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Erica Tukiainen
Player Profile:
Erica Tukiainen 1266849
Position: Guard
Height: 6'0"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
High School: Windward HS
Experience: 3 Letters

UCLA Outlook:
•Versatile all-around player who has started 52 games the past two seasons
•Hard-working athlete, team leader and excellent student
•Has good outside shooting range

•Team captain who was starter in 30 of the 31 games (not at Arizona)
•Scored a career-high 25 points (11-16 fg) vs. Cal
•Led the team with 27 made three-point shots
•Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection
•Played 20 or more minutes in 23 games
•Named to second-team All-Pac-10 Academic squad
•Ranks as sixth-best three-point % shooter in Bruin history (more than 100 att.)

•Saw action in all 31 games and started 22 games, including 15 of the last 16
•Played double figure minutes in 26 games
•Appeared in 22 games in which she made one turnover or less
•Had three double-digit scoring games, with a high of 12 at Washington St.
•Made first career start at Cal State Northridge and scored 10 points with career-highs in rebounds (nine) and assists (four)
•Named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic
•Earned a spot on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in Winter & Spring of 2008
•Team co-captain

•Saw action off the bench in all 32 •Hit 11 of 27 shots from three-point range (.407) and made multiple three-point shots in three contests
•Had two double-digit scoring games with 12 points vs. Cal and 11 points vs. USC
•Scored at least seven points in seven games
•Pulled down at least two rebounds in 11 games, with a season-high of five against Stanford
•Played at least 10 minutes in 17 games, with a high of 21 vs. Arizona
•Her 12 points, including six in a 30-second span, and defense (two big steals) keyed the comeback win at home over Cal
•Earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll all three quarters

High School:
•Led her Windward HS teams to a combined 93-18 record, four league titles, a State Championship appearance and a CIF 4A title in 2006
•Averaged 17.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.5 steals, 4.0 assists and 2.5 blocks per game as a senior and was named league MVP, CIF Player of the Year, first-team All-State and honorable mention All-American by McDonald's and Nike
•Scored a career-high 32 points against Carondolet HS and had 28 points and 13 rebounds against Marlborough HS in the 2006 season
•Averaged 17.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals as a junior while leading her team to the CIF 4A Finals
•League MVP, first-team All-CIF, honorable mention All-State and McDonald's All-American in 2005
•Averaged 19 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 3.0 blocks as a sophomore and earned first-team all-league and All-CIF acclaim
•As a freshman, averaged 18.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game while earning first-team all-league and second-team All-CIF honors
•Also earned high school letters in volleyball, track and field and cross country
•Played for the Nike Swish Club team (black) and was named all-tournament at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona at the Oregon Trail AAU Tournament in 2005
•Member of Finland's National Team for 15-18 year-olds from 2000-02 and competed in the World Youth Championships and the European Championship Tournament for 18-and-unders

•Full name: Erica Simone Tukiainen
•Born on January 7, 1987 in Helsinki, Finland
•Family: Mother Leena Tukiainen, stepfather Basil Hewitt and brother Daniel
•Lists her biggest athletic thrill as having a very successful senior season in high school
•Admires NHL hockey player Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks
•Hobbies include reading, listening to music and hanging out with family
•Can speak the Finnish language
•Physiological Science major whose career objective is to become a doctor

Career Highs:
Points - 25 v. Cal (3/1/09); Rebounds - 9 at CS Northridge (11/14/07); Assists - 4, last at Texas Tech (12/29/08); Steals - 4 at USC (2/8/09); Blocks - 2, last at Washington State (1/22/09); FG Made - 11 v. Cal (3/1/09); 3-pt. FG Made - 4 at Texas Tech (12/29/08); FT Made - 6 at Oregon St. (3/7/09); Minutes - 34 v. Cal (3/1/09)

UCLA Career Statistics


3-point Shooting: 2007 - 11-27 (.407), 2008 - 16-55 (.291); 2009 - 27-69 (.391); Totals - 54-151 (.358)
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