Jan. 30, 2002
UCLA Home to Meet Washington Schools - On Friday at 7:00 pm, the Bruins will host Washington State University (2-18, 0-10) at 7 p.m. UCLA owns a 25-6 advantage in the series. The Bruins captured the first meeting of this season in Pullman on January 6, 76-64. UCLA rallied after being down by seven points at halftime behind the play of Shalada Allen and Natalie Nakase. Allen scored 12 second-half points. Nakase totaled a career-high 24 for the game. WSU is coming off a 75-68 loss to Washington.
UCLA hosts Washington on Sunday at 11:00 am. The Huskies (11-8, 6-4) bested Washington State in Pullman, 75-68, last Friday. Washington won the first matchup of the season against the Bruins in Seattle, 86-53 on January 4. It was UCLA's first game without Kristee Porter in the lineup. Washington scored the final 10 points of the first half in that game and never looked back. Allen scored 16 points to lead UCLA. Washington leads the all-time series with UCLA by a 22-11 count.
Radio/TV - 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. In addition, Fox Sports 1150 am will air the USC game on Feb. 9, the Cal game on Feb. 22 and the Stanford game on Feb. 24. Fox Sports Net will televise the Washington game at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Notes - Natalie Nakase recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 11 rebounds against Arizona ...Nakase has converted 28 of her last 33 free throws over the last seven games to improve her average to .766 ... 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 ... Whitney Jones scored a season-high 15 points in the loss to Arizona State then followed it up with 17 points against Arizona ... Jones also tied her season best with nine rebounds against the Wildcats ...Jamila Veasley had a career-best five steals in her start against ASU ... For the second consecutive year, the Bruins lead the Pac-10 Conference in steals, averaging 10.47 steals a game. UCLA ranks second in turnover margin, with a +4.05 margin ... Individually, Nakase ranks third in assists (5.58), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.77), ninth in steals (1.84) and 10th in free throw percentage (.766) ... Jones ranks fifth in steals (2.07) ...Malika Leatham ranks 11th in rebounding (6.2) ... The Bruins have added Brittany Ringel, a 6-1 freshman forward from Arlington, TX (Trinity Valley HS) to the roster. She began practice with the team on Jan. 8. Ringel is also a member of the UCLA volleyball team and played a reserve role at the outside hitter position this past season.
Greco To Sit Out Rest of Season - It was announced on Wednesday, December 12 that Bruin leading scorer Michelle Greco will not participate for the remainder of the current season for medical reasons. Due to a history of mild concussions during her sophomore and junior year, the UCLA Medical Staff believes that Greco should take a year off from competition. At the conclusion of the 2001-02 season, UCLA will submit a medical hardship petition to the Pacific-10 Conference with the hope that Greco will be granted another year of collegiate eligibility.
Porter To Pursue Professional Volleyball Opportunities - Junior forward Kristee Porter has left UCLA (as of Jan. 4) to pursue professional and U.S. national team opportunities in volleyball. Porter averaged 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in five games with the Bruins. She joined the team after volleyball season Dec. 8 and scored nine points with five rebounds in her final game at Cal, Dec. 30. Porter's season-best total was 20 points against Oregon State on Dec. 22. Porter, the UCLA and Pac-10 career kills record-holder, was a two-time volleyball All-American and the 2000 Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year.
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 - Has played all 40 minutes in three of the last four contests ... 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 ...Has made 23 of her last 27 free throw attempts to rank among the conference leaders (76%) ... 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 ... Matched her career-high with 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 ... It was her third game this season with eight assists ... Had four points and seven rebounds versus Colorado ... 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 ... Had five assists against Michigan 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) ... Handed out a career best nine assists at Stanford ... 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 - 5-10 guard from The Bishop's School in La Jolla, CA ... Has appeared in 16 games off the bench ... Led the team in scoring with nine points in a season-high 26 minutes at Oregon State ...Had seven points in the win at Washington State ... Recorded her second-consecutive double-digit game with a career-high tying 10 points at Washington ...Also scored 10 points and hit a key three-pointer to help the Bruins defeat Cal on the road ... Scored five points with a steal at Stanford ... Recorded a seven points in 15 minutes of play at Baylor ... Scored six points in 16 minutes of play at Utah ... Recorded four points and two rebounds in the win over BYU ...Scored two points with one rebound 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 - 10, last at Washington, 1-4-02, Rebounds - 2, last at OSU, 1-24-02, Assists - 2, vs. BYU, 11-27-01, Steals - 2, last at Oregon, 1-26-02.
#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 Stanford ... Played in six games off the bench in 2001 ... Scored six points against Washington State. Career Highs: Points - 6, vs. Washington St, 3-8-01, Rebounds - 2, at California, 3-1-01, Assists - None, Steals - 2, at OSU, 1-24-02.
#10 Whitney Jones - Joined the team in practice on Monday, Dec. 3 and saw action in the San Diego game on Dec. 5 ... Had four rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes of play against the Toreros ... Had two points and a rebound vs. Colorado ... Led the team with 14 points on 6-9 shooting at Baylor and also had five rebounds and four steals ... Had 10 points and tied her career-best with five steals in 40 minutes of action vs. Oregon ... Led the Bruins in scoring with 13 points at Cal ... Recorded six rebounds at Washington ...Had 12 points and four steals in the win at Washington State ... Had seven points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals vs. USC in Pauley ... Led the Bruins in scoring with 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds vs. ASU ... Set a season-best with 17 points and nine rebounds against Arizona ...Scored 12 points and had five steals at Oregon ... Has scored in double figures in three of the last four games ... Starting midfielder on the Bruin soccer team and a second-team All-Pac-10 selection this past year ... Soccer team lost in the quarterfinals on Dec. 2 ... Starter in the final 17 basketball games of last season ... Ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in steals (1.83) and scored a career-best 21 points in the win over Washington. Career Highs: Points - 21, 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 ... Averaged 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds a game last year 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 this past season and saw action in 36 games during matches as a reserve outside hitter.
#13 Gennifer Arranaga - 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 six points and 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 and made three steals ...Scored eight points with five rebounds at Utah ... Scored six points with three steals against Michigan State ...Pulled down a career-high tying five rebounds and scored four points ...Appeared in 28 games off the bench last year ... Scored a then career-best 13 points vs. San Diego ... Scored 11 points in the win over Oregon ... Had six steals vs. Georgia ... Had five rebounds and 11 points at Colorado. 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 10 games off the bench this season ... Had three rebounds vs. ASU ... Scored three points with four rebounds in 12 minutes of play at Washington ...Had two offensive rebounds in two minutes at Stanford ... Had a season-high seven points and a career-best two blocks versus Colorado ... Scored three points in just four minutes at Utah ...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 ... 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, 15 in the second half ... Also blocked a career-high two shots ...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 and also recorded four assists with three steals and three rebounds ...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 ... Led the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.865), ranked fourth in steals (2.33) and sixth in made three-point shots per game (1.85) ... 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 St, 11-18-01, Rebounds - 9, last at Michigan State, 11-18-01, Assists - 7, last vs. Wash. State, 1-9-00, Steals - 7, last at Stanford, 2-3-00.
#21 Jalina Bradley - 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 with four rebounds at Stanford ... Had seven points and three assists vs. Oregon State ... Had 10 points vs. Oregon for a fourth consecutive double-figure scoring game ... Scored 12 points with a career-high four steals at Baylor ... Had 11 points and a career-best eight rebounds in the game vs. Colorado ... Scored a career-high 13 points at San Diego ... Had six points and hit a big basket with 37 seconds left in the win over Ohio State ... Recorded a then career-high six rebounds and had five points against Michigan State ... Scored six points and had a career-high tying three steals with three boards against Liberty ...Starter in 12 games last year ... Led the Bruins with 12 points and five assists against Utah ... Had 11 points off the bench at Stanford ... Scored 10 in the win over Oregon as a starter. 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 - 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 to go along with six points and three steals at Cal ... Tied for the team lead in rebounding with seven (four offensive) at Stanford and also scored six points ... Pulled down a team-high nine rebounds at Baylor to go along with six points ... Had six points and six rebounds against both Colorado and San Diego ... Led UCLA in rebounding at Utah with seven boards ...Scored 15 points and grabbed a team-best nine boards in the win over BYU ... Had 15 points and eight rebounds in the 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 at center a year ago ... Scored a Pac-10 high of 14 points at Cal ... Scored 13 points in the win over USC ... Scored a career-best 16 points and had five blocked shots in the win over Long Beach State ... 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 - 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 career-best numbers in points (16) and rebounds (eight, including seven offensive boards) ... Scored eight points and had a team-best (tied) six rebounds at Cal ... Started at Stanford and scored five points on 2-3 shooting ... Made her first start of the season vs. Oregon State and had 11 points, five rebounds and a career-best three steals ... Tied for the team lead with five rebounds vs. Oregon ... Had a team-high tying 11 points vs. Colorado ... Had four points and four rebounds off the bench at San Diego ... Tied her career-high with a team-leading (tied) seven rebounds at Utah ...Also had seven rebounds and matched her career-high in scoring with 14 points off the bench in the win over BYU ... Scored eight points with a career-high tying seven rebounds against Liberty ...High scorer against the West Coast All-Stars, totaling 22 points with nine rebounds (six offensive boards) ...Saw action in 26 games and had one start last year ... Had 14 points and three rebounds at Colorado ... Pulled down a career-best seven rebounds in the win over Long Beach State ... Came off the bench to score six points and grab five rebounds vs. Duke. Career Highs: Points - 16, last at Washington State, 1-6-02, Rebounds - 9, vs. USC, 1-13-02, Assists - 2, at Washington, 1-4-01, Steals - 3, vs. Oregon St, 12-22-01.
#35 Jamila Veasley - Started the last four games ... 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 also 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 ... Scored a career-best nine points and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds in the win over Oregon ... Had eight rebounds in the win over Washington State ... Sister, Aisha, played for UCLA from 1995-98 ... Four-time all-league selection in high school ... First-team all-CIF the last two seasons ... Named co-MVP of her league ... Her sister, Aisha, played at 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 Washington, 1-4-02, Steals - 5, vs. ASU, 1-17-02.
#42 Stacy Robertson - Suffered a torn ACL in her left knee in the first week of pre-season practices and is likely out for the 2001-02 season after undergoing surgery on Nov. 21.
#54 Sissy Pickett - 6-7 center from Martin High School in Coushatta, LA ... Has appeared in six games ... Scored a career-best four points in the loss at Oregon ... Pulled down two rebounds in four minutes at Oregon State ...Scored her first collegiate points in the win at Washington State ... Pulled down eight rebounds and scored six points against the West Coast All-Stars ... 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 - 4, at Oregon, 1-26-02, Rebounds - 2, at OSU, 1-24-02, Blocks - 1 at Oregon, 1-26-02.
#55 Krystle Johnson - 6-4 forward/center from Hoover, AL High School ... Has seen action in 14 games ... Had two points at Oregon ... Played in a career-high 14 minutes at Oregon State, scoring three points with two rebounds and one block ... Recorded career-best totals with seven points and four rebounds in nine minutes against Arizona just two days after scoring four points with three boards against ASU ...Scored her first collegiate points with three points against Michigan State ... Pulled down two offensive rebounds against Ohio State ...Her free throws in the final seconds of the high school State championship game broke a 41-all tie and gave Hoover a 43-41 win ...Johnson finished her career as the second-leading scorer in her school's history. Career Highs: Points - 7, vs. Arizona, 1-19-02, Rebounds - 3 vs. ASU, 1-17-02, Blocks - 1, last at OSU, 1-24-02.
2001-02 Game Recaps
Ducks Rally Past Bruins - Oregon used an 11-0 run midway through the second half to open up a working margin and went on to defeat UCLA 76-54 in Eugene. The Bruins, who led 27-26 at the half, were paced by Natalie Nakase, who had 14 points and handed out eight assists. Whitney Jones added 12, and Shalada Allen had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.