Feb.16, 1998Thu. Feb. 19 at Washington State, Friel Court, Pullman, WA 7:00 p.m.
Radio: KALX 90.7 FM
Sat. Feb. 21 at Washington, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle, WA 1:00 p.m.
TV-Fox Sports Net, Radio: KALX 90.7 FM
BEARS LOOK TO SNAP SKID: The Cal women's basketball team (5-17, 1-11) travels to the Pacific Northwest for a pair of Pac-10 Conference games this weekend, still looking to end a 10-game losing streak. The Bears first stop on the trip is at Washington State on Thursday, Feb. 19, followed by an afternoon tilt at #21 Washington on Saturday, Feb. 21. The Cal-Washington game on Saturday will be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net as the Pac-10 Game of the Week, with tipoff set for 1:00 p.m.
ABOUT WASHINGTON: The Huskies ran out to a 10-0 record and a #7 national ranking to open this season, posting one of the best starts in school history. Since that grand opening, Washington has play ed .500 basketball, going 6-6 over the past six weeks. Ranked #21 in the Feb. 16 AP Top 25 poll, the Huskies are 16-6 overall, and stand in fifth place in the Pac-10 with a 7-6 conference mark. Jjunior guard Jamie Redd ranks fourth in the league in scoring (18.5 ppg), while Amber Hall leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (11.3 rpg), ranks third in steals (2.5 spg) and fifth in scoring (16.9 ppg). Forward Gena Pelz ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in rebounding (7.4 rpg). As a team, the Huskies lead the conference in rebounding (44.3) and three-pointers made (5.55 per game), and rank second in steals (11.7 spg).
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars are 10-12 overall and sit in eighth place in the conference with a 4-9 Pac-10 record. WSU snapped a five-game losing streak last Saturday with a 75-67 win at Oregon State, their first victory since a 72-65 win at Cal Jan. 24. Senior center Yvonne Kunze ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring (13.7 ppg) and 5th in rebounding (6.9 rpg). Freshman forward Alke Dietel ranks 14th in the conference in scoring (12.6 ppg) and sixth in the Pac-10 in blocked shot average (0.77 bpg). while sophomore guard Joanna Smith ranksfourth in the league in three-point shooting percentage (43.1%).
SERIES RECORDS: Cal holds a 16-12 series advantage over Washington State, although WSU has won the last three meetings. Cal's last win over WSU was Feb. 24, 1996 in Pullman, which is also Cal's last Pac-10 road victory. The Washington Huskies lead the all-time series with Cal, 25-5, including 11 straight victories over the Bears. The Bears last win over the Huskies was a 66-55 upset on Feb. 22, 1992 in Berkeley. Last year in Seattle, Washington needed a 20-2 run late in the game to pull away from the Bears for a 67-56 victory.
LAST TIME VS. WSU: Washington State's hot second-half shooting, particularly from three-point range, led the Cougars to a 72-65 victory over Cal Jan. 24 at Kaiser Arena. The teams were tied, 42-42, with 13 minutes remaining, but WSU went on a 20-4 run, including four treys, to take control. WSU shot 54% in the second half and made 9-of-14 three-pointers for the game (56%), while Cal shot just 36% for the game. For the first time since Dec. 19, Cal had four players score in double figures - Masa Radovic 18, Paige Bowie 13, Amber Lacey 12, and Kenya Corley 10. The Bears also made a season-high four three-pointers.
LAST TIME VS. UW: A cold-shooting first half put Cal in a hole in the first half, and #15 Washington cruised to a 72-51 victory Jan. 22 at Kaiser Arena. The Bears shot just 23% from the field in the first half and trailed 35-15 at halftime. Cal rallied to play the Huskies even in the second half, but would not draw closer than within 12 points after intermission. Masa Radovic scored 13 points and Jennie Leander added 10 points to lead the Bears
LAST TOP 25 WINS: 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. Cal's last win on the road against a Top-25 ranked team was a 62-47 win over #24 Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 17, 1993.
LAST PAC-10 ROAD WIN: The Bears have struggled on the roadin recent years in the competitive Pac-10 Conference, with their last Pac-10 road win coming more than two years ago, a 91-83 victory at Washington State on Jan. 24, 1996. Since that win, Cal has lost 15 straight Pac-10 games on the road.
NORTHWEST CONNECTION: A pair of Golden Bears have strong ties to the state of Washington - junior center Jennie Leander and freshman forward Lauren Ashbaugh. Leander, a three-year starter and team co-captain, grew up in Woodinville, Wash. and attended Woodinville HS her sophomore season. Leander's mother and father, graduates of Washington State, moved the family to Tigard, Oregon after Jennie's sophomore season and she finished her prep career at Tualatin HS. Ashbaugh, who is seeing significant playing time in her first season at Cal, earned pre-season honorable mention All-America honors by USA Today her junior season at Redmond HS (Redmond, Wash.). Ashbaugh, also a star volleyball player, was named the Seattle Times Kingco Conference Player of the Year as a junior, leading the league in rebounding (14.0 rpg) and ranking second in scoring (17.8 ppg).
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 2.1 rebounds per game this year. Head coach Marianne Stanley's squad has limited the opponents to just 42.3% field goal shooting, which ranks second in the Pac-10, and the Bears are allowing just 69.7 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 six of the Bears Pac-10 losses, Cal has played the opponent to within two points in one half; however, the margin was 10 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 12 Pac-10 Conference game (1-11 record):
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 12 54.6 .368 .118 .662 0.0 11.3 5.3 more
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 eight 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), #6 Stanford (0-for-5) and USC Feb. 12 (0-for-5). The Bears are just 26-for-176 from three-point distance (14.8%), 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( 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 19 games for the Bears thus far, Lacey recorded just one double-double at Alabama in 32 games, all off the bench. Junior Jennie Leander has posted two double-doubles this season, including a 10-point, 10-rebound performance vs. USC Feb. 12. Her first double dip was 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.
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.
NEXT UP: The Bears return home for their final two home games of the season, hosting #8 Arizona on Thursday, Feb. 26 and Arizona State on Saturday, Feb. 28.
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 21 games for the Bears, 10 at point guard and 12 at shooting guard. She leads the team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and assists (312 apg) and ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (49.8%) and 16th in scoring average.
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.CAL PLAYER UPDATES:
LAUREN ASHBAUGH, Freshman, 6-2, Forward/Center, Redmond, WA...Has played in all 22 games...made two starts, at USC Jan. 18 and at ASU Jan. 31...averaging 4.1 points and 4.1 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. (55.4%). CAREER HIGHS: 10 pts (Stanford, 1/9/98), 13 rebounds (George Mason 12/19/97), 2 assists (twice), 2 blocked shots (Wash. State 1/24/98), 2 steals (George Mason (12/19/97).
PAIGE BOWIE, Sophomore, 5-11, Forward/Guard, Fresno, CA...Has started all 22 games at the wing... averaging 8.9 ppg, third-best on the team...leads Cal with 14 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...dished out season-high five assists against both USC and UCLA last weekend...third on the team with 28 steals, inlduing career-high 4 steals vs. ASU 1/31/98...had 10 pts, 8 reb and 4 steals at ASU Jan. 31...also plays shortstop for the nationally-ranked Cal softball team. CAREER HIGHS: 22 points (UCLA 1/12/97), 8 rebounds (twice), 6 assists (Long Beach St 12/7/96), 4 steals (Arizona St 1/31/98).
JAMILLA CHURCHILL, Junior, 6-1, Forward, Oakland, CA...Played in 21 games, averaging 7.7 minutes per game...has grabbed 38 rebounds (1.8 rpg), more than her entire sophomore season (25) or freshman year (22)...scored season-high six points in just 11 minutes vs. UCLA Feb. 14...scored five points and grabbed four rebounds against Saint Mary's...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. CAREER HIGHS: 8 points (Wash St 2/22/97), 6 rebounds (Virginia 12/28/97), 1 assist (5 times), 2 steals (twice).
KENYA CORLEY, Freshman, 5-8, Guard, Lancaster, CA...Has played in all 22 games...one of the first players off the bench, averaging 12.3 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