Dec. 17, 2002
Bruins Host Baylor and Cal State Northridge - After playing six of their first seven games away from home, the Bruins (4-3) return to Pauley Pavilion for a pair of games this week. UCLA will host Baylor (8-1) on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. and Cal State Northridge (0-6) on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. Both of UCLA's opponents are coming off Monday games - Baylor defeated Texas-Pan American, 84-40, while Cal State Northridge lost, 92-49, at Pepperdine. UCLA opens the Pac-10 season after Christmas with a pair of games in Oregon.
Broadcast Info - UCLA's games against Baylor and Cal State Northridge will be broadcast on KTDD (1350 am) and KBET (850 am), as well as on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Tony Luftman and Michael Sondheimer will call the action.
Greco / Pitts at Top of Pac-10 Stats - With 31 points against Pepperdine, Michelle Greco moved to the top of the Pac-10 scoring list for the week (19.1 average). Greco, who was the conference scoring leader in 2000-01, is also ranked eighth in assists (3.43). Nikki Blue is ranked eighth in scoring with her 14.0 mark. Julia Pitts leads the conference in shooting percentage (.698) and ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in rebounding. Greco and Blue are tied for fifth in steals (2.29).
Pepperdine Runs Past Bruins - Host Pepperdine jumped out to a 30-15 lead early and went on to post a 88-67 win over the Bruins. UCLA was led by Michelle Greco with 31 points and Nikki Blue who had 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Pepperdine held UCLA to 33% shooting from the field and won the battle on the boards 47-39.
Freshmen Make Big Contributions - Bruin freshmen Nikki Blue, Julia Pitts and Lisa Willis have accounted for 42% of UCLA's scoring load so far this season. Blue, Pitts and Willis rank in the Top Four on the team in scoring. Blue ranks second behind scoring leader Michelle Greco at 14.0 points per game and is second on the team with 21 assists. Pitts averages 11.1 points per game and leads the team in rebounding with a 6.4 average. Willis is UCLA's top three-point shooter with 14 treys (41% from beyond the arc).
Pitts Hits - At her current pace, freshman forward Julia Pitts could challenge Denise Curry's school record for field goal percentage. Pitts is currently shooting 69.8% (30-43) from the field and averages 11.1 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game. Curry's school record is 62.1% (280-451 in 1977-78). Pitts leads the Pac-10 and would rank second in the nation in this category had she been eligible (minimum number of field goals made is 5.0 per game).
Greco Aims For Record Books - Senior guard Michelle Greco will look to keep climbing the UCLA scoring charts in 2002-03. She entered the season ranked No. 15 on the career points chart with 1,158 and has moved into the top-10. In addition, Greco looks to challenge Denise Curry's long-standing career free throw percentage mark of .818. Greco entered the season with a career free throw percentage mark of .813(218-268).
Greco: Pre-Season All-Conference ... - Michelle Greco was selected by the media to the Pre-Season All-Conference team for the second consecutive year. She was joined by Stanford's Nicole Powell, USC's Ebony Hoffman, Washington's Loree Payne and Oregon's Shaquala Williams.
... And Pre-Season All-American - Greco was also selected to the Women's Basketball News Service pre-season All-America second team, joining Stanford's Nicole Powell (first team) as the only two Pac-10 honorees.
Pac-10 Pre-Season Polls - The Pac-10 media selected the Bruins to finish seventh in the conference race this season in a pre-season poll. Stanford was the near unanimous choice to finish first, followed by Washington (two first-place votes), Oregon, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon State, California and Washington State.
The Pac-10 women's basketball coaches picked UCLA to finish eighth in the conference. Stanford was the near unanimous choice to finish first, followed by Washington, Oregon (one first-place vote), USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, California and Washington State.
Blue Earns Pre-Season Honors - Freshman guard Nikki Blue was selected by Women's College Hoops.com as one of 21 "Freshmen of Impact" for 2002-03 and was also named to the Women's Basketball News Service pre-season All-Freshman team.
Pac-10 Tournament - The 2002-03 season will conclude with the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament to be played at the HP Pavilion in San Jose,CA on March 7-10. All conference schools will participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the 2003 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.