Women's Basketball Bests Slovakia
Nov. 6, 2000
UCLA opened its women's basketball season with a 69-68 victory over Slovakia tonight in an exhibition game played in Pauley Pavilion. Junior guard Michelle Greco led all scorers in the contest with 25 points, 21 coming in the second half as UCLA battled back from a 33-30 halftime deficit.
Sophomore guard Jalina Bradley, however, played the key role in the game, scoring UCLA's final eight points. Her jump shot at the 2:50 mark put the Bruins ahead in the game for good at 63-62. Bradley then made good on a pair of free throw attempts after a steal at the 1:37 mark which upped the UCLA lead to 65-62. Zuzana Skuarekova's basket cut the UCLA margin to one again at 65-64 with 1:03 to play. Bradley was then fouled at the offensive end of the court with 41 seconds remaining and sank both free throws for a 67-64 advantage. After a pair of free throws by Katarina Timkova with 23 seconds to go made it 67-66, Bradley was fouled while bringing the ball up. She hit her fifth and sixth straight free throws with 13 seconds showing on the clock for a 69-66 lead. A swarming UCLA defensive effort prevented Slovakia from getting a good look at a three-point shot and Alzbeta Czakova hit a basket from the free throw line at the buzzer for the final score of 69-68. Bradley finished the game with 14 points.
UCLA will open the 2000-20001 regular season on Friday night, Nov. 10 against Duke in the first round of the Women's Sports Foundation Tournament hosted by the University of New Mexico.
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