Nov. 20, 2000
Next Up -- The UCLA women's basketball team will travel to Provo, UT to face Brigham Young on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 3:00 pm Mountain Time at the Marriott Center. BYU enters the contest with a 0-1 record after losing the season opener, 76-71, at Arizona. In that contest, BYU sophomore guard Erin Thorn tied a school record with eight three-point shots and scored a career-high 36 points.
Under the guidance of head coach Trent Shippen, BYU was 22-9 last season, placed second in the Mountain West Conference and advanced to the NCAA first round. The Cougars return three starters from last year - Thorn, guard Stacy Jensen and forward Lisa Osguthorpe.
Radio -- The UCLA-BYU contest can be heard on XTRA 1150am, as well as on KADC 850am, KAVL 610am and on the internet at www.uclabruins.com.
The Series With BYU -- UCLA leads the all-time series with BYU, 7-1. The teams last met Dec. 17, 1987 at Provo, with the Bruins winning 77-69. BYU's only win came Feb. 19, 1986, 81-68 at Pauley Pavilion.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA returns home Tuesday, Nov. 28 for a 7:00 pm contest with San Diego. Last season, the Toreros were 17-13 and advanced to the NCAA first round after winning the West Coast Conference tournament.
Bruins Face One of Nation's Toughest Schedules in 2000-2001 -- Seven non-conference games (Duke, Utah, BYU, San Diego, Old Dominion, Pepperdine and Georgia) will be played against teams which earned bids to the 2000 NCAA tournament. The Bruins will also face NCAA tournament teams from the Pac-10 in Oregon, Arizona and Stanford as well as WNIT teams from Arizona State and USC. A local matchup with Long Beach State and a trip to Colorado are also on tap.
Bruins Edged Out in Overtime by Love and Basketball -- In UCLA's final exhibition game, the Bruins were edged out in overtime by Love and Basketball, 82-78. Malika Leatham recorded a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds, while Natalie Jarrett led UCLA with 23 points. Jalina Bradley contributed 18 points, and Stacy Robertson had 15 points on 4-6 shooting (including 4-5 from three-point range) and nine rebounds. Natalie Nakase had nine assists.
UCLA Falls to Utah -- Utah used a 17-0 run early in the second half to put away UCLA, 65-42 in the Bruins' home opener. Jalina Bradley led the Bruins with 12 points and five assists. Injuries played a key role in the game, as UCLA leading scorer Michelle Greco re-aggravated a sprained ankle and was limited to 17 minutes of play, and Natalie Jarrett played just 20 minutes before coming out with concussion-like symptoms.
Bruins Lose at New Mexico -- The Bruins dropped a 75-54 decision to the host team in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic consolation game. Michelle Greco led all scorers in the game with a career-high 28 points and was named to the all-tournament squad.
Bruins Drop Season Opener to #5 Duke -- The Bruins lost their regular season opener, 80-52, in the first round of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Michelle Greco led UCLA with a game-high 22 points. Stacy Robertson, Malika Leatham, Natalie Nakase and Jalina Bradley each made their first career starts for the Bruins.
Bruins Best Slovakia In Exhibition Game -- The Bruins won their exhibition opener, 69-68, over Slovakia on Nov. 6 in Pauley Pavilion. Michelle Greco took high scoring honors in the game with 25 points, including 21 in the second half which helped the Bruins battle back from a 33-30 halftime deficit. Jalina Bradley added 14 points and scored UCLA's final eight points in the game. Malika Leatham led UCLA on the boards with nine rebounds.
Bruins Picked To Finish Fifth In Pac-10 -- The Pac-10 women's basketball media picked UCLA to finish fifth in the conference in a pre-season poll. Stanford was the media's No. 1 choice, followed by Oregon, USC, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, Washington, California, Oregon State and Washington State.
A Look at UCLA -- Six letterwinners, including three who have earned All-Pac-10 honors in past seasons return. Guards LaCresha Flannigan (All-Conf. in 1999), Michelle Greco (hon. mention All-Conf. in 2000) and Nicole Kaczmarski (Pac-10 all-freshman in 2000) offer the most experience of the returners for the Bruins. Sophomore guard Natalie Nakase came off the bench in 11 games last season. Forward Natalie Jarrett missed the start of the 2000 season while recovering from knee surgery and appeared in eight games overall. Guard Jalina Bradley, who missed 12 games with a stress fracture of the foot, saw limited action in nine games. Volleyball All-American Kristee Porter will also return to the team after redshirting last season.
Newcomers include three freshmen and three players from the Texas junior college ranks. Shalada Allen (Kilgore College) and Malika Leatham (Blinn College) will help solidify the Bruin post position. Stacy Robertson (Kilgore College) is a very capable perimeter shooter. Freshmen Jamila Veasley (Valley Christian HS) and Whitney Jones (San Clemente HS and also a member of the UCLA soccer team) will see action in the Bruin frontcourt. Gennifer Arranaga is a guard from Centennial HS in Corona, CA.
Head Coach Kathy Olivier -- Having just completed her seventh season (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 Bruin 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 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 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.
Multi-Sport Stars Will Join Team In December -- Two of UCLA's finest athletes will join the Bruin squad in December - three-sport standout Kristee Porter and two-sport athlete Whitney Jones. Porter is a star player on the UCLA volleyball team, earning all-district and all-conference honors her first two seasons and All-America honors in 1999. She has set numerous UCLA and Pac-10 records in just three seasons. Porter also competes in the triple jump for the UCLA women's track and field team and qualified for the Pac-10 Championships in that event. Jones is a starting midfielder for the highly-ranked UCLA women's soccer team in just her first season and currently has two assists in 18 games played.
Veteran Guards To Return In December -- UCLA is also expected to regain the services of guards Nicole Kaczmarski and LaCresha Flannigan by mid-December. Kaczmarski, a Pac-10 All-Freshman guard last year, is taking the fall quarter of school off for personal reasons. She is expected to return to UCLA by December 16. Flannigan, a first-team All-Pac-10 performer as a sophomore, is academically ineligible to participate with the team during the first quarter of school.
The 1999-00 Bruins Highlights --
*The Bruins advanced to the NCAA tournament for a school record third straight time
*The Bruins won at least 18 games in back-to-back-to back seasons for the first time since they did it in the 1979 (24)-80 (18)-81 (29) seasons.
*The team set a home attendance record by averaging over 3,700 fans per game
*Maylana Martin became the second-leading scorer in school history
* Janae Hubbard and Marie Philman joined the 1,000-point club
* Martin became just the third player in Pac-10 history to be named all-conference in four straight seasons
UCLA Finishes 2000 with 18-11 Record and School's Third Straight NCAA Appearance -- Coach Kathy Olivier's UCLA women's basketball team advanced to the NCAA tournament for a third straight year last season, a first for the Bruin program, and its seventh overall trip to the Big Dance. The 18 wins also marked the first time the Bruin program had won as many as 18 games in three straight seasons (26 in 1999, 20 in 1998) since the 1979 (24), 1980 (18) and 1981 (29) seasons.
Player Bio Updates
#1 Natalie Nakase -- Made her first career starts in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic against Duke and New Mexico ... Saw action for 31 minutes against both teams ... Had a career-best five assists against New Mexico ... Added three assists versus Duke ... Matched her career high with three points in each contest ... Played a team-high 31 minutes against Slovakia in the Bruins' first exhibition and tallied five assists and two steals ...Saw action in 11 games off the bench last season ... Knows the system well. Career Highs: Points - 3, last at UNM, 11-11-00, Rebounds - 2, last vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Assists - 5 at UNM, 11-11-00, Steals - 2, last at UNM, 11-11-00.
#4 Kristee Porter -- Volleyball All-American who is expected to join the team in mid-December ... 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 - 7, vs. Pepperdine, 12-30-98, Rebounds - 7, vs. Pepperdine, 12-30-98, Blocks - 1, last vs. Pepperdine, 12-30-98, Steals - 1, vs. ASU, 1-5-99.
#5 Melissa Maurin -- Second-year student who walked on to the team ... 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 ... Did not score in two minutes against Utah ... Younger brother Ty is a midfielder on the UCLA men's soccer team.
#10 Whitney Jones -- Starting midfielder on the soccer team who is expected to join the team in December ... 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.
#13 Gennifer Arranaga -- Scored a season-best 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 ... Had eight points and five rebounds in the Bruins' exhibition opener ... Outstanding athlete who helped her Centennial High School team to a pair of league titles ... Served as team captain the past two seasons ... Advanced to the finals of the 100-meter event at the CIF meet as a prep freshman. Career Highs: Points - 9, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Rebounds - 3, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Assists - 1, last vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Steals - 4, vs. Utah, 11-17-00.
#14 Natalie Jarrett -- Had nine points and five boards in 20 minutes of play against Utah before coming out of the game with concussion-like symptoms ... Returned to score 23 points with two blocked shots two days later against Love and Basketball ... 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 ... Had eight points and six rebounds against Slovakia in the Bruins' exhibition opener ...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, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Rebounds - 7, last at UNM, 11-11-00, Blocks - 1, last vs. OSU, 1-27-00, Steals - 2, vs. Utah, 11-17-00.L
#20 Michelle Greco -- Scored a 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 ...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 ... Recorded a game-high 25 points, including 21 in the second half, with six rebounds and two steals against Slovakia ... Has now scored an average of 14.8 points in her 12 career starts (178 points) ... Last year, she was selected to the honorable mention all-conference team ... Starter in six games last season 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 career-best 26 points at Stanford last year. Career Highs: Points - 28, at UNM, 11-11-00, Rebounds - 8, last at CSUF, 12-17-99, Assists - 7, last vs. WSU, 1-9-00, Steals - 7, last at Stanford, 2-3-00.
#21 Jalina Bradley -- Scored 18 points against Love and Basketball ... 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 a career-high eight points ... Totaled 14 points and scored the Bruins' last eight points of the game to beat Slovakia ...Played in nine games last season ... Missed 12 games in mid-season after fracturing her right foot ... Had a high game of four points vs. Washington ... Hit all four of her free throws last season. Career Highs: Points - 12, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Rebounds - 4, at UNM, 11-11-00, Assists - 5, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Steals - 2, vs. Utah, 11-17-00.
#23 Nicole Kaczmarski -- Granted permission to miss the first quarter of school for personal reasons ... Expected back in mid-December ... Selected to the first-team All-Pac-10 freshman team ...Led the team with 36 made three-point shots, including a school record seven treys at Washington State last season ... Hit her last 19 straight free throws of the season to approach the school record of 24 ... Last season ranked second in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting (.841) and ninth in three-point shooting (.356). Career Highs: Points - 21, at WSU, 3-9-00, Rebounds - 9, at Cal, 2-5-00, Assists - 5, last at Cal, 2-5-00, Steals - 4, last vs. USC, 1-16-00.
#30 Kelly Tiao -- Freshman who walked on to the team ... Played in high school at Cerritos, CA High.
#32 Malika Leatham -- Recorded a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds against Love and Basketball ...Had season-bests in points (eight) and rebounds (five) against Utah ...Started both games in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic, battling foul trouble in both contests ... Pulled down a team-best nine rebounds against Slovakia ... 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 - 8, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Rebounds - 5, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Assists - 1, at UNM, 11-11-00, Steals - 3, vs. Duke, 11-10-00.
#33 Shalada Allen -- 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 scored six points and grab five rebounds versus Duke ... Scored eight points with five boards and a team-high three steals vs. Slovakia ...Transfer from Kilgore Junior College in Texas ... Ranked 10th last season in Region XIV in both scoring and rebounding ... Scored a career-best 36 points against TVCC. UCLA Career Highs: Points - 8, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Rebounds - 5, vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Assists - 1, at UNM, 11-11-00, Steals - 3, vs. Duke, 11-10-00.
#35 Jamila Veasley -- Had four rebounds against both Utah and Love and Basketball ...Came off the bench in both games in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic ... Grabbed six rebounds vs. New Mexico ... Saw two minutes of action against Slovakia and pulled down one rebound ... 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 - 2, at UNM, 11-11-00, Rebounds - 6, at UNM, 11-11-00, Assists - 1, last vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Steals - 2, at UNM, 11-11-00.
#42 Stacy Robertson -- Was 4-5 from three-point range and scored 15 points with nine rebounds against Love and Basketball ...Came off the bench to score three points vs. New Mexico ... Started the Duke game but was held scoreless ... Had two points in 15 minutes of play against Slovakia ... 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 ... Ranked 12th in the Region in scoring. Career Highs: Points - 3, at UNM, 11-11-00, Rebounds - 2, last vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Assists - 1, last vs. Utah, 11-17-00, Steals - 1, last vs. Utah, 11-17-00.
#45 LaCresha Flannigan -- Academically ineligible for the first quarter and could rejoin the Bruin team in mid-December ... Has 28 career starts ... 1999 All-Conference selection. Career Highs: Points - 27, at ASU, 1-5-99, Rebounds - 8, vs. OSU, 1-27-00, Assists - 4, vs. ASU, 3-4-99, Steals - 5, vs. UW, 1-28-99.