Dec. 31, 2001
UCLA Travels To Washington - The Bruins (4-8, 1-3) will travel to the Pacific Northwest to face Washington (7-5, 2-1) on Friday, Jan. 4 at 7:00 pm and Washington State (2-11, 0-3) on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2:00 pm.
The Huskies, Elite Eight participants a year ago, are coming off a 74-58 win at Oregon State but have put together consecutive victories just once this year. Loree Payne leads Washington with a 14.9 points per game average. Andrea Lalum (13.7 ppg) and Emily Autrey (11.3 ppg) are also averaging in double figures. Lalum leads the team in rebounding with a 7.3 average.
Washington leads the overall series with the Bruins, 21-11, but UCLA won the last game, 81-56 in Pauley Pavilion last March and has won three of the last four. In last year's victory, Kristee Porter and Whitney Jones each posted double-doubles, with 22/13 and 21/10, respectively.
Washington State is led by Brittney Hawks, who averages a double-double with 12.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. The Cougars have lost eight consecutive games and are coming off big losses to Oregon State (57-33) and Oregon (76-47).
UCLA leads the all-time series with Washington State by a 24-6 count and has won nine of the last 10 contests, including a 93-61 win in Pauley last March. In that game, Porter scored a career-high 32 points with 11 rebounds.
Radio/TV - Both games will be broadcast live on KACD 850 am (Thousand Oaks) and KEWS 1340 am (Riverside), as well as on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Tony Luftman and Steve Rourke will call the action.
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.
Looking Ahead - The Bruins host cross-town rival USC on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Multi-Sport Stars Join Team - Soccer standout Whitney Jones, the third-leading scorer on the Bruin team last season with 7.2 points, participated in her first basketball game at San Diego Dec. 5. She had four rebounds in 25 minutes of play. Three-sport star Kristee Porter, the second-leading scorer on the Bruin team last season (13.0 points), saw action in her first game on Dec. 8 against Colorado after playing in the NCAA Regional volleyball final on Saturday night, Dec. 7. She totaled three points and three rebounds versus the Buffaloes.
Porter was a star player on the volleyball team, earning all-district and all-conference honors her first two seasons and All-America honors in 2000. She set numerous UCLA and Pac-10 records for coach Andy Banachowski, including the career kills record (2,225, 14th-best in NCAA history). Porter also competes in the triple jump for the UCLA women's track and field team and qualified for the Pac-10 Championships in that event.
Jones is a starting midfielder and second-team All-Pac-10 selection for the highly-ranked UCLA women's soccer team, which finished its season on Dec. 2 after losing in the NCAA quarterfinals.
UCLA In The Pac-10 Rankings - For the second consecutive year, the Bruins lead the Pac-10 Conference in steals, averaging 10.7 steals a game entering last week's play. UCLA also led in turnover margin, with a +5.20 margin, and ranked fifth in blocked shots with a 3.50 average. Individually, Natalie Nakase ranked third in assists (5.1) and assist/turnover ratio (1.89). Malika Leatham ranked eighth in defensive rebounds (4.3) and ninth in overall rebounds (6.5). Gennifer Arranaga checked in at 10th on the steals chart with a 1.7 average.
Bruins Face Another Tough Schedule - This year's schedule is once again a challenging one. In fact, UCLA's strength of schedule rating is No. 6 in the most recent WBCA/Summerville RPI. The Bruins have already faced Top 15 opponents Colorado and Baylor, as well as 2001 NCAA Tournament participants Liberty and Utah, and 2001 WNIT champion Ohio State. The Bruins will face NCAA tournament teams from inside the conference in Oregon, Arizona State, Washington and sixth-ranked Stanford.
Bruins Earn Road Victory At Cal - UCLA's defense forced 33 Cal turnovers and held the Golden Bears to a season-low 48 points in a 64-48 road victory. The Bruins rushed out to a 19-4 lead in the first half and never looked back. UCLA iced the game on the free throw line, hitting 12-of-12 to close the contest. Whitney Jones led the Bruins with 13 points, and freshman Brianna Winn added a career-high 10.
Sixth-Ranked Stanford Uses Second-Half Surge To Down Bruins - UCLA forced 22 Stanford turnovers and stayed close to the sixth-ranked Cardinal early in the game, but Stanford's depth prevailed, leading to an 81-50 victory. The Bruins pulled to within four at the 17:30 mark in the second half after a Whitney Jones three-pointer, but Stanford scored 10 unanswered points and went on a decisive 15-2 run. Jalina Bradley led the Bruins with a career-high 14 points.
Player Bio Updates
#1 Natalie Nakase - 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 - 11, last vs. Oregon State, 12-22-01, Rebounds - 8, at ASU, 2-17-01, Assists - 9, at Stanford, 3-3-01, 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 10 games ... Scored a career-high 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, at Cal, 12-30-01, Rebounds - 2, last at Baylor, 12-16-01, Assists - 2, vs. BYU, 11-27-01, Steals - 1, last at Stanford, 12-28-01.
#4 Kristee Porter - Made a career-best five steals and also scored nine points and grabbed five boards at Cal ... Led the team in rebounding for the third consecutive game with a season-best seven at Stanford and also scored seven points with one block and two steals ... Had a season-best 20 points to go along with seven rebounds and three blocks vs. Oregon State ... Had 18 points in the game vs. Oregon ... Recorded eight points, six rebounds and four blocks at Baylor ... Saw her first action of the season versus Colorado (Dec. 8) and had three points, two blocked shots and three rebounds in 20 minutes ... Also a standout on the Bruin volleyball and track and field teams ... Volleyball completed play this season on Dec. 7 with a loss to Long Beach State in the NCAA Regional final ... Saw her first basketball action last season in the Dec. 18 game at Old Dominion ... Starter in 19 games and saw action in 22 games a year ago ... Ranked second in the conference in rebounding (8.1), 11th in scoring (13.0) and third in blocked shots (1.77) ... Finished the year by scoring in double figures in the last 11 games of the season. Career Highs: Points - 32, vs. Washington State, 3-8-01, Rebounds - 16, v. Arizona, 1-20-01, Assists - 3, at USC, 2-10-01, Blocks - 5, at Old Dominion, 12-18-00 , Steals - 5, at Cal, 12-30-01.
#5 Melissa Maurin - Played for the first time this season at Stanford ... Saw action in six games off the bench in 2001 ... Scored six points against Washington State. Career Highs: Points - 6, vs. Washington State, 3-8-01, Rebounds - 2, at California, 3-1-01, Assists - None, Steals - 1, vs. Wash. State, 3-8-01.
#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 ... Scored six points with a season-best five boards and three assists at Stanford ... Led the Bruins in scoring with 13 points at Cal ... 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 State, 3-8-01, Steals - 5, last vs. Oregon, 12-20-01.
#13 Gennifer Arranaga - 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 at Utah, 12-1-01, Assists - 5, vs. Oregon State, 12-22-01, Steals - 6, vs. Georgia, 12-30-00.
#14 Natalie Jarrett - 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 State, 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 - 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, vs. Colorado, 12-8-01, Assists - 5, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Steals - 4, at Baylor, 12-16-01.
#32 Malika Leatham - 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 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 - 14, last vs. BYU, 11-27-01, Rebounds - 7, last vs. Utah, 12-1-01, Assists - 2, at Washington, 1-4-01, Steals - 3, vs. Oregon State, 12-22-01.
#35 Jamila Veasley - 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, at Cal, 12-30-01, Steals - 3, vs. Washington, 3-10-01.
#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 ... Saw action in 15 games in 2000-01 ... Her season was cut short by surgery on her right knee after she suffered a torn ACL during practice in late February ... Had a best of six points vs. San Diego.
#54 Sissy Pickett - 6-7 center from Martin High School in Coushatta, LA ... Has appeared in three games ... 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: Rebounds - 1, at Utah, 12-1-01.
#55 Krystle Johnson - 6-4 forward/center from Hoover, AL High School ... Has seen action in nine games ... 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 - 3, at Michigan State, 11-17-01, Rebounds - 2 vs. Ohio State, 11-24-01, Blocks - 1, vs. Liberty, 11-16-01.