Cal Faces No. 3 Stanford in Home-and-Away Series

Jan. 28, 2002


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For the first time in school history, California plays third-ranked and Pac-10 leader Stanford in women's basketball twice in the same week. The Golden Bears first travel to Maples Pavilion Wed., Jan. 30, for a 7 p.m. game, on Palo Alto Community TV and then host the Cardinal Sat., Feb. 2, at 3 p.m., on KRON-TV

The last time Cal and Stanford (20-1, 10-0 Pac-10) faced each other the Bears snapped a 15-game losing streak to their arch rival with an 82-73 decision at Maples Pavilion. Courtney Johnson paced Cal with a career-high 34 points.

Cal wraps up the regular season with five of eight games on the road. This could prove to be a positive for the Bears, which are 3-9 at home and 3-4 away from Haas Pavilion.

Despite Cal's 6-13 overall record and 1-9 Pac-10 mark, Pac-10 teams know not to underestimate the young Bear squad. Cal began the year with nine newcomers, including six true freshmen, and are still growing as a team. There couldn't be a better year for the first ever Pac-10 Tournament for Cal.

The Bears have relied on their defense this season, as they have been ranked first or second for scoring defense in the Pac-10 all season. They currently rank second in that category at 61.2 ppg. After holding eight opponents under 60 points last season, Cal has already limited nine opponents under that mark this year.

However, the Bears offense has often struggled as they are only 4-5 in games they've held opponents under 60 points and are 2-6 in games decided by eight points or less this season.

Senior center Ami Forney, Cal's only returning starter from last season, had been struggling for a few games but is coming off her 11th career double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) in Cal's 76-68 loss to Arizona last Saturday.

Sophomore guard LaTasha O'Keith has posted double-figure points in four-straight games and five of her last six games after a 10-point effort against the Wildcats.

The Bears top defender - junior forward Amber White - has picked up her offense with 11 points and a career-high 14 (vs. UA) in her last three games.

The Bears leaders off the bench include redshirt freshman forward Kiki Williams, junior forward Audrey Watler and sophomore center Olga Volkova. Williams had 14 points off the bench vs. Arizona.

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