March 9, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Freshman Nicole Kaczmarski knocked down a UCLA record seven treys and scored a career-high 21 points to lead the UCLA Bruins past Washington State 96-86 Thursday in a Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball game at Friel Court.
UCLA (17-10, 11-6) was led by 22 points from Maylana Martin, who also grabbed seven rebounds to help the Bruins outboard WSU 44-36. Three other Bruins, in addition to Kaczmarski and Martin, scored in double figures, Janae Hubbard 12, Erica Gomez 11 and Carly Funicello 10.
"That was our best offensive performance of the season," Cougar head coach Jenny Przekwas said. "I think we played a complete 40 minutes and for the Cougars that is a plus," she added.
Hot shooting by the Bruins in the first half staked them to a 52-43 halftime advantage and WSU was never able to get closer than six points over the final 20 minutes. Martin scored 15 and Kaczmarski 12 in the first half as the Bruins shot just over 70 percent, hitting 19 of their first 27 shots.
"Martin in the first half was tearing us up," said Przekwas. "I thought Kaczmarski was unbelievable. A couple were open shots, but a couple we were guarding her."
Kerns was WSU's only scoring answer in the first period, scoring 13 by intermission. While the Cougars got off 13 more shots than UCLA in the opening period, a total of 40, they only made 17, or 42.5 percent. WSU's shooting fell slightly in the second half to 40 percent.
Hubbard's layin less than a minute into the second half boosted the Bruin advantage to 11 points, but then WSU held their own for the next seven minutes.
Trailing by 11 with 12:24 to play at 67-56, the Cougars outscored UCLA 8-3 over the next four minutes and crawled to within six points, 70-64 with 8:24 left on the game clock.
The Bruins then ran off eight straight to take their biggest lead of the game, 78-64 two minutes later. Kaczmarski started the run with a trey, Takiyah Jackson downed one of two free throws and then a layin and Michelle Grecco finished off the run with a jumper.
The Cougars drew first blood against the Bruins when Dietel knocked down one of her three treys and for the next six plus minutes neither team could manage more than a five point advantage. The Bruins finally forged into the lead for good when Kaczmarski hit her second trey in the first four minutes, giving UCLA a 12-10 lead then never gave up.
"Nicole's extra time in the gym really paid off," Bruin head coach Kathy Olivier stressed. "She's been staying after practice and coming in early. She is playing with confidence and looked very relaxed tonight," she added.
UCLA then went on a 21-10 run to jump on top by 13 points, 33-20 10 minutes into the game. Martin scored nine of her points during the six minute Bruin blitz.
WSU then responded over the next five minutes by outscoring the Bruins 15-3 to trail 36-35 with 5:41 left in the first half. Kerns had seven points in the run, including one trey, while Cathy McNeely, Kelley Berglund, Jessica Ottmar and Volkman also added two points each.
The visitors from Los Angeles then responded by going back on top 52-40 before a Kerns' three-pointer cut UCLA's lead to nine at halftime.
The Cougars close out the season Saturday at home in a 3:00 p.m. game against the USC Trojans, while UCLA travels to Seattle to meet the Washington Huskies in what Olivier hopes will be a prelude to post-season play.
"If we win Saturday, there is no reason for us not to go to the NCAA tournament with 18 wins," she said. Last season the Bruins, with much the same team, reached the round of eight teams.
UCLA (17-10) Marie Philman 1-3 0-0 2, Maylana Martin 7-12 8-10 22, Janae Hubbard 5-9 2-2 12, Erica Gomez 3-4 4-5 11, Nicole Kaczmarski 7-13 0-0 21, Natalie Nakase 0-0 0-0 0, Natalie Jarrett 0-0 0-2 0, Michelle Greco 3-6 0-0 6, Jalina Bradley 0-0 0-0 0, Takiyah Jackson 2-6 2-4 6, Carly Funicello 3-6 4-7 10, LaCresha Flannigan 2-3 2-2 6, Team 33-62 22-32 96.
WSU (4-23) Victoria Harrod 5-9 4-4 14, Yvonne Volkman 6-14 5-7 18, Alke Dietel 6-12 0-0 15, Katie Nyseth 0-4 4-4 4, Jen Kerns 6-12 4-6 20, Jessica Collins 0-1 0-0 0, Joanna Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Cathy McNeely 3-8 1-3 7, Kelley Berglund 2-7 0-1 4, Jessica Ottmar 1-2 2-4 4, Team 29-70 19-26 86.
Halftime - UCLA 52, WSU 43, 3-Point Goals - UCLA 8-10 (Gomez 1-1, Kaczmarski 7-8, Jackson 0-1), WSU 9-21 (Volkman 1-1, Dietel 3-6, Nyseth 0-2, Kerns 4-8, Smith 0-1, McNeely 1-3). Fouled Out - Volkman. Rebounds - UCLA 44 (Funicello 8), WSU 36 (Harrod 7). Assists - UCLA 23 (Gomez 10), WSU 22 (Kerns 7). Total Fouls - UCLA 18, WSU 21. Technical fouls - None. A - .366