Feb. 9, 1998Thu. Feb. 12 USC, Kaiser Arena, Oakland, CA 7:30 p.m.
TV-Fox Sports Bay Area, Radio: KALX 90.7 FM
Sat. Feb. 14 UCLA, Kaiser Arena, Oakland, CA 2:00 p.m.
Radio: KALX 90.7 FM
BEARS LOOK TO SNAP SKID: The Cal women's basketball team (5-15, 1-9) returns home to Kaiser Arena to host a pair of Pac-10 Conference games this weekend. The Bears will also be looking to snap an eight-game losing streak that dates back to January 4. First up for the Bears are the USC Trojans (9-11, 4-7) on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Bay Area, with Brian Webber and Heather Cox calling the action. Cal then takes on the UCLA Bruins (14-6, 9-2) on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2:00 p.m.
ABOUT USC: USC is 9-11 overall and 4-7 in the Pac-10, good for seventh place. The Trojans boast one of the stingiest defenses in the Pac-10, leading the league in scoring defense, allowing just 66.7 points per game, and ranking first in turnover margin, forcing nearly seven more turnovers per game than they commit. Individually, junior guard Kristin Clark ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring (15.9 ppg), second in steals (2.8 spg) and seventh in assists (3.65 apg), and leads the Trojans with 35 three-pointers made. Junior center Adrain Williams ranks seventh in thePac-10 in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and 15th in scoring (11.4 ppg).
ABOUT UCLA: The The UCLA Bruins, who will play at Pac-10 leader Stanford Thursday before facing the Bears, are 14-6 overall and sit in second place in the Pac-10 with a 9-2 record. UCLA is one of the hottest teams in the conference, winners of 12 of their last 14 games. Their only losses in that streak came at home against Top 10 opponents Stanford and Arizona. The Bruins rank second in the conference in scoring, averaging an impressive 79.8 points per game, but on the other hand, they rank last in the Pac-10 in scoring defense, surrendering 72.8 points per game. The Bruins boast one of the finest individual talents in the Pac-10 in sophomore center Maylana Martin, last year's conference Freshman of the Year. This season, Martin ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring (19.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg), fifth in blocked shots (0.8 bpg) and fourth in free throw percentage (75%). Sophomore guard Erica Gomez ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists (5.55 apg), while guard Melanie Pearson ranks second in three-point shooting percentage (47%).
SERIES RECORDS: USC leads the all-time series with Cal, 21-8, including 10 straight victories over the Bears. Cal's last win over the Trojans was Jan. 21, 1993 in Harmon Gym. UCLA leads the all-time series with the Bears, 25-5. The Bruins have won six straight games over the Bears, including a 74-53 win in Los Angeles this season. Cal's last win over the Bruins was Jan. 28, 1995 in Harmon Gym.
LAST TIME VS. USC: When Cal and USC met a month ago in Los Angeles, the Bears appeared headed towards a long-overdue win over the Trojans, holding a five-point lead, 35-30, early in the second half. But, Cal went without a field goal for a 13-minute span to fall behind, 51-42, with just 2:34 remaining. The Bears cut USC's lead to five points with just over a minute left in the game, but would eventually lose by a final score of 59-50. Masa Radovic led Cal with 13 points, while Jennie Leander grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds, including 13 in the first half.
LAST TIME VS. UCLA: The In the matchup in Pauley Pavilion last month, UCLA used a pair of solid second-half runs to defeat Cal, 74-53. The Bears trailed by only two points at the half, 30-28, but UCLA ripped off a 12-2 run early in the second half and then used a 12-0 burst to take a 23-point lead late in the game. Cal cut the lead to 13 points, 66-53, with 2:27 remaining, but could not come any closer. The Bears were victimized by 26 turnovers and shot just 33 percent from the field, compared to 45% shooting and only 14 turnovers for UCLA. Guard Masa Radovic led Cal in scoring with 14 points.
IN OUR DEFENSE: The Bears are showing a marked improvement in several statistical areas this season, particularly on defense. Last year, Cal ranked at or near the bottom of every Pac-10 defensive category, but this year they are among the best in the league in several categories. The Bears have improved from last in rebounding margin (-4.6) to fourth, outrebounding their opponents by 1.8 rebounds per game this year. Head coach Marianne Stanley's squad has limited the opponents to just 42% field goal shooting, which ranks third in the Pac-10, and the Bears are allowing just 69.3 points per game, sixth-best in the conference and an improvement over last season's 72.3 points per game yield.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES: The youthful Cal team has had its ups and downs this season, struggling to put together two solid halves in the same game. In five of the Bears Pac-10 losses, Cal has played the opponent to within two points in one half; however, the margin was 11 points or more in the opponents favor in the other half of those contests. In addition, the Bears have scored 20 points or less in one half seven times this season, with six of those droughts coming in the first half of a game.
ANOTHER TALE: The Bears have put up noticably different numbers statistically in the 10 non-conference games (4-6 record) compared to the 10 Pac-10 Conference game (1-9 record)s:
Games Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Margin Assists TO Margin Non-Conf 10 65.0 .394 .176 .619 +4.7 13.0 1.1fewer Pac-10 10 55.1 .369 .108 .673 -1.1 10.4 4.4 more
ON THE ROAD: After going 0-13 away from home last year, Cal won two consecutive games away from home early this season, at USF Dec. 3 and against Marshall Nov. 30 in Hawaii. The Bears victory at USF was the first true road win (on an opponents home court) since Feb. 24, 1996. The Bears win over Marshall technically counts as a neutral victory, rather than a road win. Overall, Cal is 1-7 on the road this season, and 1-1 in neutral court games.
CLOSE CALLS: The Golden Bears struggled to stay competitive last season, playing in only two games that were decided by three points or less. This season, however, Cal has been in five contests decided by a three-point margin or less (2-3 record in those games). The Bears have suffered three of their losses by a grand total of five points: 64-63 at UOP, 59-58 to Wisconsin-Green Bay, and 62-59 loss to Saint Mary's.
THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM: In the Bears two one-point losses (UOP, Wisconsin-Green Bay), sophomore wing Paige Bowie came up short on game-winning shots. But given a third chance, Bowie came up big, hitting a three-point basket with three seconds remaining in double overtime to give Cal a thrilling 70-69 victory over George Mason Dec. 19 in the Oakland Tribune Classic.
LAST TOP 25 WIN: Cal's last win over a Top 25-ranked team was March 4, 1995, when the unranked Bears upset #19 Oregon State in Harmon Gym, 77-75.
MAKING A POINT: Before arriving at Cal this season, 6-1 freshman Masa Radovic had never played point guard in her career. A member of the Yugoslavian Junior National Team, Radovic was primarily a wing and shooting guard, but once the Cal coaching staff saw her ball-handling skills and court awareness, they quickly moved her to the point. Radovic has started all 20 games for the Bears, 10 at point guard and 10 at shooting guard. She leads the team in scoring (11.1 ppg) and assists (3.2 apg), and ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (49.2%) and assist average.
THE THREE IS GONE: After relying heavily on the three-pointer a year ago, the Bears have been unable to connect from long range this season. In seven games thus far, the Bears have been shutout from three-point land - Nov. 29 vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay (0-for-4), Jan. 4 vs. Oregon (0-for-6), #14 Stanford Jan. 9 (0-for-10), UCLA Jan. 16 (0-for-14), #15 Washington (0-for-5), Arizona State Jan. 31 (0-for-1) and #6 Stanford (0-for-5). The Bears are just 24-for-165 from three-point distance (14.5%), after averaging five treys made per game and shooting 29% from long range last season. Before failing to connect on a trey Nov. 29 vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Bears owned a streak of 53 consecutive games with at least one three-pointer made. The streak spanned nearly two years, beginning Dec. 8, 1995.
DOUBLE FUN: Senior forward Amber Lacey, a transfer from Alabama, has two double-doubles this season, putting up 19 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Cal Poly SLO in her first game at Cal, and scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the loss at Hawaii. She came close to claiming her third double-double Jan. 31 at ASU, scoring 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds. A starter in 17 games for the Bears thus far, Lacey recorded just one double-double at Alabama in 32 games, all off the bench. Junior Jennie Leander posted her first double-double of the year with a 13-point, 15-rebound performance in the double OT win against George Mason Dec. 19. Freshman guard Masa Radovic joined the double-double club with 16 points and a career-high 10 assists in the victory over Oregon State Jan. 4.
BACK-TO-BACK: With consecutive wins over Marshall Nov. 30 and USF Dec. 3, the Bears won back-to-back games for the first time since winning three consecutive games early last season (Dec. 7-20, 1996), all at home. Cal won back-to-back games only once last year, once during the 1995-96 season and just twice in the 1994-95 season.The wins over USF and Marshall are the first back-to-back wins away from home for Cal since March, 1993.
NEXT UP: The Bears are back on the road, traveling to the Pacific Northwest. Cal's first stop is in Pullman to take on the Washington State Cougars on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. The Bears then visit the 18th-ranked Washington Huskies on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1:00 p.m. in a game to be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net. Both games will be broadcast live on Cal's student radio station, KALX 90.7 FM.UPDATED PLAYER PROFILES
LAUREN ASHBAUGH, Freshman, 6-2, Forward/Center, Redmond, WA...Has played in all 20 games...made two starts, at USC Jan. 18 and at ASU Jan. 31...averaging 4.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, third-best on the team...scored 12 points and 13 rebounds at UA/ASU combined...grabbed 8 rebounds in 17 minutes vs. WSU Jan. 24...scored career-high 10 points in 13 minutes against Stanford Jan. 9...grabbed career-high 13 rebounds vs. George Mason...leads team in field goal pct. (55%).
PAIGE BOWIE, Sophomore, 5-11, Forward/Guard, Fresno, CA...Has started all 20 games at the wing... averaging 9.1 ppg, third-best on the team...leads Cal with 13 treys, including the game-winning three-pointer with three seconds remaining in double overtime against George Mason...scored in double figures eight times this season, including a season-high 19 points in the win over Marshall in the Hawaii tournament...third on the team with 25 steals...had 10 pts, 8 reb and 4 steals at ASU Jan. 31...also plays shortstop for the nationally-ranked Cal softball team.
JAMILLA CHURCHILL, Junior, 6-1, Forward, Oakland, CA...Played in 19 games, averaging 7.8 minutes per game...has grabbed 38 rebounds (2.0 rpg), more than her entire sophomore season (25) or freshman year (22)...scored a season-high five points and grabbed four rebounds against Saint Mary's...scored four points and snagged a career-high six rebounds against #10 Virginia...two-time Pac-10 qualifier in the high jump for the Cal track and field team...best jump at Cal is 5-9 3/4, which ranks 5th on the all-time list at Cal.
KENYA CORLEY, Freshman, 5-8, Guard, Lancaster, CA...Has played in all 20 games...one of the first players off the bench, averaging 12.6 minutes per game...scored 12 points in only 12 minutes at #6 Stanford Feb. 6...turned in 10 pts, 5 rebounds and three steals vs. WSU Jan. 24...in her first game at Cal, scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in just 18 minutes vs. Cal Poly SLO...scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds in just nine minutes vs. #10 Virginia...outstanding leaper who can dunk a tennis ball, despite standing just 5'8"...averaging 4.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
MARIE FOLSOM, Senior, 5-8, Guard, Chandler, AZ...One of only two seniors and Cal's only four-year player, she has appeared in 17 games...made her only start of the season vs. WSU Jan. 24, and scored a season-high 7 points in a season-high 29 minutes...played 19 minutes against #15 Washington and recorded two points, three rebounds and two steals...scored five points at Hawaii...has started 13 games at point guard during her four-year career.
TAMARA INOUE, Freshman, 5-6, Guard, Laguna Hills, CA...Played in 19 games and made four starts at point guard...made first start against #14 Stanford Jan. 9, contributing four points and three steals...averaging 2.7 points and 1.0 assists per game...in the win over Oregon State Jan. 4, recorded nine points, five assists and three steals in 22 minutes, all career highs...scored eight points against both George Mason and #10 Virgina...shooting 93 percent from the free throw line (14-for-15)...honorable mention prep All-American, she led Laguna Hills HS to the Calif Div. II state title last season and a 31-3 overall record.
COURTNEY JOHNSON, Freshman, 5-8, Guard, Antioch, CA...Played in every game and made 10 starts at shooting guard...had career-high five steals, three assists and three points in a start vs. WSU Jan. 24...ranks 6th in the Pac-10 in steal average (2.0 spg)...a versatile player, she averages 5.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game...scored in double figures three times, including a team-high 11 pts at Arizona Jan. 29...good rebounder for her size (5'8"), grabbing six or more rebounds seven times, and ranks third on the team in rebounding (4.2 rpg)...grabbed career-best nine rebounds against both Hawaii and Saint Mary's...season-best of five assists vs. Saint Mary's...named third team Parade All-American as a senior at Antioch HS, averaging 22.9 points per game.
KOBIE KENNON, Junior, 6-0, Forward, East Palo Alto, CA...Became academically eligible prior to the Oakland Tribune Classic Dec. 19-20...has played in four games this season, scoring two points each against #14 Stanford and USC...started 19 games for the Bears last season at power forward, averaging 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game... named Cal's defensive MVP the past two seasons.
AMBER LACEY, Senior, Forward, 6-0, Altadena, CA...First year at Cal after transferring from Alabama...played in every game and started 18 games...ranks second in scoring (10.1 ppg), rebounding (6.6 rpg) and steals (1.4 spg)...ranks 9th in the Pac-10 in rebounding...scored in double figures in 11 games, including a career-high 19 points against both Cal Poly SLO and Ohio State...scored 18 points and grabbed 9 boards at ASU Jan. 31...posted two double-doubles this season, with 19 points and 13 rebounds vs. Cal Poly SLO and 11 points and 11 rebounds at Hawaii...named to the All-Tournament team at the Oakland Tribune Classic, with 29 points and 13 rebounds in two games...played two seasons at Howard County College in Big Spring, Texas...attended Berkeley HS, leading team to the 1992 state title.
JENNIE LEANDER, Junior, Center, 6-3, Tigard, OR...Has started 19 of 20 games this season, and 72 of her 74 games at Cal...did not start Jan. 24 vs. WSU due to illness (flu) and was limited to just 11 minutes and held scoreless for only the third time in her career, ending a streak of scoring in 46 consecutive games...grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds, including 13 in the first half, at USC Jan. 18...leads the team and ranks 9th in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.6 rpg)...scored in double-figures six times, including a season-high 20 points vs. Ohio State...averaging 8.4 ppg, fourth-best on the team...has one double-double this season, with 13 points and 15 rebounds in the double-overtime win over George Mason...named to the All-Tournament team at the Oakland Tribune Classic, totaling 33 points and 21 rebounds.
GENEVA MCDANIEL, Sophomore, 6-5, Center, Sausalito, CA...Played in 14 games, averaging 4.3 minutes per game...made her most significant contribution of the season in the win over Oregon State, scoring eight points and grabbing three boards in 13 minutes...scored five points and grabbed two rebounds in the season-opening win over Cal Poly SLO...one of the tallest players in Cal history, behind 6-8 Charlotte Lusschen (1982-86) and 6-6 Sarah Thamer (1980-82)...last season as a freshman, led the team in field goal percentage (.545) and ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (25, 1.0 bpg).
MASA RADOVIC, Freshman, 6-1, Guard, Belgrade, Yugoslavia...Has started all 20 games, including 10 games at point guard and 10 at shooting guard...had never played point guard before coming to Cal fom the Yugoslavian Junior National Team...leads the Bears and ranks 15th in the Pac-10 in scoring (11.1 ppg)...ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (49.2%)...leads team and ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in assist average (3.2 apg)...in the win over Oregon State Jan. 4, scored a team-high 16 points, grabbed a career-best seven rebounds and dished out a career-high 10 assists...made the game-winning layin (62-61) at USF Dec. 3...scored in double figures 12 times this season, including a career-high 20 points vs. USF.
SHERRISE SMITH, Junior, 5-5, Guard, Los Angeles, CA...Has played in 13 games this season, including five starts at point guard...returned to the court and started at Arizona Jan. 29 after missing five games with a dislocated left elbow vs. Oregon State Jan. 4...averaging 3.2 points and 1.4 assists per game...scored 11 points off the bench against Ohio State in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic...in her first start against #10 Virginia, had nine points, four rebounds and four assists...started 22 games last season at point guard, and ranked 7th in the Pac-10 in assist average (4.0 apg).
LINDSAY TOSCANO, Freshman, 5-9, Guard/Forward, Sonoma, CA...Appeared in only one game, playing one minute in the season-opening win over Cal Poly SLO...first-year walk-on player...three-time all-county player at Justin Siena HS.
BERMIE DYER, Junior, 5-7, Guard, San Jose, CA...First year walk-on player...has not yet appeared in a game for the Bears...also a member of the Cal track and field team, competing in the triple jump...played basketball and competed in track for two seasons at San Jose City College before transferring to Cal.