 11.86
4. Cal 9.88


1. Courtney Johnson, CAL 2.88
2. Kitch Kitchn, ASU 2.50

1. Maylana Martin 10.1
8. Ami Forney 7.3
12. Lauren Ashbaugh 6.5

1. Megan Franza, UW 20.5
7. Courtney Johnson, CAL 14.5
11. Kenya Corley, CAL 12.8

FG Percentage
1. Tatum Brown, UA .681
9. Ami Forney, CAL .500

UNC Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell (Carson-Newman '74)

Sylvia Hatchell is in her 14th year at the helm of the UNC program and 25th overall as a collegiate coach. Her record at UNC is 277-135, while her lifetime record is 549-215.

North Carolina Probable Starters

F22Leah Sharp5-11Jr5.73.7
F33LaQuanda Barksdale5-11Jr21.09.2
C10Jennifer Thomas6-1F11.74.1
G04Jasmyn Huntington5-9G5.73.1
G14Coretta Brown5-8G4.91.1

Top Reserve/Starter

G42Nikki Teasley6-0G14.53.65.7 apg



Cal was strong on the glass last season, but the Bears have taken that prowess to a new level this year. The Bears are leading the Pac-10 with a +7.8 rebounding margin. Cal is averaging 43.9 rebounds per game to its opponents 36.1. Last season, Cal grabbed as many boards as it gave up ? 38.9. Possibly within Cal's reach this year is the school rebounding record of 44.8 rpg, set during the 1981-82 season.

Coach Stanley believes everyone needs to do their part on the glass. Sophomore center Ami Forney leads the club with 7.3 rpg, which ranks eighth in the Pac-10. Cal has six players averaging four or more rebounds.


In addition to Cal's marked improvement on the glass over a year ago, Cal has seen its steals and block production increase, as well. After averaging 9.1 steals and 2.9 blocks per game in 1998-99, the Bears are fourth in the Pac-10 in steals with 9.88 spg and sixth in blocked shots with 3.38 bpg. Junior guard Courtney Johnson leads Cal with 2.83 steals per game, while sophomore center Ami Forney and junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh lead the team in blocks with .9 per contest (7). These improved statistics have helped propel Cal into fifth in the league in defensive scoring at 62.8 ppg.


The Bears five wins have come in the blowout and nail-biter variety. They opened the year with a 22-point victory at home over Nevada (74-52), won by 16 at Fresno State (82-66) and defeated Illinois-Chicago by 22 (66-44) at home. The Nevada game was the first-ever official game ? men's or women's ? at the new Haas Pavilion. Cal also has edged Idaho by three (66-63) and most recently San Francisco by two (60-58), with a running jumper by guard Kenya Corley with 2.9 seconds on the clock for the win. Cal's three losses have been by a combined 26 points.


In Cal's eight games this year, only once has it trailed by more than 10 points at the half. Cal trailed Colorado State, 31-18, at the break and went on to lose that game, 66-57. Cal led at the half in all five of its victories.


The Bears have shown more balance on offense this year. With that fact in mind, a wide variety of players are capable of leading the team in scoring and rebounding. So far, junior guard Kenya Corley has led Cal in scoring in four games, junior guard Courtney Johnson twice, senior forward Paige Bowie once and sophomore center Ami Forney once. As for rebounding, Forney has led or tied for team honors in five games with junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh second with three games.


Lead at halftime5-0
Trailed at halftime0-3
Were tied at halftime0-0
Went into overtime0-0
Led by 10 or more points3-0
Shot FG 60% or better1-0
Shot FG 50% or better2-0
Shot FG less than 50%2-3
Shot FG less than 40%2-3
Shot FG less than 30 %0-0
Score in 50's0-1
Score in 60's3-1
Score in 70's1-1
Score in 80's1-0
Lead in rebounds4-3
Are outrebounded1-0
Are tied for rebounds0-0
Have less TOs than opp.4-1
Commit 15 or less TOs1-1
Start #3, 4, 31, 33, 425-2
Start #4, 31, 32, 33, 420-1


Lauren Ashbaugh6334
Paige Bowie8070
Ami Forney318
Kenya Corley6210
Masa Radovic3936
Lauren Ashbaugh3555.6
Paige Bowie85410.7
Ami Forney1223.9
Kenya Corley3115.0
Masa Radovic3569.1
Lauren Ashbaugh3385.4
Paige Bowie3153.9
Ami Forney1003.2
Kenya Corley1462.4
Masa Radovic1032.6
Lauren Ashbaugh410.7
Paige Bowie2042.6
Ami Forney190.6
Kenya Corley570.9
Masa Radovic962.5

Paige Bowie -- softball
Kenya Corley -- track & field
Michelle Wald -- field hockey


Senior forward Paige Bowie has led Cal in scoring the last two seasons, but with the improved depth on this year's squad, she has not had to carry the offensive burden. Bowie ranks fourth on the team in scoring at 9.4 ppg, but her average is on the rise. A co-captain with Courtney Johnson, Bowie knows she must step up her performance in crunch time and against better opponents. Bowie led Cal in scoring with 20 points against Florida in the title game of the Oakland Tribune Classic. That marked her sixth 20+ point game of her career. Often when Bowie scores 20+ points, however, it tends to equal a Bear loss as they probably didn't receive balanced scoring.

Bowie's 20+ Point Games
1. Northwestern, 12/17/98 30 points Cal won
(Cal record 8, 3-pointers made and 15 attempted)
2. 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. USC, 1/16/99 23 points Cal won
5. at UCLA, 1/12/97 22 points Cal lost
6. Florida, 12/19/99 20 points Cal lost


Junior guard Courtney Johnson may wish she was still in the Bears starting lineup as she was a year ago, but she is having even greater success as Cal's first player off the bench. The Antioch native is averaging less minutes (25.3) than a year ago (30.3) but she has made the most of her minutes. She leads the team in scoring with 14.5 ppg (up from 9.7 in 1998-99) as the only Bear to tally double figures in every game this season. At only 5-8, she is third on the team in rebounding with 5.8 rpg. Additionally, she leads the conference in steals with 2.83 per game after finishing second a year ago with 2.74 per contest.


Before the season began, Coach Stanley said she was excited about this year because she knew that she could look down her bench and always see a quality player. One of those additions to the Bears this year is redshirt sophomore Kawai Matthews. A native of Los Angeles, Matthews is a mature player who is a capable of scoring from the outside or down on the blocks. When all of Cal's top post players were in foul trouble against Florida, Matthews stepped in and played 19 minutes, posting six points, five rebounds and a blocked shot.


After defeating Illinois-Chicago, 66-44, in the opening round of the Oakland Tribune Classic, Cal lost to Florida in the title game of the tournament, 85-72, Dec. 19. The Bears held the Flames to the lowest scoring output of a Bear opponent this season but Florida's athleticism propelled it to victory in a game of streaks. The Gators only led by two at the half, 35-33, before they posted a 16-0 run against the Bears. The Bears turned around and put on a 13-0 run of their own to cut the Gators lead to three at 59-56 with 8:52, but the Gators would build their lead as high as 18 before eventually winning by 13. Paige Bowie led Cal with 20 points, while Courtney Johnson added 17. Both players were named to the all-tournament team. Florida's Tonya Washington led a group of six Gator players in double figures with 14 points, earning tournament MVP recognition. Cal foul trouble sent Florida to the line 46 times.