Women's Basketball Squad Heads North
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

January 18, 1999

Cal looks to stay on track in the Pac-10 Conference as the Golden Bears travel to Washington and Washington State this week. The Bears (7-7, 1-4 Pac-10) snapped their five-game losing streak with a 61-51 home win over USC, Saturday. The win was also Cal's first against USC since Jan. 21, 1993 (68-55 at Harmon Gym). With 13 games remaining in the season, the Bears already have more wins than they posted each of the first two seasons under head coach Marianne Stanley.

Stanley attributes the turnaround in her program to a late-season road trip to Washington last season. The Bears lost both games but took NCAA Tournament-bound Washington to overtime before dropping an 83-78 decision.

"The transformation of our team began last year with the Washington trip," said Stanley. "We played harder and with a sense of urgency."

A couple of milestones are on the cusp of being hit this week for Cal. First, Stanley is one win away from recording her 400th-career victory. In her 20th season, Stanley has a career record of 399-199 (.667). On the court, senior center Jennie Leander is four points shy (996) from becoming the 14th player in Cal history to reach the 1000-point career plateau. This season Leander has 108 points or 7.7 ppg.

A strong defensive effort sparked Cal's win over USC as it has fueled most of Cal's wins this season. In Cal seven wins, opponents score 56.4 ppg, while in Cal's seven losses, opponents have averaged 74.9 ppg. Overall, Cal gives up 65.6 ppg compared to last season's 70.9 ppg. Courtney Johnson leads Cal in steals with 2.9 pg and Shavaki Jackson has high honors for blocks with 10 (.8 bpg).

Offensively, Paige Bowie leads Cal in scoring for the second-consecutive season with 12.5 ppg after averaging 11.0 ppg in 1997-98. Jackson and Johnson are second and third on the team in scoring with 9.6 and 9.4 ppg, respectively. Jackson is also one of the best field goal shooters in the Pac-10 at 57 percent.

This Week:

Jan. 21 at Washington (8-6, 4-1)   Hec Edmundson (7,900)   7:00 p.m.
Jan. 23 at Wash St. (7-7, 1-4)     Friel Court (12,058)    1:00 p.m.

TV WSU: FOX Sports Net - LIVE Radio Both: KALX (90.7 FM)

PAC-10 STANDINGS (As of 1/19)

                    Pac-10  Overall
1. UCLA                6-0      4-4
2. Oregon              5-1     14-3
3. Washington          4-1      8-6
4. Stanford            3-2      7-9
5. Arizona             2-3      7-7
6. Oregon State        2-4     10-5
   USC                 2-4      6-9
8. Arizona State       1-4      7-7
   California          1-4      7-7
   Wash. State         1-4      7-7

Jan. 21 - Oregon at Arizona; Oregon State at Arizona State; Cal at Washington; Stanford at Wash. St.

Jan. 23 - Cal at Washington State; USC at UCLA; Stanford at Washington; Oregon State at Arizona; Oregon at Arizona St.

Pac-10 Statistical Leaders (Through 1/17/99 games)

 1.   Tricia Lamb, WSU         18.1
14t.  Paige Bowie, CAL         12.5

Rebounds 1. Amber Hall, WASH 10.2 18t. Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL 5.3

Assists 1. Erica Gomez, UCLA 8.22 7. Sherrise Smith 3.71 10. Paige Bowie 3.50

Steals 1. Julia Gray, WASH 3.50 2. Courtney Johnson, CAL 2.86 FG Percentage 1. Jenny Mowe, ORE .642 3. Shavaki Jackson, CAL .570

3-Pt Goal Percentage 1. Michelle Tom, ASU .514 3. Paige Bowie, CAL .390

FT Percentage 1. Natalie Tucker, ASU .878 5. Courtney Johnson, CAL .773 6t. Lauren Ashbaugh, CAL .769

Team Scoring Defense 1. Oregon 55.8 4. California 65.6

Field Goal Percentage Defense 1. Oregon .359 4. California .413

Marianne Stanley is in her third season at the helm of Cal's women's basketball program and 20th season as a collegiate head coach. A native of Upper Darby, Pa., Stanley has won five national championship titles as a player (2) and coach (3). Her career record stands at 399-199 (.667), which ranks 27th in victories among all active NCAA Division I women's coaches. Stanley, 44, will tie as 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.


A Look at Washington (8-6, 4-1 Pac-10)
After opening the season with a 2-4 mark, Washington is on a role having won six of its last eight contests to push its record to 8-6 and 4-1 in the Pac-10. The Huskies slow start is somewhat understandable with losses to top teams such as UCONN, Illinois and Kansas. In Pac-10 play, the Huskies are currently in third place in the conference with their lone loss coming at Oregon, (70-56). With three players averaging in double-digit points, the Huskies are the second-highest scoring teams in the conference with 76.5 ppg. Senior guard Jamie Redd leads the way for UW with 16.0 ppg, while senior forward Amber Hall lead in boards with 10.2 pg.

Cal-Washington Series History
Washington leads the all-time series with Cal 26-5, including winning the last 12 contests. Cal's last win against the Huskies was a 66-55 decision at home, Feb. 22, 1992. That season also marked the last time Cal won at Seattle (67-66 in OT), Jan. 23, 1992. Washington holds the distinction of having the longest winning streak against Cal of any Pac-10 school. In 1997-98, Cal lost to UW, 72-51, at home and 83-78 in OT, on the road.

Washington Head Coach June Daugherty
June Daugherty is in her third season as head coach at Washington. In her first two campaigns, she led the Huskies to a 35-12 record and two NCAA Tournament appearances. In nine plus seasons as a head coach including seven at Boise State, Daugherty boasts a career record of 166-101 (.622).

Washington Probable Starters

POS  NO    NAME          HT    YR     PTS    REB    
F    23    Amber Hall    6-1    Sr   15.3   10.2
C    34    Malinda Lynch 6-3    Sr    8.9    5.0
G    03    Julia Gray    5-6    Fr    6.2    2.9
G    11    Jamie Redd    5-10   Sr   16.0    6.1    3.6 apg
G    14    Megan Franza  5-10   So   12.7    2.2


A Look at Washington State (7-7, 1-4 Pac-10; hosts Stanford Thursday)
So far this season, Washington State and Cal have been mirror images of each other in many ways. Both teams got off to a 6-3 non-conference record, which included a five-game winning streak. And, both have since posted a 1-4 conference mark for an overall record of 7-7. The Cougars lone Pac-10 win came against Arizona, but they have been competitive in most of their conference games, including coming back from a 25-point deficit at Oregon over the weekend to trail by two before losing, 72-64.

Cal-Washington State Series History
Cal holds a 16-13 series advantage over Washington State. Washington State and Arizona State are the only two conference schools in which Cal leads the all-time series. The Cougars have won four straight but hold the distinction of handing Cal its last Pac-10 road win (91-83), Feb. 24, 1996.

Washington State Head Coach Harold Rhodes
Harold Rhodes, a 1977 graduate of Washington State, is in his 17th season at the helm of his alma mater's women's basketball program. His WSU and lifetime career coaching record is 190-262 (.420).

Washington State Probable Starters

POS  NO    NAME             HT     YR    PTS    REB    
F    12    Alke Dietel      6-4    So   17.0    7.3
F    31    Yvonne Volkman   5-11   So    6.4    4.3
G    50    Sheri Quinton    6-0    Sr    6.4    4.4
G    20    Katie Nyseth     5-3    So    3.7    2.9    3.7 apg
G    22    Tricia Lamb      5-10   So   18.1    3.9

Stats Comparison--Pac-10 Rank In ( )

                           Cal     Washington    Washington St.
Points Per Game     61.0 (10th)    76.5 (2nd)       75.4 (3rd)
Opp. Points PG       65.6 (4th)    71.1 (6th)       72.1 (7th)
Scoring Margin      -4.6 (10th)    +5.4 (3rd)      + 3.2 (5th)
Rebounds PG          38.9 (6th)    43.7 (1st)      36.5 (10th)
Opp. Rebounds PG     38.5 (7th)    38.7 (8th)      43.4 (10th)
Rebound Margin       +0.4 (7th)    +5.0 (1st)     -6.9 ( 10th)
FG%                  .382 (9th)    .408 (7th)       .406 (8th)
Opp. FG%             .413 (4th)    .411 (3rd)       .443 (9th)
3-Pt. FG%            .313 (5th)    .274 (9th)       .350 (1st)
Opp. 3-Pt. FG%       .298 (4th)    .248 (2nd)       .329 (9th)
FT%                  .669 (6th)    .638 (8th)       .732 (1st)


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

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
5-5 - Sherrise Smith

Two Sport Athletes
Paige Bowie - softball
Jamilla Churchill - track & field

For the 17th consecutive year, KALX (90.7 FM) will carry all California home games and all of the Pac-10 road games. 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.


It's been a tale of two seasons for Cal. The Bears are 6-1 at home, 0-6 on the road and 1-0 on a neutral court. Cal saw its six-game home winning streak dating back to a win over Arizona State (65-58), Feb. 28, 1998, snapped Thursday against UCLA. The Bears best win of the season was an 80-75 decision at home over No. 9 Colorado State to claim the Oakland Tribune Classic title. CSU is 19-1 on the season. Offensively, the Bears have had a 65.0 (home) to 56.8 (road) to 58.0 (neutral site) scoring disparity this season.

The three-point shot has become an important part of Cal's offense this season. Cal is shooting at a .382 field goal clip but remarkably is shooting a respectable .313 (56-179) from three-point range. The Bears rank fifth in the conference in three-point field goal percentage and for treys per game (4.0). Only .019 percentage points separate fifth and second place in Pac-10 three-point shooting percentage. Remarkably, all of 1997-98, Cal made only 45 three-pointers (45-228), averaging 1.6 per game.

The majority of Cal's success from long range can be attributed to Paige Bowie who is shooting .390 (32-82). Bowie is ahead of her three-point pace of last season when she hit 28-107. She is a lifetime .318 (77-242) three-point shooter. On the Cal three-point career charts, Bowie ranks eighth for number made, sixth for attempted and ninth for percentage. Sherrise Smith is second for the Bears from beyond the arc at .333 (12-36).

The Bears should find some comfort in that in 13-of-14 games this season, they have trailed by no more than 10 points at halftime and in 12-of-14, they've trailed by no more than 8 points. Against Ohio State, Cal trailed by 19 at the half (42-23) and against UCLA, it trailed by 10 (37-27). The Bears are 5-0 when leading at the half, 1-7 when trailing and 1-0 when tied this season.


Coaches                   Media
 1. UCLA                  UCLA
 2. Stanford              Stanford
 3. Oregon                Oregon
 4. Washington            Washington
 5. Arizona               Arizona
 6. USC                   USC
 7. Arizona State         Arizona State
 8. Washington St.        Washington St.
9t. California         9. Oregon St.
9t. Oregon State      10. California


Led at halftime               5-0
Trailed at halftime           1-7
Were tied at halftime         1-0
Went into overtime            0-0
Led by 10 or more points      6-1
Shot FG 60% or better         0-0
Shot FG 50% or better         1-0
Shot FG less than 50%         6-7
Shot FG less than 40%         5-6
Shot FG less than 30 %        2-0
Score in 40's                 1-2
Score in 50's                 2-2
Score in 60's                 2-2
Score in 70's                 0-1
Score in 80's                 2-0
Lead in rebounds              4-2
Are out rebounded             3-4
Are tied for rebounds         0-1
Start #10, 23, 31, 33, 50     4-5
Start #10, 23, 33, 4, 40      1-0
Start #10, 23, 24, 33, 50     1-0
Start #3, 23, 31, 33, 50      1-2


1,000-Point Club

 1. Colleen Galloway        2320
 2. Jennifer Bennett        1766
 3. Cynthia Cooke           1641
 4. Teresa Palmisano        1610
 5. Karen Smith             1559
 6. Trisha Stafford         1530
 7. Kesha Martin            1368
 8. Jackie Lear             1221
 9. Amanda Ray              1172
10. Heli Toikka             1102
11. Laura Baker             1072
12. Patrycja Czepiec        1059
13. Chris Sellin            1088
14. Jennie Leander           996
Career Rebounds
1. Colleen Galloway    1029
8. Trisha Stafford    721
9. Jennie Leander    706

Three-Point FG Percentage

1. Chris Holten .467
9. Paige Bowie .318

Cal posted a 6-3 non-conference record, including an upset of No. 9 Colorado State, 80-75, in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune Classic. The 6-3 mark was Cal's best non-conference mark since the 1992-93 season when the Bears posted an 8-1 record and a 19-10 overall record, earning its last NCAA Tournament selection. The Bears lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Vanderbilt, 82-63. In 1993-94, Cal also posted a 6-3 non-conference record in 1993-94.

Cal is out rebounding its opponents slightly at 38.9 to 38.5, but it has been a group effort this season with five different players averaging at least four rebounds per game. Lauren Ashbaugh leads the Bears with 5.3 rpg. In conference games, 5-8 guard Courtney Johnson paces Cal with 6.0 caroms per contest.

Six different players have led Cal in rebounding this season with Johnson leading the way in four games. In 1998-99, Cal is 4-2 when out rebounding opponents, 3-4 when it is out rebounded and 0-1 when tied for rebounding.

The countdown is down to one. Cal head coach Marianne Stanley is one way away from becoming the 27th Division I women's basketball coach to top the 400-career victory plateau. Earlier this year, Paul Sanderford of Nebraska became the 26th coach to reach that milestone (402-134). At age 44, Stanley will also match Nancy Wilson (South Carolina) and Cindy Russo (Florida International) as the 12th-youngest coaches to earn 400 wins. Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt recorded her 400th win at age 37.

Senior center Jennie Leander needs four points to become the 14th player in Cal's 26-year women's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point career plateau. The Tigard, Ore., native has posted 996 points in 96 games (93 starts) in a Bear uniform. This season, Leander has 108 points (7.7 ppg).

For the second-consecutive season, Paige Bowie leads Cal in scoring. After averaging a career-best 11.0 ppg last season, Bowie has raised her scoring average to 12.5 ppg. The Fresno, Calif., native is coming off one of the Top 5 offensive games of her Cal career, tallying 23 points against USC, including 4-of-6 from three-point range.

Bowie's Top 5 Offensive Games

1. Northwestern, 12/17/98        30 points
2. at Washington, 2/21/98        24 points
3. at Oregon State, 3/5/98       24 points
4. vs. USC, 1/16/99              23 points
5. UCLA, 1/12/97                 22 points

Courtney Johnson is establishing herself as one of the premier defenders in the Pac-10. The Antioch, Calif., native leads Cal with 2.9 spg and ranks second in the Pac-10 behind freshman Julia Gray of Washington's 3.21 pg. Johnson set a career high for steals of 8 against Northwestern.

Johnson led Cal in steals as a freshman with 1.7 per game and has almost doubled that pace this season. After accumulating 47 steals in 1997-98, Johnson already has 40 steals this season.


Points in game               88 vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
FG made                      31 vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
FG attempts                  78 vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
FG percentage              .527 vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
3-PT FG made                 10 vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
3-PT FG attempts             23 vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
3-PT FG percentage         .714 vs. USC, 1/16/99
FT made                      25 vs. Pacific, 11/17/98
FT attempts                  35 vs. Pacific, 11/17/98
FT percentage      .929 (13-14) vs. USF, 12/4/98
Rebounds                     53 vs. USF, 12/4/98
Assists                      25 vs. Colorado State, 12/21/98
Steals                       13 vs. Northwestern, 12/17/98
Blocked Shots                 7 vs. Pittsburgh, 12/20/98

Senior point guard Sherrise Smith has distributed the ball better for Cal over the last five games. The Los Angeles native leads her team and is tied for seventh in the conference with 3.7 apg. Over the last five contests, Smith is averaging 5.2 apg. She posted a career-high 10 assists in Cal's 88-76 win over Northwestern, Dec. 17.

Freshman center Shavaki Jackson came to Cal as a Parade All-American and has proven worthy of that recognition. The Berkeley native is Cal's top player off the bench, averaging 9.6 ppg and 4.5 rpg and 0.8 bpg in 19.6 minutes/contest. She ranks second on the team in scoring, fourth in rebounding and first in blocked shots (10 total). Additionally, she leads the team in field goal percentage (.570), ranking third in the Pac-10. She recorded a career-high 20 points in Cal's loss to Oregon State. Jackson holds the dubious distinction of fouling out in a team-high four games.


Jennie Leander
Pacific -- 15 points, 12 rebounds
Virginia -- 10 points, 10 rebounds
USF--11 points, 10 rebounds

Lauren Ashbaugh
Stanford 14 points, 11 rebounds

Cal picked up its first conference win of 1999 in impressive fashion, beating USC 61-51, Saturday at Kaiser Arena. The Bears were paced by 23 points from Paige Bowie, who shot 9-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. With USC leading 18-17 with 5:53 remaining in the first half, Bowie converted on three-consecutive treys to give Cal a 26-23 advantage. The Bears led at the half 28-25 and never trailed again. In the second half, Cal's lead fluttered between six and eight points when Cal's Courtney Johnson made her only steal of the game and went the length of the floor to give Cal it's first double-digit lead at 48-38. The Trojans, who were led by 14 points from Adrain Williams, wouldn't get any closer than six points the rest of the way.

No. 10 UCLA showed that it is the real deal, beating Cal 87-62 Thursday. The loss was Cal's first at home this season and ended a six-game overall home winning streak. The key to the game was UCLA's ability to capitalize on the Bears bad ball handling, converting 33 Cal turnovers in to 34 points. The Bears turnover total was the highest this season. One high point for Cal was that it out-rebounded UCLA 38-36. The Bruins led only 37-27 at the half and by 13 at 65-52 with only 6:37 remaining in the game. Maylana Martin led UCLA with 19 points, while Shavaki Jackson came off the bench to lead the Bears with 12, while Bowie added 11 and Johnson 10.