Women's Basketball Travels Across Town To Face USC Saturday

Feb. 5, 2001

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Next Up -- UCLA (3-17, 2-7 in the Pac-10) will play at USC (8-11, 3-6) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Sports Arena.

USC leads the series, which dates back to 1976, 29-24. The Bruins have won six of the last seven meetings, including a 65-53 win earlier this season in Pauley which saw UCLA rally back from a 30-25 halftime deficit. Michelle Greco led UCLA in that game with 23 points. Natalie Nakase added a career-high tying 11 points in the triumph. Malika Leatham totaled 13 points and nine rebounds. The Women of Troy are led by freshman forward Ebony Hoffman's 12.4 ppg and 8.2 rpg. Freshman guard Aisha Hollans scores at a 12.3 point per game clip.

Radio/TV -- Saturday's game will be broadcast live on KACD 850am.

Looking Ahead -- UCLA takes to the road for two games next week at Arizona (Feb. 15) and at Arizona State (Feb. 17). The next home game is Feb. 23 vs. Oregon.

This Week's Headlines --Kristee Porter was selected Feb. 2 as the ASICS/ Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year for 2000. She set a Pac-10 and UCLA record with 741 kills last season ... The Bruin defense held Cal without a point for almost six minutes of the second half while rallying back from a 15-point deficit to take the lead ... The previous week, the Bruins rallied in the game's last minutes against Oregon after holding the Ducks without a basket for the final 6:42 of the contest ... Whitney Jones tied her career high of 11 points for the fourth time this season against Stanford ... Natalie Nakase tied her career best with six steals against Cal, including one in the last 30 seconds before being fouled and then hitting a free throw to put the Bruins ahead, 57-56 ... The Bruins have held six teams under 40% shooting from the field this season and won three times ... UCLA entered the week leading the league in steals (11.15 spg) and was listed second in the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+3.50) ... Only USC (23.1) forces more turnovers on average per game than the Bruins (22.9).

Greco Atop Pac-10 Conference In Scoring, Foul Shooting -- Junior guard Michelle Greco entered the week leading the Pac-10 Conference in scoring with a 19.5 points per game average (20.6 in Pac-10 games only). She also ranked first in free throw percentage with a .885 mark (54-61), tied for fifth in steals (2.00 per game), tied for fourth in three-point field goals made (1.74 per game).

Bruins Nab Conference Lead In Steals -- The Bruins entered the week leading the Pac-10 Conference in steals with an average of 11.15 picks per game (223 total). Michelle Greco (38 in 19 games) and Natalie Nakase (40 in 20 games) are tied for fifth with an average of 2.00. Freshmen Gennifer Arranaga (1.5 average) and Whitney Jones (1.71) were not far behind.

Greco Moving Up Bruin Career Charts -- In her third season as a Bruin, Michelle Greco has moved into ninth place on the all-time school made three-point shot list with 47 for her career (8th is Michelle Palmisano-48, 7th is Nikki Hilbert-54). She has made all of her three-pointers in the last two years after having attempted just one as a freshman. On the single-season list, Greco is currently 10th for made threes with 33 (ninth is DeDe Mosman-35, tied for seventh are Nicole Kaczmarski and Mosman-36).

Porter, Jones Become Two-Sport Starters -- Volleyball All-American Kristee Porter and soccer standout Whitney Jones became two-sport starters in January when they were inserted into the UCLA women's basketball starting lineup. Porter, who also competes for the track and field team, made her first hoops appearance Dec. 18 against Old Dominion and contributed 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots. She made her first career start against fourth-ranked Georgia, scoring 11 points and grabbing eight boards. Jones joined the team a few days after playing in the NCAA Soccer championship game and saw her first action in the Bruins' win over Long Beach State Dec. 10. In her basketball debut, she scored two points and grabbed three boards. She made her first start of the year at Washington St. and scored eight points with four rebounds and four steals.

Bruins Face One of Nation's Toughest Schedules -- Seven non-conference games (Duke, Utah, BYU, San Diego, Old Dominion, Pepperdine and Georgia) were played against teams which earned bids to the 2000 NCAA tournament, and another two were played against WNIT teams (New Mexico, Long Beach State). In Pac-10 play, the Bruins will face NCAA tournament teams Oregon, Arizona and Stanford, as well as WNIT teams from Arizona St. and USC. UCLA currently has the 15th-toughest schedule in the nation.

Head Coach Kathy Olivier -- Having completed seven seasons (entered the 2000-01 season with a 115-85 overall record) as UCLA head coach, Kathy Olivier has steadily built the program to reflect her own positive, upbeat and outgoing personality. In 2000, she saw her team reach the NCAA tournament for a third-straight season, a school record. The squad also set a school home attendance record by averaging over 3,700 fans. Maylana Martin became 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 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 and an unprecedented second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for the program. 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

#1 Natalie Nakase -- Entered the week fifth in the Pac-10 in assists (3.90 average) and steals (2.00) ...Starter in all 20 games ... Matched her career-high with six steals vs. Cal and also scored nine points ... Limited to a season-low 22 minutes by foul trouble at Oregon ... Grabbed a career-high four rebounds at Oregon State ... Handed out seven assists in the win over Arizona to tie her career best ... Had six points and six assists versus ASU ... Tied her career best with 11 points in the win over USC ... Added five assists and three steals vs. the Trojans. ... Set a career-high with 11 points at Washington State, playing all 40 minutes ... Grabbed a career-high tying three rebounds at Washington ...Recorded then career-highs in points (seven) and assists (seven) at Colorado and matched the exact totals in the next game vs. Long Beach ...Bested the scoring total with nine points against Old Dominion ...Also set a career high in rebounds at ODU with three ... Made a career-best six steals vs. Long Beach ... Handed out six assists at BYU ... Made her first career starts in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic against Duke and New Mexico ... Had five assists against New Mexico ... Added three assists versus Duke ... Matched her then-career high with three points in each contest ...Saw action in 11 games off the bench last season ... Knows the system well. Career Highs: Points - 11, last vs. USC, 1-14-01, Rebounds - 4, at OSU, 1-25-01, Assists - 7, last vs. Arizona, 1-20-01, Steals - 6, last vs. Cal, 2-05-01.

#4 Kristee Porter -- Named the ASICS / Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year for 2000 ... Volleyball first-team All-American who saw her first action with the 2000-01 Bruin hoopsters at Old Dominion Dec. 18 ... Has now seen action in 13 games ... Entering the week, her rebound average of 7.7 would have ranked third in the conference, but Porter has not played enough games to be eligible for rankings (To be ranked, a player must appear in at least 66.7% of her team's games, Porter has played in 13 of 20, 65%) ... Would have also been ranked second in blocked shots with a 1.77 average ...Had 12 points and six rebounds vs. Cal ... Matched her career-best in points with a team-high 13 against Stanford ... Saw a season-low 15 minutes of action due to foul trouble at Oregon ... Pulled down a career-best 16 rebounds in the win over Arizona to go along with 11 points ... Had a career-high in points (13) and a then career-best in rebounds (14) in the ASU game despite playing just 20 minutes due to foul trouble ... Had eight points and seven rebounds in the win over USC ... Credited with a career-best four steals at Washington State ... Had 12 points in the Pac-10 opener at Washington ... Scored 11 points versus fourth-ranked Georgia and grabbed eight rebounds in her first career start ... Recorded 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in her season debut at ODU, all career-highs at the time ...Scored nine with four boards at Ohio State ...Led the team in rebounding against Pepperdine, pulling down eight boards and scoring nine points with three blocked shots ...Saw action in four games during the 1999 season and redshirted last year ... Also a member of the track team and has scored at the Conference championship meet in the triple jump. Career Highs: Points - 13, v. Stanford, 2-2-01, Rebounds - 16, v. Arizona, 1-20-01, Assists - 1, last vs. Stanford, 2-2-01, Blocks - 5, at ODU, 12-18-00 , Steals - 4, at Wash. State, 1-6-01.

#5 Melissa Maurin -- Second-year student who walked on to the team ... Has seen action in four games ... Played at Don Lugo High School in Chino, CA ... Came off the bench in the New Mexico game to see her first action, but did not score in five minutes of play ... Did not score in two minutes against Utah ... Younger brother Ty is a midfielder on the UCLA men's soccer team.

#10 Whitney Jones -- Starting midfielder on the soccer team who began practice on Dec. 6 and played for the first time vs. Long Beach State (2 points, 3 rebounds) ... In just her second game, she scored 11 points on 3-4 fg shooting at ODU ...Had three boards at Ohio State and against Pepperdine ...Recorded a career-best three steals vs. Pepperdine and scored six points ...Pulled down a then career-best six rebounds in just 14 minutes of play in the Pac-10 opener at Washington ... Started her first game at Washington State and had eight points, four steals and four rebounds ... Made her second career start in the win over USC and grabbed five boards ... Tied her career-high with 11 points in the ASU game ... Pulled down a career-best nine rebounds in the win over Arizona and tied her career-best in points (11) and assists (2) ... Had seven points and rebounds at Oregon ... Tied her career-high with 11 points against Stanford ... Had a career-best three assists vs. Cal ... Helped lead the Bruin soccer team to the NCAA Championship game for the first time in school history ...League Player of the Year last season at San Clemente High School ... Holds the school record for points in a game, steals in a season and single-season field goal percentage ... Team advanced to the CIF finals her junior season. Career Highs: Points - 11, last v. Stanford, 2-2-01, Rebounds - 9, vs. Arizona, 1-20-01, Assists - 3, vs. Cal, 2-05-01, Steals - 4, at Wash. State, 1-06-01.

#13 Gennifer Arranaga -- Has appeared in all 20 games off the bench ... Had three points and four rebounds vs. Cal ... Tied her career-best with five rebounds at Oregon ... Scored six points in 10 minutes of play at Oregon State ...Credited with a career-high six steals versus Georgia ... Pulled down a career-high five rebounds and scored 11 points with two steals at Colorado ...Poured in a career-high 13 points vs. USD ... Had six points and four rebounds at BYU ... Scored nine points with four steals and three rebounds against Utah ...Had seven points and three steals off the bench in the opener against Duke in her first game action as a Bruin ... Outstanding athlete who helped her Centennial High School team to a pair of league titles ... Served as team captain her last two prep seasons ... Advanced to the finals of the 100-meter event at the CIF meet as a prep freshman. Career Highs: Points - 13, vs. San Diego, 11-28-00, Rebounds - 5, last at Oregon, 1-27-01, Assists - 2, at BYU, 11-25-00, Steals - 6, vs. Georgia, 12-30-00.

#14 Natalie Jarrett -- Starter in 10 games, played in 16 ... Recorded a career-high tying nine points and grabbed four rebounds vs. Pepperdine ...Had nine points and five boards in 20 minutes of play against Utah ... Came off the bench to grab a team-leading seven rebounds against New Mexico ... In the opener against Duke, she had a team-high and career-best seven rebounds ...Appeared in eight games last season ... Saw her first action on Dec. 17 at Cal State Fullerton ... Missed the first six games of the 1999-2000 season while recovering from off-season knee surgery ... Had best of six points vs. Washington last season. Career Highs: Points - 9, last vs. Pepperdine, 12-28-00, Rebounds - 7, last at UNM, 11-11-00, Blocks - 1, last vs. Pepperdine, 12-28-00, Steals - 2, last vs. Pepperdine, 12-28-00.

#20 Michelle Greco -- Entered the week as the leading scorer in the Pac-10 (19.5 ppg) ... Also rated first in the conference in free throw percentage (.885, 54-61) ...Was fifth in the conference in steals with a 2.00 per game mark and tied for fourth in three-point FG made (1.74 average) ... Has led UCLA in scoring in 17 of its 20 games (in two of those three games in which she did not lead, she injured an ankle early in the first half against Utah and she did not play due to illness at Wash. State) ...Recorded a game-high 25 points at OSU for her fourth consecutive and 10th overall 20-point game of the season ...Scored 29 points in the win over Arizona ... Hit for 22 points in the ASU game ... Scored 23 points vs. USC, including 15 in the second half, to go along with four assists and three steals ... Had 19 points, all in the second half, at Washington in the Pac-10 opener ... Scored 22 points versus fourth-ranked Georgia and also grabbed six boards ... Recorded her fifth 20-point game of the season with 20 at Ohio St. ...Scored a career-high 34 points to key the Bruin win over Long Beach, including 25 in the second half ... Led UCLA with 15 points and recorded a season-high five assists at Colorado ... Had 18 points vs. San Diego ... Had 22 points and five steals in the season opener against Duke ... Named to the all-tournament team of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic in New Mexico ... Scored a then career-high 28 points against New Mexico despite leaving the game with a sprained right ankle with over five minutes to play ... Re-aggravated the ankle five minutes into the contest with Utah and did not score in 17 minutes of play ...Returned to action at BYU and scored a team-high 24 points ... Matched her career-best with eight boards at BYU ... Last year, she was selected to the honorable mention all-conference team ... Starter in six games in 1999-2000 and for a total of nine for her career entering the current season ... Third in the Pac-10 last season in steals (2.2) and hit 86% of her free throws ... Ranked second on the team in assists in each of her first two seasons ... Scored a then career-best 26 points at Stanford last year. Career Highs: Points - 34, vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Rebounds - 8, last at BYU, 11-25-00, Assists - 7, last vs. WSU, 1-9-00, Steals - 7, last at Stanford, 2-3-00.

#21 Jalina Bradley -- Starter in 11 games, played in all 20 ... Recorded six points and a career-high tying five boards at OSU ...Scored seven points vs. ASU ... Had a team-best 11 points in a starting role at Washington State ... Scored nine points at Ohio State ...Recorded 10 points against Old Dominion ...Had seven points and a career-high three steals in the win over Long Beach ... Scored 10 points on 4-6 shooting and had career-highs in rebounds (five) at Colorado ... Led the Bruins against Utah with career-highs in points (12) and assists (five) ...Made her first career start in the season opener against Duke and scored eight points ...Played in nine games last season ... Missed 12 games in mid-season after fracturing her right foot ... Had a high game of four points vs. Washington ... Hit all four of her free throws last season. Career Highs: Points - 12, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Rebounds - 5, last at OSU, 1-25-01, Assists - 5, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Steals - 3, last at WSU, 1-06-01.

#32 Malika Leatham -- Starter in all 20 games ... Entered the week ranked 14th (tied) in the Pac-10 in rebounding with a 5.7 average ... Tied for the team lead in rebounds at OSU (six) and Oregon (seven) ...Matched her career-high with nine rebounds in the win over Arizona ... Totaled 13 points and a career-best nine rebounds in the win over USC ... Scored 10 points in the conference opener at Washington ... Had nine points and six rebounds against Pepperdine ...Pulled down a team-high five rebounds and scored six points at Ohio State ...Had four points and seven boards in just 14 minutes while battling foul trouble at ODU ...Scored a career-high 16 points and blocked a career-best five shots in the win over Long Beach ... Also had eight rebounds vs. the Beach ... Posted then career-bests in points (12) and rebounds (8) vs. San Diego ... Pulled down a team-best six boards at Colorado ... Scored seven points at BYU before fouling out ...Had eight points and five rebounds against Utah ...Started both games in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic, battling foul trouble in both contests ... Transfer from Blinn Junior College in Texas ... Ranked eighth in Region XIV in rebounding last season ... Second on her team with 46 blocked shots ... Scored a career-best 20 points vs. Western Texas as a freshman. UCLA Career Highs: Points - 16, vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Rebounds - 9, last vs. Arizona, 1-20-01, Blocks - 5, vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Steals - 3, vs. Duke, 11-10-00.

#33 Shalada Allen -- Has seen action in 18 games ... Pulled down three boards in just four minutes of action against USC ...Had four points and five rebounds at Washington State ... Recorded six rebounds in just 12 minutes of play at ODU ...Pulled down a career-high seven rebounds vs. Long Beach State ... Recorded a UCLA-high 14 points with three boards and two steals at Colorado ...Did not play against Utah due to a sprained thumb ...Returned to action at BYU and came off the bench for two points and three rebounds ... Scored six and had two rebounds before fouling out in a starting role against New Mexico ... Came off the bench to score six points and grab five rebounds versus Duke ... Scored eight points with five boards and had a team-high three steals vs. Slovakia ...Transfer from Kilgore Junior College in Texas ... Ranked 10th last season in Region XIV in both scoring and rebounding ... Scored a career-best 36 points against TVCC. UCLA Career Highs: Points - 14, at Colorado, 12-2-00, Rebounds - 7, vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Assists - 2, at Washington, 1-4-01, Steals - 3, vs. Duke, 11-10-00.

#35 Jamila Veasley -- Has seen action in all 20 games off the bench ... Had six boards at Oregon ... Pulled down five rebounds at OSU ...Had four points and four rebounds in 25 minutes of play in the win over USC ... Matched her season-best with six points and had a career-best eight rebounds, including five offensive boards, vs. Long Beach ... Had a season-best six points at BYU, including a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line ... Had four rebounds against Utah ...Came off the bench in both games in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic ... Grabbed six rebounds vs. New Mexico ... Four-time all-league selection in high school ... First-team all-CIF the last two seasons ... Named co-MVP of her league ... Her sister, Aisha, played at UCLA from 1995-98. Career Highs: Points - 6, at BYU, 11-25-00, Rebounds - 8, vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Assists - 1, last vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Steals - 2, last vs. LBSU, 12-10-00.

#42 Stacy Robertson -- Tied her career-high with two steals vs. ASU ... Matched her career-high in rebounds with three vs. Pepperdine ...Scored five points in just seven minutes at Ohio State ...Hit her first three-pointer of the season vs. San Diego and scored a career-high six points ...Came off the bench to score three points vs. New Mexico ... Started the Duke game but was held scoreless ... Transfer from Kilgore Junior College in Texas ... Named to the 10-player JC All-Region XIV and all-conference teams last season ... Ranked third in the Region in three-point shooting ... Ranked 12th in the Region in scoring. Career Highs: Points - 6, vs. San Diego, 11-28-00, Rebounds - 3, last vs. Pepperdine, 12-28-00, Assists - 1, last vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Steals - 2, last v. ASU, 1-18-01.


Cal's Last-Second Shot Edges Bruins -- Cal scored a basket with 3.5 seconds to play to edge the Bruins, 58-57. Kristee Porter's running shot from just outside the free throw line hit the rim and bounced off as the buzzer sounded to end the game. Michelle Greco led UCLA with 18 points.

Bruin Rally Falls Short -- Stanford held on for a 60-52 win over the Bruins. UCLA rallied back from a 16-point halftime deficit (34-18) to close to within one point (45-44)with 5:46 to play, but could never take the lead. Kristee Porter led three Bruins in double figures with a career-tying 13 points. Michelle Greco had 12 and Whitney Jones added 11 more.

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