Pac-10 Play Begins For Women's Basketball Team In Pauley

Dec. 19, 2001

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UCLA Hosts Oregon Schools In Pac-10 Opener - The Bruins will begin Pac-10 play on Thursday, Dec. 20 against Oregon (5-4) in Pauley Pavilion at 7:00 p.m.

The Ducks are in their first season under new head coach Bev Smith. Shaquala Williams, the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year returns after a year off due to a knee injury. Williams leads the team in scoring with a 15.6 per-game average. Cal State Northridge transfer Edniesha Curry averages 11.7 points per game.

Oregon leads the all-time series with the Bruins, 17-16, but UCLA won the last matchup, 70-68 in Pauley Pavilion last February.

Head coach Judy Spoelstra's Oregon State Beavers (4-5) come to Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 22. Tip-off time for that game is 12 noon, a change from previous schedules.

Felicia Ragland leads the Beavers with 22.0 points per game and also averages 6.3 rebounds.

UCLA leads the series with the Beavers, 24-13, but Oregon State has won the last three meetings.

Radio/TV - Both games will be broadcast live on KBET 850 am (Thousand Oaks) and KEWS 1340 am (Riverside), as well as on the internet at Lou Riggs and Michael Sondheimer will call the action along with Stacey Nuveman (Thursday) and Angie Kammer (Saturday).

Greco To Sit Out Rest of Season - It was announced on Wednesday, December 12 that Bruin leading scorer Michelle Greco will not participate for the remainder of the current season for medical reasons. Due to a history of mild concussions during her sophomore and junior year, the UCLA Medical Staff believes that Greco should take a year off from competition. At the conclusion of the 2001-02 season, UCLA will submit a medical hardship petition to the Pacific-10 Conference with the hope that Greco will be granted another year of collegiate eligibility.

Looking Ahead - The Bruins travel to the Bay Area on Dec. 28 to face Stanford and Dec. 30 to face Cal.

Multi-Sport Stars Join Team - Soccer standout Whitney Jones, the third-leading scorer on the Bruin team last season with 7.2 points, participated in her first basketball game at San Diego last Wednesday. She had four rebounds in 25 minutes of play. Three-sport star Kristee Porter, the second-leading scorer on the Bruin team last season (13.0 points), saw action in her first game on Dec. 8 against Colorado after playing in the NCAA Regional volleyball final on Saturday night, Dec. 7. She totaled three points and three rebounds versus the Buffaloes.

Porter was a star player on the volleyball team, earning all-district and all-conference honors her first two seasons and All-America honors in 2000. She set numerous UCLA and Pac-10 records for coach Andy Banachowski, including the career kills record (2,225, 14th-best in NCAA history). 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 and second-team All-Pac-10 selection for the highly-ranked UCLA women's soccer team, which finished its season on Dec. 2 after losing in the NCAA quarterfinals.

Bruins Face Another Tough Schedule - This year's schedule is once again a challenging one. In fact, UCLA's strength of schedule rating is No. 7 in the recent WBCA/Summerville RPI. The Bruins have already faced Top 15 opponents Colorado and Baylor, as well as 2001 NCAA Tournament participants Liberty and Utah, and 2001 WNIT champion Ohio State. The Bruins will face NCAA tournament teams from inside the conference in Oregon, Arizona State, Washington and Stanford.

Ninth-Ranked Baylor Downs Bruins - The Bruins lost their second consecutive game to a Top 15 opponent, falling to ninth-ranked Baylor, 92-59. UCLA kept it close in the first half until a 7-0 Baylor run to close the half gave the Bears a 15-point lead. Whitney Jones led the Bruins with 14 points on 6-9 shooting. Jalina Bradley added 12 points, and Natalie Nakase had eight assists.

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