Women's Basketball Travels To San Diego, Hosts Colorado

Dec. 3, 2001

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Bruins At San Diego Wednesday - The Bruins (3-2) will travel south on the 405 Freeway to visit San Diego (2-3) on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The game will take place at the Jenny Craig Pavilion at 4:00 pm.

San Diego, which went 10-15 a year ago, is led in 2001-02 by junior guard Kerri Nakamoto, who averages 15.8 points per game. Marta Menuez is close behind with a 12.4 average. Melissa Padgett leads the team in rebounding with an average of 6.8. The Toreros have picked up victories over Fordham (73-63) and Pacific (64-63) this year.

Last season, San Diego defeated the Bruins 86-67 in Pauley behind the strength of Amber Jansen's double-double (23 points, 12 rebounds). Michelle Greco led the Bruins with 18 points, while Gennifer Arranaga and Malika Leatham had then-career highs with 13 and 12 points, respectively. The Bruins lead the all-time series with San Diego, 7-1.

UCLA Hosts Colorado In Fox Sports Net Game Saturday - The Bruins will host 14th-ranked (Coaches poll) Colorado (6-2) on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Pauley Pavilion at 1:00 pm. Fox Sports Net will televise the game live.

Colorado enters the week averaging 79.4 points per game. Tara Bjorklund leads the team in scoring with a 15.3 per game average. Mandy Nightingale (13.1) and Jenny Roulier (11.8) are also in double-digits. Bjorklund leads the team in rebounding as well, with an average of seven boards a game. Colorado's only losses have come to ranked teams - an 81-69 defeat at 15th-ranked Colorado State, and a 72-51 loss at third-ranked Vanderbilt. Last season, the Buffaloes finished with a 22-9 record and advanced to the NCAA second round.

Last season, the Bruins were handed an 88-63 loss at Colorado despite four Bruin players scoring in double digits. Michelle Greco led the team with 15 points, and Shalada Allen added a career-best 14. UCLA leads the all-time series with the Buffaloes, 2-1, and won the only previous matchup at Pauley Pavilion in 1983.

Radio/TV - Both games will be broadcast live on the radio on KACD 850am (Thousand Oaks) (new call letters) and KEWS 1350am (Riverside), as well as on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Saturday's game against Colorado will be televised live by Fox Sports Net.

Charting Greco - Michelle Greco continues to climb UCLA's scoring charts. She moved into 15th place on the all-time school scoring list with her 22 points against BYU and now has 1,158 career points, nine away from 14th-place Jackie Joyner. Greco also moved into fourth place on the UCLA charts for three-point shots made with 76 and three-point shots attempted with 236. Greco is also nearing the Top 10 in career steals, she currently has 207. She set a school record with eight made three-point shots in the game vs. Michigan State. She has recorded 20 or more points in seven of her last eight games and has scored in double figures in the last 29 games in a row.

Utah Downs UCLA In Salt Lake City - Utah ran out to a 16-1 lead and never looked back in a 89-42 Bruin loss. The Utes shot 52 percent from the field, including 64 percent from beyond the arc. Michelle Greco led the Bruins with 13 points, and Malika Leatham and Shalada Allen each had seven rebounds.

Bruins Use Second Half Surge to Best BYU- UCLA rallied from a deficit of 31-26 at the half to hand BYU a 73-62 defeat. Michelle Greco led all scorers with 22 points, 15 in the second half. The Bruins shot 60% as a team the second half and took its first lead of the stanza at the 4:08 mark on a three-point shot by Natalie Nakase. UCLA hit seven of eight free throws in the final 45 seconds of the game to secure the win. Shalada Allen came off the bench to equal her career highs in both points (14) and rebounds (7).

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. Porter is currently playing with the volleyball team in the NCAA Regionals, while Jones' soccer season ended this past weekend in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Player Bio Updates

#1 Natalie Nakase - Hit a three-pointer to give UCLA the lead for good in the come-from-behind win over BYU ...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 - Also a standout on the Bruin volleyball and track and field teams ... Volleyball team plays in the NCAA Regionals this weekend ... 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 just ended its season this past Sunday, Dec. 2) ... 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 - Tied her career high with five rebounds at Utah and also scored eight points and made three steals ...Scored eight points with five rebounds and 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 at Utah, 12-1-01, Assists - 2, last at Cal, 3-1-01, Steals - 6, vs. Georgia, 12-30-00.

#14 Natalie Jarrett - Scored three points in just four minutes at Utah ...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 - Has led the Bruins in scoring in every game this season ...Had a game-high 22 points in the win over BYU, 15 in the second half ... Also blocked a career-high two shots ...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 ... 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 - Led UCLA in rebounding at Utah with seven boards ...Scored 15 points and grabbed a team-best nine boards in the win over BYU ... 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 - Tied her career-high with a team-leading (tied) seven rebounds at Utah ...Also had seven rebounds and matched her career-high in scoring with 14 points off the bench in the win over BYU ... 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, last vs. BYU, 11-27-01, Rebounds - 7, last vs. Utah, 12-1-01, 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 after undergoing surgery on Nov. 21.

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 six points in 16 minutes of play at Utah ...Recorded four points and two rebounds in the win over BYU ...Scored two points with one rebound against Liberty ... Scored five points against Delta Kosice.

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