Feb. 19, 2001
Next Up -- UCLA (3-20, 2-10) will host Oregon (13-10, 6-7) on Friday night, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. Oregon State (12-11, 4-9) comes to Pauley on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Oregon leads the series with UCLA, 17-15. The Ducks won the first meeting of the year in Eugene by a score of 54-43. UCLA trailed by as many as 25 in the second half of the first meeting before cutting the lead to single digits in the final minute. Michelle Greco led UCLA with 17 points.
Oregon is led by 6-3 senior forward Angelina Wolvert, who averages 13.6 points (9th in the Pac-10) and 5.2 rebounds. Oregon is ranked second in the Pac-10 as a team in shooing percentage at .459 and scoring defense at 61.6 points per game. The Ducks are 3-8 away from home this season.
UCLA leads the series with Oregon State, 24-12. The Beavers won the first round matchup in Corvallis by a score of 71-58. The Bruins fell behind by as many as 21 points in the first half, cut the lead to 10 in the second half, but could not get closer. Greco led UCLA with 25 points.
The Beavers are led by 5-9 junior guard Felicia Ragland who ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring with a 19.4 mark and fifth in rebounding at 7.1. UCLA has won the last six meetings with OSU in Pauley Pavilion dating back to 1994. Oregon State ranks third in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin at +4.1 and third in scoring defense at 62.9 points per game.
Radio/TV -- The Oregon game will be broadcast on Fox Radio 610 am (KAVL) and televised live on ESPN Regional TV back to Eugene. The Oregon State game will be broadcast on Fox Radio 1150am (KXTA). Both games will be radio broadcast on the internet at www.uclabruins.com.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA travels to the Bay Area next week to meet Cal on Thursday, Mar. 1 and Stanford on Saturday, Mar. 3. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m.
This Week's Headlines -- Kristee Porter has scored in double figures in each of the last five games, including a career-best 25 at Arizona last week ... Porter Hit 17-29 fg and 7-7 ft in the two games in Arizona last weekend ... Earlier this season, she had doubles-doubles in back-to-back games against ASU (13 pt, 14 rb) and Arizona (11 pt, 16 rb) ... Michelle Greco scored 22 points at Arizona to record her 12th game this season of at least 20 points. It was the 15th 20-point game of her career ... Greco currently has a total of 937 points and is closing in on becoming the 19th Bruin to score at least 1,000 points for her career ... Whitney Jones scored a career-high 13 points in each game last week in Arizona and added a career-best five steals against the Wildcats and a career-high four assists against the Sun Devils ... Natalie Nakase has 18 steals in the last five games and matched her career best with seven assists at Arizona ... Nakase led the team with a career-high eight rebounds at ASU ... UCLA enters the week leading the league in steals (11.35 spg) and was listed first in the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+3.65).
Greco Atop Pac-10 Conference In Scoring, Foul Shooting -- Junior guard Michelle Greco entered the week leading the Pac-10 Conference in scoring with a 19.7 points per game average. She also ranked first in free throw percentage with a .882 mark (60-68), fifth in steals (2.18 per game) and sixth in three-point field goals made (1.8 per game).
Greco Moving Up Bruin Career Charts -- In her third season as a Bruin, Michelle Greco has moved into a tie for seventh place on the all-time school made three-point shot list with 54 for her career (7th is Nikki Hilbert-54, 6th is Ricarda Kuypers-56, 4th are Allison Arredondo and Rehema Stephens - 67). She has achieved her three-point total in just the last two seasons after missing on her one and only attempt as a freshman. On the single-season list, Greco is currently tied for fifth for made threes with 40 (5th is Melanie Pearson-40, 4th is Rehema Stephens - 47). Greco is also nearing the 1,000 point mark with 937 career points.
Bruin Defense Stepping Up -- UCLA has stepped up its defense in Pac-10 games. In conference games, UCLA entered the week ranked in the Top 2 in steals (1st, 11.35 per game) and turnovers forced (2nd, 23.0). The Bruins have held six teams under 40% shooting from the field this season and won three times. Against USC, the defense held the Women of Troy scoreless for almost five minutes midway through the second half as they sliced an 11-point USC to just one. In the game against Cal, the Bruin defense held the Golden Bears without a point for almost six minutes of the second half while rallying back from a 15-point deficit to take the lead. The previous week, the Bruins rallied in the game's last minute at Oregon after holding the Ducks without a basket for the final 6:42 of the contest.
Porter, Jones Become Two-Sport Starters -- Volleyball All-American Kristee Porter and soccer standout Whitney Jones became two-sport starters in January when they were inserted into the UCLA women's basketball starting lineup. Porter, who also competes for the track and field team, made her first hoops appearance Dec. 18 against Old Dominion and contributed 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots. She made her first career start against fourth-ranked Georgia, scoring 11 points and grabbing eight boards. Porter enjoyed her finest game against Arizona last week, leading the team with a career-high 25 points and seven boards. Jones joined the team a few days after playing in the NCAA Soccer championship game and saw her first action in the Bruins' win over Long Beach State Dec. 10. In her basketball debut, she scored two points and grabbed three boards. She made her first start of the year at Washington St. and scored eight points with four rebounds and four steals. Jones also saw success against the Arizona schools last week, scoring a career-best 13 points in each game. She also had career-highs in assists (four against ASU) and steals (five against UA).
Bruins Face One of Nation's Toughest Schedules -- Seven non-conference games (Duke, Utah, BYU, San Diego, Old Dominion, Pepperdine and Georgia) were played against teams which earned bids to the 2000 NCAA tournament, and another two were played against WNIT teams (New Mexico, Long Beach State). In Pac-10 play, the Bruins will face NCAA tournament teams Oregon, Arizona and Stanford, as well as WNIT teams from Arizona St. and USC. UCLA currently has the 13th-toughest schedule in the nation.
Head Coach Kathy Olivier -- Having completed seven seasons (entered the 2000-01 season with a 115-85 overall record) as UCLA head coach, Kathy Olivier has steadily built the program to reflect her own positive, upbeat and outgoing personality. In 2000, she saw her team reach the NCAA tournament for a third-straight season, a school record. The squad also set a school home attendance record by averaging over 3,700 fans. Maylana Martin became 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 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 and an unprecedented second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for the program. 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.
Arizona State Downs Bruins -- League-leading and 24th-ranked ASU shot 55% for the game, 63% in the first half, and handed the Bruins a 78-60 setback in Tempe. Kristee Porter led UCLA in scoring for the second straight game with 16. Michelle Greco added 15, and Whitney Jones tied her career-high with 13.
Arizona Beats Bruins in Desert -- Arizona used 51% shooting to help deal UCLA a 89-79 defeat in Tucson. Kristee Porter had a career-high 25 points, and Whitney Jones added a career-best 13 points, but it was not enough for the Bruins. Michelle Greco had 22 points, four assists and five steals.