Women's Basketball Hosts Washington Schools In Season Finale
March 5, 2001
Next Up -- The Bruins (4-23, 3-13) will play host to Washington State (11-15, 6-10) on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Washington (19-7, 12-4) on Saturday at 1 p.m. for the final two games of the 2000-2001 season.
UCLA leads the series with Washington State, 23-6. The Cougars won the first meeting in Pullman, 74-52, to snap an eight-game UCLA series win streak. The Bruins played that game without Michelle Greco, who sat out due to illness. Jalina Bradley and Natalie Nakase paced UCLA with 11 points each. WSU sophomore center Kelly Berglund had a game-high 17 points in the first meeting. WSU senior guard Katie Nyseth is second in the Pac-10 in assists per game at 5.4.
Washington won the first meeting of the season, 73-54 in Seattle, and leads the series with UCLA, 21-10. Michelle Greco scored 19 points, all in the second half, to lead the Bruins in that contest. The Huskies enter the week in first place after winning just four conference games last season and eight overall. UW leads the Pac-10 with 192 made three-pointers. Senior Megan Franza leads the UW in scoring (3rd in Pac-10) with a 16.1 average.
Radio/TV -- Both games this week will be broadcast locally on KACD 850 am and on the internet at www.uclabruins.com.
This Week's Headlines -- Michelle Greco scored 20 points vs. Stanford to record her 14th game this season of at least 20 points ... Greco currently has a total of 995 points and is about to become the 19th Bruin to score at least 1,000 points for her career ... Greco, with 46 threes, is approaching the all-time single season total of 49 made threes by Melanie Pearson (1997-98) ... Kristee Porter has scored in double figures in each of the last nine games, including a career-best 25 at Arizona (2/15) ...Her season blocked shot total of 36 ranks third on the all-time school single-season list (2nd is Maylana Martin with 38 in 2000) ... Porter, who had three blocked shots at Stanford, ranks second in the conference in that category (1.80) ... Whitney Jones scored 13 points at Stanford, matching her season best with three threes ... She ranks fifth on the all-time school freshman made three-point shot list with 18 ... Natalie Nakase has 27 steals in the last nine games and totaled a career-high nine assists in the game at Stanford ... Her eight steals in the Oregon win tied her for fifth on the all-time UCLA single-game steal lists ... Malika Leatham led the Bruins with eight rebounds at Stanford and has now hit 10 of her last 12 free throw attempts ... Jamila Veasley scored a career-best nine points and grabbed another best of 11 rebounds in the Oregon win ... The Bruins established a school record (old mark 310 in 1996) for three-point shots attempted in a season, during the Stanford game, and now total 315 ... The Bruins shot a season-high 48.1% in the win over Oregon ... UCLA currently leads the league in steals (10.89 spg) and in turnover margin (+3.22) ... The Bruins rank second in turnovers forced per game in the conference (22.4).
Greco Moving Up Bruin All-Time Charts -- In her third season as a Bruin, Michelle Greco has moved into sixth place on the all-time school made three-point shot list with 60 for her career (fourth are Allison Arredondo and Rehema Stephens - 67). She has achieved her three-point total in just the last two seasons after missing on her one- and-only attempt as a freshman.
On the single-season list, Greco is currently fifth for made threes with 46 (4th is Rehema Stephens - 47, tied for 2nd are DeDe Mosman and Michelle Palmisano - 48, 1st is Melanie Pearson - 49). Greco, the Pac-10's second-leading scorer at 19.7 points per game, is also nearing the 1,000 point mark with 995 career points.
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. Porter enjoyed her finest game at Arizona, leading the team with a career-high 25 points and seven 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. Jones had a career-high 15 points in the win over Oregon.
Bruins Faced 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).
Head Coach Kathy Olivier -- Having completed nearly eight 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 ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in assists (4.22 average) and sixth in steals (2.11) ...Starter in all 27 games ... Handed out a career-best nine assists at Stanford ... Credited with a career-best eight steals, tied for fifth in UCLA single game history, in the win over Oregon ... Also had seven assists ... Had a career-best eight rebounds at ASU, including five offensive boards ... Had seven assists at Arizona ... Had six assists and three steals at USC ... Had six steals vs. Cal and also scored nine points ... Limited to just 22 minutes by foul trouble at Oregon ... Grabbed four rebounds at Oregon State ... Handed out seven assists in the win over Arizona ... 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 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 ...Scored nine points against Old Dominion and had three rebounds ... Made 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 ...Saw action in 11 games off the bench last season. Career Highs: Points - 11, last vs. USC, 1-14-01, Rebounds - 8, at ASU, 2-17-01, Assists - 9, at Stanford, 3-3-01, Steals - 8, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01.
#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 20 games ... Entering the week, her rebound average of 7.7 ranked fourth in the conference ... She ranked second in blocked shots with a 1.80 average ...Recorded double-digit totals in points for the ninth consecutive game after scoring 16 at Stanford ... Scored 13 points with a game-high eight rebounds at Cal ...Had her fourth double-double of the season vs. Oregon State with 19 points and 11 rebounds and added four blocked shots ... Scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win over Oregon ... Scored a team-best 16 points in the game at ASU... Scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Bruins at Arizona ... Porter hit 17-29 fg and 7-7 ft in the games at Arizona and ASU ... Had 11 points, three assists (career high), three steals, two blocks and seven rebounds in a career-high 39 minutes of action at USC ... Had 12 points and six rebounds vs. Cal ... Scored 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 13 points and a 14 rebounds 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 ... Will redshirt in track this season. Career Highs: Points - 25, at Arizona, 2-15-01, Rebounds - 16, v. Arizona, 1-20-01, Assists - 3, at USC, 2-10-01, 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 five games ... Played six minutes and grabbed two rebounds at Cal ... Came off the bench in the New Mexico game to see her first action, but did not score in five minutes of play ... Played at Don Lugo High School in Chino, CA ... 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 three steals vs. Pepperdine and scored six points ...Pulled down 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 ... Had 11 points in the first ASU game ... Pulled down nine rebounds in the home win over Arizona and had 11 points ... Had seven points and rebounds at Oregon ... Scored 11 points against Stanford ... Scored 13 points at Arizona and added a career-best five steals as well as six rebounds, all offensive ... Added 13 more points at ASU and a career-best four assists ... Scored a career-best 15 points in the win over Oregon and had nine rebounds ... Pulled down a career-best 10 boards in the Oregon State game ... Foul trouble limited her to just 11 minutes, two points and three rebounds at Cal ...Scored 13 points at Stanford, including three three-point shots, which tied her season high ... Ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in steals (1.71) ... Fifth on the all-time freshman list with 18 made three-pointers ... 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 - 15, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01, Rebounds - 10, vs. Oregon State, 2-25-01, Assists - 4, at ASU, 2-15-01, Steals - 5, at Arizona, 2-15-01.
#13 Gennifer Arranaga -- Has appeared in 26 games off the bench ... Scored 11 points in the win over Oregon, hitting all five of her field goal attempts ... Scored six points at Arizona ... 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 ... 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 21 ... 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 -- Second-leading scorer in the Pac-10 (19.7 ppg) ... Entered the week rated first in the conference in free throw percentage (.854, 70-82) ...Fifth in the conference in steals with a 2.24 per game mark and sixth in three-point FG made (1.84 average) ... Has led UCLA in scoring in 21 games (in three of the games in which she did not lead, she injured an ankle early in the first half against Utah and did not score, did not play due to illness at Wash. State and sat out the Oregon win due to concussion-like symptoms) ... Her 519 field goal attempts this season rank as the seventh-highest total in school history ... Her 163 three-point shot attempts are a school record total ... Scored a team-high 20 points at Stanford with three assists and three steals ... The Stanford game marked the 14th contest this season in which Greco has scored at least 20 points and the 17th time in her career ... Led the team with 16 points at Cal ... Greco, who suffered a blow to the head in the Arizona State game on Feb. 17, informed the coaches during warmups just prior to the start of the Oregon game that she was not 100% and sat out that contest as a precautionary measure ... Returned to score 22 points vs. Oregon State ... Had 22 points at Arizona ... Had 26 points at USC ... Recorded a game-high 25 points at OSU for a fourth consecutive 20-point game at the time ...Scored 29 points in the win over Arizona ... Had 22 points in the first 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 ... Scored 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 12 games, played in all 27 ... Scored 11 points off the bench at Stanford ... Scored eight points at Cal ... Had five points and three steals (ties career best) off the bench vs. Oregon State ... Totaled 10 points in a starting role in the win over Oregon ... Scored six points at ASU ... 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 grabbed a career-high five rebounds 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. 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 vs. Oregon State, 2-25-01.
#32 Malika Leatham -- Starter in all 27 games ... Pulled down a team-best eight rebounds at Stanford ... Scored a Pac-10 season high of 14 points and was 6-6 from the free throw line at Cal ... Had 11 points and six boards at USC ... 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 24 games ...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 ... 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 ...Transfer from Kilgore Junior College in Texas ... Ranked 10th last season in Region XIV in both scoring and rebounding. 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 27 games off the bench ... Had four points and four rebounds at Stanford ... Scored a career-high nine points and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds in the win over Oregon ... Played a season-high 26 minutes against Oregon State and at ASU ... Had six boards at Oregon ... Pulled down five rebounds at OSU ...Had four points and four rebounds in the win over USC ... Scored six points and pulled down eight rebounds, including five offensive boards, vs. Long Beach ... Had 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 - 9, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01, Rebounds - 11, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01, Assists - 1, last vs. Oregon, 2-23-01, Steals - 2, last vs. LBSU, 12-10-00.
#42 Stacy Robertson -- Suffered a tear in the ACL of her right knee in practice on Feb. 21 and is expected to miss the rest of the season ... Tied her career-best with three rebounds at ASU ... 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 and 12th in scoring. Career Highs: Points - 6, vs. San Diego, 11-28-00, Rebounds - 3, last vs. ASU, 2-17-01, Assists - 1, last vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Steals - 2, last v. ASU, 1-18-01.
Stanford Finishes Off UCLA -- Stanford outscored UCLA 16-3 to end the game and won, 83-69, in Maples Pavilion. Michelle Greco led four Bruins in double figures with 20 points. UCLA led, 43-42, at the half after shooting 52% in the period but could not keep up the pace. The Bruins failed to score a basket in the final five minutes of the contest.
Cal Runs Past UCLA -- The Bruins held Cal to 33% shooting in the first half, but the Bears were 15-20 from the foul line, enabling them to take a 38-23 halftime advantage over UCLA. Cal expanded on its lead in the second half and finished with an 83-59 victory. Michelle Greco led UCLA with 16 points. Malika Leatham and Kristee Porter pitched in 14 and 13, respectively.