Feb. 26, 2002
UCLA To Meet Cal in First Round of Pac-10 Tournament - On Friday at approximately 8:45 pm, UCLA (8-19, 4-14) will meet the University of California (7-20, 2-16) in the first round of the State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament at McArthur Court in Eugene, Oregon. UCLA leads the series with the Golden Bears, 30-8. The Bruins won the first two meetings this season, in Berkeley on December 30, 64-48, after forcing 33 Cal turnovers, and 58-48 on Feb. 22 in Pauley, limiting the visitors to 22.6% shooting. Gennifer Arranaga led UCLA with 14 points in that game. Whitney Jones paced the Bruins in the first game with 13 points, and Brianna Winn added 10. Cal is led by senior post Ami Forney, who averages 11.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
The winner of the Cal-UCLA first round game will meet top-seeded Stanford (28-1, 18-0) on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The Pac-10 regular season champion Cardinal leads the all-time series with UCLA by a 26-19 count and won both meetings of this season, including last Sunday's 98-80 decision in Pauley. Gennifer Arranaga sparked the Bruins with a career-high 21 points. In December, Stanford bested UCLA by a score of 81-50 in Palo Alto. Jalina Bradley led the Bruins in that contest with 14 points. The Cardinal enters the tournament on a 20-game winning streak and has yet to lose in 2002. Its lone setback came to Tennessee, 68-62, in December.
Radio - All of UCLA's Pac-10 Tournament 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.
Notes - Gennifer Arranaga, who came off the bench for a team-high 14 points in the win over Cal, scored a career-high 21 points in the loss to Stanford ...The 80 points scored in the loss to Stanford was a season-high and the most by an opponent against Stanford this season ...Shalada Allen grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and scored12 points in the home win over Cal ...It was her first career double-double ...The Bruin team is shooting .774 (103-133) from the free throw line over the last eight games ... Whitney Jones scored a career-high 24 points to pace the Bruins at Arizona ...Jones with 54 career three-pointers is now tied for eighth on the all-time school list ... The Bruins shot a season-best 48.4% in the win at Long Beach ... Twelve different players have scored in double figure points this season, and nine different players have led the Bruins in scoring in a game this year ... Natalie Nakase recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 11 rebounds against Arizona ...Nakase has converted 42 of her last 50 free throws over the past 15 games to move among the conference leaders (at .778) ... The Bruins have played without Michelle Greco (medical reasons) since the December 5th game against San Diego ... The Bruins have been without Kristee Porter (pro volleyball) since the January 4 game at Washington ... UCLA has set a school record with 351 three-point shot attempts this season.
Player Bio Updates
#1 Natalie Nakase - Starter in the past 56 straight games ... Had at least eight assists in six games this season ... Has made 19 of her last 23 attempts from the free throw line ...Had seven assists against Stanford to move into seventh place on all-time single season UCLA assist list with 144 ... Ranks third in the Pac-10 in assist average (5.3), ninth in free throw % (.778) and 10th in steals (1.7) ... Added 11 points vs. the Cardinal ... Scored 14 points in the win over Long Beach ... 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. Career Highs: Points - 24, at Washington State, 1-6-02, Rebounds - 8, at Arizona State, 2-17-01, Assists - 11, vs. Arizona, 1-19-02, Steals - 8, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01.
#2 Brianna Winn - Has appeared in 24 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 USC, at Stanford, vs. Stanford and vs. Washington State. 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 the last 20 straight games ... Has made 14 of her last 16 free throws ... Scored in double figures in five of the last six games ... Ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in steals (1.9) and ninth in three-point shots made/game (1.5) ... Scored a career-best 24 points at Arizona and grabbed 10 rebounds to tie her career-best mark in that category ... It was her second career double-double ... Scored a then career-high tying 21 points at USC and led the team with seven rebounds ... Had 11 points in the win at Long Beach and sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with 14 seconds to play ... Scored 12 points and had five steals at Oregon ... Recorded 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 the 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. Career Highs: Points - 24, at Arizona, 2-14-02, Rebounds - 10, last at Arizona, 2-14-02, Assists - 4, last vs. Washington State, 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 only 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 - Has hit 12 of her last 14 free throws ... Scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds against Stanford in Pauley ... Led theteam with 14 points against Cal and added seven rebounds ... Had eight points off the bench vs. Washington State ... Started at Oregon State but did not score ...Scored 12 points with five rebounds against Arizona ...Scored nine points off the bench vs. ASU ... Had a career-high five assists against Oregon State ... Had 10 points vs. Oregon ... Started against Colorado but saw limited action due to a sprained ankle sustained in the San Diego game ... Had13 points at San Diego in her first career starting role ...Scored eight points and had five rebounds at Utah. Career Highs: Points - 21, vs. Stanford, 2-24-02, Rebounds - 8, vs. Stanford, 2-24-02, Assists - 5, vs. Oregon State, 12-22-01, Steals - 6, vs. Georgia, 12-30-00.
#14 Natalie Jarrett - Has seen action in 14 games this season ... Tied her career-best with nine points vs. Stanford in Pauley ... Made her first start of the season at Arizona State ... Blocked two shots to tie her career-high against the Sun Devils ... Had nine points to tie her career high and grabbed six rebounds at Arizona ... 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. Career Highs: Points - 9, last vs. Stanford, 2-24-02, Rebounds - 7, last at New Mexico, 11-11-00, Blocks - 2, last at ASU, 2-16-02, Steals - 2, last vs. Pepperdine, 12-28-00.
#20 Michelle Greco - Led the Bruins in scoring in the first five games of the season ...Sat 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 25 of 27 games ... Had 12 points vs. Stanford in Pauley ... Led the Bruins with eight points at Arizona State ...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 - 14, at Stanford, 12-30-01, Rebounds - 8, last at Oregon State, 1-24-02, Assists - 6, at Washington State, 1-6-02, Steals - 4, at Baylor, 12-16-01.
#32 Malika Leatham - Converted 31 of her last 37 free throws (.834) ... Ranks 12th in the Pac-10 in rebounding (5.8) ... Had 10 points and six rebounds vs. Stanford in Pauley ... Had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Long Beach for her second career double-double ... 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. Long Beach State, 12-10-00, Rebounds - 11, vs. Liberty, 11-16-01, Blocks - 5, vs. Long Beach State, 12-10-00, Steals - 4, at Michigan State, 11-18-01.
#33 Shalada Allen - Starter in eight games ...Pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds and scored 12 points for her first career double-double in the win over Cal in Pauley ... Grabbed 10 rebounds to lead all players at Arizona State ... Had a career-best five steals at USC ... Scored a career-best 20 points in the win at Long Beach ... Also had a career-best three blocked shots ... 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 first Arizona State 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. Career Highs: Points - 20, at Long Beach State, 2-5-02, Rebounds - 14, vs. Cal, 2-22-02, Assists - 2, last at Arizona State, 2-16-02, Blocks - 3, at Long Beach State, Steals - 5, at USC, 2-9-01.
#35 Jamila Veasley - Started 18 games this season ... Had six boards in the home 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 ... Sister, Aisha, played for 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 Long Beach State, 2-5-02, 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 sat out the 2001-02 season after undergoing surgery on Nov. 21.
#54 Sissy Pickett - Has appeared in 14 games and made her first career start at Arizona State ... Scored six points (3-5 shooting) with five rebounds at ASU ... Scored seven points and pulled down a career-high six rebounds at Arizona ... Had eight points and four rebounds in the win at Long Beach ... 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 - 6, last at Arizona, 2-14-02, Steals - 2, vs. Washington State, Blocks - 1, last at Long Beach State, 2-5-02.
#55 Krystle Johnson - Has seen action in 23 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 at Long Beach State, 2-5-02.