Women's Basketball Team Begins Practice Saturday

Oct. 11, 2002

The UCLA women's basketball team begins practice for the new season on Saturday morning, October 12, in Pauley Pavilion. Coach Kathy Olivier welcomes back 10 letter-winners from last season's team and adds five talented newcomers for the 2002-03 season which begins with a game at Hawaii on November 23.

Senior Michelle Greco, who sat out last season after leading the Pac-10 in scoring in 2000, returns, along with four starters from a year ago. Seniors Natalie Nakase (5.1 assists per game) and Jalina Bradley return after starting last season at the guard positions. Juniors Whitney Jones (9.5 points, 5.2 rebounds per game) and Jamila Veasley are also back after starting at the forward slots.

Freshman guard Nikki Blue (No. 3 in state high school career scoring, McDonald's All-American), Lisa Willis (member of Narbonne HS state title teams in 2000 and 2001) and Ortal Oren (member of Israeli Junior National team) will bring their talents to the Bruin perimeter. Freshman frontcourt performers Julia Pitts (Cal-Hi Sports' State Female Athlete of the Year) and Emma Tautolo (daughter of former Bruin footballer, John Tautolo, 1977-80) round out the list of newcomers.

The first chance to see the Bruins in person will be in a pair of exhibition games in Pauley Pavilion. On Saturday, Nov. 9, UCLA will host Love and Basketball (2 p.m. in Pauley), and on Sunday, Nov. 17, the West Coast All-Stars will provide the opposition (2 p.m. in Pauley). The regular season home opener will be played on Tuesday night, December 3 against St. Mary's at 7 p.m.

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Sunday, Nov 01
vs. Vanguard
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13
vs. St. John's
Los Angeles, CA
W, 73 - 58
Friday, Nov 20
vs. James Madison
Los Angeles, CA
W, 90 - 61
Sunday, Nov 22
vs. South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 65 - 68
Friday, Nov 27
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
W, 68 - 57
Saturday, Nov 28
vs. Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
L, 84 - 92 (OT)
Saturday, Dec 05 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 13 - 11:00 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Wednesday, Dec 16 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 18 - 7:05 PM PST
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
Monday, Dec 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Monday, Dec 28 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
Wednesday, Dec 30 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 02 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Jan 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 10 - 6:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 15 - 6:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 17 - 12:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Jan 22 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 24 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 29 - 6:00 PM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Sunday, Jan 31 - 1:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, Feb 05 - 5:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Feb 07 - 12:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Friday, Feb 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Feb 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Feb 26 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA