Women's Basketball Rally Falls Short, 70-66

Nov. 23, 2002

Box Score

Honolulu, HI - The UCLA women's basketball team made a furious rally, nearly coming back from a double-digit deficit late in the game, but came up just short against the University of Hawai`i, 70-66.

Bruin senior guard Michelle Greco led all players with 20 points and added five assists. Freshman Lisa Willis contributed 18 points off the bench.

UH built their biggest lead of the game, 65-55, with just 1:34 left in the game, but the Bruins game roaring back, scoring eight straight points in less than 40 seconds. The Rainbow Wahine broke the Bruin press to get ahead by four, but a 3-pointer by Willis made the score 67-66 with less than 30 seconds left in the game. Jade Abele hit a pair of free throws on UH's next possession, and when Greco's 3-pointer from the top of the key fell off the rim with 10 seconds left, the Rainbow Wahine escaped with an opening-day win.

The game was close throughout with the Bruins owning a 31-30 lead at the half. No team lead by more than four points until UH built a 10-point lead in the final three minutes. The Rainbow Wahine trailed by three with eight minutes remaining, but consecutive three-point plays Abele and April Atuaia gave UH a lead they would not relinquish.

UH shot 62 percent in the second half and outscored the Bruins 25-9 at the free throw line. UH also out-rebounded UCLA 40-34.

UCLA next faces Sacramento State on Sunday at 2 p.m. Hawaii time to conclude its play in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Nov 01 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Vanguard
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. St. John's
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. James Madison
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Saturday, Nov 28 - TBA PST
vs. Denver or Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Saturday, Dec 05 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 13 - 11:00 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Wednesday, Dec 16 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 18 - 7:05 PM PST
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
Monday, Dec 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Monday, Dec 28 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
Wednesday, Dec 30 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA