Nov. 24, 2001
Los Angeles, CA - The UCLA women's basketball team rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to beat Ohio State 64-60 this afternoon in Pauley Pavilion.
Senior guard Michelle Greco paced the Bruin attack with a game-high 23 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:22 to play which put UCLA in the lead for good at 58-57.
The Bruins had trailed by a 34-21 count at the intermission, but a Greco free throw at the 13:34 mark made the score 40-36 Bruins.
After the Bruins took their largest edge of the half, five points, at 51-46 with 8:09 to play, Ohio State staged its own rally and recaptured the lead at the 4:57 mark, 54-53, on a jump shot by junior forward D'wan Shackleford. A pair of free throws with 1:47 on the clock by the Buckeyes' DiDi Reynolds gave the visitors a 57-56 advantage. That set the stage for Greco's twisting shot in the lane which gave UCLA a 58-57 lead. The Buckeyes were whistled for traveling on the next possession. Junior guard Jalina Bradley then hit a jump shot from the right side with 37 seconds remaining to give UCLA a 60-57 lead.
Ohio State called timeout to set up a three-point shot for Lauren Shenk. The shot went awry, but Reynolds was fouled on the rebound opportunity with 16 seconds on the clock. Reynolds, a junior forward, failed to convert either free throw and the Buckeyes fouled Greco after the second miss. The Bruin senior guard connected on both of her attempts from the line for a 62-57 lead with 12 seconds on the clock.
Reynolds then hit a long three-pointer from the left corner with 10 seconds to play to slice the margin to 62-60. UCLA's Natalie Nakase was fouled after taking the inbounds pass. The junior guard stepped to the line and hit both free throws with nine seconds to play for a 64-60 Bruin lead. Ohio State's last three-point attempt of the game went out of bounds with under a second on the clock.
Nakase finished with eight assists on the afternoon, while sophomore forward Jamila Veasley recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Malika Leatham was also in double-figure scoring with 15 points and eight rebounds. The win improved UCLA's record to 2-1 on the year. The Bruins will next play on Tuesday night in Pauley Pavilion at 7 p.m. against BYU.
Ohio State, which was led by Shenk's 14 points, fell to 1-2 on the season and will next play on Thursday, November 29 against UC Santa Barbara in Columbus, OH.