Women's Basketball Ends Season With Victory Over No. 22 Washington
March 10, 2001
Los Angeles - UCLA staged a decisive second-half comeback and handed Pac-10 leading Washington a 81-56 loss in Pauley Pavilion before 7,036 fans, the seventh-highest attendance in Bruin history.
The Bruins outscored the visitors 53-22 after halftime, limiting Washington to just 22.9% shooting in the half and 29.9% for the game. UCLA hit 52% of its shots in the second half and forced 11 Husky turnovers. The Bruins, ranked last in the conference in free throws entering the game, made 20-26 free throws in the final half to secure the win.
A trio of Bruins - guard Michelle Greco and forwards Kristee Porter and Whitney Jones - totaled 14 second-half points each to key the UCLA rally from a 34-28 halftime deficit. UCLA scored 10 of the first 14 points of the second half to take a 40-38 lead at the 14:00 mark on a basket by Jones, who finished with a career-high 21 points for the game.
With UCLA leading 50-48 at the 10:15 mark, the swarming Bruin defense, which produced 10 second-half steals, held Washington scoreless for over six minutes of clock time. UCLA outscored the visitors 11-0 during the Husky drought and the Bruins moved out to a 61-48 advantage with 4:13 remaining to play.
Porter, who led UCLA with 22 points for the game, scored four points during the run. Greco added her 50th three-point shot of the season during the stretch, a shot which moved her into sole possession of the all-time single-season school record for made three-point shots. The Bruin team then hit 14 of 16 free throws in the final 4:13 of the contest to earn the win, their fifth in nine tries at home this season in the Pac-10 conference.
Despite the loss, Washington winds up the regular season in a three-way tie with Stanford and Arizona State for the conference championship, each sporting 12-6 Pac-10 marks. Megan Franza led the Huskies with 22 points and converted on a school record seven three-point shots. Overall, Washington fell to 19-9 on the season.
'I thought that we played hard and played well,' said UW coach June Daugherty. 'Our shots didn't fall today, that's basketball plain and simple. I am so proud of this team to go from ninth place (last season) all the way up to the championship to be Pac-10 champions, we are so proud. Words cannot express how proud I am of these seniors.'
UCLA completed its season with an overall record of 6-23 and 5-13 in the Pac-10. 'This team never got down all year,' said Bruin head coach Kathy Olivier. 'It is fitting the way we finished the season (with a pair of home wins). I am amazed that we score 80 and 90 points in our last two games of the season, when scoring has been a problem for us all season. It goes to show how determined this group of kids is. When we get balanced scoring it helps Michelle Greco and our team so much and the results show. Kristee and Whitney did a great job today.'