Jan. 21, 2002
UCLA Travels To Face Oregon Schools - The Bruins will travel to meet Oregon State (10-9, 6-3) at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Beavers defeated Oregon on Saturday by a score of 61-53 to stop an 11-game losing streak against the Ducks. Felicia Ragland now leads the conference in scoring with a 20.5 average.
UCLA leads the series with Oregon State by a margin of 24-14. Oregon State won the first meeting of the season in Pauley Pavilion on December 22 by a score of 79-65. The Beavers led by as many as 15 points in the game, but saw the Bruins rally to take the lead in the second half. A late Beaver surge earned the win. Kristee Porter led the Bruins with 20 points.
On Saturday, the Bruins will play at the University of Oregon at 7 p.m. The Ducks own an 18-16 advantage in the series with UCLA. Oregon captured the first meeting of this season in Pauley Pavilion on December 20, 76-67. UCLA used a furious second half rally to cut a 25-point Duck lead to just two points. The Ducks made some key free throws down the stretch to secure the win. Kristee Porter led UCLA with 18 points in the game.
Radio/TV - Both games will be broadcast live on KACD 850 am (Thousand Oaks) and KEWS 1340 am (Riverside). Both games will be on the internet at www.uclabruins.com.
Notes - Natalie Nakase recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 11 rebounds against Arizona ...Nakase has converted 23 of her last 27 free throws to improve her average to .759 ...In the last five games, Nakase has handed out 34 assists and had just 12 turnovers ... Whitney Jones scored a season-high 15 points in the loss to Arizona State then followed it up with 17 points against Arizona ... Jones also tied her season best with nine rebounds against the Wildcats ...Jamila Veasley had a career-best five steals in her start against ASU ... For the second consecutive year, the Bruins lead the Pac-10 Conference in steals, averaging 10.41 steals a game. UCLA also leads in turnover margin, with a +5.35 margin ... Individually, Nakase ranks third in assists (5.59), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.83) and eighth in steals (1.82) ... Jones ranks seventh in steals (1.83) ...Malika Leatham ranks eighth in rebounding (6.5) ... The Bruins have added Brittany Ringel, a 6-1 freshman forward from Arlington, TX (Trinity Valley HS) to the roster. She began practice with the team on Jan. 8. Ringel is also a member of the UCLA volleyball team and played a reserve role at the outside hitter position this past season.
Greco To Sit Out Rest of Season - It was announced on Wednesday, December 12 that Bruin leading scorer Michelle Greco will not participate for the remainder of the current season for medical reasons. Due to a history of mild concussions during her sophomore and junior year, the UCLA Medical Staff believes that Greco should take a year off from competition. At the conclusion of the 2001-02 season, UCLA will submit a medical hardship petition to the Pacific-10 Conference with the hope that Greco will be granted another year of collegiate eligibility.
Porter To Pursue Professional Volleyball Opportunities - Junior forward Kristee Porter has left UCLA (as of Jan. 4) to pursue professional and U.S. national team opportunities in volleyball. Porter averaged 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in five games with the Bruins. She joined the team after volleyball season Dec. 8 and scored nine points with five rebounds in her final game at Cal, Dec. 30. Porter's season-best total was 20 points against Oregon State on Dec. 22. Porter, the UCLA and Pac-10 career kills record-holder, was a two-time volleyball All-American and the 2000 Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year.
Player Bio Updates
#1 Natalie Nakase - Recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 11 assists against Arizona ...Has made 23 of her last 27 free throw attempts to rank among the conference leaders (76%) ... 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 ... Matched her career-high with 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 ... It was her third game this season with eight assists ... Had four points and seven rebounds versus Colorado ... 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 ... Had five assists against Michigan State ...Recorded eight assists with four points and three rebounds vs. Liberty ... Starter in all 29 games last season ... Finished the year ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in assists (4.45) and steals (2.21) ... Handed out a career best nine assists at Stanford ... Had eight steals in the win over Oregon, eighth on the all-time school list. Career Highs: Points - 24, at Washington State, 1-6-02, Rebounds - 8, at ASU, 2-17-01, Assists - 11, vs. Arizona, 1-19-02, Steals - 8, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01.
#2 Brianna Winn - 5-10 guard from The Bishop's School in La Jolla, CA ... Has appeared in 14 games off the bench ... Had seven points in the win at Washington State ... Recorded her second-consecutive double-digit game with a career-high tying 10 points at Washington ...Also scored 10 points and hit a key three-pointer to help the Bruins defeat Cal on the road ... Scored five points with a steal at Stanford ... Recorded a seven points in 15 minutes of play at Baylor ... Scored six points in 16 minutes of play at Utah ... Recorded four points and two rebounds in the win over BYU ...Scored two points with one rebound 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 - 10, last at Washington, 1-4-02, Rebounds - 2, last at Washington State, 1-6-02, Assists - 2, vs. BYU, 11-27-01, Steals - 1, last vs. ASU, 1-17-02.
#5 Melissa Maurin - Played for the first time this season at Stanford ... Saw action in six games off the bench in 2001 ... Scored six points against Washington State. Career Highs: Points - 6, vs. Washington St, 3-8-01, Rebounds - 2, at California, 3-1-01, Assists - None, Steals - 1, vs. Wash. State, 3-8-01.
#10 Whitney Jones - Joined the team in practice on Monday, Dec. 3 and saw action in the San Diego game on Dec. 5 ... Had four rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes of play against the Toreros ... Had two points and a rebound vs. Colorado ... Led the team with 14 points on 6-9 shooting at Baylor and also had five rebounds and four steals ... Had 10 points and tied her career-best with five steals in 40 minutes of action vs. Oregon ... Led the Bruins in scoring with 13 points at Cal ... Recorded a season-best six rebounds at Washington ...Had 12 points and four steals in the win at Washington State ... Had seven points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals vs. USC in Pauley ... Led the Bruins in scoring with a season-high 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds vs. ASU ... Set another season-best with 17 points and nine rebounds against Arizona ...Starting midfielder on the Bruin soccer team and a second-team All-Pac-10 selection this past year ... Soccer team lost in the quarterfinals on Dec. 2 ... Starter in the final 17 basketball games of last season ... Ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in steals (1.83) and scored a career-best 21 points in the win over Washington. Career Highs: Points - 21, vs. Washington, 3-10-01, Rebounds - 10, last vs. Washington, 3-10-01, Assists - 4, last vs. Washington St, 3-8-01, Steals - 5, last vs. Oregon, 12-20-01.
#11 Brittany Ringel - True freshman forward who joined the Bruin team in practice on Jan. 8 ... Averaged 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds a game last year 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 this past season and saw action in 36 games during matches as a reserve outside hitter.
#13 Gennifer Arranaga - Scored 12 points with a career-high tying five rebounds against Arizona ...Scored nine points off the bench vs. ASU ... Had six points and a career-high five assists off the bench against Oregon State ... Had 10 points off the bench vs. Oregon ... Started against Colorado but saw limited action due to a sprained ankle sustained in the San Diego game ... Matched her career high with 13 points at San Diego in her first career starting role ...Tied her career best with five rebounds at Utah and also scored eight points and made three steals ...Scored eight points with five rebounds at Utah ... Scored six points with three steals against Michigan State ...Pulled down a career-high tying five rebounds and scored four points ...Appeared in 28 games off the bench last year ... Scored a then career-best 13 points vs. San Diego ... Scored 11 points in the win over Oregon ... Had six steals vs. Georgia ... Had five rebounds and 11 points at Colorado. Career Highs: Points - 13, last at San Diego, 12-5-01, Rebounds - 5, last vs. Arizona, 1-19-02, Assists - 5, vs. Oregon State, 12-22-01, Steals - 6, vs. Georgia, 12-30-00.
#14 Natalie Jarrett - Had three rebounds vs. ASU ... Scored three points with four rebounds in 12 minutes of play at Washington ...Had two offensive rebounds in two minutes at Stanford ... Had a season-high seven points and a career-best two blocks versus Colorado ... Scored three points in just four minutes at Utah ...Starter in 10 games last season ... Saw action in 23 games overall ... Had nine points against Utah and Pepperdine ... Pulled down seven rebounds at New Mexico and vs. Duke. Career Highs: Points - 9, last vs. Pepperdine, 12-28-00, Rebounds - 7, last at New Mexico, 11-11-00, Blocks - 2 vs. Colorado, 12-8-01, Steals - 2, last vs. Pepperdine, 12-28-00.
#20 Michelle Greco - Led the Bruins in scoring in the first five games of the season ...Will sit out the remainder of the current season for medical reasons ... 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, 15 in the second half ... Also blocked a career-high two shots ...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 and also recorded four assists with three steals and three rebounds ...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 ... Led the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.865), ranked fourth in steals (2.33) and sixth in made three-point shots per game (1.85) ... 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 St, 11-18-01, Rebounds - 9, last at Michigan State, 11-18-01, Assists - 7, last vs. Wash. State, 1-9-00, Steals - 7, last at Stanford, 2-3-00.
#21 Jalina Bradley - 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 with four rebounds at Stanford ... Had seven points and three assists vs. Oregon State ... Had 10 points vs. Oregon for a fourth consecutive double-figure scoring game ... Scored 12 points with a career-high four steals at Baylor ... Had 11 points and a career-best eight rebounds in the game vs. Colorado ... Scored a career-high 13 points at San Diego ... Had six points and hit a big basket with 37 seconds left in the win over Ohio State ... Recorded a then career-high six rebounds and had five points against Michigan State ... Scored six points and had a career-high tying three steals with three boards against Liberty ...Starter in 12 games last year ... Led the Bruins with 12 points and five assists against Utah ... Had 11 points off the bench at Stanford ... Scored 10 in the win over Oregon as a starter. Career Highs: Points - 13, at San Diego, 12-5-01, Rebounds - 8, vs. Colorado, 12-8-01, Assists - 6, at Washington State, 1-6-02, Steals - 4, at Baylor, 12-16-01.
#32 Malika Leatham - 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 to go along with six points and three steals at Cal ... Tied for the team lead in rebounding with seven (four offensive) at Stanford and also scored six points ... Pulled down a team-high nine rebounds at Baylor to go along with six points ... Had six points and six rebounds against both Colorado and San Diego ... Led UCLA in rebounding at Utah with seven boards ...Scored 15 points and grabbed a team-best nine boards in the win over BYU ... Had 15 points and eight rebounds in the 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 at center a year ago ... Scored a Pac-10 high of 14 points at Cal ... Scored 13 points in the win over USC ... Scored a career-best 16 points and had five blocked shots in the win over Long Beach State ... 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. LBSU, 12-10-00, Rebounds - 11, vs. Liberty, 11-16-01, Blocks - 5, vs. LBSU, 12-10-00, Steals - 4, at Michigan State, 11-18-01.
#33 Shalada Allen - Sat out the ASU 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 career-best numbers in points (16) and rebounds (eight, including seven offensive boards) ... Scored eight points and had a team-best (tied) six rebounds at Cal ... Started at Stanford and scored five points on 2-3 shooting ... Made her first start of the season vs. Oregon State and had 11 points, five rebounds and a career-best three steals ... Tied for the team lead with five rebounds vs. Oregon ... Had a team-high tying 11 points vs. Colorado ... Had four points and four rebounds off the bench at San Diego ... Tied her career-high with a team-leading (tied) seven rebounds at Utah ...Also had seven rebounds and matched her career-high in scoring with 14 points off the bench in the win over BYU ... Scored eight points with a career-high tying seven rebounds against Liberty ...High scorer against the West Coast All-Stars, totaling 22 points with nine rebounds (six offensive boards) ...Saw action in 26 games and had one start last year ... Had 14 points and three rebounds at Colorado ... Pulled down a career-best seven rebounds in the win over Long Beach State ... Came off the bench to score six points and grab five rebounds vs. Duke. Career Highs: Points - 16, last at Washington State, 1-6-02, Rebounds - 9, vs. USC, 1-13-02, Assists - 2, at Washington, 1-4-01, Steals - 3, vs. Oregon St, 12-22-01.
#35 Jamila Veasley - Started in place of Allen in the ASU game and had six points, five rebounds and a career-best five steals ... Also started against Arizona ...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 also 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 ... Saw action in all 29 games off the bench ... Scored a career-best nine points and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds in the win over Oregon ... Had eight rebounds in the win over Washington State ... Sister, Aisha, played for UCLA from 1995-98 ... 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 - 10, vs. Ohio State, 11-24-01, Rebounds - 11, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01, Assists - 2, last at Washington, 1-4-02, Steals - 5, vs. ASU, 1-17-02.
#42 Stacy Robertson - Suffered a torn ACL in her left knee in the first week of pre-season practices and is likely out for the 2001-02 season after undergoing surgery on Nov. 21.
#54 Sissy Pickett - 6-7 center from Martin High School in Coushatta, LA ... Has appeared in four games ... Scored her first collegiate points in the win at Washington State ... Pulled down eight rebounds and scored six points against the West Coast All-Stars ... 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 - 2, at Washington St, 1-06-02, Rebounds - 1, at Utah, 12-1-01.
#55 Krystle Johnson - 6-4 forward/center from Hoover, AL High School ... Has seen action in 12 games ... Recorded career-best totals with seven points and four rebounds in nine minutes against Arizona just two days after scoring four points with three boards against ASU ...Scored her first collegiate points with three points against Michigan State ... Pulled down two offensive rebounds against Ohio State ...Her free throws in the final seconds of the high school State championship game broke a 41-all tie and gave Hoover a 43-41 win ...Johnson finished her career as the second-leading scorer in her school's history. Career Highs: Points - 4, vs. ASU, 1-17-02, Rebounds - 3 vs. ASU, 1-17-02, Blocks - 1, vs. Liberty, 11-16-01.
2001-02 Game Recaps
Arizona Downs Bruins, 71-60 - Arizona held UCLA scoreless for nearly five minutes late in the first half to turn a 20-19 UCLA lead into a 26-20 Wildcat lead and never looked back. Natalie Nakase recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 assists, and Whitney Jones led the Bruins with a season-best 17 points. Gennifer Arranaga added 12 points off the bench.
No. 23 ASU Deals Bruins 70-57 Loss - The No. 23 Sun Devils outscored UCLA 13-3 to end the first half with a 30-21 advantage and then shot 80% in the second half of the game to thwart any Bruin comeback hopes. ASU made five of its last six shots to end the first half and 11 of its first 13 shots of the second half in handing the Bruins a 70-57 setback. Whitney Jones led UCLA with 15 points and seven rebounds. Malika Leatham added 10 points and eight rebounds.