UCLA Women's Basketball Team Travels to Bay Area
Dec. 26, 2001
UCLA Takes to Road at Stanford and Cal - The Bruins will meet sixth-ranked Stanford (10-1,2-0) on Friday, Dec. 28 and play at Cal (4-5, 0-2) on Sunday, December 30.
Stanford opened the Pac-10 season in Arizona last week and recorded a pair of wins. The Cardinal is the top-scoring team in the Pac-10. Guard Lindsey Yamasaki (18.5 ppg) and forward Nicole Powell (16.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg) pace the Stanford attack. Stanford leads the all-time series with the Bruins, 24-19, and captured both meetings last season, 60-52 in Pauley and 83-69 at Palo Alto.
UCLA leads the all-time series with Cal by a 28-8 count. However, the Golden Bears won both contests last season, winning 58-57 in Pauley and 83-59 at Berkeley. Cal gives up the fewest points in the conference heading into the start of league play. Senior post Ami Forney leads the Bears in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.2 rpg).
Radio/TV - The games will be broadcast live on KACD 850 am (Thousand Oaks) and KEWS 1340 am (Riverside), as well as on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Lou Riggs and Bridget Toomey will call the action.
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 will travel to the Washington schools the first week of January to face Washington (Jan. 4) and Washington State (Jan. 6).
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 Dec. 5. 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.
UCLA In The Pac-10 Rankings - For the second consecutive year, the Bruins lead the Pac-10 Conference in steals, averaging 10.7 steals a game. UCLA also leads in turnover margin, with a +5.20 margin, and ranks fifth in blocked shots with a 3.50 average. Individually, Natalie Nakase ranks third in assists (5.1) and assist/turnover ratio (1.89). Malika Leatham ranks eighth in defensive rebounds (4.3) and ninth in overall rebounds (6.5). Gennifer Arranaga checks in at 10th on the steals chart with a 1.7 average.
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 most 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 sixth-ranked Stanford.
Greco Named to Pre-Season All-Pac-10 Team by Media - Michelle Greco was one of three returning all-conference players who were selected by the media to the Pre-Season All-Conference team. Greco was joined by Stanford's Nicole Powell and Oregon State's Felicia Ragland. USC forward Ebony Hoffman and the 2000 Player of the Year Shaquala Williams of Oregon were also named to the team.
Bruins Picked To Finish Eighth In Pac-10 - The Pac-10 women's basketball media picked UCLA to finish tied for eighth in the conference in a pre-season poll. Stanford was the near unanimous choice to finish first, followed by Arizona State, Washington, USC, Oregon, Arizona, Oregon State, UCLA, Cal and Washington State.
The Bruins were also picked eighth (tied) in a pre-season vote of the Pac-10 coaches. Stanford was the near unanimous choice to finish first, followed by Washington, USC, Arizona State, Arizona (T-5th), Oregon (T-5th), Oregon State, California (T-8th) and Washington State.
Oregon to Host First Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament - The 2001-02 season will conclude with the first-ever Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament to be hosted by Oregon on March 1-4. All conference schools will participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA tournament. The team that finishes the regular season atop the Pac-10 standings, based on the results of the double round robin play, is the conference champion.
2001-02 Game Recaps
Oregon State Holds Off Bruins - Oregon State, which led by as many as 15 points in the first half of play, held off a Bruin rally for a 79-65 win. After trailing by 40-29 at the half, the Bruins managed to take their first lead of the game at 52-51 with 8:51 on the clock. After the score was tied at 56 with 6:38 to play, the Beavers ran off eight unanswered points to take back control of the game. Kristee Porter led UCLA with 20 points.
Bruin Rally Comes Up Short Against Oregon - UCLA staged a furious second-half rally that fell just short against Oregon in the Pac-10 opener, as the Ducks held off the Bruins, 76-67. UCLA forced 22 second-half turnovers to slice a 25-point Ducks lead to just two in the game's final minutes, but Oregon made its last five free throws and hit a couple of key baskets to seal the win. Kristee Porter led the Bruins with a season-high 18 points. Jalina Bradley, Whitney Jones and Gennifer Arranaga added 10 points apiece.
Player Bio Updates
#1 Natalie Nakase - Matched her career-high with 11 points and handed out six assists vs. Oregon State ... Had nine points and six assists vs. Oregon ... Recorded seven points, eight assists and five rebounds at Baylor ... It was her third game this season with eight assists ... Had four points and seven rebounds versus Colorado ... Had seven points and six rebounds at San Diego ... Hit a three-pointer to give UCLA the lead for good in the come-from-behind win over BYU ...Handed out eight assists and hit two big free throws with nine seconds to play to help secure the win vs. Ohio State ... Had five assists against Michigan State ...Recorded eight assists with four points and three rebounds vs. Liberty ... 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. Oregon State, 12-22-01, Rebounds - 8, at ASU, 2-17-01, Assists - 9, at Stanford, 3-3-01, Steals - 8, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01.
#2 Brianna Winn - 5-10 guard from The Bishop's School in La Jolla, CA ... Has appeared in eight games ... Recorded a collegiate-best seven points in 15 minutes of play at Baylor ... 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 ... Helped lead her high school team to the Division 4 state championship as a senior ... First-team All-CIF performer who averaged 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as senior. Career Highs: Points - 7, at Baylor, 12-16-01, Rebounds - 2, last at Baylor, 12-16-01, Assists - 2, vs. BYU, 11-27-01, Steals - 1 at Baylor, 12-16-01.
#4 Kristee Porter - Had a season-best 20 points to go along with seven rebounds and three blocks vs. Oregon State ... Had 18 points in the game vs. Oregon ... Recorded eight points, six rebounds and four blocks at Baylor ... Saw her first action of the season versus Colorado (Dec. 8) and had three points, two blocked shots and three rebounds in 20 minutes ... Also a standout on the Bruin volleyball and track and field teams ... Volleyball completed play this season on Dec. 7 with a loss to Long Beach State in the NCAA Regional final ... Saw her first basketball action last season in the Dec. 18 game at Old Dominion ... Starter in 19 games and saw action in 22 games a year ago ... 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 Old Dominion, 12-18-00 , Steals - 4, last vs. Wash. State, 3-8-01.
#5 Melissa Maurin - Has yet to see action this season ... 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 - Joined the team in practice on Monday, Dec. 3 and saw action in the San Diego game on Dec. 5 ... Had four rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes of play against the Toreros ... Had two points and a rebound vs. Colorado ... Led the team with 14 points on 6-9 shooting at Baylor and also had five rebounds and four steals ... Had 10 points and tied her career-best with five steals in 40 minutes of action vs. Oregon ... Starting midfielder on the Bruin soccer team and a second-team All-Pac-10 selection this past year ... Soccer team lost in the quarterfinals on Dec. 2 ... Starter in the final 17 basketball 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. Oregon, 12-20-01.
#13 Gennifer Arranaga - Had six points and a career-high five assists off the bench against Oregon State ... Had 10 points off the bench vs. Oregon ... Started against Colorado but saw limited action due to a sprained ankle sustained in the San Diego game ... Matched her career high with 13 points at San Diego in her first career starting role ...Tied her career best with five rebounds at Utah and also scored eight points and made three steals ...Scored eight points with five rebounds at Utah ... Scored six points with three steals against Michigan State ...Pulled down a career-high tying five rebounds and scored four points ...Appeared in 28 games off the bench last year ... Scored a then 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, last at San Diego, 12-5-01, Rebounds - 5, last at Utah, 12-1-01, Assists - 5, vs. Oregon State, 12-22-01, Steals - 6, vs. Georgia, 12-30-00.
#14 Natalie Jarrett - Had a season-high seven points and a career-best two blocks versus Colorado ... Scored three points in just four minutes at Utah ...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 New Mexico, 11-11-00, Blocks - 2 vs. Colorado, 12-8-01, Steals - 2, last vs. Pepperdine, 12-28-00.
#20 Michelle Greco - Led the Bruins in scoring in the first five games of the season ...Will sit out the remainder of the current season for medical reasons ... UCLA will submit a medical hardship petition to the Conference office with the hope that Greco will be granted another year of collegiate eligibility ... 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 in the exhibition contest ...Starter in 27 games last season 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. Wash. State, 1-9-00, Steals - 7, last at Stanford, 2-3-00.
#21 Jalina Bradley - Had seven points and three assists vs. Oregon State ... Had 10 points vs. Oregon for a fourth consecutive double-figure scoring game ... Scored 12 points with a career-high four steals at Baylor ... Had 11 points and a career-best eight rebounds in the game vs. Colorado ... Scored a career-high 13 points at San Diego ... Had six points and hit a big basket with 37 seconds left in the win over Ohio State ... Recorded a then 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 ...Starter in 12 games last year ... Led the Bruins with 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 - 13, at San Diego, 12-5-01, Rebounds - 8, vs. Colorado, 12-8-01, Assists - 5, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Steals - 4, at Baylor, 12-16-01.
#32 Malika Leatham - Pulled down a team-high nine rebounds at Baylor to go along with six points ... Had six points and six rebounds against both Colorado and San Diego ... 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 ...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 - Made her first start of the season vs. Oregon State and had 11 points, five rebounds and a career-best three steals ... Tied for the team lead with five rebounds vs. Oregon ... Had a team-high tying 11 points vs. Colorado ... Had four points and four rebounds off the bench at San Diego ... 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) ...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 - 3, vs. Oregon State, 12-22-01.
#35 Jamila Veasley - Pulled down a team-best eight rebounds at San Diego ... Had a career-high 10 points in the win over Ohio State and added 10 rebounds for her first career double-double ... 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 at San Diego, 12-5-01, Steals - 3, vs. Washington, 3-10-01.
#42 Stacy Robertson - Suffered a torn ACL in her left knee in the first week of pre-season practices and is likely out for the 2001-02 season after undergoing surgery on Nov. 21 ... Saw action in 15 games in 2000-01 ... Her season was cut short by surgery on her right knee after she suffered a torn ACL during practice in late February ... Had a best of six points vs. San Diego.
#54 Sissy Pickett - 6-7 center from Martin High School in Coushatta, LA ... Has appeared in two games ... Pulled down eight rebounds and scored six points against the West Coast All-Stars ... 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. Career Highs: Rebounds - 1, at Utah, 12-1-01.
#55 Krystle Johnson - 6-4 forward/center from Hoover, AL High School ... Has seen action in nine games ... Scored her first collegiate points with three points against Michigan State ... Pulled down two offensive rebounds against Ohio State ...Her free throws in the final seconds of the high school 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. Career Highs: Points - 3, at Michigan State, 11-17-01, Rebounds - 2 vs. Ohio State, 11-24-01, Blocks - 1, vs. Liberty, 11-16-01.