Women's Basketball Scores First Win, 86-60 Over Long Beach State

Dec. 10, 2000

Los Angeles, CA - The UCLA women's basketball team topped Long Beach State 86-60 to win its first game of the season this afternoon in Pauley Pavilion before a crowd of 2,232. Junior guard Michelle Greco led the way for UCLA, now 1-6, with a career-high 34 points, including 25 in the second half.

The Bruins used a 10-0 run midway through the first half, turning a Long Beach State lead of 16-13 with 11:07 on the clock into a 23-16 UCLA advantage with 7:25 remaining in the half. During the streak, UCLA took its first lead of the game, after five ties in the early going, at 17-16 with 8:59 left on a Jalina Bradley steal and jump shot and was never headed. The Bruins enjoyed a 32-21 cushion at halftime.

Greco scored UCLA's first nine points of the second half on her way to hitting 8 of her 12 shots after intermission. She also connected on all seven free throws in the half. The Bruins went on to lead by as many as 27 points in the half. UCLA junior center Malika Leatham added career-high totals in points with 16, blocked shots with five and tied her rebound best with eight. Point guard Natalie Nakase added career highs in points (seven, tied her career-high) assists (seven, tied her career-high) and steals (six).

'I felt the team was very focused this afternoon,' said UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier. 'We maintained our focus for all 40 minutes, something we have had trouble with all year. When we made mistakes today, we did not get discouraged, but tried to make something good happen next.'

Long Beach, which fell to 1-5 on the season, was led by junior guard Tamara Inoue, who led three 49'ers in double figures with 13 points. Junior forward Crystal Givens pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for the Beach.

The next Bruin game is on Monday night December 18 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. UCLA will also play at Ohio State on December 21 before returning home to Pauley Pavilion after Christmas to host Pepperdine on December 28 at 7 p.m.

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