Women's Basketball Breezes Past Washington State, 93-61
March 8, 2001
Los Angeles - The UCLA women's basketball team scored a 93-61 win over Washington State tonight in a Pac-10 conference game played in Pauley Pavilion. Sophomore forward Kristee Porter scored a career-high 32 points to pace the Bruins. UCLA junior guard Michelle Greco added 25 more points and scored her 1,000th career point in the first half of the game.
The Bruins, who shot a season-high 52.1% for the contest, hit 12 of their first 17 shots in the game and bolted to a 30-9 lead with 12:07 remaining in the half and never looked back. Greco became the 19th Bruin women's player to score at least 1,000 points in her career when she connected on a three-point shot from the top of the key at the 13:51 mark of the first half. Greco entered the game with 995 points. Porter, who made 16-24 shots from the field, had 18 points at the intermission and UCLA led 50-31 at the break.
'We wanted to come out focused tonight,' said Bruin head coach Kathy Olivier. 'We talked before the game about letting our defense help generate our offense and that is exactly what happened. The first two possessions for WSU were steals and we picked up the momentum from there. Transition was a key for us. We feel good about the improvements we have made as a team from the first time we faced them up there.'
WSU, which shot just 35.3% and committed 30 turnovers in the game, was led by junior center Brittney Hawks who came off the bench to score 20 points and grab a game-high 14 rebounds. The Cougars fell to 11-16 overall and 6-11 in the Pac-10. Washington State will end its season at USC on Saturday.
UCLA, which totaled a season-high 93 points, improved its record to 5-23 and 4-13 in the conference. The Bruins will host Washington at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Pauley in the regular season finale.