February 3, 2001 |
Raquel Alotis is among the proud few who have played on a national championship girls' basketball team. The Times' 1999-2000 Valley coach of the year at Chatsworth High was a senior guard for Palos Verdes Peninsula in 1991-92, when the Panthers went 33-0 and captured Southern Section, state Division I and USA Today national titles in 1991-92. Alotis, a shooting guard, averaged 10 points on a team that included six future Division I college players. She attended UC Santa Barbara.
February 2, 2001 |
Loree Moore speaks in much the same way she regularly takes over high school basketball games. Quietly. The senior guard for Harbor City Narbonne scores, passes and rebounds with grace--and without exclamation. "I'm pretty much about fundamentals," Moore said. "I like to win and I like to play defense. I don't worry about whether anyone notices me on the court."
January 24, 2001 |
Where was the last women's Final Four basketball tournament that did not sell out? Los Angeles, 1992. Since then, when a Stanford-Western Kentucky championship game was played before 12,072 at the 15,800-seat Sports Arena, every Final Four has sold out, the last seven years in advance. Los Angeles may get a chance at redemption. USC wants to host a Staples Center Final Four in 2005, the first year for which no site has been designated.
December 12, 2000 |
The troubled UCLA's women's basketball season grew more troublesome Monday. Coach Kathy Olivier announced that Nicole Kaczmarski, a member of the Pacific 10 Conference all-freshman team last season, had been granted a letter of release so that she can transfer. Kaczmarski, once described by Olivier as a potential "Michael Jordan of women's basketball," had been out of school for the fall quarter while being treated at her home in Middle Island, N.Y.