Sports Briefs: Top Women's Hoops Recruits to Visit Campus Today

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New Cal women's basketball head coach Caren Horstmeyer takes her first step toward reviving the program today, when the first-year coach is scheduled to host three top recruits this weekend.

High school All-Americans Mia Fisher and Sebnem Kimyacioglu are slated to visit Cal this weekend, along with Berkeley High School star Robin Roberson.

Roberson averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game last season. At 6-foot-0, she is known for her solid play in the paint and three-point range.

"She's very versatile and very talented," said high school coach Gene Nakamura. "I think Cal would have a very good chance with her because she's close to her family."

Roberson said yesterday that being close to home would be both a positive and negative, but added that she was very impressed with Cal's coaching staff.

"(Hornstmeyer) was very nice, and I like her personality," Roberson said. "(The staff) is friendly and down to earth."

Meanwhile, Fisher was named an honorable mention All-American by USA Today after leading Amador Valley High School to the North Coast Championship. She averaged 24 ppg, 7 rpg, 4.5 assists per game and 3 steals per game.

The 5-foot-10 prep is considered one of the better point guards in the country, and has listed Cal, UCSB and other west coast schools as her top choices.

Kimyacioglu is also a Bay Area native. She was named an All-American by Nike, and averaged 18 points per game at Pinewood High School. In addition to Cal, Kimyacioglu is also being heavily recruited by Stanford.

Last season the Bears finished with a dismal 11-17 overall mark and a 6-12 record in the Pac-10. Recruiting is especially crucial this year because the Bears will graduate four to five projected starters after the 2000-01 season.

Horstmeyer is starting at Cal after after a successful 12 year career as head coach at Santa Clara. She accepted the Cal job April 17.


The Cal field hockey team travels to Stanford today to take on Northeastern University at 3 p.m.

The Bears (2-0, 1-0 in the NorPac) are coming off their second straight overtime victory in a 2-1 triumph over the University of Miami (Ohio) last weekend.

Continuing their winning streak could prove to be a hard task with two key starters missing practice this week. Cal coach Shellie Onstead said that senior defender Leticia Galyean suffered an injury in last week's game against Miami and freshman midfielder Nora Feddersen has been extremely ill. Both are listed questionable for today's game.

If neither Galyean or Feddersen are able to play, Cal must rely on the strong play of leading scorer Lisa D'Anjou and last week's double-overtime hero, Elizabeth Harkins.

Northeastern (1-1) comes into the game after defeating Massachusetts, 2-1, but losing to Michigan 5-2. The Huskies went 8-12 last season, their first losing season since 1982. Onstead notes that the Huskies are a young team, but still a very solid, well-coached squad.

Onstead believes that this game is a good warm-up for Cal trip to the next week. Northeastern's physical style of play is similar to that of Cal's next three opponents, Harvard, Rhode Island and Boston University.


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