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  Erica Gomez
Erica Gomez

Player Profile
Hometown:
Keyport, NJ

High School:
St. John Vianney HS

Height:
5-9

Position:
Guard

UCLA - Injured her left shoulder in a summer pick-up game … Had surgery in mid-September to repair the injury … Is expected to be ready early in the Pac-10 season … The ultimate playmaker who has the ability to score when needed … Keys the offense and sets the defense … Hit some big free throws last season and improved her percentage to among the best in the Pac-10 … One of UCLA's all-time greats at the point guard position … Selected to the "Best of the Rest" list in pre-season Naismith Player of the Year voting … UCLA's all-time assist leader opens the season ranked fifth all-time in the Pac-10 with 573 career assists, just 12 behind Jamila Wideman (585) … Tenth on the all-time UCLA list for steals with 196.

1999 - Became the all-time assist leader at UCLA with her second assist in the ASU game (3/4) and finished the season with 573 … Set a school record for assists in a game with 16 at Arizona State (1/5) … Her season assist average of 6.67 edged Mary Hegarty (6.66 in 1981) for the best single-season average in UCLA history … Her 227 assists were the second-highest made by a UCLA player in a single season, behind Hegarty, who recorded 240 in 1981 … Named to the third team of the Women's Basketball News Service All-America squad and earned honorable mention honors from Associated Press … Named first-team All-Pac-10 Conference for the second straight year … Finished the season fifth on the all-time Pac-10 list for assists … Had six games with 10 assists or more … Finished second in the Pac-10 in assists and fifth in free throw percentage (76.3%, 87-114) … Scored a season-high 15 points vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay in the NCAA first round contest … Suffered a sprained ankle in the first minute of the regional semifinals vs. Colorado State but made a gutsy comeback to play 20 minutes in the regional final off the bench, snapping a streak of 38 straight starts … Recorded double-doubles in consecutive games with 12 points/11 assists vs. Cal State Fullerton and 10 points/11 assists vs. San Diego State … Picked up a double-double in points and rebounds with a 10 point/10 rebound effort against Washington (1/28).

1998 - Named the Comeback Player of the Year by Women's Basketball News Service … First-team All-Pac-10 selection … Entered the all-time Top 10 at UCLA in assists, ranking ninth with 340 … Her season assist total of 170 ranked fifth on the all-time single-season list … Ranked second in the Pac-10 in assists with an average of 5.86 per game … Also ranked sixth in the conference in steals at 2.34 … Scored a season-high 17 points in the home game vs. USC … Had a season-best 12 assists at Cal and also added six steals … Dished out 11 assists vs. Rutgers … Recorded a double-double against Washington, scoring 12 points and handing out 10 assists … Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds at Arizona … Closed out the season by hitting 44 of her last 56 free throws (.786) … Member of the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 1998 R. William Jones Cup.

1997 - Injured her right knee in a pick-up game at Pauley Pavilion Oct. 8, 1996 and underwent surgery to correct a torn ACL later that month … Missed the entire season … Cleared to begin playing in July, she tried out for the USA World University Games team in August.

1996 - Named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year … Also selected first-team Freshman All-American by Basketball Times … Listed No. 4 on Basketball Times' "New Kids on the Block" national list … Started the final 25 games of the season … Handed out a school-record tying 15 assists in just her second start vs. Long Beach State (12/6/95) … The 15 assists tied the then Pauley Pavilion record … Her triple-double (18 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) vs. USC (2/24/96), the sixth in Pac-10 history, was the first by a Bruin player since Ann Meyers had a quadruple-double in 1978 (20 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals vs. S.F. Austin, 2/18/78) … Ranked 15th in the nation in assist average … Her season assist total of 176 ranked fourth on the all-time UCLA list and was the most by a Bruin since Angel Hardy handed out 181 in '84-85 … Her 6.52 per game average placed her second on the all-time Bruin season list … Scored a career-high of 25 points vs. Oregon State (2/29) … Recorded six double-digit assist games … Finished third in the conference in assists and tied for fourth in steals with a 2.5 per game average.

HIGH SCHOOL - Named one of the country's Top 35 players by Blue Star Scouting Service as well as a pre-season Street & Smith's All-American as a senior at St. John Vianney High in Holmdel, NJ … Following her junior season, she was named a third-team All-American by Parade Magazine despite missing the final seven games with a knee injury … A four-year starter, she led the Lancers to three state championships and was coached by Bill Bulman and Nick Russo … Named first-team All-State for the third consecutive year in 1995 … Finished her career with 1,550 points, 510 assists and 390 steals … During her four-year career, the Lancers posted a 105-15 record and won four division championships, three conference titles, four state championships and two overall state titles … The team was ranked either first or second in New Jersey rankings all four years … She was the MVP in the three state finals in which she participated (missed junior season) and MVP of the Tournament of Champions (as a senior) … Two-time News Tribune Player of the Year … Had reconstructive knee surgery (left knee) on March 30, 1994 and sat out the remainder of that season.

PERSONAL - Born: November 14, 1976 in New York City … Parents: Lorenzo and Nora Gomez … Has one sister, Audrey, a former women's basketball player at USC … Career goal is to play professional basketball and to later pursue a career in sports marketing … Chose UCLA because of the coaches, campus and weather … Sociology major.

Career Highs
Points:
25 vs. Oregon St (2/29/96)

Rebounds:
11 vs. Stanford (2/24/96)

Assists:
16 vs. Arizona St. (1/5/99)

Steals:
7 vs. Vanderbilt (11/26/95)

Blocks:
1, last vs. WSU (2/27/99)

FGs made:
9 vs. Cal (1/13/96)

3-pt FGs made:
3, last vs. Oregon St. (2/29/96)

FT Made:
9 vs. USC (2/21/98)

Minutes:
44 vs. Arizona (1/20/96)

Turnovers:
11 vs. Oregon (3/2/96)


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