Bruin Women's Basketball Travels to Bay Area
Feb. 18, 2003
UCLA At Cal on Thursday and Stanford on Saturday - UCLA (14-9, 9-5 in the Pac-10) will face California (8-15, 4-10) on Thursday at 7 p.m. Cal handed the Bruins a 69-61 defeat earlier this year in Pauley Pavilion, holding UCLA to its lowest shooting percentage of the season at 29 percent. On Saturday, the Bruins will play at eighth-ranked Stanford (20-3, 12-2 entering the week) in the Pac-10 TV game of the week starting at Noon. Stanford bested the Bruins in the first meeting of the season, 80-78, on Nicole Powell's shot with two seconds remaining.
Radio/TV Broadcast Info - The games from the Bay Area will be aired on the internet and on KTDD (1350 am) and KBET (850 am). Tony Luftman will call the action. Saturday's Stanford game will also be televised live on Fox Sports Net.
Mar. 1 Game Vs. Oregon Selected For TV, Will Tip At 2 p.m. - The final regular season home game against Oregon on March 1 will be televised live by Fox Sports Net and begin at 2 p.m.
Bruin Team Notes - UCLA is one of only two teams in the Pac-10 to post a winning road record in conference play (4-3) ... Michelle Greco scored 18 points in the win over Arizona State to move past Dora Dome and into seventh on the all-time school scoring list ... She was held scoreless, missing all five shots in 26 minutes of action, as she battled flu-like symptoms during the win over Arizona ... Her 28 point-effort at USC marked the 34th career game in which Greco has scored at least 20 points in a game to tie Anita Ortega for sixth on the all-time school list (fifth is Ann Meyers with 36) ... Greco's 11 20-point games this season lead the Pac-10 ... Nikki Blue had her eighth 20-point game of the season when she scored 20 in the home win over ASU ... Blue set a UCLA freshman scoring record with 35 points in the loss at Washington (old mark 33 by Maylana Martin vs. Washington in 1997) ... Blue's total of two 30-point games this season lead the Pac-10 ... Greco, with 274 career steals, ranks sixth in Pac-10 history in the category (her eight steals in the home Stanford game tied her for the eighth-best performance in school history) ... She has made 46 of her last 51 free throws entering the games with the Bay Area schools (she set a school record with 32 straight earlier this season) ... The Bruin senior is on track to finish among the all-time UCLA leaders in 11 stat categories ... Bruin freshmen are accounting for 40% of the team's scoring ... UCLA is averaging 74.4 points per game this season (29th-best in the country) after scoring at a 59.0 clip in 2001-02 ... Lisa Willis' 38 made three-pointers rank second on the all-time freshman list (No. 1 is Michelle Palmisano with 48 in 1993) ... Only six opponents have shot over 45.1% against the Bruins (at Hawaii, Baylor, at Arizona, at Washington, Stanford and at USC, all losses) ... UCLA is shooting 42% from the field this season after registering just a 34% mark last year ... Free throw shooting is also improved (70% from 64%) ... The Bruins rank 14th nationally in steals per game (13.0) ...The Bruins have held opponents under .450 shooting in all 14 wins ... Washington, in Seattle, became just the fourth opponent (all losses - Baylor, Arizona, Stanford) this season which has managed to produce more assists than turnovers versus the Bruin defense ... The Bruins shot a season-best 55.4% in the wins over both Cal State Northridge and Oregon ... The 6-0 conference start was the best Bruin start in the conference since it won its first six to begin 1999-2000.
Series Info - The Bruins lead the series with California, 32-8. The Golden Bears upended the Bruins 69-61 earlier this season after holding UCLA to just 29% shooting. Stanford leads the series by a 28-19 count. The Cardinal won the first meeting, 80-78, on a last second shot by Nicole Powell. UCLA has lost in its last three trips to Maples Pavilion. It posted its last win at Stanford in the 1998-99 season, by a score of 80-72.
About The Opponents - 6-4 center Timea Ivanyi and 5-9 guard Nihan Anaz are tied for top scoring honors at Cal with 10.2 averages. Ivanyi leads the team in rebounding at 5.0. The Bears have lost five out of its last six contests. However, it lost by just three points to Stanford, two points to Oregon and three points to Washington State during that stretch. Stanford is 12-0 at home this season and has won its last 23 straight in Maples Pavilion, the second-longest streak in the country. Nicole Powell averages 17.7 points (3rd), 8.8 rebounds (3rd), 3.4 assists (8th) and 1.75 (10th) steals in Pac-10 games this year. She also ranks ninth in field goal percentage (.503).
Climbing The Charts - Michelle Greco and Natalie Nakase are moving up the UCLA record books and are poised to surpass some all-time UCLA greats this week. Greco moved into a tie for second place in the career steals list with Nicole Anderson with her steal against ASU last week. Greco is also two steals away from moving into fourth on the Pac-10's all-time career steals list. Nakase, with 346 assists, needs just seven more to tie Hall of Famer Denise Curry for eighth on the school career list.
Bruin Free Throws Do In Sun Devils - Nikki Blue score a game-high 20 points to lead the Bruins past Arizona State, 71-62. The Bruins rallied from a five-point half time deficit by outscoring the Sun Devils 17-2 at the start of the second half. UCLA did not score a basket in the last 3:12 of the game but connected on 15 of 18 free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Michelle Greco added 18 points, while Whitney Jones (10) and Lisa Willis (12) were also in double figures.
Bruins Edge No. 24 Arizona - UCLA held Arizona scoreless over the final 3:07 of the game and outlasted Arizona, 48-47. Gennifer Arranaga's free throw with 1:07 remaining in the game proved to be the deciding point in the contest. Arizona rebounded a Bruin missed shot with 11 seconds to play and called timeout. The Wildcats misfired from three-point range at the buzzer, and the Bruins had the upset. Nikki Blue led UCLA with 13 points. Lisa Willis and Arranaga added nine points each.
Pitts Out For Season - Freshman forward Julia Pitts will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL in her left knee. Pitts suffered the injury in the first half of the UCLA's game against Baylor on Dec. 19.
Head Coach Kathy Olivier - Now in her 10th season, Kathy Olivier, who entered the year with a 130-128 overall record, has steadily built the program to reflect her own positive, upbeat and outgoing personality.
In 2002, she directed a team which lost its top two scorers during the season to the second round of the Pac-10 tournament and a win over Sweet Sixteen team BYU. In 2001, Olivier guided a team which was playing without eight of its top nine scorers from the previous season to a winning home record in Pac-10 play and wins over three nationally-ranked teams. In 2000, she saw her team reach the NCAA tournament for a school record third straight season. The squad also set a Bruin home attendance record by averaging over 3,700 fans. Maylana Martin was just the third player to ever earn All-Pac-10 honors in four straight seasons. Olivier became just the second coach at UCLA and the 11th ever in the Pac-10 to earn victory number 100, which came against San Diego State.
In 1999, she led her Bruin team to the school's first ever Pac-10 conference title. The team totaled the most wins (26) since the 1981 season and advanced further in the NCAA tournament (Regional final) than any previous UCLA team. The team put together back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1970's. In addition, the 1999 Bruin team finished with its highest ranking ever (No. 7) in the USA Today poll.
In 1998, she guided UCLA to what was then its best finish ever (tie for second) in the Pac-10, its best winning percentage in the last 17 seasons and the first 20-win season since 1992.
PLAYER BIO UPDATES -
#00 Ortal Oren - Played in eight games ... Had nine points and three steals in 17 minutes of play at home against Washington State ... Had five points in the win versus Washington ... Had nine points and three steals vs. Northridge ... Played for the first time this season against St. Mary's. Career Highs: Points - 9, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03; Rebounds - 2, last at Wash. St., 1-30-03; Assists - 2, vs. St. Mary's, 12-3-02; Steals - 3, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.
#1 Natalie Nakase - Starter in 81 straight games ... Moved into ninth place on UCLA's all-time career assists list at USC with four assists and has 346 for her career, just seven shy of tying Denise Curry for eighth place ... Has 14 assists and five turnovers in the last five games ... Has hit 14 of her last 16 free throws entering the games in the Bay Area ... Had seven points in the home win over Arizona State ... Had a season-best eight assists at Washington State ... Had seven points at Arizona ... Had seven points in the win over USC ... Credited with six assists in the home win over WSU and moved into 10th place on the school's all-time list for assists ... Had six assists in the Oregon win ... Had eight points and six assists vs. Baylor ... Scored eight points vs. St. Mary's ... Hit four-straight free throws in the final 30 seconds to clinch the win over Northwestern State. Career Highs: Points - 24, at Washington State, 1-6-02; Rebounds - 8, last at Washington State, 1-6-02; Assists - 11, vs. Arizona, 1-19-02; Steals - 8, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01.
#5 Melissa Maurin - Grabbed a rebound in the home win over WSU ... Saw action but did not score in the win at Oregon ... Scored her first point of the year versus Cal State Northridge ...Had three rebounds in six minutes of action against Sac State. Career Highs: Points - 6, vs. Washington St, 3-8-01; Rebounds - 3, v. Sac St., 11-24-02; Assists - 1, vs. Oregon St.; Steals - 2, at OSU, 1-24-02.
#10 Whitney Jones - Starting midfielder on the soccer team who joined the hoops team on Nov. 25 ... Entered the week averaging a team-best 5.9 rpg in Pac-10 games ... Was ninth in the Pac-10 with a 2.46 offensive rebounds per game mark ... Has converted 15 of her last 17 free throws entering the week ... Has 12 assists and three turnovers in the last six games ... Had a team-high seven boards and a season-high four steals in the ASU home win ... Grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the win over Arizona and tied her career best with four assists ... Had nine points and a team-best 10 rebounds to match her career-high in the game against Stanford ... Recorded 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds at Arizona ... Scored nine points with five boards in 40 minutes at ASU ... Had eight points, five rebounds and three steals in the win vs. USC ... Had 11 points in the home WSU game ... Had 10 points and tied her career best with four assists in the Washington win ... Tied her career highs with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Oregon for her fourth career double-double ... Made her first start in the Northridge win ...Shared the team lead in rebounds with eight at Pepperdine ... Scored 10 points off the bench at UNLV ... Saw her first action of this season against Northwestern State. Career Highs: Points - 24, last at Oregon, 12-27-02; Rebounds - 10, last vs. Stanford, 1-24-03; Assists - 4, last vs. Arizona, 2-14-03; Steals - 5, last at Oregon, 1-26-02.
#11 Julia Pitts - Starter in the first eight games of the season ... Suffered two torn ligaments in her left knee in the first half against Baylor and will miss the remainder of the season ... Had surgery on Dec. 30 ... At the time of her injury, she led the Pac-10 with a .674 shooting percentage. Career Highs: Points - 20, at Georgia, 12-6-02; Rebounds - 11, vs. Northwestern State, 12-1-02; Assists - 4, at Georgia, 12-6-02; Steals - 2, at Georgia, 12-6-02.
#13 Gennifer Arranaga - Has come off the bench in all 23 games ... Keyed the upset win over Arizona with nine points and the winning free throw in a Pac-10 best 20 minutes of action ... Had 12 points at Washington State ... Totaled seven points vs. Stanford ... Had four points, three assists and four rebounds at Arizona ... Sparked the Bruins in the win vs. USC with nine points and five rebounds ... Had six points, four assists and four boards in the home win over WSU ... Totaled 10 points, three assists and six rebounds at Georgia ... Named to the all-tournament team at the UNLV Lady Rebel Shootout after scoring 13 points against Northwestern State and 12 against UNLV ... Had nine points and five boards vs. St. Mary's ... Had eight points and four assists against Sac State. Career Highs: Points - 21, vs. Stanford, 2-24-02; Rebounds - 8, vs. Stanford, 2-24-02; Assists - 6, vs. Oregon State, 12-22-01; Steals - 6, vs. Georgia, 12-30-00.
#14 Natalie Jarrett - Played in 14 games ... Had four points in the win at Washington State ... Had four points in the home win over WSU ... Scored six points against CS Northridge and added a career-high tying two steals ... Had three rebounds in the win over Northwestern State ... Had three points and four rebounds against Sac St. Career Highs: Points - 9, last vs. Stanford, 2-24-02; Rebounds - 7, last at New Mexico, 11-11-00; Blocks - 2, last at ASU, 2-16-02; Steals - 2, last vs. CSUN, 12-21-02.
#20 Michelle Greco - Entered the week ranked first in the Pac-10 in scoring average (19.1) and steals (2.91) and fourth in free throw percentage (.831) ... Has 71 career double figure scoring games (Natalie Williams is 6th on UCLA's all-time list with 82) and 34 career 20+ scoring games (tied for 6th with Anita Ortega 34 20+ games) ... Ranks sixth all-time in the Pac-10 in steals ... Her 11 20-point plus games this season lead the Pac-10 ... Totaled 18 points in the home win over ASU ... Held scoreless in the win over Arizona as she battled flu-like symptoms (she was also shut out against Utah in Nov. of 2000 after injuring an ankle early in the game) ... Scored 28 points at USC ... Scored 29 points in the loss at Washington ... Totaled 16 points at Washington State ... Recorded her first career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds against Cal ... Made her first nine free throw attempts versus Cal to give her 32 straight and a school record total (old mark - 24 held by Denise Curry, 1978-80) ... Totaled 28 points against Stanford and was credited with a career-high eight steals ... Scored 14 at Arizona ... Held to six points at ASU, but pulled down nine rebounds ... Led the team in scoring (28), rebounding (seven), assists (three) and blocks (one) in the win over USC and was subsequently named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in her career ... Had 23 points and seven steals in the home win against WSU ... Scored 14 in the home win over Washington ... Totaled 29 points in the win at Oregon State ... Scored 11 points with six assists at Oregon ... Led all players with 22 points against CSUN ... Had 16 points and four assists against Baylor ... Scored 31 points in the loss at Pepperdine for her third career 30-point game ... Had 12 points and eight boards at Georgia ... Had six assists vs. St. Mary's ... Named MVP of the Las Vegas Shootout after scoring 26 in the win over UNLV and a team-best 18 points in the win over Northwestern State ... All-tournament selection at the Hawaii Tournament ... Had 19 points and four steals versus Sac State and 20 points at Hawaii ...Four-time UCLABruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week (Dec. 16-22, Dec. 23-29, Jan. 6-12, Jan. 21-26) ... Pre-season all-conference performer for the second consecutive year ... Named to the Women's Basketball News Service pre-season All-America second team. Career Highs: 36, at Michigan St., 11-18-01; Rebounds - 10, vs. Cal, 1-26-03; Assists - 7, last vs. Washington St., 1-9-00; Steals - 8, vs. Stanford, 1-24-03.
#21 Jalina Bradley - Has played in 18 games ... Gave the Bruins a second-half spark at Arizona ... Scored four points with three boards against CSUN ... Had three points at Georgia ... Had two points and three boards in the win over Northwestern State ... Off the bench for eight points and five rebounds against Sac State. Career Highs: Points - 14, at Stanford, 12-28-01; Rebounds - 8, last at Oregon St., 1-24-02; Assists - 6, at Wash. St., 1-6-02; Steals - 5, vs. Stan., 3-2-02.
#32 Nikki Blue - Starter in all 23 games ... Entered the week ranked first on the team in rebounds (123) and assists (78) and second in scoring (16.6 ppg) ... Fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.6), 17th in rebounding (5.3), t-sixth in assists (3.39), fourth in steals (2.26), ninth in assist/turnover ration (1.04) ... Her two 30-point games lead the Pac-10 this season ... Ranks sixth on the all-time freshman list at UCLA with 382 points ... Led the team with 20 points in the home win over ASU ... Scored a team-high 13 points in the win over Arizona ... Foul trouble helped to limit her to eight points at USC, snapping a streak of seven-straight double digit games ... Totaled a UCLA freshman record 35 points in the loss at Washington ... Led the team with 26 points and six (tied) boards at WSU ... Scored 17 points with a career-high five steals versus Cal ... Had 16 points, six rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes against Stanford ... Sat out the final 17 minutes of the first half against the Cardinal due to foul trouble ... Had a team-high 19 points at Arizona ... Recorded 30 points (scoring 19 of the last 21 Bruin points in the game) and added nine rebounds and three steals in the 60-58 win at ASU ... Scored 12 points in the win over USC ... Had eight points, seven boards and five assists in the home win against UW ... Had 12 points and seven rebounds at Oregon State ... Totaled 26 points, in just 23 minutes at Oregon, and five assists ... Against CSUN, scored 10 points with a team-best eight boards and eight assists ... Scored 26 points vs. Baylor ... Scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had four steals at Pepperdine ... Scored 11 points with three assists and three steals at Georgia ... Scored 24 points, all in the second half, against St. Mary's ... Had 15 points with seven boards and four assists in the win over Northwestern State ... Against Sac State, totaled 24 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, along with three steals ... Named one of 21 'Freshmen of Impact' by Women's College Hoops.com. Career Highs: Points - 35, at Washington, 2-1-03; Rebounds - 12, vs. Sac State, 11-24-02; Assists - 9, vs. Sac State, 11-24-02; Steals - 5, vs. Cal, 1-26-03.
#35 Jamila Veasley - Starter in all 23 games ... Had eight points and five rebounds in the win over Arizona in a season-high 36 minutes ... Had a season-best four steals at Washington State ... Had three steals vs. California ... Had six points and six rebounds against Stanford ... Credited with a team-best and career-high three blocked shots in the home win over WSU ... Entered the week ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in blocks/game (0.74) ... Had seven points, two blocks and a team-high 10 rebounds in the UW win ... Established new career highs in points (12) and assists (3) at Oregon ... Added eight rebounds and shot 6-8 from the field ... Had a team-best six boards vs. Baylor ... Pulled down six boards at Georgia ... Recorded a career-best 12 rebounds against St. Mary's ... Tied for team-high honors with five boards against UNLV ... Scored seven points against Hawaii. Career Highs: Points - 12, at Oregon, 12-27-02; Rebounds - 12, vs. St. Mary's 12-3-02; Assists - 3, at Oregon, 12-27-02; Steals - 5, vs. Arizona State, 1-17-02; Blocks - 3, vs. Washington State, 1/3/03.
#40 Lisa Willis - Entered the week ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in made three-point shots (1.65/g) ... Her 38 made three-pointers rank second on UCLA's all-time single-season frosh list (record is 48 by Michelle Palmisano, 1993) ... Has nine double figure games and has made at least one three-pointer in 19 of the 23 games ... Had 12 points, including seven of eight from the free throw line, in the home win over ASU while playing a season-high 26 minutes ... Had three three-pointers in the win over Arizona ... Matched her career-best with 18 points and four threes at USC ... Tied for team lead in rebounding with six boards (ties her career high) at Washington State ... Scored 15 points in the home win over WSU and added three assists and five steals ... Had team-high 17 points in the home win over UW ...Scored 10 points with four boards, two steals and a block at Oregon ... Scored 11 points (3-3 from beyond the arc) with four boards and two steals against CSUN ... Had 12 points on four three-pointers at Georgia ... Came off the bench with 18 points (3-three-pt. shots) against Hawaii and 14 (3-three-pt.) against Sac State ... All-tournament selection at the Hawaii Tournament. Career Highs: Points - 18, last at USC, 2-8-03; Rebounds - 6, last at Wash. St., 1-30-03; Assists - 3, vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03; Steals - 5, vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.
#44 Emma Tautolo - Has come off the bench in 22 games ... Had four points and three rebounds at USC ... Scored six points in the Cal game ... Had seven points in the Stanford game ...Totaled six points in the home win over Washington State ... Came off the bench with nine points and five rebounds against Hawaii and six points on 3-3 shooting versus Sac State. Career Highs: Points - 9, at Hawaii, 11-23-02; Rebounds - 5, at Hawaii, 11-23-02; Assists - 2, vs. Northwestern State, 11-30-02; Steals - 1, last vs. St. Mary's, 12-3-02.
# 54 Sissy Pickett - Has seen action in 10 games ... Had two points and three boards at Arizona ... Scored five points and had four rebounds in the home win over Washington State ... Scored four points in nine minutes against CSUN ... Scored six points in the win over St. Mary's ... Had four points and three boards against Sac St. Career Highs: Points - 13, vs. Washington St., 2-1-02; Rebounds - 6, at Arizona, 2-14-02; Steals - 2, vs. Washington St., 2-1-02.
#55 Krystle Johnson - Has played in 18 games ... Had three rebounds in the win over Arizona ... Scored a season-best eight points with two blocks in the win over Cal State Northridge ... Gave the Bruins a solid 10-minute effort in the win over UNLV ... Had five points and a career-best five rebounds against Sac State. Career Highs: Points - 15, vs. Washington, 2-3-02; Rebounds - 5, vs. Sac State, 11-24-02; Assists - 1, last at Georgia, 12-6-02; Steals - 1, vs. Arizona, 2-14-02.
Early Recruiting Class Ranked In Top 10 - Blue Star Report (No. 7) and All Star Girls Report (No. 6) have ranked Kathy Olivier's 2002 early signing period recruiting class among the top 10 in the nation. On November 14, coach Olivier announced the signing of Noelle Quinn of Bishop Montgomery High School (Torrance, CA), forward Amanda Livingston of Troy High School (Fullerton, CA), center Consuelo Lezcano of Marathon High School in Florida and guard Shaina Zaidi from Marlborough High in Los Angeles.
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