Women's Hoops Hosts Oregon Jan. 4, Road Trip To Washington Jan. 7 & 9
Jan. 3, 2005
UCLA Women's Basketball Hosts Oregon Jan. 4; At Washington Schools Jan. 7 & 9
No. 22/24 UCLA Hosts Oregon Tuesday - No. 22 (AP)/24 (ESPN/USA Today) UCLA(8-3, 2-0 in the Pac-10) will conclude its Pac-10 Conference homestand onTuesday at 7 p.m. when Oregon (9-3, 2-1) comes to Pauley Pavilion. TheBruins will then travel to play at Washington State on Friday, Jan. 7 and atWashington on Sunday, Jan. 9.
Quick Recap - The Bruins broke away from Oregon State at the end of thefirst half and the beginning of the second half and scored a 73-45 win overthe Beavers on Jan. 2. Noelle Quinn led the Bruins with 20 points and 12rebounds. UCLA opened Pac-10 play with a 62-61 home win against USC on Dec.28. The win tied the year-long 18-sport competition between the two schoolsfor the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy at 20-each. Quinn led the way for the Bruinswith 16 points and nine rebounds. Lisa Willis also totaled nine rebounds andadded 13 points, including a basket at the 2:35 mark which broke a 60-alltie.
Bruins In The Rankings - The Bruins checked in at the No. 22 spot on theAssociated Press poll (Jan. 3) and at No. 24 on the ESPN/USA Today poll forthe week of Dec. 27. UCLA moved into the AP rankings at No. 25 on Nov. 29after the win over No. 4 Texas, and debuted at No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Todaypoll on Dec. 6 after the win over Purdue. It was the first time UCLA hadbeen ranked in the AP poll since the week of Feb. 21, 2000, when the Bruinswere ranked No. 22 after defeating No. 15 Arizona. UCLA was ranked as highas fourth in the 1999-2000 season.
Listen Live - UCLA will broadcast the games on the internet. Dave Marcus andMichael Sondheimer will call the action.
Bruin Notes - The Bruins have won nine-straight home games (5-0 this season)over the past two seasons ï¿½A 6-1 season start was UCLA's best beginning toa season since the 1980-81 UCLA team won its first 12 games ... Noelle Quinnhas scored in double digits in the last 32 consecutive games ... Lisa Willisset a new school record for career three-pointers after hitting two in thewin over Oregon State ...Willis, who passed DeDe Mosman in the record books,now has 138 and counting ...Nikki Blue became the 20th Bruin to reach the1,000-point mark for her career during the second half of the Fresno Statecontest ... Blue ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists (4.90) ... The Bruinsown a 14-0 record when Quinn scores at least 20 points in a game and havelost three times in the four games this season in which she was held toless-than 20 ... Quinn is first in the Pac-10 in scoring (19.0) and steals(3.45, tied with Lisa Willis), fourth in rebounding (7.5) and fifth inassists (3.82) ... Willis is tied for the lead in the Pac-10 in steals (3.45)and is tied for third in three-point field goals made (2.0) ... Willis isshooting .880 for the season (22-25) from the free throw line, fourth-bestin the Pac-10 entering the week ... Amanda Livingston has blocked seven shotsin her last four games ...Three players currently have more assists thanturnovers this season (Quinn, Blue and Ortal Oren), and three have moresteals than turnovers (Willis, Quinn, Lauren Pedersen).
Scouting the Ducks - Oregon is 9-3 on the year and 2-1 in the Pac-10. TheDucks, who registered a 62-58 upset win over No. 5 Stanford last week, areranked in the top five in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (3rd), scoringmargin (4th), fg% (4th), 3-Pt. Fg% (4th), Fg % defense (.377), 3Pt. fg%defense (5th), rebounding defense (3rd), rebounding margin (4th), assists(2nd), defensive rebounds (3rd), and 3-Pt. Fg made (2nd). Post CathrineKraayeveld leads the Ducks and is fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring with a16.1 mark. She also ranks second in rebounding (9.0) and second in blockedshots (1.67).
The Series With Oregon - The series, which dates back to 1980, is tied at20-each. The Ducks snapped a four-game UCLA series win streak with a 61-55win in the last meeting between the two teams played on January 29, 2004 inPauley. Lisa Willis had 20 points for the Bruins. The Bruins won the earliermeeting (Jan. 4, 2004) in Eugene by a score of 63-57 behind 22 points offthe bench from Gennifer Arranaga.
2004-05 Outlook - Coach Kathy Olivier welcomes back 11 letterwinners,including three starters, and adds three talented newcomers. The Bruin²triple threat² returning starters are leading scorer and rebounder NoelleQuinn, assist leader and No. 2 scorer Nikki Blue, along with Pac-10 stealsleader and No. 3 scorer Lisa Willis. Seven of the 11 letterwinners sawaction in at least 18 games last season, including five players withstarting experience from a year ago.
The team rebounded from a 4-6 Pac-10 start last season to capture seven ofthe last eight conference games and finish in a tie for third place. Thatthird place finish marked the fifth time in the last seven seasons that theBruins have wound up among the top four teams in the conference.
Coaches and Media Pick Bruins To Finish Third In Pac-10 - The Pac-10women¹s basketball coaches picked UCLA to finish third in the conference,with one first-place vote, in the annual pre-season poll. Stanford, witheight first-place votes, was the solid choice to finish first. The Cardinalwere followed by Arizona (one first-place vote), UCLA, Arizona St., Oregon,Washington, USC, California, Oregon St. and Washington St.
The Pac-10 media also selected UCLA to finish third (122 points). Stanford,with eight first-place votes and Arizona, with seven first-place votes, werepicked to repeat as co-champions with 140 points each. Arizona State wasfourth (100), followed by Washington (83), Oregon (78), USC (61), Oregon St.(45), California (34) and Washington St. (22).
Blue, Quinn Earn National Honors - Guards Nikki Blue and Noelle Quinn havebeen selected to several pre-season watch lists for national honors,including the pre-season Naismith Award list, the Wade Trophy Watch List andthe Wooden Award All-America Watch List. Blue and Quinn were also named tothe pre-season All-Pac-10 Conference team. Blue received honorable mentionhonors in the AP Pre-Season All-America list and first-team acclaim fromWomen's Basketball News Service.
Game Recaps: Jan. 2 - Oregon State at UCLA - The Bruins closed the firsthalf and opened the second half with a strong effort and put away theBeavers, 73-45. Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 20 points, 12 rebounds, sixassists and eight steals. Lisa Willis moved into first on the all-timeschool list for three-point shots during the contest.
Dec. 28 - USC at UCLA - UCLA survived several last-second shots by theTrojans and captured a 62-61 win in the Pac-10 opener. UCLA led by as manyas 14 in the first half before settling for a 27-25 lead at the break. TheBruins built the lead up to 10 points in the second half before USC ralliedto tie things up at 58-all with five minutes to play. Lisa Willis's basketwith 2:35 to play gave UCLA a 62-60 lead, and the Bruins hung on for thewin. Willis finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Noelle Quinn led UCLAwith 16 and also had nine boards.
Dec. 21 - UCLA at Ohio State - Playing without point guard Nikki Blue, whosat out for precautionary reasons due to concussion-like symptoms, the No.20/23 ranked Bruins lost at No. 10/7 Ohio State, 83-60. UCLA led 21-17halfway through the first half, but the Buckeyes outscored the Bruins 23-5to close the half, and the Bruins never recovered. Freshman Lindsey Pluimerled UCLA with 16 points and nine rebounds. Lisa Willis added 15 and tied theschool record for career three-pointers.
Trebilcock To Join Bruins In 2005-06 - Guard Ashlee Trebilcock of Newhall,CA (Hart HS) has signed a national letter-of-intent with UCLA and will jointhe Bruins in the 2005-06 season. A 5-9 guard, Trebilcock is considered bysome publications to be one of the Top 25 recruits in the nation. She ledher team to the Foothill League championship in 2004 and to the final gameof the CIF Southern Section Division I championship, where she scored acareer-high 34 points. She is a two-time Los Angeles Daily News Player ofthe Year and attended the Nike All-America camp in 2003 and the USA JuniorOlympic tryouts in 2004. As a junior at Hart HS, she averaged 21.9 points,5.5 rebounds and handed out 94 assists. In her sophomore year, she averaged16.7 points.