Cal Hosts San Francisco Friday

Mon. Nov. 30 at Ohio State Columbus, OH L 48-73 Fri. Dec. 4 vs. San Francisco Oakland, CA 7:30 p.m. Cal Probable Starters & Key Reserves POS NO NAME
By Cal Athletics on Mon, June 21, 1999

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December 4, 1998

This Week:
Mon. Nov. 30 at Ohio State Columbus, OH L 48-73
Fri. Dec. 4 vs. San Francisco Oakland, CA 7:30 p.m.

Cal Probable Starters & Key Reserves

POS   NO   NAME               HT    YR   PTS   REB   ASST  
F     31   Lauren Ashbaugh    6-2   So   3.7   6.7   1.0   
Led Cal with 11 reb at UVA; top returning FG shooter (.600)
F     33   Paige Bowie        6-0   Jr   8.7   2.0   2.3   
Led Cal in scoring at UVA and tied at Ohio State
C     50   Jennie Leander     6-3   Sr   10.7  8.3   0.7   
Posted back-to-back double-doubles vs. Pacific and UVA
G      3   Masa Radovic       6-1   So   3.3   2.0   1.7   
97-98 team co-MVP with Bowie, led Cal in assists at 2.9 pg
G     23   Sherisse Smith     5-5   Sr   6.3   0.7   1.7   
Tied Bowie for team-high in points with 10 vs Ohio State 
G     10   Courtney Johnson   5-8   So   10.0  4.0   2.3   
Cal's super-sub, leads team in steals with 2.0 per game
C/F   00   Shavaki Jackson    6-4   Fr   6.3   5.3   0.3   
Best outing 12 points, 9 rebounds vs Pacific
G      4   Kenya Corley       5-8   So   3.0   1.3   1.3   
Cal's Most Improved Player in 1997-98

Cal (1-2) looks to snap a two-game losing streak against the University of San Francisco, Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland. The Bears then go on a 13-day break for final exams.

Cal claimed a 62-61 victory at USF last season behind Masa Radovic's career-high 20 points. After the finals hiatus, Cal entertains Northwestern on Dec. 17, live on FOX Sports Bay Area.

The Bears are coming off a two-game Thanksgiving road trip out East, which saw them lose both games. The holiday weekend opened for Cal with a 70-55 loss to Virginia, which surged ahead after leading only 32-30 at the half and 50-44 with 6:23 remaining. Junior forward Paige Bowie led Cal with 13 points, while sophomore guard Courtney Johnson converted for 11 and senior center Jennie Leander added 10. Leander posted her second-consecutive double-double by adding 10 rebounds to her effort.

Poor shooting (38 percent) from the field and getting doubled up on the boards (41-21) prevented Cal from ever getting into their inside-outside game against Ohio State. In the end, the Buckeyes snapped a two-game losing streak, defeating the Bears, 73-48.

Some bright spots for Cal last weekend included Paige Bowie leading the team in scoring in both games with 13 at Virginia and 10 at Ohio State. Sherisse Smith also had 10 versus the Buckeyes despite suffering the affects of a cold. Jennie Leander posted her second-consecutive double-double versus UVA (10 points, 10 boards). Courtney Johnson, also slightly under the weather last week, continues to shine off the bench, tallying 11 points, 8 boards, 5 assists and 2 steals against UVA. One of the few bright spots against OSU was the play of freshman reserve forward Ami Forney, who contributed four points and a team-high five boards in 13 minutes of action. With all three freshman post players - Shavaki Jackson, Latifa Lewis and Ami Forney - all making contributions, head coach Marianne Stanley will be able to utilize the post depth she is so excited about.

PAC-10 STANDINGS (As of 11/30)

                  Pac-10   Overall
Wash. State       0-0      3-0
Oregon            0-0      5-1
Oregon State      0-0      3-1
UCLA              0-0      4-2
Arizona State     0-0      2-1
USC               0-0      3-2
Washington        0-0      2-2
Arizona           0-0      2-2
California        0-0      1-1 
Stanford          0-0      2-4
Nov. 30 - Cal at Ohio State
Dec. 2 - Texas at Arizona State
Dec. 3 - Oregon State at Montana and Washington at Florida Int'l
Dec. 4 - Arizona vs Sam Houston State; USF at Cal; Oregon vs Butler; Stanford at Santa Clara; Bowling Green at Washington State
Dec. 5 - Gonzaga at Arizona State; Oregon at Kansas Invitational; Oregon State at Idaho State; Cal State Fullerton at UCLA; USC at Long Beach State; Washington State hosts Cougar Shootout
Dec. 6 - Arizona hosts Classic; Arizona State hosts Wells Fargo Classic; Washington vs. Illinois (ESPN2).

For the 17th consecutive year, KALX (90.7 FM) will carry all California home games and most of the road games. All of the Pac-10 road games will be broadcast. Each broadcast begins five minutes prior to tip-off.

At least five 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. 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.

All Cal basketball releases and statistics are available to the media using Info Connection. Please call the Cal media relations office for further information.

Marianne Stanley enters her third season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program. A native of Upper Darby, Pa., Stanley is a 19-year coaching veteran and winner of five national championship titles as a player (2) and coach (3). She entered the 1998 campaign with a career record of 392-192 (.671), which ranks 26th in victories among all active NCAA Division I women's coaches. Stanley, 44, will become 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.

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 (2-2)
USF is 2-2 having opened the season with wins over San Diego State (54-43) and Idaho State (63-53). The Dons of the West Coast Conference are coming off a 74-43 loss to No. 7 Notre Dame and 78-50 loss Tuesday to Pacific (whom Cal beat in the season opener, 66-58). USF returns four starters from last year's 10-17 squad and regains the services of 5-9 guard Brittany Lindhe, a three-time all-WCC honoree, who missed last season with an injury. USF features a balanced scoring attack with guard Jennifer Madkins leading the way with 9.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 4.5 assists.

Cal-San Francisco Series History
Cal leads the all-time series 22-8, including a 62-61 win last season at USF Dec. 3, but the two teams have split the last six contests. Prior to that, the Bears posted 13-straight victories from 1982-83 to 1992-93.

At USF last season, Cal was led by Masa Radovic's career-high 20 points. But, no points were bigger than her driving lay-up with 21 seconds, the final score of the game. As with 1997, Cal is looking to even its record at .500 (2-2) with a win over USF. Last season, the Bears went to 3-3 after their win.

San Francisco Head Coaches Bill and Mary-Hile Nepfel
Bill Nepfel (Cortland State, 1974) and Mary Hile-Nepfel (USF, 1981) are in their 12th season as the co-head coaches at the University of San Francisco. For three years from 1994-95 through 1996-97, the husband wife combination guided the Lady Dons to a cumulative 73-19 (.793) record, three NCAA appearances, three West Coast Conference Tournament titles and a pair of regular season WCC championships. The Nepfels have compiled a 179-133 at USF. Bill Nepfel has a career record of 232-168.

San Francisco Probable Starters

POS   NO   NAME              HT    YR   PTS   REB   
F      4   Tashi Tasnadi     6-1   Jr.  7.2   4.5
F     12   Sarah Wanless     6-2   Jr.  7.0   5.0   
C     32   Rachel Mahar      6-4   So.  4.2   4.8   
G     21   Jennifer Madkins  5-9   Jr.  9.5   4.8    4.5 assists 
G     40   Brittany Lindhe   5-9   Sr.  9.0   4.0   

1997-98 Record: 6-22
Pac-10: 2-16/T9th
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 10/3
Starters Returning/Lost: 4/1
Newcomers 5
Roster Breakdown (Sr/Jr/So/Fr) 4/1/4/5


By Class Senior (4) -Jamilla Churchill, Kobie Kennon, Jennie Leander, Sherisse Smith
Junior (1) - Paige Bowie
Sophomore (4) - Lauren Ashbaugh, Kenya Corley, Courtney Johnson, Masa Radovic
Freshman (5) - Ami Forney, Janet Franey, Shavaki Jackson, Latifa Lewis, LaShanthi Rhodes

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, LaShanthi Rhodes
5-5 - Sherisse Smith


Career Rebounds
1. Colleen Galloway 1029
2. Kesha Martin 875
3. Teresa Palmisano 874
4. Cynthia Cooke 855
5. Jennifer Bennett 812
6. Amanda Ray 795
7. Ingrid Dixson 789
8. Trisha Stafford 721
9. Chris Sellin 703
10. Jennie Leander 658

Three-Point Field Goals Attempted
1. Liz Rizzo 460
2. Jennifer Self 430
3. Laura Baker 325
4. Kelly Tatum 295
5. Patrycja Czepiec 289
6. Chris Holten 229
7. Milica Vukadinovic 208
8. Paige Bowie 175
9. Eliza Sokolowska 144
10. Kim Robinson 126


It shouldn't be surprising that Cal's turnovers/game are down from a year ago with a healthy point guard in senior Sherisse Smith. Smith has been riddled with various injuries since she stepped on the Cal campus four years ago.

Through three games, Cal is averaging 18 turnovers per game, while last season the Bears averaged 22.3 miscues per game without the services of Smith for seven games.

For the first time in coach Stanley's three-year tenure at Cal, the Bears have depth in the post. Now, if Jennie Leander is having an off night or is in foul trouble, Stanley can look down her bench and see two 6-4 players in Shavaki Jackson and Latifa Lewis along with 6-2 Ami Forney, who made significant contributions against Ohio State. So far, Leander has shown no signs of faltering and the bench has been solid, for the most part, as well. Leander led Cal with her 17th-career double-double (15 pts, 12 rebs) against Pacific and posted her 18th-career double-double at Virginia. Jackson is averaging 6.3 points and 5.3 boards in three games.

With a lot of game experience in the books as a freshman, Johnson is ready to be an impact player in 1998 as a sophomore.

Johnson wishes every night was opening night. Against Pacific, the Antioch, Calif., native set a new career high of 17 points as the Bears top scorer against the Tigers. She set her previous career high of 12 points in the 1997 opener versus Cal Poly. Johnson also had a big night against No. 17 Virginia, contributing 11 points, 8 boards, 5 assists and two steals.

Ohio State shot 73 percent from the field in the first half to catapult it to a 42-23 half-time advantage over California and an eventual 73-48 win Monday at the Value City Arena.

The game was decided in the first half as Ohio State jumped out to an 11-2 lead with forward Larecha Jones scoring eight of her game-high 22 points. The Bears kept the game within about 12 points until the Buckeyes went on a 12-2 run, started by a Jamie Lewis three pointer, over the final 3:13 of the first half to enter the locker room with a 42-23 lead. Cal wouldn't get any closer than 16 points in the second half.

Paige Bowie and Sherisse Smith led Cal in scoring with 10 points. For the third-consecutive game this season, Cal failed to shoot above 40 percent (38 percent). The Bears also struggled to get enough muscle on the boards as OSU held a 41-21 advantage.

Paige Bowie led Cal with 13 points and Jennie Leander posted her second-consecutive double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds), but it wasn't enough to hold off a second-half charge by No. 17 Virginia, which claimed a 70-55 victory Saturday at University Hall, in Charlottesville, Va.

Forward DeMya Walker celebrated her 21st birthday by leading Virginia with a game-high 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots as the Cavaliers improved to 3-1 The Bears trailed the Cavaliers only 32-30 at the half and were still within six at 50-44 with 6:23 remaining in the game when Virginia went on an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to extend its lead to double digits (58-44) for the first time all game. Cal didn't get any closer than 10 the rest of the way.

Pac-10 Pre-season Polls

Coaches         Media
1.  UCLA         UCLA
2.  Stanford     Stanford
3.  Oregon       Oregon
4.  Washington   Washington
5.  Arizona      Arizona
6.  USC          USC
7.  Arizona St.  Arizona State
8.  Wash. St.    Wash. St.
9t. California   9. Oregon St.
9t. Oregon State 10. California
The Pac-10 will hold media-only teleconferences with Pac-10 head coaches nine times throughout the 1998-99 season. To obtain the number, media should call the Pac-10 office at 925-932-4411. To listen to the teleconference on a taped replay, call 402-633-6900. Below are the teleconference dates for this season:

Wednesday, Dec. 16
Tuesday, Jan. 12
Tuesday, Jan. 19
Tuesday, Jan. 26
Tuesday, Feb. 2
Tuesday, Feb. 9
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Tuesday, March 2

The order of coaches is as follows:
12:00-12:03 Joan Bonvicini, Arizona
12:03-12:06 Charli Turner, Thorne, Arizona State
12:06-12:09 Marianne Stanley, Cal
12:09-12:12 Jody Runge, Oregon
12:12-12:15 Judy Spoelstra, OSU
12:15-12:18 Tara VaDerveer, STAN
12:18-12:21 Kathy Olivier, UCLA
12:21-12:24 Chris Gobrecht, USC
12:24-12:27 June Daugherty, WASH
12:27-12:30 Harold Rhodes, WSU
12:30-12:40 Student-athlete

Led at half-time 1-0
Trailed at half-time 0-2
Were tied at half-time 0-0
Went into overtime 0-0
Led by 10 or more points 1-0
Shot 60% or better 0-0
Shot 50% or better 0-0
Shot less than 50% 1-2
Shot less than 40% 1-2

Cal has a 13-day break before it plays Northwestern Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m., at the Kaiser Arena. This is the third meeting between the two teams and the first since 1992-93 when Cal defeated NU, 81-78.

The Bears host the 22nd-annual Oakland Tribune Classic, Dec. 20-21, at the Kaiser Arena. The field includes 12th-ranked Colorado State (8-0), Pittsburgh (4-1), Wake Forest (3-3) and Cal (1-2). Last season, Cal lost to Ohio State in the championship game, 85-72.

With Cal's win over Pacific, Stanley is seven wins (393-194) shy of the 400-career win plateau. Stanley is looking to become the 26th active Division I women's coach to eclipse the 400-win mark and become the 12th youngest coach at age 44 to reach that milestone. Nancy Wilson of South Carolina (retired) and Cindy Russo of Florida International also reached the 400 mark at age 44.

If you include Cal's two exhibition wins and the UOP game, the Bears won three-straight contests for the first time since the 1996-97 season when they defeated Long Beach State, Fresno State and Tennessee Tech, Dec. 7, Dec. 9 and Dec. 20, respectively. The new winning confidence can directly be attributed to a healthy, experienced Cal team. Coach Stanley believes the seniors in particular feel the sense of urgency to win.

Cal's schedule features a host of teams ranked in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN coaches' pre-season Top 25 polls. Looking at the AP poll, the Bears face No. 8 Virginia, Nov. 30, in Charlottesville, Va. If the Bears advance to the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic, Dec. 21, Cal could face No. 27 Colorado State. Likewise at the State Farm Classic, Cal could face No. 22 Florida. Three Pac-10 teams are ranked in the AP and USA Today/ESPN pre-season polls. In the AP poll, UCLA was sixth, Stanford 19th and Arizona 21st. In the coaches poll, UCLA was sixth, Stanford 17th and Arizona 21st.

While Haas Pavilion (12,300) is under construction on campus, Cal will play all of its home games for one more season at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland. The Bears posted a 4-10 mark at Kaiser during the inaugural 1997-98 season at the off-campus site. Kaiser seats 4,000 for basketball and is located adjacent to the Oakland Museum and across the street from Laney College.

Beginning with the 1999-2000 season, Cal will play all of its home games at the Walter A. Haas Jr. Pavillion. The facility, which is being built on the site of the former Harmon Gym, will have a capacity of 12,300 - up from 6,578 in Harmon - and is named in honor of Walter and Evelyn Haas, who donated a lead gift of $10 million. Construction on the $50 million project got underway in the summer of 1997.


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