Cal Travels To Rocky Mountain Invitational
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/22/1999

Nov. 22, 1999

This Week:

Coors Rocky Mountain InviteFort Collins, Co
Fri. Nov. 26vs. Idaho4:00 p.m. PT
First Round
Sat. Nov. 27vs. Colorado State or Vermont4:00 p.m./6:00 p.m. PT

California is off to a 1-0 start after recording a 74-52 season opening win vs. Nevada. The win marked the 20th-consecutive home opening win for the Golden Bears and the first ever regular season victory - men's or women's - at the new Haas Pavilion. The Bears hit the road for the first time this season to compete in the Rocky Mountain Invitational Thanksgiving weekend at Colorado State. Cal plays its next four games away from Berkeley before returning home to face USF Dec. 6, in front of a FOX Sports Bay Area audience.

The Bears have had their difficulties on the road in recent memory, posting a 1-11 mark last season. Cal looks to continue to put its road woes behind as it won its final road game of last season at Arizona State, 67-63.

Cal features a balanced, deep lineup in which in any given game any player can lead the team in scoring. This is due in large part to the maturation of several players who have seen a lot of playing time since being freshmen. That group includes juniors Kenya Corley (G), Courtney Johnson (G) and Lauren Ashbaugh (F/C).

Corley led the Bears in scoring for the first time in her career with 18 points in Cal's opener against Nevada. Her 18 points and 8 rebounds in that game tied career highs she set the first game of her Cal career against Cal Poly in 1997. Johnson sparked Cal with 15 points and 4 steals off the bench. Meanwhile, Ashbaugh led Cal with 9 boards against the Wolf Pack.

Forward Paige Bowie, the Bears only senior and two-time team scoring leader, made her presence felt against Nevada with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Bowie was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 1998-99 and is a likely candidate for all-conference honors this season.

Cal ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring defense last season, allowing 67.7 points per game. The Bears are ahead of that pace in the early as the Wolf Pack posted only 52 points, including only 17 in the second half and missed their final 16 shots on 19.2 percent shooting.

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. Each broadcast begins five minutes prior to tip-off.

At least six Cal games will be broadcast this season. Those games are vs. USF (FSBA), Dec. 6, Cal game of the Oakland Tribune Classic, Dec. 19 (FSBA), at WSU (FSBA), Jan. 27 (tape delayed on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.), 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 Game recaps and statistics are updated after each contest.

Cal's Probable Starters and Key Reserves

F31Lauren Ashbaugh6-2Jr11.09.01 bpgCal's top returning rebounder at 6.2 per game in 98-99
F33Paige Bowie6-0Sr9.05.03 spgtwo-time defending Cal scoring leader
C42Ami Forney6-2So8.02.01 bpgmade her first career start against Nevada
G3Masa Radovic6-1So2.04.05 apg1997-98 Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection
G4Kenya Corley5-8Jr18.08.02 bpgtied her career high for points and rebounds vs. Nevada
G10Courtney Johnson5-8Jr15.05.04 spgfinished 2nd in the Pac-10 in steals last year with 2.7 pg
F24Kawai Matthews5-11So8.02.02 bpg1st year playing with Cal after transferring from SD State
G32Nicole Ybarra5-8Jr3.01.02 apgjunior college all-star point guard
C54Genevieve Swedor6-3Jr----1 spgjunior college top 10 post player

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 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 405-207 (.662). 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.


A Look at Idaho (1-1, 0-0 Big West)
Idaho is 1-1 with a loss to Montana (79-62), Nov. 19, followed by a victory against Montana State (80-74), Nov. 21. The Vandals are paced by senior All-America forward candidate Ali Nieman and senior guard Susan Woolf. Nieman, the returning Big West scoring and rebounding leader, is averaging 26.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Woolf, a three-point shooting specialist, is averaging 14.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Cal-Idaho Series History
This is the first ever meeting between the two programs.

Idaho Head Coach Hilary Reckor (Washington '88)
Hilary Recknor is in her second year at the helm of the Idaho program with a 17-13 overall record. She helped guide the Vandals to their best season (16-12) in 10 years in 1998-99 and first winning season in seven years. She previously was the head coach at Bellevue Community College for six years and compiled a 99-72 record.

Idaho Probable Starters

G20Rikki Jackson5-8So10.5 1.0
G10Susan Woolf5-5Sr14.06.02.5 apg
C2Julie Wynstra6-3So9.59.0
F42Ali Nieman6-1Sr26.08.5
F14Kelly Bartleson5-11Sr1.55.5

CSU SCOUTING REPORT- possible opp.

A Look at Colorado State (0-1, 0-0 Mnt West, hosts Utah 11/23)
Colorado State dropped its home opener to Michigan (69-65), Nov. 19. The Rams, who made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last year, were paced by junior Heather Hannen who led the team with 18 points against the Wolverines. Freshman Ashley Augspurger also poured in 14 points along with eight rebounds. Tuesday, CSU hosts Utah prior to the Thanksgiving tournament.

Cal-Colorado State Series History
Cal leads the series 3-1 after defeating the then-undefeated and ninth-ranked Rams, 80-75, in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic last year. Lauren Ashbaugh led the way for Cal with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Paige Bowie also added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Now graduated senior Becky Hammon led the Rams with 27 points.


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

Colorado State Head Coach Tom Collen (Bowling Green '77)
Tom Collen is in his second year as head coach at Colorado State with a 33-4 record. His 33-3 record last season is a program best, and he is only the second coach to take a team undefeated (14-0) in Mountain West Conference play.

Colorado State Probable Starters

F44Heather Haanen5-11Jr18.04.0
F20Farah McDill6-0Jr6.01.0
G15Roxanne Manning5-8Sr3.02.0
G10Jacque Johnson5-8Sr8.02.03.0 apg
G14Angie Gorton6-0So2.06.03.0 apg


A Look at Vermont (2-0, 0-0 America East - at RI 11/23 )
Vermont is 2-0 with victories over Maryland Eastern Shore (71-62), Nov. 19, and Kent State (87-77), Nov. 20. The Catamounts are led by senior Karalyn Church, the 1998 America East Conference Player of the Year, and freshman Dawn Cressman. Church leads the team with 17.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg, while Cressman is averaging 19.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Vermont travels to Rhode Island, Nov. 23, before travelling West for the CSU Tournament.

Cal-Vermont Series History
Cal leads the series 1-0 with the only meeting coming last year in the first round of the State Farm Classic in Gainsville, Fla. The Bears won the game 58-54, despite 23 points from Vermont's Karalyn Church. Now-graduated Sherrise Smith led Cal with 13 points.

Vermont Head Coach Keith Cieplicki (William & Mary '85)
Keith Cieplicki is in his third season in charge of the Catamounts and boasts a 41-19 record. His .663 winning percentage through two plus seasons is the best winning percentage in program history.

Vermont Probable Starters

G3Jen MacAulay5-5So0.02.5
G14Christie Lauzon5-6Sr14.53.5
G11Libby Smith5-9So6.53.53.5 apg
F20Karalyn Church6-0Sr17.58.53.5 apg
C21Rachel Bryan6-3So6.53.0


Junior guard Kenya Corley led Cal in both scoring and rebounding for the first time in her Cal career against Nevada, Nov. 21. The Lancaster, Calif., native matched her career high for both points (18) and rebounds (8) in the Bears season opening win over the Wolf Pack (74-52). Ironically, those career highs were initially set during Cal's opener against Cal Poly in 1997. The Nevada game marked Corley's third career start at Cal. Corley's growing confidence is especially evident on her strong drives to the basket.

Junior guard Courtney Johnson wasn't even expected back until the Colorado State Tournament due to a sprained MCL, but she made her presence felt a week early against Nevada. After starting 23-of-27 games a year ago, Johnson came off the bench vs. the Wolf Pack to post 15 points and 5 rebounds, while contributing her trademark tenacious defense which included four steals. The Antioch, Calif., native finished second in the Pac-10 in 1998-99 with 2.7 spg (74 total).


Lead at halftime1-0
Trailed at halftime0-0
Were tied at halftime0-0
Went into overtime0-0
Led by 10 or more points1-0
Shot FG 60% or better0-0
Shot FG 50% or better1-0
Shot FG less than 50%0-0
Shot FG less than 40%0-0
Shot FG less than 30 %0-0
Score in 50's0-0
Score in 60's0-0
Score in 70's1-0
Score in 80's0-0
Lead in rebounds1-0
Are outrebounded0-0
Are tied for rebounds0-0
Have less TOs than opp.1-0
Commit 15 or less TOs1-0
Start #3, 4, 31, 33, 421-0



Lauren Ashbaugh5627
Paige Bowie7363
Ami Forney241
Kenya Corley553
Masa Radovic3230

Lauren Ashbaugh3005.4
Paige Bowie78810.8
Ami Forney391.6
Kenya Corley2274.1
Masa Radovic3179.9

Lauren Ashbaugh2955.3
Paige Bowie2823.9
Ami Forney441.8
Kenya Corley1222.2
Masa Radovic932.9

Lauren Ashbaugh370.7
Paige Bowie1882.6
Ami Forney60.3
Kenya Corley460.8
Masa Radovic922.9


Paige Bowiesoftball
Kenya Corleytrack & field
Michelle Waldfield hockey

Forward Paige Bowie, the lone senior on the Cal roster, has been Cal's go-to player the last two seasons. This year, Cal is expected to have a much more balanced offensive attack, which should take some pressure off Bowie. A co-captain with Courtney Johnson, Bowie has led the Bears in scoring the last two seasons, including 11.9 ppg in 1998-99. The Fresno, Calif., native opened the year with a steady 9 points, 5 boards and 3 steals against Nevada.

With three junior college transfers and a freshman among Cal's newcomers this year, the veteran presence of redshirt sophomore newcomer Kawai Matthews is often overlooked. Her presence was felt off the bench against Nevada as she contributed 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal in only 14 minutes of action. Matthews, a forward, transferred to Cal from San Diego State following the 1997-98 season but was forced to sit out last season due to NCAA rules.

To be the best, why not recruit from the best. Cal has done just that over the last couple of years. Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif., is ranked No. 1 in the preseason by USA Today, and the Bears lineup boasts two players from the prestigious school and will add an additional Narbonne prodigy next season. Kawai Matthews and freshman forward Amber White are currently playing for Cal, while current Narbonne point guard Latasha O'Keith joins the Bears next season.

During the course of coach Stanley's three plus years at Cal, turnovers have contributed to many of Cal's losses. The Bears, however, have shown gradually improvement in that area under Stanley and including exhibition games this season have shown a trend towards dramatic improvement in that category. In the first exhibition game against the New Zealand National Team, Cal had 20 turnovers but followed that up with 15 each against Slovakia and Nevada. This trend is especially encouraging considering how much the Bears intend to run and press this season.

SeasonTurnovers per game


Cal (1-0) opened the 1999-2000 women's basketball season with a 74-52 win over the Nevada Wolf Pack (1-1). This marked the 20th-consecutive home opening victory for the Bears and the first official basketball game- men's or women's- in the new Haas Pavilion. Junior guard Kenya Corley led the attack for the Bears with 18 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Courtney Johnson added 15 points and four steals off the bench, while junior forward Lauren Ashbaugh led the team with nine rebounds.

California jumped out to an early 16-6 first half lead and continuously broke the Wolf Pack press. The Bears led 41-35 at the half and tightened the defensive clamps in the second half, allowing the Wolf Pack only 17 points on 19.2 percent shooting. Nevada even missed its final 16 field goal attempts. Cal shot 51.9 percent from the floor, marking the second-consecutive game Cal shot above 50 percent including the Slovakia exhibition.