Feb. 26, 2001
Next Up -- The Bruins (4-21, 3-11) will play next at California (11-13, 7-7) on Thursday night in Berkeley at 7:30 p.m. UCLA will be at Stanford (15-9, 9-5) on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. for its final road game of the season.
UCLA leads the series with California, 28-7. The Bears have won the last two meetings in the series, including the first meeting of this season, 58-57, in Pauley. The Bears led by as many as 15 early in the second half of that game, before UCLA rallied to take the lead, 41-40 with 7:47 to play. Ami Forney's lay-in with 3.5 seconds to play was the game-winner for the Bears. The Bruins have won the last five road meetings against Cal, which is only 4-6 in home games this season.
Stanford leads the series with UCLA, 23-19. The Cardinal won the first meeting of the season, 60-52, in Pauley. In that game, Stanford stormed out to a 14-0 lead and led by 16 at the half. UCLA got as close as one point, 45-44, with 5:46 to play, but could not get the lead. Kristee Porter led the Bruins with 13 points. The Bruins have split the last two games played in the Bay Area, last winning in 1999.
Radio/TV -- Both games will be broadcast locally on KACD 850 am and on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. The Stanford game will be televised live on Fox Sports Bay Area.
This Week's Headlines -- Kristee Porter has scored in double figures in each of the last seven games, including a career-best 25 at Arizona (2/15) ... ...She had her fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds vs. Oregon State after scoring 13 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the win over Oregon ...Porter now ranks first in the conference in blocked shots avg. (1.72) ... Greco scored 22 points vs. Oregon State to record her 13th game this season of at least 20 points ... Greco currently has a total of 959 points and is within 41 points of becoming the 19th Bruin to score at least 1,000 points for her career ... Whitney Jones, who scored 13 points in each game in Arizona, recorded a new career-high with 15 points in the win over Oregon ... She added a career-best 10 rebounds in the game vs. Oregon State ... Natalie Nakase has 27 steals in the last seven games and totaled a career-high eight in the win over Oregon while tying her career best with seven assists ... Jamila Veasley scored a career-best nine points and grabbed another best of 11 rebounds in the Oregon win ... The Bruins shot a season-high 48.1% in the win over Oregon ... UCLA entered the week leading the league in steals (11.24 spg) and was listed first in the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+3.36).
Greco Atop Pac-10 Conference In Scoring and Moving Up Bruin Career Charts -- In her third season as a Bruin, Michelle Greco has moved into a tie for sixth place on the all-time school made three-point shot list with 56 for her career (6th is Ricarda Kuypers-56, 4th are Allison Arredondo and Rehema Stephens - 67). She has achieved her three-point total in just the last two seasons after missing on her one and only attempt as a freshman. On the single-season list, Greco is currently fifth for made threes with 42 (4th is Rehema Stephens - 47). Greco is also nearing the 1,000 point mark with 959 career points.
Bruin Defense Stepping Up -- UCLA has stepped up its defense in Pac-10 games. In conference games, UCLA entered the week ranked first in steals (11.24 per game) and second in turnovers forced (22.8). The Bruins have held six teams under 40% shooting from the field this season and won three times. In the game last week versus Oregon State, the Bruins held OSU without a point for over six minutes in the second half while outscoring the Beavers 9-0 and retaking the lead. Against USC, the defense held the Women of Troy scoreless for almost five minutes midway through the second half as they sliced an 11-point USC to just one. In the first game against Cal, the Bruin defense held the Golden Bears without a point for almost six minutes of the second half while rallying back from a 15-point deficit to take the lead. The previous week, the Bruins rallied in the game's last minute at Oregon after holding the Ducks without a basket for the final 6:42 of the contest.
Porter, Jones Become Two-Sport Starters -- Volleyball All-American Kristee Porter and soccer standout Whitney Jones became two-sport starters in January when they were inserted into the UCLA women's basketball starting lineup. Porter, who also competes for the track and field team, made her first hoops appearance Dec. 18 against Old Dominion and contributed 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots. She made her first career start against fourth-ranked Georgia, scoring 11 points and grabbing eight boards. Porter enjoyed her finest game at Arizona, leading the team with a career-high 25 points and seven boards. Jones joined the team a few days after playing in the NCAA Soccer championship game and saw her first action in the Bruins' win over Long Beach State Dec. 10. In her basketball debut, she scored two points and grabbed three boards. She made her first start of the year at Washington St. and scored eight points with four rebounds and four steals. Jones had a career-high 15 points in the win over Oregon.
Bruins Face One of Nation's Toughest Schedules -- Seven non-conference games (Duke, Utah, BYU, San Diego, Old Dominion, Pepperdine and Georgia) were played against teams which earned bids to the 2000 NCAA tournament, and another two were played against WNIT teams (New Mexico, Long Beach State). Last week, UCLA's strength of schedule ranked 13th nationally.
Head Coach Kathy Olivier -- Having completed seven seasons (entered the 2000-01 season with a 115-85 overall record) as UCLA head coach, Kathy Olivier has steadily built the program to reflect her own positive, upbeat and outgoing personality. In 2000, she saw her team reach the NCAA tournament for a third-straight season, a school record. The squad also set a school home attendance record by averaging over 3,700 fans. Maylana Martin became just the third player to ever earn All-Pac-10 honors in four straight seasons. Olivier became just the second coach at UCLA and the 11th in the Pac-10 to earn victory number 100, which came against San Diego State.
In 1999, she led her Bruin team to the school's first ever Pac-10 conference title and an unprecedented second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for the program. The team totaled the most wins (26) since the 1981 season and advanced further in the NCAA tournament (Regional final) than any previous UCLA team. The team put together back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1970's. In addition, the 1999 Bruin team finished with its highest ranking ever (No. 7) in the USA Today poll.
In 1998, she guided UCLA to what was then its best finish ever (tie for second) in the Pac-10, its best winning percentage in the last 17 seasons and the first 20-win season since 1992.
Player Bio Updates
#1 Natalie Nakase -- Entered the week fifth in the Pac-10 in assists (4.12 average) and fifth in steals (2.28) ...Starter in all 25 games ... Battled foul trouble against Oregon State and did not score ... Totaled a career-best eight steals in the win over Oregon to go along with seven assists, which ties her career best in that category ... Had a career-best eight rebounds at ASU, including five offensive boards ... Had seven assists at Arizona to match her career-high set earlier this year vs. Arizona in Pauley ... Had six assists and three steals at USC ... Matched her career-high with six steals vs. Cal and also scored nine points ... Limited to a season-low 22 minutes by foul trouble at Oregon ... Grabbed a career-high four rebounds at Oregon State ... Handed out seven assists in the win over Arizona to tie her career best ... Had six points and six assists versus ASU ... Tied her career best with 11 points in the win over USC ... Added five assists and three steals vs. the Trojans. ... Set a career-high with 11 points at Washington State, playing all 40 minutes ... Grabbed a career-high tying three rebounds at Washington ...Recorded then career-highs in points (seven) and assists (seven) at Colorado and matched the exact totals in the next game vs. Long Beach ...Bested the scoring total with nine points against Old Dominion ...Also set a career high in rebounds at ODU with three ... Made a career-best six steals vs. Long Beach ... Handed out six assists at BYU ... Made her first career starts in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic against Duke and New Mexico ... Had five assists against New Mexico ... Added three assists versus Duke ...Saw action in 11 games off the bench last season. Career Highs: Points - 11, last vs. USC, 1-14-01, Rebounds - 8, at ASU, 2-17-01, Assists - 7, last vs. Oregon, 2-23-01, Steals - 8, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01.
#4 Kristee Porter -- Named the ASICS / Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year for 2000 ... Volleyball first-team All-American who saw her first action with the 2000-01 Bruin hoopsters at Old Dominion Dec. 18 ... Has now seen action in 18 games ... Entering the week, her rebound average of 7.8 ranked third in the conference ... She ranked first in blocked shots with a 1.72 average ...Had her fourth double-double of the season vs. Oregon State with 19 points and 11 rebounds ...Added four blocked shots ... It was also her seventh-straight game in double figure points ... Scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win over Oregon ... Scored a team-best 16 points in the game at ASU... Scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Bruins at Arizona ... Porter hit 17-29 fg and 7-7 ft in the two games in Arizona ... Had 11 points, three assists (career high), three steals, two blocks and seven rebounds in a career-high 39 minutes of action at USC ... Had 12 points and six rebounds vs. Cal ... Scored a team-high 13 against Stanford ... Saw a season-low 15 minutes of action due to foul trouble at Oregon ... Pulled down a career-best 16 rebounds in the win over Arizona to go along with 11 points ... Had 13 points and a 14 rebounds in the ASU game despite playing just 20 minutes due to foul trouble ... Had eight points and seven rebounds in the win over USC ... Credited with a career-best four steals at Washington State ... Had 12 points in the Pac-10 opener at Washington ... Scored 11 points versus fourth-ranked Georgia and grabbed eight rebounds in her first career start ... Recorded 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in her season debut at ODU, all career-highs at the time ...Scored nine with four boards at Ohio State ...Led the team in rebounding against Pepperdine, pulling down eight boards and scoring nine points with three blocked shots ...Saw action in four games during the 1999 season and redshirted last year ... Also a member of the track team and has scored at the Conference championship meet in the triple jump. Career Highs: Points - 25, at Arizona, 2-15-01, Rebounds - 16, v. Arizona, 1-20-01, Assists - 3, at USC, 2-10-01, Blocks - 5, at ODU, 12-18-00 , Steals - 4, at Wash. State, 1-6-01.
#5 Melissa Maurin -- Second-year student who walked on to the team ... Has seen action in four games ... Played at Don Lugo High School in Chino, CA ... Came off the bench in the New Mexico game to see her first action, but did not score in five minutes of play ... Younger brother Ty is a midfielder on the UCLA men's soccer team.
#10 Whitney Jones -- Starting midfielder on the soccer team who began practice on Dec. 6 and played for the first time vs. Long Beach State (2 points, 3 rebounds) ... In just her second game, she scored 11 points on 3-4 fg shooting at ODU ...Had three boards at Ohio State and against Pepperdine ...Recorded a career-best three steals vs. Pepperdine and scored six points ...Pulled down a then career-best six rebounds in just 14 minutes of play in the Pac-10 opener at Washington ... Started her first game at Washington State and had eight points, four steals and four rebounds ... Made her second career start in the win over USC and grabbed five boards ... Had 11 points in the first ASU game ... Pulled down a career-best nine rebounds in the home win over Arizona and had 11 points ... Had seven points and rebounds at Oregon ... Scored 11 points against Stanford ... Scored 13 points at Arizona and added a career-best five steals as well as six rebounds, all offensive ... Added 13 more points at ASU and a career-best four assists ... Scored a career-best 15 points in the win over Oregon and had nine rebounds ... Pulled down a career-best 10 boards in the Oregon State game ... Entered the week ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in steals (1.89) ... Helped lead the Bruin soccer team to the NCAA Championship game for the first time in school history ...League Player of the Year last season at San Clemente High School ... Holds the school record for points in a game, steals in a season and single-season field goal percentage ... Team advanced to the CIF finals her junior season. Career Highs: Points - 15, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01, Rebounds - 10, vs. Oregon State, 2-25-01, Assists - 4, at ASU, 2-15-01, Steals - 5, at Arizona, 2-15-01.
#13 Gennifer Arranaga -- Has appeared in all 25 games off the bench ... Scored 11 points in the win over Oregon, hitting all five of her field goal attempts ... Scored six points at Arizona ... Had three points and four rebounds vs. Cal ... Tied her career-best with five rebounds at Oregon ... Scored six points in 10 minutes of play at Oregon State ...Credited with a career-high six steals versus Georgia ... Pulled down a career-high five rebounds and scored 11 points with two steals at Colorado ...Poured in a career-high 13 points vs. USD ... Had six points and four rebounds at BYU ... Scored nine points with four steals and three rebounds against Utah ...Had seven points and three steals off the bench in the opener against Duke in her first game action as a Bruin ... Outstanding athlete who helped her Centennial High School team to a pair of league titles ... Advanced to the finals of the 100-meter event at the CIF meet as a prep freshman. Career Highs: Points - 13, vs. San Diego, 11-28-00, Rebounds - 5, last at Oregon, 1-27-01, Assists - 2, at BYU, 11-25-00, Steals - 6, vs. Georgia, 12-30-00.
#14 Natalie Jarrett -- Starter in 10 games, played in 20 ... Recorded a career-high tying nine points and grabbed four rebounds vs. Pepperdine ...Had nine points and five boards in 20 minutes of play against Utah ... Came off the bench to grab a team-leading seven rebounds against New Mexico ... In the opener against Duke, she had a team-high and career-best seven rebounds ...Appeared in eight games last season ... Saw her first action on Dec. 17 at Cal State Fullerton ... Missed the first six games of the 1999-2000 season while recovering from off-season knee surgery ... Had best of six points vs. Washington last season. Career Highs: Points - 9, last vs. Pepperdine, 12-28-00, Rebounds - 7, last at UNM, 11-11-00, Blocks - 1, last vs. Pepperdine, 12-28-00, Steals - 2, last vs. Pepperdine, 12-28-00.
#20 Michelle Greco -- Entered the week as the leading scorer in the Pac-10 (19.8 ppg) ... Also rated first in the conference in free throw percentage (.868, 66-76) ...Was sixth in the conference in steals with a 2.17 per game mark and tied for sixth in three-point FG made (1.83 average) ... Has led UCLA in scoring in 19 games (in three of the games in which she did not lead, she injured an ankle early in the first half against Utah and did not score, did not play due to illness at Wash. State and sat out the Oregon win due to concussion-like symptoms) ... Greco, who suffered a blow to the head in the Arizona State game Feb. 17, informed the coaches during warmups just prior to the start of the Oregon game that she was not 100% and sat out that contest as a precautionary measure ... Returned to score 22 points vs. Oregon State which marked the 13th time this season and the 16th time in her career she has scored at least 20 points in a game ... Had 22 points at Arizona ... Had 26 points at USC ... Recorded a game-high 25 points at OSU for a fourth consecutive 20-point game at the time ...Scored 29 points in the win over Arizona ... Had 22 points in the first ASU game ... Scored 23 points vs. USC, including 15 in the second half, to go along with four assists and three steals ... Had 19 points, all in the second half, at Washington in the Pac-10 opener ... Scored 22 points versus fourth-ranked Georgia and also grabbed six boards ... Scored 20 at Ohio St. ...Scored a career-high 34 points to key the Bruin win over Long Beach, including 25 in the second half ... Led UCLA with 15 points and recorded a season-high five assists at Colorado ... Had 18 points vs. San Diego ... Had 22 points and five steals in the season opener against Duke ... Named to the all-tournament team of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic in New Mexico ... Scored a then career-high 28 points against New Mexico despite leaving the game with a sprained right ankle with over five minutes to play ... Re-aggravated the ankle five minutes into the contest with Utah and did not score in 17 minutes of play ...Returned to action at BYU and scored a team-high 24 points ... Matched her career-best with eight boards at BYU ... Last year, she was selected to the honorable mention all-conference team ... Starter in six games in 1999-2000 and for a total of nine for her career entering the current season ... Third in the Pac-10 last season in steals (2.2) and hit 86% of her free throws ... Ranked second on the team in assists in each of her first two seasons ... Scored a then career-best 26 points at Stanford last year. Career Highs: Points - 34, vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Rebounds - 8, last at BYU, 11-25-00, Assists - 7, last vs. WSU, 1-9-00, Steals - 7, last at Stanford, 2-3-00.
#21 Jalina Bradley -- Starter in 12 games, played in all 24 ... Had five points and three steals off the bench vs. Oregon State ... Totaled 10 points in a starting role in the win over Oregon ... Scored six points at ASU ... Recorded six points and a career-high tying five boards at OSU ...Scored seven points vs. ASU ... Had a team-best 11 points in a starting role at Washington State ... Scored nine points at Ohio State ...Recorded 10 points against Old Dominion ...Had seven points and a career-high three steals in the win over Long Beach ... Scored 10 points on 4-6 shooting and had career-highs in rebounds (five) at Colorado ... Led the Bruins against Utah with career-highs in points (12) and assists (five) ...Made her first career start in the season opener against Duke and scored eight points ...Played in nine games last season ... Missed 12 games in mid-season after fracturing her right foot. Career Highs: Points - 12, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Rebounds - 5, last at OSU, 1-25-01, Assists - 5, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Steals - 3, last vs. Oregon State, 2-25-01.
#32 Malika Leatham -- Starter in all 25 games ... Had 11 points and six boards at USC ... Tied for the team lead in rebounds at OSU (six) and Oregon (seven) ...Matched her career-high with nine rebounds in the win over Arizona ... Totaled 13 points and a career-best nine rebounds in the win over USC ... Scored 10 points in the conference opener at Washington ... Had nine points and six rebounds against Pepperdine ...Pulled down a team-high five rebounds and scored six points at Ohio State ...Had four points and seven boards in just 14 minutes while battling foul trouble at ODU ...Scored a career-high 16 points and blocked a career-best five shots in the win over Long Beach ... Also had eight rebounds vs. the Beach ... Posted then career-bests in points (12) and rebounds (8) vs. San Diego ... Pulled down a team-best six boards at Colorado ... Scored seven points at BYU before fouling out ...Had eight points and five rebounds against Utah ...Started both games in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic, battling foul trouble in both contests ... Transfer from Blinn Junior College in Texas ... Ranked eighth in Region XIV in rebounding last season ... Second on her team with 46 blocked shots ... Scored a career-best 20 points vs. Western Texas as a freshman. UCLA Career Highs: Points - 16, vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Rebounds - 9, last vs. Arizona, 1-20-01, Blocks - 5, vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Steals - 3, vs. Duke, 11-10-00.
#33 Shalada Allen -- Has seen action in 22 games ...Had four points and five rebounds at Washington State ... Recorded six rebounds in just 12 minutes of play at ODU ...Pulled down a career-high seven rebounds vs. Long Beach State ... Recorded a UCLA-high 14 points with three boards and two steals at Colorado ...Did not play against Utah due to a sprained thumb ... Scored six and had two rebounds before fouling out in a starting role against New Mexico ... Came off the bench to score six points and grab five rebounds versus Duke ...Transfer from Kilgore Junior College in Texas ... Ranked 10th last season in Region XIV in both scoring and rebounding. UCLA Career Highs: Points - 14, at Colorado, 12-2-00, Rebounds - 7, vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Assists - 2, at Washington, 1-4-01, Steals - 3, vs. Duke, 11-10-00.
#35 Jamila Veasley -- Has seen action in all 25 games off the bench ... Scored a career-high nine points and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds in the win over Oregon ... Played a season-high 26 minutes against Oregon State and at ASU ... Had six boards at Oregon ... Pulled down five rebounds at OSU ...Had four points and four rebounds in 25 minutes of play in the win over USC ... Matched her season-best with six points and had a career-best eight rebounds, including five offensive boards, vs. Long Beach ... Had a season-best six points at BYU, including a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line ... Had four rebounds against Utah ...Came off the bench in both games in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic ... Grabbed six rebounds vs. New Mexico ... Four-time all-league selection in high school ... First-team all-CIF the last two seasons ... Named co-MVP of her league ... Her sister, Aisha, played at UCLA from 1995-98. Career Highs: Points - 9, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01, Rebounds - 11, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01, Assists - 1, last vs. Oregon, 2-23-01, Steals - 2, last vs. LBSU, 12-10-00.
#42 Stacy Robertson -- Suffered a tear in the ACL of her right knee in practice on Feb. 21 and is expected to miss the rest of the season ... Tied her career-best with three rebounds at ASU ... Tied her career-high with two steals vs. ASU ... Matched her career-high in rebounds with three vs. Pepperdine ...Scored five points in just seven minutes at Ohio State ...Hit her first three-pointer of the season vs. San Diego and scored a career-high six points ...Came off the bench to score three points vs. New Mexico ... Started the Duke game but was held scoreless ... Transfer from Kilgore Junior College in Texas ... Named to the 10-player JC All-Region XIV and all-conference teams last season ... Ranked third in the Region in three-point shooting and 12th in scoring. Career Highs: Points - 6, vs. San Diego, 11-28-00, Rebounds - 3, last vs. ASU, 2-17-01, Assists - 1, last vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Steals - 2, last v. ASU, 1-18-01.
Beavers Top Bruins -- Oregon State outscored UCLA 15-3 to end the game and won 65-57 in Pauley. Michelle Greco led UCLA, which rallied to take the lead after trailing by as many as 16 in the first half, with 22 points. Kristee Porter added her fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Whitney Jones had a career-high 10 rebounds.
Bruins Best Oregon -- UCLA hung on for a 70-68 win over Oregon in Pauley Pavilion. Whitney Jones scored a career-high 15 points for the Bruins. Kristee Porter added 13 points and 13 rebounds. UCLA trailed 33-30 at the half, but rallied to take the lead at 52-49 on a Jones three-point shot with just over nine minutes to play. The Bruins led the rest of the way and survived a last-second game tying shot by the Ducks to record the win. The Bruins shot a season-best 48.1% from the field.