Women's Basketball Rallies To Down BYU, 73-62

Nov. 27, 2001

Box Score

Los Angeles, CA - The UCLA women's basketball team came from behind for the second consecutive game to defeat BYU, 73-62. Down 31-26 at the half, the Bruins scored 47 points in the second half to take their third victory in four games this year.

BYU led by as much as eight points, 31-23 in the first half, but a Michelle Greco buzzer-beating three-pointer started the Bruins on their rally. The Cougars led 52-45 with 8:29 to play when UCLA went on a 18-3 run in the next seven minutes to take a 63-55 lead. Senior center Shalada Allen scored 12 of those 18 points during the run, including a layup and foul shot that closed the gap to one (54-53) with 5:52 to play.

Natalie Nakase's three-pointer at the 4:08 mark gave UCLA its first lead since the first half, 56-54, and the Bruins never looked back.

"We made some big rebounds and scored some big baskets down the stretch," said UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier. "We got great help off the bench from Shalada Allen and Brianna Winn. Everyone contributed. If we keep doing that, we'll be alright."

Greco led all players with 22 points and added six rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Allen scored career highs in both points (14) and rebounds (seven) off the bench. Malika Leatham led the Bruins in rebounding with nine and also scored 15 points.

Guard Erin Thorp led the Cougars with 13 points. Jennifer Leitner recorded a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Melanie Pearson added 12 points off the bench.

The Bruins improve their record to 3-1 and are off to their best start since 1996-97. BYU falls to 2-2. UCLA next plays at Utah on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 pm CT. BYU plays at USC on Thursday, Nov. 29.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Nov 01
vs. Vanguard
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13
vs. St. John's
Los Angeles, CA
W, 73 - 58
Friday, Nov 20
vs. James Madison
Los Angeles, CA
W, 90 - 61
Sunday, Nov 22
vs. South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 65 - 68
Friday, Nov 27
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
W, 68 - 57
Saturday, Nov 28 - 12:15 PM PST
vs. 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
Saturday, Jan 02 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Jan 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 10 - 6:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 15 - 6:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 17 - 12:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Jan 22 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 24 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 29 - 6:00 PM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Sunday, Jan 31 - 1:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, Feb 05 - 5:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Feb 07 - 12:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Friday, Feb 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Feb 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR