Women's Basketball Prepare for Arizona Road Trip

Bears travel to #7 Arizona and Arizona State.

Jan. 27, 1998

Thu. Jan. 29
Arizona, McKale Center (14,489)
Tucson, AZ 7:00 p.m. MST
Sat. Jan. 31 Arizona State, Activity Center (14,198)
Tempe, AZ 7:00 p.m. MST
Both games broadcast live on KALX 90.7 FM

BEARS TRY TO SNAP SKID: The Cal women's basketball team (5-12, 1-6) travels to the desert for a pair of Pac-10 contests this weekend, looking to snap a five-game losing streak, their longest skid of the season. The first stop for the Bears is Tucson on Thursday, Jan. 29, to take on the 7th-ranked Arizona Wildcats (12-4, 6-2), followed by a stop in Tempe to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils (7-9, 3-4).

ABOUT ARIZONA: The Wildcats are tied for second place in the Pac-10 (6-2) with Oregon, just one game behind Stanford. Arizona is the only team to defeat the Cardinal this season, as freshman guard Reshea Bristol canned a jumper at the buzzer to defeat Stanford, 82-81, in Tucson two weeks ago, snapping Stanford's record 48-game Pac-10 winning streak. The Wildcats have also been the victim of a buzzer-beater this season, falling to Washington State, 64-61, on last-second three-pointer in Tucson Jan. 9. Arizona, ranked #7 in theJan. 18 AP Top 25 poll, boasts several players among the Pac-10 statistical leaders. Senior forward Adia Barnes leads the conference in scoring (22.7 ppg), ranks second in free throw percentage (77.6%) and ranks fifth in rebounding (7.1 rpg), while guard Monika Crank leads the Pac-10 in three-point shooting (54.9%) and ranks fourth in assists (4.0 apg). Senior center Marte Alexander is the Pac-10 leader in blocked shots (1.8 bpg) and field goal percentage (64.4%), and ranks seventh in rebounding (6.9 rpg).

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils are tied for fifth place in the Pac-10 (3-4) with Washington and Washington State. ASU scored one of the season's big upsets Jan. 8 in Tempe, upending the previously undefeated and 7th-ranked Washington Huskies, 77-76, on a last-second three-pointer by Michelle Tom. The Sun Devils other conference wins came at home against Washington State (80-60) and at Oregon State (85-79). Senior guard Stephanie Freeman leads the team in scoring (13.9 ppg), while junior Rachel Holt ranks third in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (1.3 bpg) and fourth in field goal percentage (54.8%). Senior Rameeka Lowe ranks third in the Pac-10 in steals (2.7 spg) and fifth in assists (3.9 apg).

SERIES RECORDS: The series between Cal and Arizona is tied 13-13, although the Wildcats have won the last four meetings. The Bears last win over Arizona was Feb. 11, 1995 in Berkeley (94-66), while Cal's last win in Tucson was March 4, 1993 (81-74). Cal holds a 16-11 series advantage over Arizona State, including eight wins in the last 10 meetings. Cal defeated ASU in Berkeley last season (88-58) and lost in Tempe (65-54). The Bears last win in Tempe was Jan. 6, 1996 (101-79). Cal's most recent 100-point games came against the Sun Devils in Tempe, with a 104-94 win in 1994 and a 101-79 victory in 1996.

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.

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 41.4% field goal shooting, which ranks second in the Pac-10, and the Bears are allowing just 67.7 points per game, fifth-best in the conference and a noticeable improvement over last season's 72.3 points per game yield.

HALFWAY THERE: The youthful Cal team has had its ups and downs this season, struggling to put together two solid halves in the same game. In four of the Pac-10 games thus far, 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 four contests. In addition, the Bears have scored 20 points or less in one half five times this season, with four of those droughts coming in the first half of a game.

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 1-4 on the road this season, and 1-1 in neutral court games.

EARLY SUCCESS: Since the inception of Pac-10 women?s basketball play 12 years ago (1986-87), the Bears have at least split their opening weekend of conference games 11 times, including this season (W-OSU, L-UO). The only blemish on that record is the 1993-94 season, when the Bears opened up 0-3 in the Pac-10, falling on the road to Washington State and Washington, and at home against Arizona. In each of the past three seasons, the Bears have fallen in their Pac-10 opener, but rallied to win the second game of conference play. This season, Cal lost the opener at home against Oregon (71-54), but rallied to win the second game against Oregon State (77-64).

THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM: In a season already full of last-minute cliffhangers, sophomore Paige Bowie has developed into the Bears go-to player. In the Bears two one-point losses, 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.

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.

THE THREE IS GONE: When the Bears went 0-for-4 from three-point range against Wisconsin-Green Bay Nov. 29, it snapped a streak of 53 consecutive games with at least one three-pointer made. The streak spanned nearly two years, beginning Dec. 8, 1995. The Bears have been shut out from long distance in four subsequent games this season, Jan. 4 against Oregon (0-for-6), against #14 Stanford Jan. 9 (0-for-10), UCLA Jan. 16 (0-for-14) and #15 Washington (0-for-5). This season, the Bears are just 23-for-151 from three-point land (15.2%), after averaging five treys made per game and shooting 29% from long range last season.

INJURY UPDATE: Junior point guard Sherrise Smith's playing status is still questionable after she suffered a dislocated left elbow in the win at home against Oregon State Jan. 4. Smith had just re-joined the starting lineup after fully recovering from a recurring knee injury, and had started three conseuctive games at the point before the injury. Last season, Smith started 24 games at point guard and ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in assist average.

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. A starer in all but one game 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 Pac-10 victory over Oregon State Jan. 4.

FRESH START: Thanks to the addition of the 14th-ranked recruiting class in the nation (according to Blue Star Scouting Service) and senior transfer Amber Lacey (Alabama), the Bears have sported an entirely different look this season. Lacey and 6-1 freshman guard Masa Radovic, who did not join the team until late August, have started virtually every game for the Bears, and are the team's top two scorers. In the backcourt, freshman Courtney Johnson has made 10 starts at shooting guard and freshman Tamara Inoue has made four starts at point guard. In addition, the first players off the bench for the Bears have been freshmen Lauren Ashbaugh on the frontline (made first start at USC Jan. 18) and guard Kenya Corley, giving the Bears six first-year players among their top eight in the rotation. The two "veterans" in the lineup are three-year starting center Jennie Leander, a junior, and sophomore Paige Bowie at wing, a player who missed the final 11 games of the season a year ago with ligament damage to her left hand.

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 16 games for the Bears, nine at point guard, and the past eight at shooting guard. She leads the team in scoring (11.8 ppg) and ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in assists (3.5 apg).

NEXT UP: The Bears travel to The Farm to take on the 13th-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on Sportschannel (Fox Sports Bay Area) and will be broadcast live on Cal's student radio station, KALX 90.7 FM.


LAUREN ASHBAUGH, Freshman, 6-2, Forward/Center, Redmond, WAŠHas played in all 17 gamesŠmade the first start of her career at USC Jan. 18, but played only nine minutes due to early foul troubleŠaveraging 3.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per gameŠone of the first players off the bench, averaging 13.4 minutes per gameŠgrabbed 8 rebounds in 17 minutes vs. WSU Jan. 24Šscored a career-high 10 points in 13 minutes against #14 StanfordŠgrabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and scored seven points vs. George MasonŠleads the team in field goal pct. at 61.4%.

PAIGE BOWIE, Sophomore, 5-11, Forward/Guard, Fresno, CAŠHas started all 17 games at the wingŠ averaging 9.2 ppgŠleads Cal with 13 treys, including the game-winning three-point basket with three seconds remaining in double overtime against George MasonŠscored in double figures seven times this season, including a season-high 19 points in the win over Marshall in the Hawaii tournamentŠhad 13 pts, 4 reb, 5 assists and 3 steals vs. WSU Jan. 24Šplays shortstop for the nationally-ranked Cal softball team.

JAMILLA CHURCHILL, Junior, 6-1, Forward, Oakland, CAŠPlayed in all 17 games, averaging 8.2 minutes per gameŠhas grabbed 37 rebounds (2.1 rpg), more than her entire sophomore season (25) or freshman year (22)Šscored a season-high five points and grabbed four rebounds against Saint Mary'sŠscored four points and snagged a career-high six rebounds against #10 VirginiaŠshe is a two-time Pac-10 qualifier in the high jump for the Cal track and field teamŠbest 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, CAŠHas played in all 17 gamesŠone of the first players off the bench, averaging 12.7 minutes per gameŠturned in 10 pts, 5 rebounds and three steals vs. WSU Jan. 24Šin her first game at Cal, scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in just 18 minutes vs. Cal Poly SLOŠscored nine points and grabbed five rebounds in just nine minutes in Cal?s loss to #10 VirginiaŠoutstanding leaper who can dunk a tennis ball, despite standing just 5?8?Šaveraging 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

MARIE FOLSOM, Senior, 5-8, Guard, Chandler, AZŠOne of only two seniors and Cal?s only four-year player, she has appeared in 14 gamesŠmade her first start of the season vs. WSU Jan. 24, and scored a season-high 7 points in a season-high 29 minutesŠplayed 19 minutes against #15 Washington and recorded two points, three rebounds and two stealsŠscored five points at HawaiiŠhas started 13 games at point guard during her four-year career.

TAMARA INOUE, Freshman, 5-6, Guard, Laguna Hills, CAŠPlayed in 16 games and started four of the last five games at point guardŠmade the first start of her career against #14 Stanford Jan. 9, contributing four points and three stealsŠaveraging 3.1 points and 1.2 assists per gameŠin the win over Oregon State Jan. 4, recorded nine points, five assists and three steals in 22 minutes, all career highsŠscored eight points against both George Mason and #10 VirginaŠshooting 93 percent from the free throw line (14-for-15)Šhonorable 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, CAŠPlayed in every game and made 10 starts at shooting guardŠreturned to starting lineup Jan. 24 vs. WSU and had career-high five steals, three assists and three pointsŠranks 9th in the Pac-10 in steal average (1.9 spg)Ša versatile player, she averages 5.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 steals per gameŠscored in double figures twice, putting up 12 points vs. Cal Poly SLO and 10 points against Saint Mary?sŠgood rebounder for her size (5?8?), grabbing six or more rebounds seven times, and ranks third on the team in rebounding (4.2 rpg)Šgrabbed career-best nine rebounds against both Hawaii and Saint Mary?sŠseason-best of five assists vs. Saint Mary?sŠnamed 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, CAŠBecame academically eligible prior to the Oakland Tribune Classic Dec. 19-20Šhas played in four games this season, scoring two points each against #14 Stanford and USCŠstarted 19 games for the Bears last season at power forward, averaging 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per gameŠ named Cal?s defensive MVP the past two seasons.

AMBER LACEY, Senior, Forward, 6-0, Altadena, CAŠFirst year at Cal after transferring from AlabamaŠplayed in every game and started 16 gamesŠteam?s leading rebounder (6.6 rpg) ranks second in scoring (9.7 ppg) and steals (1.7 spg)Šranks ninth in the Pac-10 in rebounding and 10th in field goal percentage (47.6%)Šscored in double figures in nine games, including a career-high 19 points against both Cal Poly SLO and Ohio StateŠposted two double-doubles this season, with 19 points and 13 rebounds vs. Cal Poly SLO and 11 points and 11 rebounds at HawaiiŠnamed to the All-Tournament team at the Oakland Tribune Classic, with 29 points and 13 rebounds in two gamesŠplayed two seasons at Howard County College in Big Spring, TexasŠattended Berkeley HS, leading team to the 1992 state title.

JENNIE LEANDER, Junior, Center, 6-3, Tigard, ORŠHas started 16 of 17 games this season, and 69 of her 71 games at CalŠdid not start Jan. 24 vs. WSU due to illness (flu) and was limited to just 11 minutesŠheld scoreless vs. WSU for only the third time in her career, ending a streak of scoring in 46 consecutive games, dating back to March 2, 1996Šgrabbed a season-high 18 rebounds, including 13 in the first half, at USC Jan. 18Šranks second on the team and 11th in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.6 rpg)Šscored in double-figures six times, including a season-high 20 points against Ohio StateŠaveraging 8.7 ppg, fourth-best on the teamŠhas one double-double this season, with 13 points and 15 rebounds in the double-overtime win over George MasonŠnamed to the All-Tournament team at the Oakland Tribune Classic, totaling 33 points and 21 rebounds.

GENEVA MCDANIEL, Sophomore, 6-5, Center, Sausalito, CAŠPlayed in 12 games, averaging 4.6 minutes per gameŠmade her most significant contribution of the season in the win over Oregon State, scoring eight points and grabbing three boards in 13 minutes=Šscored five points and grabbed two rebounds in the season-opening win over Cal Poly SLOŠone of the tallest players in Cal history, behind 6-8 Charlotte Lusschen (1982-86) and 6-6 Sarah Thamer (1980-82)Šlast season as a freshman, led the team in field goal percentage (.545) and blocked shots (25)Šranked seventh in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (1.0 bpg).

MASA RADOVIC, Freshman, 6-1, Guard, Belgrade, YugoslaviaŠHas started all 17 games, including the first nine games at point guardŠstarted the past eight games at shooting guardŠhad never played point guard before coming to Cal fom the Yugoslavian Junior National TeamŠleads the Bears and ranks 15th in the Pac-10 in scoring (11.8 ppg)Šranks fourth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (51.5%) and 10th in assist average (3.6 apg)Šin 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 assistsŠmade the game-winning layin (62-61) at USF Dec. 3Šscored in double figures 12 times this season, including the last seven gamesŠscored a career-high 20 points vs. USF and 19 points at UOP.

SHERRISE SMITH, Junior, 5-5, Guard, Los Angeles, CAŠHas played in 10 games this season, including three starts at point guardŠsuffered a dislocated left elbow in the win over Oregon State Jan. 4 and her playing status is uncertain for this weekendŠprior to that injury, Smith was finally back to full strength, after being hampered by a recurring knee injuryŠaveraging 3.9 points and 1.5 assists per gameŠscored 11 points off the bench against Ohio State in the championship game of the Oakland Tribune ClassicŠin her first start against #10 Virginia, she scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds and dished four assistsŠstarted 22 games last season at point guard, and ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in assist average (4.0).

LINDSAY TOSCANO, Freshman, 5-9, Guard/Forward, Sonoma, CAŠAppeared in only one game, playing one minute in the season-opening win over Cal Poly SLOŠfirst-year walk-on playerŠthree-time all-county player at Justin Siena HS.

BERMIE DYER, Junior, 5-7, Guard, San Jose, CAŠFirst year walk-on playerŠhas not yet appeared in a game for the BearsŠalso a member of the Cal track and field team, competing in the triple jumpŠplayed basketball and competed in track for two seasons at San Jose City College before transferring to Cal.