Cal Opens With Exhibition Versus New Zealand National Squad
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/01/1999

Nov. 1, 1999

This Week: Sat. Nov. 6 New Zealand National Team Haas Pavilion 1:00 p.m.


The stage is set for the California women's basketball team to make some noise in the Pac-10 Conference and on the national scene in the 1999-2000 season. The Bears open the season with an exhibition game against the New Zealand National Team, Saturday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m., at Haas Pavilion. The game is the first ever basketball game at Haas.

Last season, the Golden Bears made a rumble at the Kaiser Arena in Oakland, but this season they look to roar in the new 12,300-seat Haas Pavilion on campus. The $57.5 million structure, a remodeled and enlarged version of old Harmon Gym, opens this fall after two years of construction.

Coming off its best season in six years, Cal brings to Haas the momentum of a 10-4 home record in 1998-99. Last year, Cal posted a 12-15 overall record and a 6-12 Pac-10 mark, doubling the six wins and improving on the two conference wins the previous season. Cal also tied for sixth in the conference last year, its highest finish since tying for fourth in the '92-93 season.

The holidays came early for the Bears last season as they claimed the 1998 Oakland Tribune Classic, Dec. 21, with a win over ninth-ranked and then-undefeated Colorado State, 80-75. The game marked the only time Colorado State, which was ranked as high as No. 4 in the country, lost in the regular season.

Cal finished last season a winner of four of its final six contests, narrowly missing a bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Expectations are even higher for this year's team as the Bears have an excellent chance of posting their first winning season since 1992-93 and likewise their first NCAA bid since that same year.

Defense has always been a hallmark of Stanley's teams. Last season was no different as the Bears ranked fourth in the conference in scoring defense at 67.7 points per game. With an arsenal of quick players, Cal looks to step up its defensive intensity even further this season.

Despite graduating four seniors, including two starters, Cal has many reasons to believe it has the personnel to be successful during the final season of the 20th century. The Bears are an experienced team with seven upper-classmen - one senior and six juniors - and three returning starters.

Cal is led by senior forward Paige Bowie, who is coming off her best all-around season as a Bear, including leading the team in scoring for the second-consecutive year at 11.9 points per game. The Bears also return starting junior off-guard Courtney Johnson, who finished second in the Pac-10 in steals last year with 2.7 per game. The other returning starter is junior power forward Lauren Ashbaugh, who led Cal and finished eighth in the Pac-10 in rebounding last year with 6.2 caroms per game.

Newcomers include junior college transfers Nicole Ybarra (point guard), Becky Staubes (point guard), Genevieve Swedor (center) and freshman Amber White (forward). Redshirt sophomore forward Kawai Matthews is also eligible to play after sitting out 1998-99 after transferring from San Diego State.

Pac-10 Women's Basketball Media Day is slated for Wed., Nov. 3, from noon-3 p.m., and Scores Legendary Sports Restaurant in San Mateo. For more information or to RSPV, please call Karen Rosenzweig at the Pac-10, 925-932-4411.

For the 18th-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 carried. Each broadcast begins five minutes prior to tip-off.

At least four Cal games will be broadcast this season. Those games are vs. USF (FSBA), Dec. 6, Cal game of the Oakland Tribune Classic, Dec. 19, UCLA (FSN), Feb. 5, 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 Game recaps and statistics are updated after each contest.

Marianne Stanley enters her fourth season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program. 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 404-207 (.661), which ranks tied for 26th in victories 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.

Stanley has earned four conference coach of the year honors and national coach of the year honors 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.


The New Zealand National Team opens a 10-game U.S. tour, Nov. 3, at Saint Mary's and Nov. 5, at Nevada before facing the Bears on Nov. 6. The tour concludes Nov. 17 at USC. New Zealand also toured in 1995, posting a 7-3 record, and in 1996, posting a 9-1 mark. New Zealand competed at the 1994 World Championships in Sydney, Australia, and will represent the Oceania Zone at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. This year, New Zealand won the silver medal at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan.

Players range from ages 19-31. Sisters Sally (forward) and Gina (center) are among the players to watch according to the press materials.

The Coach: Carl Dickel has been coaching the national team since 1995 and was an assistant coach at the 1994 World Championships.


After two years of playing off-campus at Kaiser Arena, Cal returns to campus to play in the Haas Pavilion in 1999-2000. On the same site where beloved Harmon Gym stood for more than 60 years, the Walter A. Haas Jr. Pavilion has risen as a state-of-the-art sports facility that retains the old building's famous spirit.

The new basketball arena, the centerpiece of the $57.5 million project, has 12,300 seats - almost twice the capacity of its predecessor. And although the structure is 37 feet taller and 28 feet wider than Harmon, it will continue to keep fans close to the action.


NoNamePos.Ht.Yr.Exp.Hometown (Last School)
00Shavaki JacksonC6-4So.1VBerkeley (Berkeley HS)
3Masa RadovicF6-1So.*1VBelgrade, Yugoslavia (Fourth Gymnasium)
4Kenya CorleyG5-8Jr.2VLancaster (Quartz Hill HS)
5Becky StaubesG5-10Jr.JCLemon Grove (Mesa CC)
10Courtney JohnsonG5-8Jr.2VAntioch (Antioch HS)
14Janet FraneyG5-8So.1VLa Mesa (Helix HS)
23Amber WhiteF6-0Fr.HSLos Angeles (Narbonne HS)
24Kawai MatthewsF5-11So.*TRLos Angeles (San Diego State)
31Lauren AshbaughF/C6-2Jr.2VRedmond, WA (Redmond HS)
32Nicole YbarraG5-8Jr.JCElk Grove (Sacramento CC)
33Paige BowieF/G6-0Sr.3VFresno (Clovis West HS)
42Ami ForneyF/C6-2So.1VNewark (Newark Memor. HS)
54Genevieve SwedorC6-3Jr.JCAuvernier, Switzerland (New Mexico JC)