Feb. 11, 2002
UCLA at Arizona Schools - The Bruins (7-16, 3-11) will travel to meet the Arizona schools this week. On Thursday at 7:00 pm MT, UCLA will play at the University of Arizona (12-12, 8-7). UCLA leads the series with the Wildcats 34-13, but Arizona won the first meeting of the year in Pauley by a score of 71-60 on January 19. Arizona has split its last six games and closes the regular season with three home games. The Wildcats are the second-highest scoring team in the conference at 75.2 points per game. Frontcourt standout Elizabeth Pickney is fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring at 17.1 ppg.
On Saturday at 2:00 pm MT, UCLA will play at Arizona State (19-7, 10-5). The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Sun Devils by a 35-12 count. ASU won the first meeting of this season in Pauley on January 17, 70-57. The Sun Devils are 11-2 on their home court, with the lone Pac-10 loss coming at the hands of Stanford. ASU is coming off of a 68-50 loss at Washington on Feb. 9. Arizona State ranks first in the conference in scoring defense allowing just 58.6 points per game. Guard Amanda Levens is third in the Pac-10 in scoring at 17.3 ppg.
Radio - Both games will be broadcast live on KACD 850 am (Thousand Oaks) and KEWS 1350 am (Riverside), as well as on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Fox Sports 1150 am will air both remaining home contests - the Cal game on Feb. 22 and the Stanford game on Feb. 24.
Notes - Whitney Jones poured in a career-high tying 21 points at USC but was the only Bruin in double figures ... Shalada Allen, who scored a career-best 20 points in the win over Long Beach, had a four-game double-figure points streak snapped after scoring six at USC ... Malika Leatham recorded her second double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds against the 49ers ...The Bruins shot a season-best 48.4% in the win at Long Beach ... Twelve different players have scored in double figure points this season, and nine different players have led the Bruins in scoring in a game this year ... Krystle Johnson led UCLA with a career-high 15 points in the loss to Washington ... Sissy Pickett and Brianna Winn each recorded career-highs in the win over Washington State with 13 points ... The 79 points scored in the win over the Cougars was a season-high ... Natalie Nakase recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 11 rebounds against Arizona ...Nakase has converted 35 of her last 40 free throws over the past 11 games to move among the conference leaders (at .789) and has made her last nine straight ... When Nakase recorded eight assists in the loss at Oregon, it marked the sixth time this season she has had at least eight assists in a game ...Jamila Veasley had a career-best five steals in her start against ASU and has started the last eight games.
In the Pac-10 - For the second consecutive year, the Bruins lead the conference in steals, and entered the week averaging 10.35 steals a game ... UCLA ranked third in turnover margin, with a +2.70 margin ... Entering the week, Natalie Nakase ranks third in assists (5.35), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.62) and seventh in free throw percentage (.789) ... Whitney Jones ranks fifth in steals (2.17) ...Malika Leatham ranks 11th in rebounding (6.0).
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.
Player Bio Updates
#1 Natalie Nakase - Starter in the past 52 straight games ... Scored 14 points in the win over Long Beach ... Has made nine straight free throws and 12 of her last 13 from the line ... Had seven points and five assists in the home win over Washington State ... Had 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds in the loss at Oregon ... Recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 11 assists against Arizona ... Had nine points and five assists while playing all 40 minutes vs. Arizona State ... Scored 21 points versus USC in Pauley ... Scored a career-high 24 points and handed out eight assists in the win at Washington State ... Also grabbed six rebounds and had zero turnovers against the Cougars ... Registered seven assists with eight points at Washington ...Handed out six assists, scored eight points and made four steals in the win at Cal ... Scored 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 ... 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 ...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) ... Had eight steals in the win over Oregon, eighth on the all-time school list. Career Highs: Points - 24, at Washington State, 1-6-02, Rebounds - 8, at ASU, 2-17-01, Assists - 11, vs. Arizona, 1-19-02, Steals - 8, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01.
#2 Brianna Winn - Has appeared in 20 games off the bench ... Played a season-high 27 minutes vs. Washington ... Scored a career-high 13 points in the home win over Washington State ... Led the team with nine points at Oregon State ...Had seven points in the win at Washington State ... Recorded her second-consecutive double-digit game with 10 points at Washington ...Also scored 10 points and hit a key three-pointer to help the Bruins defeat Cal on the road ... Recorded seven points in 15 minutes of play at Baylor ... Scored six points at Utah ...Scored two points with one rebound in the opener 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 - 13, vs. Washington State, 2-1-02, Rebounds - 4, vs. Washington, 2-3-02, Assists - 3, vs. Washington State, 2-1-02, Steals - 2, last vs. Washington, 2-3-02.
#5 Melissa Maurin - Played in a career-best 14 minutes at Oregon State, scoring two points with two steals and one rebound ... Also saw action this season at USC, at Stanford and vs. Washington State ... Played in six games off the bench in 2001. Career Highs: Points - 6, vs. Washington State, 3-8-01, Rebounds - 2, at California, 3-1-01, Assists - 1, vs. Oregon State, Steals - 2, at OSU, 1-24-02.
#10 Whitney Jones - Joined the team in practice on Monday, Dec. 3 following the soccer season and saw her first action in the game at San Diego on Dec. 5 ... Starter in 16 games ... Has made 12 of her last 14 free throws ... Scored a career-high tying 21 points at USC and led the team with seven rebounds ... Had 11 points in win at Long Beach and sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with 14 seconds to play ... Scored 12 points and had five steals at Oregon ... Recorded 17 points and nine rebounds against Arizona ... Led the Bruins in scoring with 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds vs. ASU ... Had seven points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals vs. USC in Pauley ... Had 12 points and four steals in the win at Washington State ... Led the Bruins in scoring with 13 in the win at Cal ... Had 10 points and tied her career-best with five steals in 40 minutes of action vs. Oregon ... Led the team with 14 points at Baylor and had five rebounds and four steals ... Had four rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes of play against San Diego in her first action of the season ...Starting midfielder on the Bruin soccer team and a second-team All-Pac-10 selection this past year ... Soccer team lost in the NCAA quarterfinals on Dec. 2 ... Starter in the final 17 basketball games of last season. Career Highs: Points - 21, last at USC, 2-9-02, vs. Washington, 3-10-01, Rebounds - 10, last vs. Washington, 3-10-01, Assists - 4, last vs. Washington St, 3-8-01, Steals - 5, last at Oregon, 1-26-02.
#11 Brittany Ringel - True freshman forward who joined the Bruin team in practice on Jan. 8 after Kristee Porter left the team ... Saw her first action in the win over Washington State in Pauley ... Averaged 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds a game as a senior at Trinity Valley High School in Fort Worth, TX ... Totaled 2,018 points in her prep basketball career ... Also a member of the women's volleyball team at UCLA and saw action in 36 games during matches as a reserve hitter.
#13 Gennifer Arranaga - Had eight points off the bench vs. Washington State ... Started at Oregon State but did not score ...Scored 12 points with a career-high tying five rebounds against Arizona ...Scored nine points off the bench vs. ASU ... Had 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 ...Pulled down a career-high tying five rebounds in win over Liberty ...Appeared in 28 games off the bench last year ... Scored a then career-best 13 points vs. San Diego. Career Highs: Points - 13, last at San Diego, 12-5-01, Rebounds - 5, last vs. Arizona, 1-19-02, Assists - 5, vs. Oregon State, 12-22-01, Steals - 6, vs. Georgia, 12-30-00.
#14 Natalie Jarrett - Has seen action in 11 games off the bench this season ... Had two rebounds and a block vs. Washington State ... Had three rebounds vs. ASU ... Scored three points with four rebounds in 12 minutes of play at Washington ... Had a season-high seven points and a career-best two blocks versus Colorado ...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 ... Following the current season, 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 ...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 ...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 ... Also led the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.865) and ranked fourth in steals (2.33) ... 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. Washington State, 1-9-00, Steals - 7, last at Stanford, 2-3-00.
#21 Jalina Bradley - Starter in all 23 games ... Recorded a team-best and career-high tying eight rebounds at Oregon State ...Had eight points in the USC game in Pauley ... Had a career-best six assists in the win at Washington State ... Scored a career-high 14 points at Stanford ... Had 10 points vs. Oregon for a fourth consecutive double-figure scoring game at the time ... Scored 12 points with a career-high four steals at Baylor ... Had 11 points and a career-best eight rebounds vs. Colorado ... Scored a career-high 13 points at San Diego ... Hit a big basket with 37 seconds left in the win over Ohio State ... Recorded a then career-high six rebounds against Michigan State ... Scored six points and had a career-high tying three steals against Liberty ...Starter in 12 games last year. Career Highs: Points - 13, at San Diego, 12-5-01, Rebounds - 8, last at OSU, 1-24-02, Assists - 6, at Washington State, 1-6-02, Steals - 4, at Baylor, 12-16-01.
#32 Malika Leatham - Had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Long Beach for her second career double-double ... Had nine points and three steals in the win vs. Washington State ... Scored 10 points and led the team with eight rebounds vs. ASU ... Had seven rebounds vs. USC in Pauley ... Had eight rebounds (five offensive) at Washington, tied for team-best honors ...Grabbed a team-best six boards and had three steals at Cal ... Tied for the team lead in rebounding with seven (four offensive) at Stanford ... Pulled down a team-high nine rebounds at Baylor ... Had six points and six rebounds against both Colorado and San Diego ... Team leader with seven boards at Utah ...Scored 15 points and grabbed a team-best nine boards in win over BYU ... Had 15 points and eight rebounds in 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 a year ago ... Scored a Pac-10 high of 14 points at Cal ... 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 - Starter in six games ... Had a career-best five steals at USC ... Scored a career-best 20 points in the win at Long Beach ... Also had a career-best three blocked shots ... Had 10 points and led the team with seven rebounds vs. Washington ... Scored a team-high 14 points in the win at home over Washington State ... Scored 10 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in the loss at Oregon ... Sat out the ASU game to comply with NCAA rules after being ejected from the USC game for fighting ... Returned against Arizona to score eight points with four boards ...Scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in the USC game in Pauley ... Matched her career-highs with 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds in the win at Washington State ... Led UCLA at Washington with a career-best 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds ... Had a team-best (tied) six rebounds at Cal ... Made her first start of the season vs. Oregon State and had 11 points, five rebounds and a career-best three steals ... Tied for team lead with five rebounds vs. Oregon ... Had a team-high tying 11 points vs. Colorado ... Had a team-leading (tied) seven rebounds at Utah ...Had seven rebounds and 14 points off the bench in the win over BYU ... Scored eight points with seven rebounds against Liberty ...Saw action in 26 games and had one start last year. Career Highs: Points - 20, at Long Beach State, 2-5-02, Rebounds - 9, vs. USC, 1-13-02, Assists - 2, at Washington, 1-4-01, Blocks - 3, at Long Beach State, Steals - 5, at USC, 2-9-01.
#35 Jamila Veasley - Started the last eight games and 16 overall this season ... Had six boards in the win vs. Washington State ... In a starting role vs. ASU, had six points, five rebounds and a career-best five steals ...Tied for the team lead with eight rebounds in the win at Washington State ... Also had a team-best (tied) eight boards at Washington and tied her career-high with two assists ... 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 last season ... Grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds in the win over Oregon ... Sister, Aisha, played for UCLA from 1995-98. Career Highs: Points - 10, vs. Ohio State, 11-24-01, Rebounds - 11, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01, Assists - 2, last at Long Beach State, 2-5-02, Steals - 5, vs. Arizona State, 1-17-02.
#42 Stacy Robertson - Suffered a torn ACL in her left knee in the first week of pre-season practices and is out for the 2001-02 season after undergoing surgery on Nov. 21.
#54 Sissy Pickett - Has appeared in 10 games ... Had eight points and four rebounds in the win at Long Beach ... Scored a career-best 13 points in the home win over Washington State ... Scored four points in the loss at Oregon ...Scored her first collegiate points in the win at Washington State ... 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: Points - 13, vs. Washington State, 2-1-02, Rebounds - 4, last at Long Beach State, 2-5-02, Steals - 2, vs. Washington State, Blocks - 1, last at Long Beach State, 2-5-02.
#55 Krystle Johnson - Has seen action in 19 games ... Had a career-high 15 points vs. Washington in Pauley and tied her career high with four rebounds ... Scored four points and had a blocked shot in the win vs. Washington State ... Had three points with two rebounds and one block at Oregon State ... Recorded seven points and four rebounds against Arizona ... Scored four points with three boards against ASU ...Scored her first collegiate points with three points against Michigan State ...Her free throws in the final seconds of the high school State championship game broke a 41-all tie and her high school a 43-41 win. Career Highs: Points - 15, vs. Washington, 2-3-02, Rebounds - 4, last vs. Washington, 2-3-02, Assists - 1, last vs. Washington State, Blocks - 1, last at Long Beach State, 2-5-02.
2001-02 Game Recaps
Trojans Use Free Throws to Best Bruins - USC converted 16 more free throws than the Bruins on the way to a 71-58 decision in the Sports Arena. The Trojans broke open a close game with a spurt just before and after the half. A 12-1 USC scoring run in the early moments of the second half spelled doom for the Bruins who trailed 34-30 at the time. Whitney Jones led UCLA with a career-high tying 21 points.
Bruins Shoot Down Long Beach State - Shalada Allen led four Bruins in double figures with a career-high 20 points and hit 10 of 14 shots from the field as UCLA bested Long Beach State, 77-73. The Bruins shot a season-best 48% from the field in the game. Natalie Nakase joined Allen in double figures with 14 points. Whitney Jones and Malika Leatham each scored 11 points. Leatham also grabbed 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.