Women's Basketball Entertains RTU Clondica from Latvia
Nov. 6, 2000
This Week:Sun. Nov. 12Who: RTU ClondicaWhere: Haas PavilionWhen: 2:00 p.m.
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
The California women's basketball team opened the Caren Hortmeyer coaching era Sunday with a hard-fought 77-72 exhibition victory over a San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am team. The Golden Bears play their final exhibition game at home Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m., against RTU Clondica from Riga, Lativia.
While exhibition teams don't usually pose much competition, the Pro-Am team had many talented players and posed a tough test for the Bears.
Senior forward Lauren Ashbaugh led Cal with a career-high 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor and 7-of-9 from the foul line. The Bears played 12 players with 10 of them finding their way into the scoring column. Sophomore forward Amber White added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and senior guard Becky Staubes had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists as the starting off-guard.
Valerie Gillon and Jamie Redd (WNBA Seattle Storm) led the Pro-Am team with 16 points apiece.
The Pro-Am squad led by as many as 10 points in the first half at 21-11 with 9:04 to play and by as many as seven points in the second half at 58-51 with 7:37 on the clock. The Pro-Am team held its final lead at 62-61 with 3:48 to go before the Bears closed out the game with a 16-10 run. Senior point guard Courtney Johnson gave Cal the lead for good (63-62) with a layup with 3:30 to play.
The Bears open the regular season with four-consecutive road games before hosting Cal State Northridge, Dec. 2, in the Oakland Tribune Classic. The season tips off Nov. 17 in Piscataway, N.J., at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights lost in the 2000 NCAA semifinals and are ranked as high as No. 4 in Lindy's pre-season poll.
It's too early to tell what Cal's starting lineup will be on opening day. In the Bears exhibition opener, Horstmeyer started returning starters Johnson (point guard) and Ashbaugh (power forward), along with junior Ami Forney (center), senior Brook Coulter (small forward) and Staubes (off-guard).
HEAD COACH CAREN HORSTMEYER
Caren Horstmeyer begins her first season as head coach at California after posting a 221-124 record in 12 seasons at her alma mater Santa Clara. The winningest coach in West Coast Conference history, Horstmeyer guided the Broncos to six postseason appearances, including four NCAA Tournament selections and the 1991 WNIT championship, along with six WCC regular season titles and two WCC Tournament crowns. In the 1990s, Horstmeyer led SCU to four-consecutive WCC regular season titles from 1991-94, and her teams only once finished lower than third in league play.While at SCU, Horstmeyer coached 33 All-West Coast Conference selections, four WCC Players of the Year, one Kodak All-American, one WCC Defender of the Year and one WCC Freshman of the Year. She also has been recognized for her coaching abilities, earning NCAA District VIII Coach of the Year in 1999 and WCC Coach of the Year in 1991 and '93.Caren and her husband, Bill, welcomed into the world their first child, Arend, July 22, 2000.Horstmeyer is assisted by Sue Phillips-Chargin, Shaunice Warr and Camille Burkes.
SCOUTING RTU CLONDICA (0-2 College Tour Record)
Cal entertains RTU Cloncica from Riga, Latvia in its final of two exhibition games this season. RTU Clondica is the best team in Latvia. It is also one of the strongest in the Baltic Region. The 10-member roster has players ranging from ages 17-37. Cal is the final game of its seven-game collegiate tour.
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
THREE RETURNING STARTERS LOOK TO LEAD BEARS
Cal's nucleus this season features three returning senior starters - guard Courtney Johnson, guard Kenya Corley and forward Lauren Ashbaugh. A 1990-00 honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick, Johnson has earned a reputation as one of the most potent offensive and defensive players in the Pac-10, leading Cal with 11.7 ppg last season and pacing the Pac-10 with 3.2 spg. Perhaps the most athletic player in the league, Corley saw her scoring average more than double from her sophomore (4.2 ppg) to her junior season (10.5 ppg). Ashbaugh provides scoring and rebounding punch for the Bears, as she averaged 8.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg as a junior. She also led the Bears with 22 blocked shots.
BEARS WELCOME FIVE NEWCOMERS
Cal welcomes five newcomers to the 2000-01 team. They include recruited freshmen Kiki Williams (forward) and Latasha O'Keith (guard) and three walk-ons - senior Brook Coulter (forward/guard) and freshmen Luana Coloma (guard) and Jen Deering (forward/center).