Women's Basketball On The Road In Arizona

Jan. 13, 2004

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Bruins Play At Arizona State Thursday, at Arizona Saturday on Fox Sports Net - The Bruins (8-6, 3-2) completed a sweep of the Washington schools on Sunday with a 65-60 win over the University of Washington. Lisa Willis led UCLA with 19 points, including a pair of last second free throws, in the win over the Huskies. On Friday, UCLA bested Washington State by a score of 78-58. Noelle Quinn, with 20 points, and Willis, with 22, each had career-high scoring nights for UCLA in that contest. The Bruins will next play at Arizona State (9-5, 3-2) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific time. Arizona will host the Bruins on Saturday in a game to be televised live on Fox Sports Net at 3 p.m. Pacific time. Both Arizona schools are unbeaten at home this season.

Notes - Nikki Blue leads the conference in steals and is ranked fourth in assists, eighth in scoring and 10th in rebounding ... Blue tied her career-high with nine assists vs. Ohio State and has dished out 32 assists in her last six games and converted 23 of her last 28 free throws ... Noelle Quinn has scored in double figures in her last five games ... Over that same five game stretch, she has handed out 22 assists and shot 50% (32-64) from the field ... Quinn scored a career-high 20 points and handed out a career-best seven assists against Washington State ... She is ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in rebounding and 10th in scoring, steals and assists ... Lisa Willis has made at least one three-point shot in each of her last six games and at least two three-pointers in six games this season, with a high of five made at Texas, entered the week ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in three-point shots made (1.79/g) ... Willis scored a career-best 22 points in the win over Washington State and entered the week 11th in the Pac-10 in scoring and second in steals with a 2.86 average ... Whitney Jones made her 69th career start against Washington and entered the week ranked sixth in the Pac-10 with a 2.6 offensive rebounds per game mark ... Gennifer Arranaga is ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting percentage (.441) ... The Bruins have outrebounded four of the last five opponents ... UCLA, which entered the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 60.9, has held 10 opponents to 60 points or less this season, and only two opponents have scored more than 66 points ... UCLA has averaged 15.5 offensive rebounds in its last four games and entered the week ranked second in the conference in rebounding in Pac-10 games only ... The Bruins entered the week leading the Pac-10 in steals with a 12.36 average and in turnover margin (+3.36) ... The Bruins shot a season-high 54.8% in the win over Washington State ... It was the third time this season the Bruins have shot over 50% (.517 vs. Ohio State, .508 vs. Cal State Northridge) ... Three of the six Bruin losses have come at the hands of nationally ranked teams from Texas, Purdue and Michigan State.

A Look at the Sun Devils - Arizona State, 9-5 overall, rebounded from losses at Stanford and at Arizona to win at California on Saturday and improved to 3-2 in Pac-10 play. The Sun Devils have won all seven of their home games this season. Forward Betsy Boardman leads ASU in scoring with an 11.5 average and is the only player in double digits. Sophomore center Kristen Kovesdy scores at a 9.6 point per game clip and leads the team in rebounding at 5.4. The Bruins lead the series with ASU, 37-13. UCLA won both meetings last season to snap a four-game losing streak in the series. Nikki Blue's 30-point effort helped the Bruins win last season in Tempe, 60-58. Blue scored 19 of UCLA's final 21 points in that contest. Blue scored a game-high 20 points in the rematch in Pauley played on Feb. 16. The Bruins rallied from a five-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Sun Devils, 17-2, at the start of the second half.

A Look at the Wildcats - Arizona, 12-4 overall, has seen three of its four losses come on the road at the hands of ranked teams (UCSB, Louisiana State, Stanford). The 'Cats are coming off a 84-62 loss at Stanford on Saturday. U of A is led by guard Dee-Dee Wheeler, who averages 17.5 points per game, and by center Shawntinice Polk, last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year who averages 16.0 points and 9.4 rebounds a game. UCLA leads the series by a 35-15 count. The Bruins have not won in Tucson in their last three visits. The Wildcats won the first meeting last season in the desert, by a score of 80-61, handing UCLA its first conference loss of the season after six wins. UCLA shot 32% and Blue had 19 points. The Bruins captured the rematch in Pauley 48-47. Blue, who was the lone Bruin in double figures, led UCLA with 13 points.

UCLA on the Radio - All of UCLA's games this season will be radio broadcast live on KIIS 850am in Thousand Oaks and on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Dave Marcus and Doug Kim will be on hand to call the action in this week's games.

Bruins Picked To Finish Sixth/Seventh In Pac-10 - The Pac-10 women's basketball coaches picked UCLA to finish sixth in the conference. Stanford, with eight first-place votes, was the solid choice to finish first. The Cardinal were followed by Arizona (two first-place votes), Washington, Oregon, Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Oregon State, California and Washington State. The Pac-10 media also tabbed Stanford for the top spot. Next was Arizona, Washington and Arizona State. USC was picked to finish fifth, followed by Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, California and Washington State.

Blue Named to Pre-Season All-Conference Team by Media - Nikki Blue was selected by the media to the Pre-Season All-Conference team announced at the annual Pac-10 media day in San Jose on Oct. 29. Blue was joined by Stanford's Nicole Powell, USC's Ebony Hoffman, Washington's Giuliana Mendiola and Arizona's Shawntinice Polk.

UCLA Signs Two for Class of 2008 - UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier signed two players, forward Lindsey Pluimer and guard Lauren Pedersen, to National Letters of Intent to enter school in the Fall of 2004. Pluimer, a 6-3 forward from San Clemente, CA High, is considered by some publications to be one of the top 35 recruits in the nation. She was chosen the CIF Southern Section Div. I-A Player of the Year last season as a junior and averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots per game. Pedersen, a 5-10 guard, was a All-CIF Southern Section and Div. II-A first-team pick last year following her junior season. An outstanding perimeter shooter, she averaged 13.9 points, 5.2 assists, 4.6 steals and four rebounds per game as a junior and had been ranked as one of the top 60 recruits in the nation by one publication.

Player Bio Updates

#00 Ortal Oren - Has seen action in 13 games ... Had six points in home win over Washington State ... Scored career-best 11 points vs. Fresno State ... Had career high four boards vs. Michigan State ... Had four points and two assists at CSUN ... Scored six points vs. Illinois ... Had four points v. UNLV. Career Highs: Points - 11 v. Fresno St., 12-21-03; Rebounds - 4, v. Michigan St., 12-19-03; Assists - 2, last v. Wash. St., 1-9-04; Steals - 3, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.

#3 Shaina Zaidi - Saw her first action at Northridge ... Also played at Oregon and v. Washington State ... Point guard who helped her team win CIF Div. IV-AA Southern Section championship and advance to CIF State Regional Div. IV finals as a senior ... Averaged 22 points and six assists as a senior ... Adidas Super 60 selection.

#10 Whitney Jones - Had six points and three steals in home win over Washington ... Tied for team lead with six rebounds in home win over Washington State ... Shared team lead with seven boards at Oregon ... Grabbed six rebounds, five offensive, and had five points at Oregon State ... Had nine points and six boards v. Ohio State ... Scored 12 points at USC on 5-7 shooting ... Had four points and six rebounds v. Michigan State ... Made first start of season at CSUN and had 14 points and six rebounds ... Saw first action against Purdue and had four points and five boards in 27 minutes ... Starting midfielder on soccer team who joined hoops team on Dec. 9 after a loss to eventual champion North Carolina in the College Cup semis ... Has 69 career basketball starts ... Entered the season ranked 10th on the all-time UCLA free throw list (.736) and fifth in made three-point shots in her career ... Had her fourth career double-double last season with 24 points and 10 rebounds versus Oregon. Career Highs: Points - 24, last at Oregon, 12-27-02; Rebounds - 10, last v. Stanford, 1-24-03; Assists - 4, last v. Arizona, 2-14-03; Steals - 5, last at Cal, 2-20-03.

#11 Julia Pitts - Has seen action in all 14 games with nine starts ... Had two blocks at Oregon ... Came off the bench against Ohio State for four points and four rebounds ... Handed out three assists at USC ... Scored 13 points and pulled down team-high tying seven boards v. Fresno State ... Scored eight points v. Michigan State ... Had 13 points in win at CSUN, including six in last three minutes as UCLA took over the lead ... Had seven points at St. Mary's ... Had seven points and four boards v. UNLV ... Starter in the first eight games of last season who averaged 10.0 points and 5.9 rebounds and shot .674 from the field ... Suffered left knee injury in the first half of the Baylor game and had surgery Dec. 30, 2002. Career Highs: Points - 20 at Georgia, 12-6-02; Rebounds - 11 v. N'western State, 12-1-02; Assists - 4 at Georgia, 12-6-02; Steals - 2, last v. Michigan St., 12-19-03.

#13 Gennifer Arranaga - Had eight points in home win over Washington ... Scored six in home win over Washington State ... Had career-best 22 points in win at Oregon ... Scored five against both Oregon State and Ohio State ... Had four points and six rebounds v. Fresno ... Scored eight points in win over Illinois ... Had 11 points and team-best six rebounds in starting role at Texas ... Had four points, three boards, two assists and three steals vs. UNLV ... Appeared in all 29 games last season and has seen action in the last 74 games in a row. Career Highs: Points - 22 at Oregon, 1-4-04; Rebounds - 8 v. Stanford, 2-24-02; Assists - 6 v. Oregon St., 12-22-01; Steals - 6 v. Georgia, 12-30-00.

#21 Brittany Ringel - Starter at outside hitter on the volleyball team ... Joined the basketball squad on Dec. 17 after UCLA was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the NCAA volleyball tournament on Dec. 13 ... Sat out last year after playing on the basketball team during her true freshman year of 2001-02.

#22 Consuelo Lezcano - Saw first collegiate action against Texas ... Also played in home win over Washington State and had one rebound and one blocked shot ... Volleyball and basketball star at Marathon, FL High ... Scored over 2,100 points in prep career ... Averaged 22 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks per game as a senior.

#31 Amanda Livingston - Scored career-best nine points and had four rebounds at Oregon ... Had six points and three boards at USC ... Scored six points v. Fresno State ... Had four points and a block at CSUN ... Totaled six points, two blocks and four rebounds v. Purdue ... Had five boards at St. Mary's ... Recorded six points and three boards in starting role v. Illinois ... Had seven points and grabbed three boards v. UNLV ... Led team to the State championship as a senior in the school's first ever trip to title game ... Averaged 17.5 points and 8.3 rebounds as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 9 at Oregon, 1-4-04; Rebounds - 5 at St. Mary's, 12-6-03; Assists - 2 v. Washington State, 1-9-04; Steals - 2, v. Washington State, 1-9-04; Blocks - 2 at Purdue, 12-13-03.

#32 Nikki Blue - Tied for team-high honors with seven rebounds in home win over Washington ... Had 10 points in home win over Washington State ... Recorded a game-high 25 points and added game-highs in rebounds (eight) and assists (seven) at Oregon State ... Also tied her career-high with three three-point field goals ... Totaled 15 points, nine assists and five steals in win v. Ohio State ... Had team-high 14 points at USC ... Led team with 23 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and six steals v. Fresno State ... Led the Bruins with nine rebounds v. Michigan State ... Had eight assists and scored 14 points at CSUN ... Named UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for Dec. 15-21 ...Had 20 points and six rebounds v. Purdue ... Scored 17 and had five assists at St. Mary's ... Her 16 points led team v. Illinois ... Had eight points and three steals at Texas ... Led Bruins with 15 points v. UNLV ... Also had six rebounds, six assists and six steals ...Named to pre-season All-Pac-10 team ... Starter in all 29 games last season ... Just the second Bruin ever to be named first-team All-Pac-10 as a freshman ... Selected to Pac-10's All-Freshman team and to conference All-Tournament team ... Finished fifth in Pac-10 in scoring, sixth in assists, second in steals and eighth in assist/turnover ratio ... Set a UCLA freshman scoring record with 35 points against Washington. Career Highs: Points - 35 at Washington, 2-1-03; Rebounds - 12 v. Sacramento St., 11-24-02; Assists - 9, last v. Ohio St., 12-30-03; Steals - 8 v. Oregon, 3-8-03.

#35 Jamila Veasley - Had four boards in the home win v. Washington ... Had six points and five boards in home win over Washington State ... Had five boards at Oregon ... Had three points, rebounds and steals at Oregon State ... Scored season-high seven points v. Ohio State ... Had four rebounds v. Fresno State ... Tallied three boards at Purdue ... Returned to starting lineup at St. Mary's and had four rebounds ... Did not play against Illinois due to injury ... Left the Texas contest in the second half with an injured shoulder ... Starter in all 29 games last season and 60 games overall in her career ... Ranked seventh in Pac-10 blocked shots (0.69) last year. Career Highs: Points - 12, at Oregon, 12-27-02; Rebounds - 12, v. St. Mary's 12-3-02; Assists - 3, at Oregon, 12-27-02; Steals - 5, v. Ariz. St., 1-17-02; Blocks - 3, v. Wash. St., 1-3-03.

#40 Lisa Willis - Had a team-high 19 points, including two free throws with seven seconds left which clinched the win, in the home game versus Washington ... Scored a career-best 22 points in the home win over Washington State ... Named UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for Jan. 5-11 ... Tied her career-high with five steals at Oregon State and added nine points and five boards ... Scored team-high 17 points with three treys and career-high-tying four assists v. Ohio State ... Had six points and career-high tying five steals at USC ...Led team with 13 points v. Michigan State ... Had 13 points and four assists at CSUN ... Had 18 points and five steals at Purdue and added career-high totals in rebounds (9) and assists (4) ... Had 10 points and six boards at St. Mary's while moving into school's top 10 in three-point shots made ... Had 17 points, including five three-point shots, against Texas ... Made her first career start vs. UNLV and scored 13 points ... Appeared in all 29 games and finished with 46 made three-pointers (second on UCLA freshman list) and 55 steals ... Seventh in the Pac-10 in three-point shots made (1.59/g). Career Highs: Points - 22, v. Washington State, 1-9-04; Rebounds - 9 at Purdue, 12-13-03; Assists - 4, last v. Ohio St., 12-30-03; Steals - 5, last at Oregon State, 1-2-04.

#44 Emma Tautolo - Has seen action in 11 games ... Had four points v. Fresno State ... Scored six points and had career-high marks of six rebounds and three assists at CSUN ... Had three boards at St. Mary's ... Scored career-high 10 points v. Illinois ... Had three points at Texas. Career Highs: Points - 10 v. Illinois, 11-30-03; Rebounds - 6 at CSUN, 12-17-03; Assists - 3 at CSUN, 12-17-03; Steals - 1, last at St. Mary's, 12-6-03.

#45 Noelle Quinn - Had 17 points, three assists, three steals and team-best seven boards in home win over Washington ... Scored career-high 20 points and handed out career-best seven assists in the home win over Washington State ... Had 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals at Oregon ... Had 16 points at Oregon State and added eight rebounds and three assists ...Had 14 points, five assists and three steals in win over Ohio State ... Returned to action at USC and scored nine points and pulled down 10 boards ... Sat out CSUN, Michigan State and Fresno games with a healing stress fracture in her right foot ... Had five rebounds at Purdue ... Totaled 10 points and team-high seven rebounds at St. Mary's ... Had her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds v. Illinois ... Had eight points at Texas ... Scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds v. UNLV ... In high school, she helped lead her team to three CIF Division III championships, four California Regional Division III crowns and four CIF state championships ... Parade Magazine and McDonald's All-American ... Averaged 22.9 points and 10.1 rebounds as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 20, v. Washington State, 1-9-04; Rebounds - 11, v. Illinois 11-30-03; Assists - 7, v. Washington State, 1-9-04; Steals - 3, last v. Washington, 1-11-04; Blocks - 1, last v. Washington, 1-11-04.

#54 Sissy Pickett - Has seen action in six games ... Had four points, a blocked shot and three boards against Fresno State ... Had six points at CSUN, hitting all three of her shots ... Saw her first action of the season at Texas ... Career 77% free throw shooter. Career Highs: Points - 13, v. Wash. St., 2-1-02; Rebounds - 6, at Ariz, 2-14-02; Steals - 2, v. Wash. St., 2-1-02.

Head Coach Kathy Olivier - In her 11th year as UCLA head coach, Kathy Olivier (156-145) has steadily built the program to reflect her own positive, upbeat and outgoing personality. In 2003, the team posted 12 wins in conference play, a total surpassed by only two other previous UCLA teams. The team improved its scoring average from 59.0 in the 2001-02 season to 73.0 points per game. Olivier has coached the only two Bruins players to be named first-team All-Pac-10 as freshmen (Nikki Blue and Maylana Martin). In 2002, she directed a team which lost its top two scorers in the middle of the season to the second round of the Pac-10 tournament. In 2001, Olivier guided a team which was playing without eight of its top nine scorers from the previous season to a winning home record in Pac-10 play and wins over three nationally-ranked teams.

In 2000, she saw her team reach the NCAA tournament for a school record third straight season. The squad also set a Bruin home attendance record by averaging over 3,700 fans. Maylana Martin became just the third player to ever earn All-Pac-10 honors in four straight seasons. In 1999, she led her Bruin team to the school's first ever Pac-10 title and an unprecedented second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for the program. The team totaled the most wins (26) since the 1981 season and advanced further in the NCAA tournament (Regional final) than any previous UCLA team. The team put together back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1970's. In addition, the 1999 Bruin team finished with its highest ranking ever (No. 7) in the USA Today poll. In 1998, she guided UCLA to what was then its best finish ever (tied for second) in the Pac-10, its best winning percentage in the last 17 seasons and the first 20-win season since 1992.

Game Recaps -

UCLA Downs Washington - The Bruins used tough defense and key shooting down the stretch to hand Washington a 65-60 defeat and record its third straight win. Lisa Willis' two free throws with seven seconds left gave UCLA a four-point cushion and clinched the game for the Bruins, who had led by as many as 16 points in the second half. Willis finished with a game-high 19 points.

Bruins Outscore WSU - The Bruins used quick starts in each half, outscoring Washington State 8-0 to begin the game and 16-0 at the start of the second half, on their way to a 78-58 win. Lisa Willis scored a career-best 22 points, and Noelle Quinn added a career-high 20.

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