Women's Basketball Hosts BYU Tuesday, At Utah Saturday

Nov. 26, 2001

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Bruins Host BYU Tuesday - UCLA (2-1) will face Brigham Young (2-1) on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm at Pauley Pavilion. The Cougars have won at Boise State (85-72) and at home against Washington State (94-67) and have lost at Texas (90-74). Junior guard Erin Thorn paces BYU with a 24.3 point scoring average. BYU advanced to the second round of the WNIT tournament last season and ended the year with a 19-13 record. The Cougars handed UCLA a 68-53 defeat in Provo, UT last season (11-25-00). UCLA leads in the all-time series by a 7-2 count.

Bruins At Utah Saturday - On Sat., December 1, UCLA will travel to Utah (2-2, will host Oregon State on Nov. 29) to meet the Utes at 4:30 Mountain time. The Utes have lost to Santa Clara (67-59) and SMU (49-48) and defeated Butler (77-54) and Albertson College (93-45). 6-2 senior post Lauren Beckman (18.0) and 5-9 senior guard Erin Gibbons (17.3) lead Utah in scoring. The Utes, champions of the Mountain West Conference, went 28-4 last season (17-1 at home) and lost to Notre Dame in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Midwest Regional. Utah bested the Bruins 65-42 in Pauley last season and leads the all-time series with the Bruins, 2-1.

Radio/TV - Tuesday's game against BYU will be broadcast live on the radio on KBET 850am and KEWS 1350am, as well as on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Lou Riggs, Michael Sondheimer and Stacey Nuveman will call the action.

Bruins Rally for Win Over Ohio State - UCLA rallied from a 34-21 halftime deficit to record a 64-60 win over Ohio State. Michelle Greco led the way with 23 points. Jalina Bradley hit a big basket with 37 seconds remaining to give UCLA a 60-57 lead. Greco nailed two free throws after Ohio State missed a shot with 12 seconds remaining. After a Buckeye three-pointer narrowed the gap to 62-60 with nine seconds to play, Natalie Nakase hit two free throws for the final 64-60 margin.

Bruins Split At MSU Classic - The Bruins ran their all-time record in season openers to 20-8 after erasing a ten-point halftime deficit and recording a 62-55 win against Liberty in game one of the Spartan Chevrolet Classic. Michelle Greco led all players with 24 points. Malika Leatham recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Natalie Nakase contributed eight assists.

Against Michigan State in the championship game, Greco poured in a career-high 36 points and nine rebounds and also set a new school record with eight three-point shots, but it wasn't enough to overtake the Spartans, who won 67-63. Leatham scored 10 points with six rebounds and a career-high four steals. Jalina Bradley added a career-high six rebounds.

Charting Greco - Michelle Greco continues to climb UCLA's scoring charts. After a 60-point performance in the Michigan State tournament, Greco moved into 16th place on the all-time school scoring list and, with 1,123 career points, now needs 12 points to move past Dianne Frierson for 15th place. Greco also moved into fourth place on the UCLA charts for three-point shots made with 74 and three-point shots attempted with 232. Greco is also nearing the Top 10 in career steals. She currently has 202. She set a school record with eight made three-point shots in the game vs. Michigan State. She has recorded six straight games (school record is 11 by Denise Curry, 1980-81) of 20 points or more and has scored in double figures in the last 27 games in a row.

Multi-Sport Stars Expected to Join Team In December - Two of UCLA's finest athletes are expected to join the Bruin squad in December - three-sport standout Kristee Porter and two-sport athlete Whitney Jones. Porter is a star player on the UCLA women's volleyball team, earning all-district and all-conference honors her first two seasons and All-America honors in 2000. She has set numerous UCLA and Pac-10 records for coach Andy Banachowski. Porter also competes in the triple jump for the UCLA women's track and field team and qualified for the Pac-10 Championships in that event. Jones is a starting midfielder for the highly-ranked UCLA women's soccer team.

Player Bio Updates

#1 Natalie Nakase - Handed out eight assists in the win over Ohio State ... Hit two big free throws with nine seconds to play vs. Ohio State ... Had five assists against Michigan State ...Recorded eight assists with four points and three rebounds vs. Liberty ...Scored 10 points with five rebounds and four steals against the West Coast All-Stars ...Had eight points against Delta Kosice ... Starter in all 29 games last season ... Finished the year ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in assists (4.45) and steals (2.21) ... Handed out a career best nine assists at Stanford ... Had eight steals in the win over Oregon, eighth on the all-time school list. 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 - Volleyball team begins NCAA tournament play this weekend ... Also a standout on the Bruin volleyball and track and field teams ... Saw her first action last season in the Dec. 18 game at Old Dominion ... Starter in 19 games and saw action in 22 games ... Ranked second in the conference in rebounding (8.1), 11th in scoring (13.0) and third in blocked shots (1.77) ... Finished the year by scoring in double figures in the last 11 games of the season. Career Highs: Points - 32, vs. Washington State, 3-8-01, Rebounds - 16, v. Arizona, 1-20-01, Assists - 3, at USC, 2-10-01, Blocks - 5, at ODU, 12-18-00 , Steals - 4, last vs. Wash. State, 3-8-01.

#5 Melissa Maurin - Saw action in six games off the bench in 2001 ... Scored six points against Washington State. Career Highs: Points - 6, vs. Washington State, 3-8-01, Rebounds - 2, at California, 3-1-01, Assists - None, Steals - 1, vs. Wash. State, 3-8-01.

#10 Whitney Jones - Starting midfielder on the soccer team and a second-team All-Pac-10 selection ... Is expected to join the team in December (soccer team plays in the NCAA quarterfinals this weekend) ... Starter in the final 17 games of last season ... Ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in steals (1.83) and scored a career-best 21 points in the win over Washington. Career Highs: Points - 21, vs. Washington, 3-10-01, Rebounds - 10, last vs. Washington, 3-10-01, Assists - 4, last vs. Washington State, 3-8-01, Steals - 5, last vs. Washington State, 3-8-01.

#13 Gennifer Arranaga - Scored six points with three steals against Michigan State ...Pulled down a career-high tying five rebounds and scored four points ...Came off the bench to score 14 points with six rebounds against the West Coast All-Stars ...Pulled down 10 rebounds and scored eight points against Delta Kosice ...Appeared in 28 games off the bench last year ... Scored a career-best 13 points vs. San Diego ... Scored 11 points in the win over Oregon ... Had six steals vs. Georgia ... Had five rebounds and 11 points at Colorado. Career Highs: Points - 13, vs. San Diego, 11-28-00, Rebounds - 5, last vs. Liberty, 11-16-01, Assists - 2, last at Cal, 3-1-01, Steals - 6, vs. Georgia, 12-30-00.

#14 Natalie Jarrett - Enjoyed an eight-rebound game against the West Coast All-Stars ...Starter in 10 games last season ... Saw action in 23 games overall ... Had nine points against Utah and Pepperdine ... Pulled down seven rebounds at New Mexico and vs. Duke. 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 - Had a game-high 23 points vs. Ohio State ... MVP of the Spartan Chevrolet Classic after averaging 30 points and six rebounds in two games ...Scored a career-high 36 points and made a school-record eight three-point shots against Michigan State ... Also tied her career-high with nine boards against the Spartans ... Led all players with 24 points against Liberty and also recorded four assists with three steals and three rebounds ...Recorded a rare triple-double against the West Coast All-Stars with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists ...Led the team with 23 points against Delta Kosice and also had six rebounds and four steals ...Starter in 27 games and led the Pac-10 in scoring with a 19.9 average in 2000-01 ... Led the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.865), ranked fourth in steals (2.33) and sixth in made three-point shots per game (1.85) ... First-team all-conference ... Had career-best 34 points in the win over Long Beach State ... Led the team in scoring in 21 games ... Had 16 games of 20 points or more. Career Highs: Points - 36, at Michigan State, 11-18-01, Rebounds - 9, last at Michigan State, 11-18-01, Assists - 7, last vs. WSU, 1-9-00, Steals - 7, last at Stanford, 2-3-00.

#21 Jalina Bradley - Had six points and a big basket with 37 seconds left in the win over Ohio State ... Recorded a career-high six rebounds and had five points against Michigan State ... Scored six points and had a career-high tying three steals with three boards against Liberty ...Started in both exhibition games and had six points and a team-best five steals against the West Coast All-Stars and also four points against Delta Kosice ...Starter in 12 games last season ... Led the Bruins with a career-best 12 points and five assists against Utah ... Had 11 points off the bench at Stanford ... Scored 10 in the win over Oregon as a starter. Career Highs: Points - 12, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Rebounds - 6, at Michigan State, 11-18-01, Assists - 5, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Steals - 3, last vs. Liberty, 11-16-01.

#32 Malika Leatham - Had 15 points and eight rebounds in the win over Ohio State ... All-tournament selection at the Spartan Chevrolet Classic ...Scored 10 points with six rebounds and a career-high four steals against Michigan State ...Posted her first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds against Liberty ...Recorded a double-double against Delta Kosice with 22 points and 10 rebounds ...Scored 12 points against the West Coast All-Stars ...Starter in all 29 games at center a year ago ... Scored a Pac-10 high of 14 points at Cal ... Scored 13 points in the win over USC ... Scored a career-best 16 points and had five blocked shots in the win over Long Beach State ... Her five blocked shots vs. Long Beach State tied her for second on the all-time single game list at UCLA. Career Highs: Points - 16, vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Rebounds - 11, vs. Liberty, 11-16-01, Blocks - 5, vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Steals - 4, at Michigan State, 11-18-01.

#33 Shalada Allen - Scored eight points with a career-high tying seven rebounds against Liberty ...High scorer against the West Coast All-Stars, totaling 22 points with nine rebounds (six offensive boards) ...Pulled down four rebounds against Delta Kosice ...Saw action in 26 games and had one start last year ... Had 14 points and three rebounds at Colorado ... Pulled down a career-best seven rebounds in the win over Long Beach State ... Came off the bench to score six points and grab five rebounds vs. Duke. Career Highs: Points - 14, at Colorado, 12-2-00, Rebounds - 7, vs. Liberty, 11-16-01, Assists - 2, at Washington, 1-4-01, Steals - 2, last at Old Dominion, 12-18-00.

#35 Jamila Veasley - Had a career-high 10 points in the win over Ohio State and added 10 rebounds for her first career double-double ... Starter in UCLA's first three contests ... Recorded six rebounds and scored four points against Delta Kosice ... Scored four points and had five boards against the West Coast All-Stars ... Saw action in all 29 games off the bench ... Scored a career-best nine points and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds in the win over Oregon ... Had eight rebounds in the win over Washington State ... Sister, Aisha, played for UCLA from 1995-98. 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 - 10, vs. Ohio State, 11-24-01, Rebounds - 11, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01, Assists - 1, last vs. Liberty, 11-16-01, Steals - 3, vs. Washington, 3-10-01.

#42 Stacy Robertson - Saw action in 15 games in 2000-01 ... Her season was cut short by a knee surgery after she suffered a torn ACL during practice in late February ... Had a best of six points vs. San Diego ... Suffered a torn ACL in her other knee in the first week of pre-season practices and is likely out for the 2001-02 season.

The Freshman Class - Krystle Johnson is a 6-4 forward/center from Hoover, AL High School ... Her free throws in the final seconds of the State championship game broke a 41-all tie and gave Hoover a 43-41 win ...Johnson finished her career as the second-leading scorer in her school's history ... Scored five points against both Delta Kosice and West Coast All-Stars ... Scored her first collegiate points with three points against Michigan State ... Pulled down two offensive rebounds against Ohio State.

Sissy Pickett is a 6-7 center from Martin High School in Coushatta, LA ... Scored over 1,000 points in each of her four high school seasons ... Averaged 27.7 points, 13.9 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots per game as a senior ... Pulled down eight rebounds and scored six points against the West Coast All-Stars ... Played but did not score against Liberty.

Brianna Winn is a 5-10 guard from The Bishop's School in La Jolla, CA ... She helped lead her team to the Division 4 state championship as a senior ... The first-team All-CIF performer averaged 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as senior ... Scored five points against Delta Kosice ... Scored two points with one rebound against Liberty.

Bruins Face Another Tough Schedule - This year's schedule is once again a challenging one. Non-conference games with teams from last year's NCAA tournament field include - Liberty, Utah, Baylor and Colorado. The Bruins will face NCAA tournament teams from inside the conference in Oregon, Arizona State, Washington and Stanford. Local road matchups with Long Beach and San Diego are also on tap.

Bruins Win Both 2001 Exhibition Games - The Bruins posted an impressive 96-66 win against a group of former collegiate players, the West Coast All Stars, on Nov. 11. Shalada Allen led all players with 22 points off the bench, and Michelle Greco posted a rare triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Other Bruins in double-digit scoring were Gennifer Arranaga with 14 off the bench and starters Malika Leatham (12 points) and Natalie Nakase (10 points). UCLA had opened the 2001-02 exhibition campaign on Nov. 6 with a win against Delta Kosice of Kosice, Slovakia in Pauley Pavilion on by the score of 83-56. Greco and Leatham led UCLA with 23 and 22 points, respectively. Greco added four steals while Leatham grabbed 10 rebounds.

Head Coach Kathy Olivier - Now entering her eighth season as UCLA head coach, Kathy Olivier has steadily built the program to reflect her own positive, upbeat and outgoing personality.

In 2001, Olivier guided a team which 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 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 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 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.

Bruins Sign Top Recruiting Class - Head coach Kathy Olivier has signed five standouts for the 2002-03 season - guard Nikki Blue of Bakersfield, CA (West HS), forward Emma Tautolo of Moreno Valley, CA (Moreno Valley HS), guard-forward Lisa Willis of Long Beach, CA (Narbonne HS), guard Ortal Oren of Rishon-Lezion, Israel (Kiriat-Sharet HS) and forward Julia Pitts (North HS in Torrance, CA).

Blue, a 5-8 guard, is regarded by several publications as the No. 1 combo guard in the country. All-Star Girls Report listed her as the No. 6 player in the nation, and she is a Street & Smith's third-team All-American. Last year, she was named Cal-Hi Sports Junior Player of the Year in the state and broke the all-time Central Section scoring record with 913 points while averaging 34 points and six assists per game.

Tautolo, a 6-2 forward-center, is an all-league athlete in basketball and volleyball. Last season, she averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game. Her father, John, was a defensive lineman on the UCLA football team from 1977-80.

Willis, a 5-9 guard-forward, was a starter on Narbonne HS's California State title teams in 2000 and 2001. She was named a third-team All-State performer by Cal-Hi Sports after averaging 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals last season. An honorable mention USA Today and Street & Smith's All-American, she is ranked as the 38th-best prospect in the nation by All-Star Girls Report.

Oren, a 5-9 guard-forward and a member of the Israeli Junior National Team, averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists last season while leading her team to the Israeli Championship.

Pitts, a 6-2 forward, was a three-sport standout at North Torrance High. She was an all-CIF selection in both basketball and volleyball (middle blocker), as well as a standout in track (400 meters). She averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds last season.

'We are very excited to add a group which brings with it as much talent and promise as any we have ever had here at UCLA,' said Olivier. 'We competed with many of the other top programs across the country and came out on top. Each of these players will be able to make their mark individually and as a unit.'

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