UCLA Women's Basketball Hosts Oregon Schools

Jan. 26, 2004

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Bruins Hosts Oregon and Oregon State on Thursday / Saturday - The Bruins (9-9, 4-5) are at home this week for a pair of games against the Oregon schools. UCLA will host Oregon (10-9, 2-7) on Thursday and Oregon State (10-8, 4-5) on Saturday. The Bruins rebounded from Friday's overtime loss to No. 6 Stanford to post a 67-66 win over Cal on Sunday. Nikki Blue's driving layup with 1.7 seconds to play was the game-winner for the Bruins. The Bruins have compiled a 7-2 record this season in Pauley Pavilion. Oregon and Oregon State were each swept last week at home by the Arizona schools. Oregon State will play at USC on Thursday.

Notes - The Bruins entered the week as the only school in the Pac-10 with three players listed among the top 10 scorers in the conference - 8 - Nikki Blue, 9 - Noelle Quinn, 10- Lisa Willis ... The same three players are also ranked among the top 10 in steals - 1- Blue, 2- Willis, 7- Quinn ... Nikki Blue entered the week leading the conference in steals (3.28) and was ranked fourth in assists (4.33), eighth in scoring (14.8) and 11th in rebounding (5.7) ... Blue has dished out 44 assists in her last 10 games ... Noelle Quinn has scored in double figures in the last nine games ... Over that same stretch, she has handed out 36 assists and has just 22 turnovers ... Quinn scored a career-high 20 points and handed out a career-best seven assists against Washington St. ... She entered the week eighth in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.1), ninth in scoring (12.9) and seventh in steals (2.20) and assists (3.2) ... Lisa Willis has made at least one three-point shot in each of the last 10 games and at least two three-pointers in nine games this season ... She has a high of five made at Texas and entered the week fourth in the Pac-10 in made three-pointers (1.89/g) ... Willis scored a career-best 22 points versus Washington St. and entered the week 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.8) and second in steals (2.83) ... Whitney Jones made her 73rd career start against Cal and entered the week sixth in the Pac-10 with a 2.43 offensive rebounds average ... Gennifer Arranaga began the week fifth in Pac-10 three-point shooting (.409) ... Amanda Livingston had career-highs in points (13) and steals (4), to go along with a career-high tying five rebounds at Arizona State ... The Bruins have outrebounded or tied six of the last nine opponents ... UCLA has held 10 opponents to 60 points or less this season, and only four opponents have scored more than 66 points in regulation ... UCLA has averaged 15.0 offensive rebounds in its last eight games ... The Bruins entered the week second in the Pac-10 in steals (12.17) and first in turnover margin (+4.11) ... The Bruins shot a season-high 54.8% in the win over Washington St. ... It was the third time this season the Bruins have shot over 50% (.517 vs. Ohio St., .508 vs. CSUN) ... Four of the Bruin losses have come versus nationally ranked teams from Texas, Purdue, Michigan State and Stanford.

A Look at the Ducks - Oregon is coming off of a 69-67 loss to Arizona State on Saturday in Eugene. The Ducks are led by Andrea Bills , who entered the week averaging 12.1 points (11th in the Pac-10) and 8.4 rebounds (4th in the Pac-10). Point guard Corrie Mizusawa leads the conference in assists (6.42).

UCLA leads the series by a 20-19 margin and has won the last four meetings. The Bruins captured the first meeting (Jan. 4) of this season, in Eugene, by a score of 63-57 behind a career-high 22 points by Gennifer Arranaga. The Bruins beat the Ducks in all three meetings last season, including a second round matchup in the Pac-10 tourament.

A Look at the Beavers - Oregon State is coming off of a 65-54 loss in Corvallis to Arizona on Saturday and enters the week having lost three straight. The Beavers are led by mid-year transfer Shannon Howell, who entered the week averaging 19.6 points in the nine games she had played in to date. Center Brina Chaney is second in the conference in blocked shots (2.28), while the OSU team leads the league by averaging over four blocks per contest. Oregon State is third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense, giving up 62.4 points a game.

UCLA leads the series with the Beavers 26-16. Oregon State, which shot 62% from the field, won the first meeting (Jan. 2) of the season, in Corvallis, by a score of 82-68. Nikki Blue topped UCLA with 25 points in that contest. The Bruins captured both meetings last season.

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. This week's game against Oregon State also will air on XTRA 1150 am. Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer 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 17 games ... Had four points in the home game against Cal ... Scored eight points at Arizona St. ... Had six points in home win over Washington St. ... Scored career-best 11 points vs. Fresno St. ... Had career-high four boards vs. Michigan St. ... 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 CSUN ... Also played at Oregon, v. Washington St. and at ASU ... 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 - Scored six points in the home win over Cal ... Pulled down six rebounds at Arizona ... Handed out a career-best five assists at Arizona St. ... Had six points and three steals in home win over Washington ... Tied for team lead with six rebounds in home win over Washington St. ... Shared team lead with seven boards at Oregon ... Grabbed six rebounds, five offensive, at Oregon St. ... Had nine points and six boards v. Ohio St. ... Scored 12 points at USC on 5-7 shooting ... Had six rebounds v. Michigan St. ... 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 soccer midfielder who joined team on Dec. 9 after a loss to eventual champion North Carolina in the College Cup semis ... Has 73 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 - 5 at Arizona St., 1-15-04; Steals - 5, last at Cal, 2-20-03.

#11 Julia Pitts - Has seen action in 16 games with nine starts ... Had two blocks at Oregon ... Came off the bench against Ohio St. 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 St. ... Scored eight points v. Michigan St. ... Had 13 points at CSUN, including six in last three minutes as UCLA took 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 before a season-ending knee injury in game nine v. Baylor ... Was averaging 10.0 points and 5.9 rebounds at time of her injury ... Had left knee surgery Dec. 30, 2002. Career Highs: Points - 20 at Georgia, 12-6-02; Rebounds - 11 v. N'western St., 12-1-02; Assists - 4 at Georgia, 12-6-02; Steals - 2, last v. Michigan St., 12-19-03.

#13 Gennifer Arranaga - Scored nine points on three treys at Arizona ... 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 v. Illinois ... Had 11 points and team-best six rebounds in starting role at Texas ... Had four points, three boards, two assists and three steals v. UNLV ... Appeared in all 29 games last season and has seen action in the last 78 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 action against Texas ... Had one rebound and one blocked shot v. Wash. State ... Volleyball and basketball star at Marathon, FL High ... Averaged 22 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks as a senior.

#31 Amanda Livingston - Had three boards and a block v. Stanford ... Had career-highs in points (13) and steals (4) at Arizona St., to go along with a career-high tying five rebounds ... Scored nine and had four rebounds at Oregon ... Had six points and three boards at USC ... Scored six v. Fresno St. ... 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 three boards v. UNLV ... Led HS team to the State championship as a senior in the school's first ever trip to title game. Career Highs: Points - 13 at Ariz. St., 1-15-04; Rebounds - 5, last at Ariz. St., 1-15-04; Assists - 2 v. Wash. St., 1-9-04; Steals - 4 at Ariz. St., 1-15-04; Blocks - 2 at Purdue, 12-13-03.

#32 Nikki Blue - Scored the winning basket with 1.7 seconds remaining in the home game against Cal ... Finished with a team-best 19 points v. the Bears ... Tied her season high with 25 points v. Stanford ... Also tied for team-high honors with seven rebounds against the Cardinal ... Scored 12 at Arizona ... Had four assists and four steals at Arizona St. ... Tied for team-high honors with seven rebounds in home win over Washington ... Had 10 points in home win over Washington St. ... Recorded game-high 25 points and added game-highs in rebounds (8) and assists (7) at Oregon St. ... Also tied career-high with three threes ... Totaled 15 points, nine assists and five steals in win v. Ohio St. ... Had team-high 14 points at USC ... Led team with 23 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and six steals v. Fresno St. ... Led Bruins with nine boards v. Michigan St. ... Had eight assists and scored 14 at CSUN ... 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 and added six rebounds, six assists and six steals ...Selected UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for Jan. 20-25 and Dec. 15-21 ...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 ... Set a UCLA freshman scoring record with 35 against Washington. Career Highs: Points - 35 at Washington, 2-1-03; Rebounds - 12 v. Sacra. St., 11-24-02; Assists - 9, last v. Ohio St., 12-30-03; Steals - 8 v. Oregon, 3-8-03.

#35 Jamila Veasley - Pulled down team-high and season-best nine rebounds in home win over Cal ... Tied for team-high honors with seven rebounds v. Stanford ... Added a career-tying best of three assists v. the Cardinal ... Pulled down five rebounds at Arizona ... Had four boards in the home win v. Washington ... Had six points and five boards in home win over Washington St. ... Had five boards at Oregon ... Scored season-high seven points v. Ohio St. ... Had four rebounds v. Fresno St. ... 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 64 games overall in her career. Career Highs: Points - 12, at Oregon, 12-27-02; Rebounds - 12 v. St. Mary's 12-3-02; Assists - 3, last v. Stanford, 1-23-04; Steals - 5 v. Ariz. St., 1-17-02; Blocks - 3 v. Wash. St., 1-3-03.

#40 Lisa Willis - Has scored in double figures in the last six games ... Totaled 16 points, seven boards and five steals in home win over Cal ... Had 20 points v. Stanford ... Had team-high totals of 15 points and a career-high tying nine rebounds at Arizona ... Scored 11 points at Arizona St. ... 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 St. ... Named UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for Jan. 5-11 ... Tied career-high with five steals at Oregon St. ... Scored team-high 17 with three treys and four assists v. Ohio St. ... Had five steals at USC ...Led team with 13 points v. Michigan St. ... 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 threes, against Texas ... Made first career start v. UNLV and scored 13 points ... As a freshman, she appeared in all 29 games and finished with 46 made threes (second on UCLA freshman list) ... Seventh in the Pac-10 in three-point shots made (1.59/g). Career Highs: Points - 22, v. Washington St., 1-9-04; Rebounds - 9, last at Arizona, 1-17-04; Assists - 4, last v. Ohio St., 12-30-03; Steals - 5, last v. Cal, 1-25-04.

#44 Emma Tautolo - Has seen action in 14 games ... Had four points v. Fresno St. ... Scored six 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 - Totaled 18 points, five assists and six steals in home win over Cal ... Scored 14 points and had four assists in home game v. Stanford ... Had 13 points at Arizona ... Scored team-high 15 and had four steals at Arizona St. ... 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 home win over Washington St. ... Had 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals at Oregon ... Had 16 points at Oregon St. and added eight rebounds and three assists ...Had 14 points, five assists and three steals in win over Ohio St. ... Returned to action at USC and scored nine points and pulled down 10 boards ... Sat out CSUN, Michigan St. and Fresno games with a healing stress fracture in her right foot ... Totaled 10 points and team-high seven rebounds at St. Mary's ... Had first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds v. Illinois ... Had eight points at Texas ... Scored 11 points and had 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 St., 1-9-04; Rebounds - 11, v. Illinois 11-30-03; Assists - 7, v. Washington St., 1-9-04; Steals - 6 v. Cal, 1-25-04; Blocks - 1, last v. Cal, 1-25-04.

#54 Sissy Pickett - Has seen action in seven games ... Had four points, a blocked shot and three boards against Fresno St. ... Had six points at CSUN, hitting all three of her shots ... 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 (157-148) 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

Blue's Last-Second Shot Beats Bears - Nikki Blue's lay-in with 1.7 seconds to play propelled the Bruins past Cal 67-66. Blue's basket capped a Bruin rally from a 12-point second half deficit. She finished with a team-high 19 points. Noelle Quinn added 18 points, five assists and six steals.

No. 6 Stanford Tops Bruins - No. 6 ranked Stanford needed overtime to best the Bruins, 78-71. UCLA led 32-28 at the half, but Stanford opened the second half with an 18-4 run. The Bruins came back to tie the game up at 52. Neither team then led by more than two points for the final 6:25 of regulation. Nikki Blue led UCLA with a season-high tying 25 points, and Lisa Willis added 20.

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