Feb. 25, 2003
UCLA Welcomes Oregon State on Thursday and Oregon on Saturday - UCLA (15-10, 10-6 in the Pac-10) will face Oregon State (14-11, 8-8) on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Pauley Pavilion at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Bruins will host Oregon (11-14, 7-9 entering the week) in the Pac-10 TV game of the week starting at 2 pm.Oregon State is coming off of a sweep of the Washington schools. Oregon will play at USC before coming to Pauley Pavilion on Saturday.
Coach's Challenge - The UCLA-Oregon game will also be the site for a special event to help raise money for the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. If 5,000 or more fans attend this game, UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier will donate $1,000 to the Mattel Children's Hospital. Ticket prices for this game will be half-price.
Radio/TV Broadcast Info - Thursday's game will be aired on the internet and on KTDD (1350 am) and KBET (850 am). It will also be broadcast on a delayed basis on XTRA Sports 690 am at 8:30 p.m. Saturday's game will be aired on the internet and on KTDD (1350 am) and KBET (850 am). Tony Luftman will call the action. The Saturday game will also be televised live on Fox Sports Net.
Oregon Game Selected For TV, Will Tip At 2 p.m. - The final regular season home game against Oregon on March 1 will be televised live by Fox Sports Net. Tipoff time has been changed to 2 p.m.
UCLA (15-10, 10-6) probable starters - No. Name Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG 1 Natalie Nakase G 5-2 Sr.R 4.3 3.0 ast 10 Whitney Jones F 5-10 Jr. 6.9 4.7 20 Michelle Greco G 5-9 Sr.R 19.4 4.8 32 Nikki Blue G 5-8 Fr. 16.6 5.4 35 Jamila Veasley F 6-1 Jr. 2.8 4.6
Off the Bench 00 Ortal Oren G 5-9 Fr. 2.8 1.0 5 Melissa Maurin G 5-6 Sr. 0.3 1.0 13 Gennifer Arranaga G 5-6 Jr. 5.4 2.4 14 Natalie Jarrett F 6-0 Sr. 1.3 1.3 21 Jalina Bradley G 5-7 Sr. 1.8 1.3 40 Lisa Willis G/F 5-11 Fr. 7.8 3.5 44 Emma Tautolo F/C 6-2 Fr. 2.4 1.2 54 Sissy Pickett C 6-7 So. 2.1 1.3 55 Krystle Johnson F/C 6-4 So. 1.8 1.2 *11 Julia Pitts F 6-2 Fr. 10.0 5.9 *Pitts is out for the year with an injured knee
Bruin Team Notes - Michelle Greco is one of 13 players selected to the State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List as a National Player of the Year Candidate ... Greco ranks 23rd in the nation in scoring ...Greco's two steals against Stanford moved her into fourth place in the Pac-10 record books with 278 career steals (her eight steals in the home Stanford game tied her for the eighth-best performance in school history) ...Greco added 28 points at Cal for her conference-best 12th 20-point game this year and became just the seventh player in school history to score over 1,600 career points ...She has 35 career 20-point games and needs one more to tie Ann Meyers for fifth on UCLA's all-time list) ... Nikki Blue had her ninth 20-point game of the season when she scored 23 in the loss at Stanford ... Blue set a UCLA freshman scoring record with 35 points in the loss at Washington (old mark 33 by Maylana Martin vs. Washington in 1997) ... Blue's total of two 30-point games this season lead the Pac-10 ... Greco has made 49 of her last 56 free throws (she set a school record with 32 straight earlier this season) ... The Bruin senior is on track to finish among the all-time UCLA leaders in 11 stat categories ... Bruin freshmen are accounting for 42% of the team's scoring ... UCLA is averaging 73.8 points per game (30th in the nation) this season after scoring at a 59.0 clip in 2001-02 ... UCLA has set a school mark with 123 made three-point shots this season ... The Bruins are ranked 13th in the nation in steals (12.88/g) ...UCLA is one of only two teams in the Pac-10 to post a winning road record in conference play (5-4) ... Lisa Willis' 38 made three-pointers rank second on the all-time freshman list (No. 1 is Michelle Palmisano with 48 in 1993) ... Only seven opponents have shot over 45.1% against the Bruins (at Hawaii, Baylor, at Arizona, at Washington, Stanford, at Stanford and at USC - all losses) ... The Bruins have held opponents under .450 shooting in all 15 wins ... UCLA is shooting 42% from the field this season after registering just a 34% mark last year ... Free throw shooting is also improved (71% from 64%) ...The Cardinal, at Stanford, became just the fifth opponent (all losses - Baylor, Arizona, Stanford, at Washington) this season to produce more assists than turnovers versus the Bruin defense ... The Bruins shot a season-best 55.4% in the wins over both Cal State Northridge and Oregon ... The 6-0 conference start was the best Bruin start in the conference since it won its first six to begin 1999-2000. Series Info - UCLA leads the series with Oregon State by a 25-15 count. UCLA's 58-54 win, earlier this season in Corvallis, snapped a five-game Beaver winning streak in the series. Michelle Greco had 29 points in that contest. Oregon leads the series with UCLA by a 19-17 margin. The Bruins posted a 93-68 victory earlier this season in Eugene for its first win at Oregon since the 1997-98 season. Nikki Blue led the way with 26 points and the Bruin team shot a season-best 55.4% from the field.
About The Opponents - Oregon State has posted 12 of its 14 wins this season at home and is 2-9 (1-6 in Pac-10) on the road. Forward Hollye Chapman leads the Beaver attack with a 12.2 scoring average and also has a 6.1 rebound mark (10th in Pac-10). Center Brina Chaney leads the team in rebounding at 6.4 per game (8th in Pac-10) and is ranked first in the conference in blocked shots (2.44 avg.). OSU leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage defense (.383) and is second in scoring defense (59.4). Forward Cathrine Kraayeveld returned to the Oregon starting lineup (last start was Dec. 22 due to injury) last week and averaged 12 points and eight boards against the Washington schools. Freshman Carolyn Ganes is the Ducks' leading scorer at 11.7. Andrea Bills is tops on the boards at 6.6 (6th in Pac-10).
No. 8 Stanford Holds Off Bruins - Stanford jumped out to a 17-6 lead on the way to a 46-29 halftime advantage and bested the Bruins 79-61 in Maples Pavilion. The Bruins rallied to cut the lead to 59-53 at the 8:16 mark, but never got closer. Nikki Blue led the Bruins with 23 points, 18 in the second half.
Bruins Bounce Bears - Led by a 28-point effort by Michelle Greco, UCLA avenged an earlier regular season loss to Cal, this time winning on the road by a score of 72-54. Greco scored 13 points during a decisive 15-6 run over five and a half minutes that increased UCLA's lead to 19, 68-49. The Bruins forced 24 Cal turnovers while committing just 12, including only two in the first half.
Pitts Out For Season - Freshman forward Julia Pitts will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL in her left knee. Pitts suffered the injury in the first half of the UCLA's game against Baylor on Dec. 19.
Head Coach Kathy Olivier - Now in her 10th season, Kathy Olivier, who currently owns a 145-138 overall record, has steadily built the program to reflect her own positive, upbeat and outgoing personality. In 2002, she directed a team which lost its top two scorers during the season to the second round of the Pac-10 tournament and a win over Sweet Sixteen team BYU. In 2001, Olivier guided a team which was playing without eight of its top nine scorers from the previous season to a winning home record in Pac-10 play and wins over three nationally-ranked teams. In 2000, she saw her team reach the NCAA tournament for a school record third straight season. The squad also set a Bruin home attendance record by averaging over 3,700 fans. Maylana Martin was 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 ever 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. 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 - #00 Ortal Oren - Played in nine games ... Had nine points and three steals in 17 minutes of play at home against Washington State ... Had five points in the win versus Washington ... Had nine points and three steals vs. Northridge ... Played for the first time this season against St. Mary's. Career Highs: Pts - 9, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03; Rebs - 2, last at Wash. St., 1-30-03; Asts - 2, vs. St. Mary's, 12-3-02; Stls - 3, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.
#1 Natalie Nakase - Starter in 83 straight games ... Moved into ninth place on UCLA's all-time career assists list at USC with four assists and has 352 for her career, just one shy of tying Denise Curry for eighth place ... Has 20 assists and just seven turnovers in the last seven games ... Has hit 17 of her last 19 free throws ... Had eight points in loss at Stanford ... Scored a season-best nine points, all in the first half, to go along with five assists in the win at Cal ...Had seven points in the home win over Arizona State ... Had a season-best eight assists at Washington State ... Had seven points at Arizona ... Had seven points in the win over USC ... Credited with six assists in the home win over WSU and moved into 10th place on the school's all-time list for assists ... Had six assists in the Oregon win ... Had eight points and six assists vs. Baylor ... Scored eight points vs. St. Mary's ... Hit four-straight free throws in the final 30 seconds to clinch the win over Northwestern State. Career Highs: Pts - 24, at Wash. St, 1-6-02; Rebs - 8, last at Wash. St, 1-6-02; Asts - 11, vs. Arizona, 1-19-02; Steals - 8, vs. Oregon, 2-23-01.
#5 Melissa Maurin - Grabbed a rebound in the home win over WSU ... Saw action but did not score in the wins at Oregon and Cal ... Scored her first point of the year versus Cal State Northridge ...Had three rebounds in six minutes of action against Sac State. Career Highs: Pts - 6, vs. Wash. St, 3-8-01; Rebs - 3, v. Sac St., 11-24-02; Asts - 1, vs. Ore. St.; Stls - 2, at OSU, 1-24-02.
#10 Whitney Jones - Starting midfielder on the soccer team who joined the hoops team on Nov. 25 ... Averaging 5.4 rpg in Pac-10 games ...10th in the conference in offensive rebounds (2.35) ... Has converted 17 of her last 19 free throws ... Has 15 assists, 18 steals and only four turnovers in the last eight games ... Tied her career-high with five steals and scored eight points in the win at Cal ...Had a team-high seven boards and four steals in the ASU home win ... Grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the win over Arizona and tied her career best with four assists ... Had nine points and a team-best 10 rebounds to match her career-high in the game against Stanford ... Recorded 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds at Arizona ... Scored nine points with five boards in 40 minutes at ASU ... Had eight points, five rebounds and three steals in the win vs. USC ... Had 11 points in the home WSU game ... Had 10 points and tied her career best with four assists in the Washington win ... Tied her career highs with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Oregon for her fourth career double-double ... Made her first start in the Northridge win ...Shared the team lead in rebounds with eight at Pepperdine ... Scored 10 points off the bench at UNLV ... Saw her first action of this season against Northwestern State. Career Highs: Pts - 24, last at Ore., 12-27-02; Rebs - 10, last vs. Stan., 1-24-03; Asts - 4, last vs. Ariz., 2-14-03; Stls - 5, last at Cal, 2-20-03.
#11 Julia Pitts - Starter in the first eight games of the season ... Suffered two torn ligaments in her left knee in the first half against Baylor and will miss the remainder of the season ... Had surgery on Dec. 30 ... At the time of her injury, she led the Pac-10 with a .674 shooting percentage. Career Highs: Points - 20, at Georgia, 12-6-02; Rebounds - 11, vs. Northwestern State, 12-1-02; Assists - 4, at Georgia, 12-6-02; Steals - 2, at Georgia, 12-6-02.
#13 Gennifer Arranaga - Has come off the bench in all 25 games ... Keyed the upset win over Arizona with nine points and the winning free throw in a Pac-10 best 20 minutes of action ... Had 12 points at Washington State ... Totaled seven points vs. Stanford ... Had four points, three assists and four rebounds at Arizona ... Sparked the Bruins in the win vs. USC with nine points and five rebounds ... Had six points, four assists and four boards in the home win over WSU ... Totaled 10 points, three assists and six rebounds at Georgia ... Named to the all-tournament team at the UNLV Lady Rebel Shootout after scoring 13 points against Northwestern State and 12 against UNLV ... Had nine points and five boards vs. St. Mary's ... Had eight points and four assists against Sac State. Career Highs: Pts - 21, vs. Stanford, 2-24-02; Rebs - 8, vs. Stanford, 2-24-02; Assists - 6, vs. Oregon St., 12-22-01; Steals - 6, vs. Georgia, 12-30-00.
#14 Natalie Jarrett - Played in 15 games ... Had two boards, an assist and a block in just four minutes of play at Cal ...Had four points in the win at Washington State ... Had four points in the home win over WSU ... Scored six points against CS Northridge and added a career-high tying two steals ... Had three rebounds in the win over Northwestern State ... Had three points and four rebounds against Sac St. Career Highs: Pts - 9, last vs. Stanford, 2-24-02; Rebs - 7, last at New Mexico, 11-11-00; Bks - 2, last at ASU, 2-16-02; Steals - 2, last vs. CSUN, 12-21-02.
#20 Michelle Greco - Ranks first in the Pac-10 in scoring average (19.4) and steals (2.84) and fourth in free throw percentage (.815) ... Has 73 career double figure scoring games (Natalie Williams is 6th on UCLA's all-time list with 82) and 35 career 20+ scoring games (sixth on UCLA's all-time list; Ann Meyers is fifth with 36) ... Fourth all-time in the Pac-10 in steals ... Greco is one of 13 players selected to the State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List as a National Player of the Year Candidate ... Her 12 20-point plus games this season lead the Pac-10 ... Had 18 points at Stanford ... Scored 28 points with five rebounds and four assists in the win at Cal ...Totaled 18 points in the home win over ASU ... Held scoreless in the win over Arizona as she battled flu-like symptoms (she was also shut out against Utah in Nov. 2000 after injuring an ankle early in the game) ... Scored 28 points at USC ... Scored 29 points in the loss at Washington ... Totaled 16 points at Washington State ... Recorded her first career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds against Cal ... Made her first nine free throw attempts versus Cal to give her 32 straight and a school record total (old mark - 24 held by Denise Curry, 1978-80) ... Totaled 28 points against Stanford and was credited with a career-high eight steals ... Scored 14 at Arizona ... Held to six points at ASU, but did pull down nine rebounds ... Led the team in scoring (28), rebounding (seven), assists (three) and blocks (one) in the win over USC and was subsequently named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in her career ... Had 23 points and seven steals in the home win against WSU ... Scored 14 in the home win over Washington ... Totaled 29 points in the win at Oregon State ... Scored 11 points with six assists at Oregon ... Led all players with 22 points against CSUN ... Had 16 points and four assists against Baylor ... Scored 31 points in the loss at Pepperdine for her third career 30-point game ... Had 12 points and eight boards at Georgia ... Had six assists vs. St. Mary's ... Named MVP of the Las Vegas Shootout after scoring 26 in the win over UNLV and a team-best 18 points in the win over Northwestern State ... All-tournament selection at the Hawaii Tournament ... Had 19 points and four steals versus Sac State and 20 points at Hawaii ...Lieberman Award finalist ... Four-time UCLABruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week (Dec. 16-22, Dec. 23-29, Jan. 6-12, Jan. 21-26) ... Pre-season all-conference performer for the second consecutive year ... Named to the Women's Basketball News Service pre-season All-America second team. Career Highs: Pts - 36, at Mich. St., 11-18-01; Rebs - 10, vs. Cal, 1-26-03; Assts - 7, last vs. Wash. St., 1-9-00; Stls - 8, vs. Stanford, 1-24-03.
#21 Jalina Bradley - Has played in 20 games ... Gave the Bruins a second-half spark at Arizona ... Scored four points with three boards against CSUN ... Had three points at Georgia ... Had two points and three boards in the win over Northwestern State ... Off the bench for eight points and five rebounds against Sac State. Career Highs: Points - 14, at Stanford, 12-28-01; Rebounds - 8, last at Oregon St., 1-24-02; Assists - 6, at Wash. St., 1-6-02; Steals - 5, vs. Stan., 3-2-02.
#32 Nikki Blue - Starter in all 25 games ... Ranks first on the team in rebounds (136) and assists (84) and second in scoring (16.6 ppg) ... Fourth (tied) in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.6), 17th in rebounding (5.4), sixth in assists (3.36) and fourth in steals (2.24) ... Her two 30-point games lead the Pac-10 this season ... Ranks sixth on the all-time freshman list at UCLA with 415 points ... Had team-high totals with 23 points and eight rebounds at Stanford ... Led the team with 20 points in the home win over ASU ... Scored a team-high 13 points in the win over Arizona ... Foul trouble helped to limit her to eight points at USC, snapping a streak of seven-straight double digit games ... Totaled a UCLA freshman record 35 points in the loss at Washington ... Led the team with 26 points and six (tied) boards at WSU ... Scored 17 points with a career-high five steals versus Cal ... Had 16 points, six rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes against Stanford ... Sat out the final 17 minutes of the first half against the Cardinal due to foul trouble ... Had a team-high 19 points at Arizona ... Recorded 30 points (scoring 19 of the last 21 Bruin points in the game) and added nine rebounds and three steals in the 60-58 win at ASU ... Scored 12 points in the win over USC ... Had eight points, seven boards and five assists in the home win against UW ... Had 12 points and seven rebounds at Oregon State ... Totaled 26 points, in just 23 minutes at Oregon, and five assists ... Against CSUN, scored 10 points with a team-best eight boards and eight assists ... Scored 26 points vs. Baylor ... Scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had four steals at Pepperdine ... Scored 11 points with three assists and three steals at Georgia ... Scored 24 points, all in the second half, against St. Mary's ... Had 15 points with seven boards and four assists in the win over Northwestern State ... Against Sac State, totaled 24 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, along with three steals ... Named one of 21 "Freshmen of Impact" by Women's College Hoops.com. Career Highs: Points - 35, at Washington, 2-1-03; Rebs - 12, vs. Sac State, 11-24-02; Assists - 9, vs. Sac State, 11-24-02; Steals - 5, vs. Cal, 1-26-03.
#35 Jamila Veasley - Starter in all 25 games ... Had eight points and five rebounds in the win over Arizona in a season-high 36 minutes ... Had a season-best four steals at Washington State ... Had three steals vs. California ... Had six points and six rebounds against Stanford ... Credited with a team-best and career-high three blocked shots in the home win over WSU ... Entered the week ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in blocks/game (0.72) ... Had seven points, two blocks and a team-high 10 rebounds in the UW win ... Established new career highs in points (12) and assists (3) at Oregon ... Added eight rebounds and shot 6-8 from the field ... Had a team-best six boards vs. Baylor ... Pulled down six boards at Georgia ... Recorded a career-best 12 rebounds against St. Mary's ... Tied for team-high honors with five boards against UNLV ... Scored seven points against Hawaii. Career Highs: Pts - 12, at Oregon, 12-27-02; Rebs - 12, vs. St. Mary's 12-3-02; Assts - 3, at Oregon, 12-27-02; Stls - 5, vs. Ariz. St., 1-17-02; Blocks - 3, vs. Wash. St., 1/3/03.
#40 Lisa Willis - Tenth in the Pac-10 in made three-point shots (1.52/g) ... Tied for ninth in steals (1.80) ... Her 38 made three-pointers rank second on UCLA's all-time single-season frosh list (record is 48 by Michelle Palmisano, 1993) ... Has nine double figure games and has made at least one three-pointer in 19 of the 25 games ... Pulled down a career-best seven boards and tied her best assist mark with three at Stanford ... Had 12 points, including seven of eight from the free throw line, in the home win over ASU while playing a season-high 26 minutes ... Had three three-pointers in the win over Arizona ... Matched her career-best with 18 points and four threes at USC ... Tied for team lead in rebounding with six boards at Washington State ... Scored 15 points in the home win over WSU and added three assists and five steals ... Had team-high 17 points in the home win over UW ...Scored 10 points with four boards, two steals and a block at Oregon ... Scored 11 points (3-3 from beyond the arc) with four boards and two steals against CSUN ... Had 12 points on four three-pointers at Georgia ... Came off the bench with 18 points (3-three-pt. shots) against Hawaii and 14 (3-three-pt.) against Sac State ... All-tournament selection at the Hawaii Tournament. Career Highs: Pts - 18, last at USC, 2-8-03; Rebs - 7, at Stanford, 2-22-03; Assts - 3, last at Stanford, 2-22-03; Steals - 5, vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.
#44 Emma Tautolo - Has come off the bench in 24 games ... Had four points and three rebounds at USC ... Scored six points in the Cal game ... Had seven points in the Stanford game ...Totaled six points in the home win over Washington State ... Came off the bench with nine points and five rebounds against Hawaii and six points on 3-3 shooting versus Sac State. Career Highs: Pts - 9, at Hawaii, 11-23-02; Rebs - 5, at Hawaii, 11-23-02; Asts - 2, vs. NW St., 11-30-02; Stls - 1, last vs. St. Mary's, 12-3-02.
# 54 Sissy Pickett- Has seen action in 11 games ... Had two points and three boards at Arizona ... Scored five points and had four rebounds in the home win over Washington State ... Scored four points in nine minutes against CSUN ... Scored six points in the win over St. Mary's ... Had four points and three boards against Sac St. Career Highs: Pts - 13, vs. Wash. St., 2-1-02; Rebs - 6, at Ariz, 2-14-02; Stls - 2, vs. Wash. St., 2-1-02.
#55 Krystle Johnson - Has played in 19 games ... Had three rebounds in the win over Arizona ... Scored a season-best eight points with two blocks in the win over Cal State Northridge ... Gave the Bruins a solid 10-minute effort in the win over UNLV ... Had five points and a career-best five rebounds against Sac State. Career Highs: Pts - 15, vs. Wash., 2-3-02; Rebs - 5, vs. Sac St., 11-24-02; Ast - 1, last at Georgia, 12-6-02; Stls - 1, vs. Ariz., 2-14-02.
Early Recruiting Class Ranked In Top 10 - Blue Star Report (No. 7) and All Star Girls Report (No. 6) have ranked Kathy Olivier's 2002 early signing period recruiting class among the top 10 in the nation. On November 14, coach Olivier announced the signing of Noelle Quinn of Bishop Montgomery High School (Torrance, CA), forward Amanda Livingston of Troy High School (Fullerton, CA), center Consuelo Lezcano of Marathon High School in Florida and guard Shaina Zaidi from Marlborough High in Los Angeles. 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. For credential information, please visit the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org.