March 4, 2003
UCLA Meets Oregon at 7:15 p.m. in San Jose - The Bruins enter the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 4 seed. UCLA (17-10, 12-6 in the Pac-10), winners of five of its last six games, will face fifth-seeded Oregon (12-15, 8-10) in a quarterfinal game at HP Pavilion in San Jose on Saturday, March 8 at 7:15. The winner of that game will face the winner of the quarterfinal game against Stanford/winner of Arizona State vs. Cal in the semifinals on Sunday, March 9 at 3:00 p.m.
The Bruins bested Oregon 56-54 on Saturday, March 1 in Pauley Pavilion on a last second shot by Michelle Greco. Greco led UCLA in scoring with 18 points as the Bruins posted their first season sweep over Oregon since the 1997-98 season.
Radio/TV Broadcast Info - Saturday's game and all of UCLA's games in the Pac-10 Tournament will be aired on the internet and on KTDD (1350 am) and KBET (850 am). Tony Luftman and Mike Sondheimer will call the action. Beginning on Sunday, Fox Sports Net will televise all of the Pac-10 Tournament games.
Bruins Finish Fourth In Pac-10 - After being picked by the coaches to finish eighth in the Pac-10, the Bruins surprised the critics and finished in fourth place with a 12-6 conference record. The 12 conference wins this season is a total surpassed by only two other Bruin teams in the history of the program (1998-99 - 15, 1997-98 - 14).
Greco In Running For Several Awards - Senior guard Michelle Greco is one of 13 players selected to the State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List as a National Player of the Year Candidate. She is also a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the nation's best point guard. Greco has led the Pac-10 Conference in scoring most of the season and is currently averaging a conference-best 19.2 points and 2.78 steals per game. The All-America candidate was earlier named to the CLASS Award Watch List.
Charting Greco - Michelle Greco continues to make her way into the UCLA and Pac-10 record books. Her two steals against Oregon on Mar. 1 moved her into third place in the Pac-10 record books with 282 career steals. She needs just four more to tie California's Courtney Johnson for second place all-time. Greco, with 1,678 career points, is also just eight points away from passing Hall of Fame legend Ann Meyers (1,685 career points) for sixth place on UCLA's all-time scoring list. Earlier this season, Greco set a new UCLA record with 32-straight free throws. Her eight steals in the home game against Stanford on Jan. 24 tied her for the eight-best performance in school history. The Bruin senior is on track to finish among the all-time UCLA leaders in 11 stat categories - career points, scoring average, field goal attempts, free throws made, free throw attempts, free throw percentage, steals, 20-point scoring games, three-point shot attempts, three-point shots made and three-point field goal percentage.
Freshman Records Also Being Threatened - Nikki Blue and Lisa Willis are also blazing a path on the UCLA freshman record books. On Feb. 1, Blue set the Bruin freshman scoring record with 35 points at Washington, besting the previous mark of 33 by Maylana Martin, also against Washington, in 1997. With her 17 points in the home win over Oregon State, Blue moved past Ann Meyers and into fifth on the all-time Bruin freshman scoring charts. Blue now has 439 points, 14 away from fourth-place Annette Keur. Blue could move into the Top 5 in both assists and steals. She has 93 assists, four away from fifth-place Dietra Hanible, and 63 steals, five away from fifth-place Erica Gomez. Lisa Willis' 41 made three-pointers rank second on the all-time freshman list (No. 1 is Michelle Palmisano with 48 in 1993) and sixth on the all-time single-season school list (5th is Rehema Stephens with 47).
What A Difference A Year Makes - UCLA has shown remarkable improvement from a year ago, recording 17 victories, two more than in the last two years combined. The Bruins' 17-10 record is their best since the 1999-2000 season, when the team went 18-11 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In the stats department, UCLA has also shown improvement. The biggest improvement can be seen in scoring. This year's team is averaging 73.4 points per game (34th-best in the nation), while last year's team scored just 59.0 points per game. Also improved are field goal shooting (42% in 2003, 34% in 2002), free throw shooting (71% in 203, 64% in 2002), assists (14.4/11.3) and steals (12.9/9.9).
Bruin Team Notes - Bruin freshmen are accounting for 41% of the team's scoring ... The Bruin team free throw percentage of .710 ranks second on the all-time school list (#1 is .713 in 1978-79) ... UCLA has set a school mark with 133 made three-point shots this season ...The Bruins entered the week leading the conference in steals (12.89/g) ...The season total of 348 steals ranks 10th all-time (8th/9th - 350; 7th-360) at the school ... UCLA was one of only two teams in the Pac-10 to post a winning road record in conference play (5-4) ... Only seven opponents have shot over 45.1% against the Bruins (at Hawaii, Baylor, at Arizona, at Washington, Stanford, at Stanford and at USC - all losses) ... The Bruins have held opponents under .450 shooting in all 17 wins ... The Cardinal, at Stanford, became just the fifth opponent (all losses - Baylor, Arizona, Stanford, at Washington) this season to produce more assists than turnovers versus the Bruin defense ... The Bruins shot a season-best 55.4% in the wins over both Cal State Northridge and at Oregon ... The 6-0 conference start was the best Bruin start in the conference since it won its first six to begin 1999-2000.
The Series Against Oregon - Oregon leads the series with UCLA by a 19-18 margin, but UCLA won both regular season matches this year. The Bruins posted a 93-68 victory in Eugene for their first win at Oregon since the 1997-98 season. Nikki Blue (26 points) and Whitney Jones (24 points) led the way, and the Bruin team shot a season-best tying 55.4% from the field. On March 1, the Bruins came from behind to defeat the Ducks, 56-54, on Michelle Greco's jump shot in the lane with 6.1 seconds to play.
Duck Tales - Forward Cathrine Kraayeveld returned to the Oregon starting lineup (last start was Dec. 22 due to injury) two weeks ago. She led the Ducks in the win last Thursday at USC with 19 points and totaled nine points and eight rebounds in the loss at UCLA. Freshman Carolyn Ganes is the Ducks' leading scorer at 11.2 points per game. Andrea Bills is the team's leading rebounder with a 6.8 average (6th in Pac-10).
Bruins Use Greco's Shot to Defeat Oregon - Senior Michelle Greco scored on a jump shot in the lane with 6.1 seconds remaining to lift the Bruins to a 56-54 win over Oregon. Greco, who was playing her last game in Pauley Pavilion, led the Bruins with 18 points and scored the last seven UCLA points in the contest. Oregon, which led by as many as 13 in the second half, missed a couple of shots just prior to the buzzer. The win gave UCLA its first season sweep over Oregon since the 1997-98 season.
Bruins Best Beavers - The Bruins completed a sweep of the season series with Oregon State for the first time since the 1999 season with a 82-71 win in Pauley. Nikki Blue led six Bruins in double digits. UCLA snapped a 10-all tie with a 10-0 run and jumped out to a 20-10 lead on its way to a 42-32 halftime lead. OSU cut the lead to four midway through the second half, but the Bruins pulled away down the stretch.
Pitts Out For Season - Freshman forward Julia Pitts will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL in her left knee. Pitts suffered the injury in the first half of UCLA's game against Baylor on Dec. 19.
Head Coach Kathy Olivier - Now in her 10th season, Kathy Olivier, who currently owns a 147-138 overall record, has steadily built the program to reflect her own positive, upbeat and outgoing personality.
In 2002, she directed a team which lost its top two scorers during the season to the second round of the Pac-10 tournament and a win over Sweet Sixteen team BYU. In 2001, Olivier guided a team which was playing without eight of its top nine scorers from the previous season to a winning home record in Pac-10 play and wins over three nationally-ranked teams. In 2000, she saw her team reach the NCAA tournament for a school record third straight season. The squad also set a Bruin home attendance record by averaging over 3,700 fans. Maylana Martin was just the third player to ever earn All-Pac-10 honors in four straight seasons. Olivier became just the second coach at UCLA and the 11th ever in the Pac-10 to earn victory number 100, which came against San Diego State.
In 1999, she led her Bruin team to the school's first ever Pac-10 conference title. The team totaled the most wins (26) since the 1981 season and advanced further in the NCAA tournament (Regional final) than any previous UCLA team. The team put together back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1970's. In addition, the 1999 Bruin team finished with its highest ranking ever (No. 7) in the USA Today poll.
In 1998, she guided UCLA to what was then its best finish ever (tie for second) in the Pac-10, its best winning percentage in the last 17 seasons and the first 20-win season since 1992.
PLAYER BIO UPDATES -
#00 Ortal Oren - Played in nine games ... Had nine points and three steals in 17 minutes of play at home against Washington State ... Had five points in the win versus Washington ... Had nine points and three steals vs. Northridge ... Played for the first time this season against St. Mary's. Career Highs: Pts - 9, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03; Rebs - 2, last at Wash. St., 1-30-03; Asts - 2, vs. St. Mary's, 12-3-02; Stls - 3, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.
#1 Natalie Nakase - Starter in 85 straight games ... Moved into eighth place on UCLA's all-time career assists list in the home win over Oregon State with two assists ... Has 24 assists and just 10 turnovers in the last nine games ... Has hit 21 of her last 23 free throws (nine in a row) ... Had seven points in the win at home over Oregon ... Had eight points in loss at Stanford ... Scored a season-best nine points, all in the first half, to go along with five assists in the win at Cal ...Had seven points in the home win over Arizona State ... Had a season-best eight assists at Washington State ... Had seven points at Arizona ... Had seven points in the win over USC ... Credited with six assists in the home win over WSU and moved into 10th place on the school's all-time list for assists ... Had six assists in the Oregon win ... Had eight points and six assists vs. Baylor ... Scored eight points vs. St. Mary's ... Hit four-straight free throws in the final 30 seconds to clinch the win over Northwestern State. Career Highs: Pts - 24, at Wash. St, 1-6-02; Rebs - 8, last at Wash. St, 1-6-02; Asts - 11, vs. Arizona, 1-19-02; Steals - 8, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01.
#5 Melissa Maurin - Grabbed a rebound in the home win over WSU ... Saw action but did not score in the wins at Oregon and Cal ... Scored her first point of the year versus Cal State Northridge ...Had three rebounds in six minutes of action against Sac State. Career Highs: Pts - 6, vs. Wash. St, 3-8-01; Rebs - 3, v. Sac St., 11-24-02; Asts - 1, vs. Ore. St.; Stls - 2, at OSU, 1-24-02.
#10 Whitney Jones - Starting midfielder on the soccer team who joined the hoops team on Nov. 25 ... Averaging 5.2 rpg in Pac-10 games ... Has converted 22 of her last 25 free throws ... Has 19 assists, 21 steals and only seven turnovers in the last 10 games ... Has played the full 40 minutes in four games this season, including the win last week at home over Oregon ... Had 11 points in the home win over Oregon State ... Tied her career-high with five steals and scored eight points in the win at Cal ...Had a team-high seven boards and four steals in the ASU home win ... Grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the win over Arizona and tied her career best with four assists ... Had nine points and a team-best 10 rebounds to match her career-high in the game against Stanford ... Recorded 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds at Arizona ... Scored nine points with five boards in 40 minutes at ASU ... Had eight points, five rebounds and three steals in the win vs. USC ... Had 11 points in the home WSU game ... Had 10 points and tied her career best with four assists in the Washington win ... Tied her career highs with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Oregon for her fourth career double-double ... Made her first start in the Northridge win ...Shared the team lead in rebounds with eight at Pepperdine ... Scored 10 points off the bench at UNLV ... Saw her first action of this season against Northwestern State. Career Highs: Pts - 24, last at Ore., 12-27-02; Rebs - 10, last vs. Stan., 1-24-03; Asts - 4, last vs. Ariz., 2-14-03; Stls - 5, last at Cal, 2-20-03.
#11 Julia Pitts - Starter in the first eight games of the season ... Suffered two torn ligaments in her left knee in the first half against Baylor and will miss the remainder of the season ... Had surgery on Dec. 30 ... At the time of her injury, she led the Pac-10 with a .674 shooting percentage. Career Highs: Points - 20, at Georgia, 12-6-02; Rebounds - 11, vs. Northwestern State, 12-1-02; Assists - 4, at Georgia, 12-6-02; Steals - 2, at Georgia, 12-6-02.
#13 Gennifer Arranaga - Has come off the bench in all 27 games ... Keyed the upset win over Arizona with nine points and the winning free throw in a Pac-10 best 20 minutes of action ... Had 12 points at Washington State ... Totaled seven points vs. Stanford ... Had four points, three assists and four rebounds at Arizona ... Sparked the Bruins in the win vs. USC with nine points and five rebounds ... Had six points, four assists and four boards in the home win over WSU ... Totaled 10 points, three assists and six rebounds at Georgia ... Named to the all-tournament team at the UNLV Lady Rebel Shootout after scoring 13 points against Northwestern State and 12 against UNLV ... Had nine points and five boards vs. St. Mary's ... Had eight points and four assists against Sac State. Career Highs: Pts - 21, vs. Stanford, 2-24-02; Rebs - 8, vs. Stanford, 2-24-02; Assists - 6, vs. Oregon St., 12-22-01; Steals - 6, vs. Georgia, 12-30-00.
#14 Natalie Jarrett - Played in 17 games ... Scored a career-high 11 points in just six minutes of play in the home win over Oregon State ... Had two boards, an assist and a block in just four minutes of play at Cal ...Had four points in the win at Washington State ... Had four points in the home win over WSU ... Scored six points against CS Northridge and added a career-high tying two steals ... Had three rebounds in the win over Northwestern State ... Had three points and four rebounds against Sac St. Career Highs: Pts - 11, vs. Oregon State, 2-27-03; Rebs - 7, last at New Mexico, 11-11-00; Bks - 2, last at ASU, 2-16-02; Steals - 2, last vs. CSUN, 12-21-02.
#20 Michelle Greco - Entered the week ranked first in the Pac-10 in scoring average (19.2) and steals (2.78) and third in free throw percentage (.807) ... Has 75 career double figure scoring games (Natalie Williams is 6th on UCLA's all-time list with 82) and 35 career 20+ scoring games (sixth on UCLA's all-time list; Ann Meyers is fifth with 36) ... Third all-time in the Pac-10 in steals ... Greco is one of 13 players selected to the State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List as a National Player of the Year Candidate ... Also a finalist for the Lieberman Award as the nation's top point guard ... Her 12 20-point plus games this season lead the Pac-10 ... Her jump shot in the lane with 6.1 seconds remaining was the winning shot in the home game versus Oregon ... Totaled a game-high 18 points in the game ... Scored 16 in the win at home over Oregon State and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds ... Had 18 points at Stanford ... Scored 28 points with five rebounds and four assists in the win at Cal ...Totaled 18 points in the home win over ASU ... Held scoreless in the win over Arizona as she battled flu-like symptoms (she was also shut out against Utah in Nov. 2000 after injuring an ankle early in the game) ... Scored 28 points at USC ... Scored 29 points in the loss at Washington ... Totaled 16 points at Washington State ... Recorded her first career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds against Cal ... Made her first nine free throw attempts versus Cal to give her 32 straight and a school record total (old mark - 24 held by Denise Curry, 1978-80) ... Totaled 28 points against Stanford and was credited with a career-high eight steals ... Scored 14 at Arizona ... Held to six points at ASU, but did pull down nine rebounds ... Led the team in scoring (28), rebounding (seven), assists (three) and blocks (one) in the win over USC and was subsequently named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in her career ... Had 23 points and seven steals in the home win against WSU ... Scored 14 in the home win over Washington ... Totaled 29 points in the win at Oregon State ... Scored 11 points with six assists at Oregon ... Led all players with 22 points against CSUN ... Had 16 points and four assists against Baylor ... Scored 31 points in the loss at Pepperdine for her third career 30-point game ... Had 12 points and eight boards at Georgia ... Had six assists vs. St. Mary's ... Named MVP of the Las Vegas Shootout after scoring 26 in the win over UNLV and a team-best 18 points in the win over Northwestern State ... All-tournament selection at the Hawaii Tournament ... Had 19 points and four steals versus Sac State and 20 points at Hawaii ...Four-time UCLABruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week (Dec. 16-22, Dec. 23-29, Jan. 6-12, Jan. 21-26) ... Pre-season all-conference performer for the second consecutive year ... Named to the Women's Basketball News Service pre-season All-America second team. Career Highs: Pts - 36, at Mich. St., 11-18-01; Rebs - 10, vs. Cal, 1-26-03; Assts - 7, last vs. Wash. St., 1-9-00; Stls - 8, vs. Stanford, 1-24-03.
#21 Jalina Bradley - Has played in 22 games ... Gave the Bruins a second-half spark at Arizona ... Scored four points with three boards against CSUN ... Had three points at Georgia ... Had two points and three boards in the win over Northwestern State ... Off the bench for eight points and five rebounds against Sac State. Career Highs: Points - 14, at Stanford, 12-28-01; Rebounds - 8, last at Oregon St., 1-24-02; Assists - 6, at Wash. St., 1-6-02; Steals - 5, vs. Stan., 3-2-02.
#32 Nikki Blue - Starter in all 27 games ... Ranks first on the team in rebounds (150) and assists (93) and second in scoring (16.3 ppg) ... Entered the week fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.3), 17th in rebounding (5.6), tied in sixth in assists (3.44) and fourth in steals (2.33) ... Her two 30-point games lead the Pac-10 this season ... Led the team with nine rebounds in the home win over Oregon ... Moved past Ann Meyers into fifth on the all-time freshman list at UCLA with 432 points after scoring 17 in the home win over Oregon State ... Also led the team with six assists and four steals vs. the Beavers ... Had team-high totals with 23 points and eight rebounds at Stanford ... Led the team with 20 points in the home win over ASU ... Scored a team-high 13 points in the win over Arizona ... Foul trouble helped to limit her to eight points at USC, snapping a streak of seven-straight double digit games ... Totaled a UCLA freshman record 35 points in the loss at Washington ... Led the team with 26 points and six (tied) boards at WSU ... Scored 17 points with a career-high five steals versus Cal ... Had 16 points, six rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes against Stanford ... Sat out the final 17 minutes of the first half against the Cardinal due to foul trouble ... Had a team-high 19 points at Arizona ... Recorded 30 points (scoring 19 of the last 21 Bruin points in the game) and added nine rebounds and three steals in the 60-58 win at ASU ... Scored 12 points in the win over USC ... Had eight points, seven boards and five assists in the home win against UW ... Had 12 points and seven rebounds at Oregon State ... Totaled 26 points, in just 23 minutes at Oregon, and five assists ... Against CSUN, scored 10 points with a team-best eight boards and eight assists ... Scored 26 points vs. Baylor ... Scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had four steals at Pepperdine ... Scored 11 points with three assists and three steals at Georgia ... Scored 24 points, all in the second half, against St. Mary's ... Had 15 points with seven boards and four assists in the win over Northwestern State ... Against Sac State, totaled 24 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, along with three steals ... Named one of 21 "Freshmen of Impact" by Women's College Hoops.com. Career Highs: Pts - 35, at Wash., 2-1-03; Rebs - 12, vs. Sac St., 11-24-02; Ast - 9, vs. Sac St., 11-24-02; Stls - 5, vs. Cal, 1-26-03.
#35 Jamila Veasley - Starter in all 27 games ... Scored 11 points and grabbed seven boards in the win at home over Oregon ... Scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in the home win over Oregon State ... Had eight points and five rebounds in the win over Arizona in a season-high 36 minutes ... Had a season-best four steals at Washington State ... Had three steals vs. California ... Had six points and six rebounds against Stanford ... Credited with a team-best and career-high three blocked shots in the home win over WSU ... Entered the week ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in blocks/game (0.72) ... Had seven points, two blocks and a team-high 10 rebounds in the UW win ... Established new career highs in points (12) and assists (3) at Oregon ... Added eight rebounds and shot 6-8 from the field ... Had a team-best six boards vs. Baylor ... Pulled down six boards at Georgia ... Recorded a career-best 12 rebounds against St. Mary's ... Tied for team-high honors with five boards against UNLV ... Scored seven points against Hawaii. Career Highs: Pts - 12, at Oregon, 12-27-02; Rebs - 12, vs. St. Mary's 12-3-02; Assts - 3, at Oregon, 12-27-02; Stls - 5, vs. Ariz. St., 1-17-02; Blocks - 3, vs. Wash. St., 1-3-03.
#40 Lisa Willis - Entered the week 10th in the Pac-10 in made three-point shots (1.51/g) ... Her 41 made three-pointers rank second on UCLA's all-time single-season frosh list (record is 48 by Michelle Palmisano, 1993) ... Has 10 double figure games and has made at least one three-pointer in 20 of the 27 games ... Has hit three or more three pointers in seven games this season (high of four made threes at USC and at Georgia) ... Led the team with eight rebounds in the home win over Oregon State and scored 11 points ... Pulled down seven boards and tied her best assist mark with three at Stanford ... Had 12 points, including seven of eight from the free throw line, in the home win over ASU while playing a season-high 26 minutes ... Had three three-pointers in the win over Arizona ... Matched her career-best with 18 points and four threes at USC ... Tied for team lead in rebounding with six boards at Washington State ... Scored 15 points in the home win over WSU and added three assists and five steals ... Had team-high 17 points in the home win over UW ...Scored 10 points with four boards, two steals and a block at Oregon ... Scored 11 points (3-3 from beyond the arc) with four boards and two steals against CSUN ... Had 12 points on four three-pointers at Georgia ... Came off the bench with 18 points (3-three-pt. shots) against Hawaii and 14 (3-three-pt.) against Sac State ... All-tournament selection at the Hawaii Tournament. Career Highs: Pts - 18, last at USC, 2-8-03; Rebs - 7, at Stanford, 2-22-03; Assts - 3, last at Stanford, 2-22-03; Steals - 5, vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.
#44 Emma Tautolo - Has come off the bench in 25 games ... Had four points and three rebounds at USC ... Scored six points in the Cal game ... Had seven points in the Stanford game ...Totaled six points in the home win over Washington State ... Came off the bench with nine points and five rebounds against Hawaii and six points on 3-3 shooting versus Sac State. Career Highs: Pts - 9, at Hawaii, 11-23-02; Rebs - 5, at Hawaii, 11-23-02; Asts - 2, vs. NW St., 11-30-02; Stls - 1, last vs. St. Mary's, 12-3-02.
# 54 Sissy Pickett - Has seen action in 11 games ... Had two points and three boards at Arizona ... Scored five points and had four rebounds in the home win over Washington State ... Scored four points in nine minutes against CSUN ... Scored six points in the win over St. Mary's ... Had four points and three boards against Sac St. Career Highs: Pts - 13, vs. Wash. St., 2-1-02; Rebs - 6, at Ariz, 2-14-02; Stls - 2, vs. Wash. St., 2-1-02.
#55 Krystle Johnson - Has played in 20 games ... Had three rebounds in the win over Arizona ... Scored a season-best eight points with two blocks in the win over Cal State Northridge ... Gave the Bruins a solid 10-minute effort in the win over UNLV ... Had five points and a career-best five rebounds against Sac State. Career Highs: Pts - 15, vs. Wash., 2-3-02; Rebs - 5, vs. Sac St., 11-24-02; Ast - 1, last at Georgia, 12-6-02; Stls - 1, vs. Ariz., 2-14-02.
Early Recruiting Class Ranked In Top 10 - Blue Star Report (No. 7) and All Star Girls Report (No. 6) have ranked Kathy Olivier's 2002 early signing period recruiting class among the top 10 in the nation. On November 14, coach Olivier announced the signing of Noelle Quinn of Bishop Montgomery High School (Torrance, CA), forward Amanda Livingston of Troy High School (Fullerton, CA), center Consuelo Lezcano of Marathon High School in Florida and guard Shaina Zaidi from Marlborough High in Los Angeles.
Quinn, a 6-0 guard, averaged 21.9 points, 11.6 boards, 3.8 steals and 2.3 blocks last season while being named the California State Player of the Year for Division III. She helped lead her team to three consecutive CIF Division III state championships and was also chosen the Division III-A CIF Southern Section Player of the Year as a junior. Quinn is ranked as the No. 1 two-guard in the country in the class of 2003 by All-Star Girls Report and as the number eight recruit in the nation by Student Sports.
Livingston, a 6-1 forward, averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds a game as a junior last season at Troy High School. She was first-team All-CIF II-AA and led her team to a 29-4 record and the final of the Southern Section Division 2-A.
Lezcano, a 6-4 center, is considered one of the top five prep players in Florida. She averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks a game as a junior at Marathon High School and is ranked amongst the top-30 post players in the country by All-Star Girls Report.
Zaidi, a 5-8 point-guard, averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Marlborough High School last season. She earned all-league honors and was named first-team Division IV-AA All-CIF Southern Section.