Cal Women's Hoops Travels to #6 Stanford
Bears open second round of PAC-10 play.
Feb. 2, 1988Fri. Feb. 6 at Stanford, Maples Pavilion
Stanford, CA 7:30 p.m.
TV-Fox Sports Bay Area, Radio: KALX 90.7 FM
BEARS TRY TO SNAP SKID: The Cal women's basketball team (5-14, 1-8) opens the second round of Pac-10 round-robin play Friday, Feb. 6, traveling to the Farm to take on sixth-ranked Stanford (12-5, 8-1). The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Bay Area, with Brian Webber and Heather Cox calling the action. The Bears will be looking to snap a seven-game losing streak, their longest skid of the season, while Stanford is shooting for its seventh straight victory. Over the last 11 games, Stanford is 10-1, while Cal is just 1-10, including a 72-52 loss at home to the Cardinal on Jan. 9.
ABOUT STANFORD: Stanford is once again atop the Pac-10 standings with a 8-1 Pac-10 record and a 12-5 overall mark. The Cardinal, ranked #6 in this week's AP Top 25 poll, have won six straight games, including a win at #5 Texas Tech on Sunday (80-71). The lone blemish on their conference record was a loss at Arizona (82-81) on Jan. 12, which snapped a record 48-game conference winning streak. Senior Olympia Scott was named this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, scoring 35 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and shooting 59.3 percent inwins over Texas Tech and Arizona State. Despite coming off the bench in every game, junior Kristin Folkl is the team's leading scorer (18.8 ppg) and rebounder (9.6 rpg), and leads the team with an amazing 72.2 percent field goal shooting percentage. Guard Milena Flores leads the Pac-10 in assist average (6.0 apg), while senior Vanessa Nygaard leads the league in free throw shooting (82.1 percent).
SERIES RECORDS: The series between Cal and Stanford dates back 25 years to the 1973-74 season, with the Cardinal holding a 27-15 series advantage. Stanford has won 19 of the last 21 games between the teams, including a 72-52 win on Cal's home court, Kaiser Arena, Jan. 9 this season. Stanford has won nine straight games over the Bears, with the last Cal victory coming in Harmon Gym on February 12, 1993 (64-59) before the second-largest home crowd in Cal history (4,208). The Bears are 4-16 on Stanford's home floor, with the last Cal victory in Maples Pavilion Feb. 17, 1986 (73-69).
SERIES HIGHLIGHTS: The Golden Bears knocked off undefeated and second-ranked Stanford, 74-65, on January 10, 1992 before what was then the third-largest crowd in school history. It was one of only three losses for Stanford on the season, as the Cardinal went on to win its second NCAA title, while Cal finished with a 20-9 record and earned an NCAA tournament bid. The Bears added another win over the Cardinal the next season, posting a 64-59 victory on Feb. 12, 1993. That marks Cal?s last victory over Stanford, with the Cardinal sweeping the last nine games in the heated rivalry. The last two Cal games at Stanford have resulted in school-record 51-point losses (87-36 on March 2, 1996 and 95-55 on January 31, 1997).
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 41.7% field goal shooting, which ranks third in the Pac-10, and the Bears are allowing just 68.8 points per game, sixth-best in the conference and a noticeable 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 six times this season, with five 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 1-6 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 18 games for the Bears, 10 at point guard and nine at shooting guard. She leads the team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and assists (3.3 apg), and ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (49.7%).
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 five 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), #15 Washington (0-for-5) and Arizona State Jan. 31 (0-for-1). This season, the Bears are just 24-for-160 from three-point land (15%), after averaging five treys made per game and shooting 29% from long range last season.
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.
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 has started all but two games and 6-1 freshman guard Masa Radovic, who did not join the team until late August, has started every game for the Bears, and the duo 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 (two starts) and guard Kenya Corley, giving the Bears six first-year players among their top nine in the rotation. The "veterans" in the lineup are three-year starting center Jennie Leander, a junior, sophomore Paige Bowie at wing, and junior point guard Sherrise Smith.
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.
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).
NEXT UP: The Bears return home for the first time in three weeks, hosting the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins. Cal takes on USC on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in a contest to be televised live by Fox Sports Bay Area. The Bears wrap up the weekend by hosting the UCLA Bruins on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on Cal's student radio station, KALX 90.7 FM.CAL PLAYER UPDATES
LAUREN ASHBAUGH, Freshman, 6-2, Forward/Center, Redmond, WAŠHas played in all 19 gamesŠmade two starts, at USC Jan. 18 and at ASU Jan. 31Šaveraging 4.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, third-best on the teamŠscored 12 points and 13 rebounds at UA/ASU combinedŠgrabbed 8 rebounds in 17 minutes vs. WSU Jan. 24Šscored career-high 10 points in 13 minutes against Stanford Jan. 9Šgrabbed career-high 13 rebounds vs. George MasonŠleads team in field goal pct. (53.4%).
PAIGE BOWIE, Sophomore, 5-11, Forward/Guard, Fresno, CAŠHas started all 19 games at the wingŠ averaging 9.1 ppg, third-best on the teamŠleads Cal with 13 treys, including the game-winning three-pointer with three seconds remaining in double overtime against George MasonŠscored in double figures eight times this season, including a season-high 19 points in the win over Marshall in the Hawaii tournamentŠhad 10 pts, 8 reb and 4 steals at ASU Jan. 31Šalso plays shortstop for the nationally-ranked Cal softball team.
JAMILLA CHURCHILL, Junior, 6-1, Forward, Oakland, CAŠPlayed in all 19 games, averaging 7.8 minutes per gameŠhas grabbed 38 rebounds (2.0 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 VirginiaŠtwo-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 19 gamesŠone of the first players off the bench, averaging 12.6 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 vs. #10 VirginiaŠoutstanding leaper who can dunk a tennis ball, despite standing just 5?8?Šaveraging 4.1 points and 2.1 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 16 gamesŠmade her only 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 18 games and made four starts at point guardŠmade first start against #14 Stanford Jan. 9, contributing four points and three stealsŠaveraging 2.9 points and 1.0 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 guardŠhad career-high five steals, three assists and three points in a start vs. WSU Jan. 24Šranks 9th in the Pac-10 in steal average (1.95 spg)Ša versatile player, she averages 5.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals per gameŠscored in double figures three times, including a team-high 11 pts at Arizona Jan. 29Šgood 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 17 gamesŠranks second in scoring (9.8 ppg), rebounding (6.6 rpg) and steals (1.5 spg)Šranks 10th in the Pac-10 in reboundingŠscored in double figures in 10 games, including a career-high 19 points against both Cal Poly SLO and Ohio StateŠscored 18 points and grabbed 9 boards at ASU Jan. 31Šposted 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 18 of 19 games this season, and 71 of her 73 games at CalŠdid 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 gamesŠgrabbed a season-high 18 rebounds, including 13 in the first half, at USC Jan. 18Šleads the team and ranks 8th in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.7 rpg)Šscored in double-figures six times, including a season-high 20 points vs. Ohio StateŠaveraging 8.6 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 13 games, averaging 4.5 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 minutesŠscored 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 ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (25, 1.0 bpg).
MASA RADOVIC, Freshman, 6-1, Guard, Belgrade, YugoslaviaŠHas started all 19 games, including 10 games at point guard and nine 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 (11.3 ppg)Šranks 10th in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (49.7%)Šleads team in assist average (3.3 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 seven of the last nine gamesŠscored a career-high 20 points vs. USF.
SHERRISE SMITH, Junior, 5-5, Guard, Los Angeles, CAŠHas played in 12 games this season, including four starts at point guardŠreturned to the court and started at Arizona Jan. 29 after missing five games with a dislocated left elbow vs. Oregon State Jan. 4Šaveraging 3.4 points and 1.4 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, had nine points, four rebounds and four assistsŠstarted 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, 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.