Feb. 4, 2002
UCLA At Long Beach and USC - The Bruins (6-15, 3-10) will face Long Beach State in their final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the Pyramid at Long Beach. Tip-off time is scheduled for 7:30 pm. Long Beach State bested UC Riverside on Sunday by a score of 63-54 to improve its record to 11-9 overall. The 49ers have won seven of their last nine games. Long Beach State leads the all-time series with UCLA by a 18-14 count. UCLA won last year's matchup in Pauley by a score of 86-60. UCLA will face cross-town rival USC on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4:00 pm in the Sports Arena. USC split their games last weekend with the Washington schools and owns a 12-10 overall record and an 8-5 record in Pac-10 play. Guard Aisha Hollans leads USC with a 17.2 ppg scoring average. USC leads the all-time series by a 31-24 margin and won the first meeting of the season, 67-57 in Pauley.
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. 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.
Notes - 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 ... Winn played a season-high 27 minutes vs. Washington ... 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 last nine games to move among the conference leaders (7th at .789). She 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 six games ... Shalada Allen has scored in double figure points for the last three games ... For the second consecutive year, the Bruins lead the Pac-10 Conference in steals, and entered the week averaging 10.52 steals a game. UCLA ranked second in turnover margin, with a +3.57 margin ... Entering the week, Nakase ranks third in assists (5.52), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.78), 10th in steals (1.76) and 7th in free throw percentage (.789) ... Jones ranks fifth in steals (2.12) ...Malika Leatham ranks 12th in rebounding (6.0).
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 - Starter in the past 50 straight games ... 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 18 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 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 14 games ... Scored 12 points and had five steals at Oregon ... Set a season-best with 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 th 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, 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 21 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 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 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 - 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 State, 12-22-01.
#35 Jamila Veasley - Started the last six games and 14 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 ... 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. 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 likely out for the 2001-02 season after undergoing surgery on Nov. 21.
#54 Sissy Pickett - Has appeared in eight games ... 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, vs. Washington State, 2-1-02, Steals - 2, vs. Washington State, Blocks - 1 at Oregon, 1-26-02.
#55 Krystle Johnson - Has seen action in 17 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 vs. Washington, 2-3-02.
2001-02 Game Recaps
Huskies Run Past Bruins - Washington jumped out to a 19-4 lead and was never headed as they handed UCLA a 68-48 defeat. UCLA closed to within nine points twice in the second half but could not get closer. Freshman center Krystle Johnson led UCLA with a career-high 15 points. Shalada Allen added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Bruins Roll Past Washington State - UCLA scored the first 15 points of the game and never looked back in defeating Washington State 79-55. Shalada Allen came off the bench to lead the Bruins with 14 points. Freshmen Brianna Winn and Sissy Pickett added 13 points each as the Bruin bench scored 52 of UCLA's season-high 79 points.