UCLA Has improved her assist and scoring average for three straight seasons Is like a coach on the floor Made a marked improvement in her free throw shooting last season Knows the system well.
2002 Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection Starter in all 29 games and in the past 58 straight contests Finished the year ranked seventh on UCLAs all-time single-season assist list with 148, the second-highest total ever by a Bruin junior Ranked third in the Pac-10 in assists (5.10), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.45), ninth in free throw percentage (.783) and 10th in steals (1.72) Had at least eight assists in six games Recorded eight assists in the opener against Liberty Handed out eight assists and hit two big free throws with nine seconds to play to help secure the win over Ohio State Hit a three-pointer to give UCLA the lead for good in the win over BYU Had seven points, eight assists and five rebounds at Baylor Scored 11 points with six assists versus Oregon State Scored a career-high 24 points and had eight assists in the win at Washington State Scored 21 points versus USC Recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 assists against Arizona Had 14 points and eight assists at Oregon Scored 14 points in the win at Long Beach Had 11 points and seven assists in the regular season finale against Stanford.
2001 Starter in all 29 games Ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in assists (4.45) and steals (2.21) Handed out eight assists and recorded four steals in the win over Washington Scored 10 points and handed out seven assists in the win over WSU Credited with nine assists at Stanford Had a career-best eight steals, tied for eighth-best in UCLA single-game history, and handed out seven assists in the win over Oregon Had a career-best eight rebounds at ASU Handed out seven assists in 40 minutes of play in the win over Arizona Scored 11 points in the win over USC Also had 11 points at Washington State Made her first career start in the season-opener versus Duke.
2000 Played in 11 games Scored her first career points vs. San Diego State with a basket after a steal and a free throw Came in for some prime time minutes to settle the team down during the game vs. California in Pauley.
1999 Redshirted the season after undergoing reconstructive surgery to repair torn ligaments in her left knee Injured her knee in an August summer league game.
HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterwinner under coach Pete Benny at Marina HS Led Marina to the 1998 CIF Championship and to two Sunset League titles All-State second team and All-CIF first team selection Named the 1998 Orange County Player of the Year by the Orange County Register Ended her career as the Sunset League career assist leader and ranked second in the county and third in the CIF in assists Holds school records for career assists, steals and three-point shots made Averaged 13.5 points, 8.0 assists and 3.1 steals per game Played club ball with Southern Cal Womens Basketball and with the O.C. Hoyas.
PERSONAL Full Name: Natalie Mitsue Nakase Born: April 18, 1980 in Anaheim Parents: Gary and Debra Nakase Has two older sisters (Norie and Nicola) Describes her greatest athletic thrill as playing the best game of her high school career to win the CIF Championship game Names her father as the person she admires most Hobbies include going to the beach, dancing and listening to music Psychology major.
UCLA Career Statistics
3-Point Shooting: 2002 - 19-56 (.339); 2001 - 6-25 (.240); 2000 - None; Totals - 25-81 (.309).
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