UCLA — Provides a big boost to the Bruin inside game … Plays a high-energy game with quickness … Not afraid to mix it up … Plays bigger than her size.
2001 — Starter in all 29 games at center … Had 12 points and eight rebounds versus San Diego … Scored a season-high 16 points and blocked a career-high five shots in the win over Long Beach State … The five blocks in a game ties her for second on the all-time school single-game list … Had nine points and six boards versus Pepperdine … Scored 10 points in the conference opener at Washington … Totaled 13 points and a career-best nine rebounds in the win over USC …Matched her career-high with nine boards in the win over Arizona … Had 11 points and six rebounds at USC … Scored a Pac-10 season-high 14 points at Cal … Had a team-best eight rebounds at Stanford … Had eight points and six rebounds in the win over Washington State … Finished the season by hitting 13 of her last 17 free throws.
BLINN JC — Played two seasons at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, TX for coach Kerri Brinkeoter … Recognized as an outstanding player, especially at the defensive end of the floor during her junior college career … Physical inside player on offense who welcomes contact … As a sophomore (1999-2000), she averaged 10.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for the Buccaneers … Had a high scoring game of 19 points versus McLennan CC … Ranked eighth in rebounding in Region XIV that season … Second on the team with 46 blocked shots … As a freshman (1998-99), she had a high point game of 20 versus Western Texas … She also was the team leader in blocks with 33 … Earned first-team all-conference and academic all-conference honors.
HIGH SCHOOL — Four-year letterwinner in basketball for coach Bob Wall at Alief Hastings High in Houston … Received the All-Sport award for basketball … Also lettered as a middle blocker in volleyball for coach Sullivan and four years in track for coach Chapman.
PERSONAL — Full name: Malika Leatham …?Born: March 7, 1980 in the West Indies … Has one brother, Timothy, and two sisters, Anne-Marie and her guardian Amorette … Enjoys watching television, listening to music and hanging out in her spare time … Sociology major.
UCLA Career Statistics
Points: 16, vs. Long Beach State (12/10/00)
Rebounds: 9, last vs. Arizona (1/20/01)
Assists: 2, last vs. Stanford (2/2/01)
Steals: 3, vs. Duke (11/10/00)
Blocks: 5, vs. Long Beach State (12/10/00)
FG Made: 6, vs. Long Beach State (12/10/00)
3-pt. FG Made: None
FT Made: 7, vs. USC (1/14/01)
Minutes: 36, at Oregon (1/27/01)
Turnovers: 7, vs. Arizona State (1/18/01)