No. 24 UCLA Travels To UC Santa Barbara Saturday
Dec. 14, 2005
Bruins End Non-Conference Play at UCSB -- The 24th-ranked (AP and ESPN/USA Today) UCLA women's basketball team (5-3), winners of five of the last six games, will travel to Santa Barbara on Saturday to meet UCSB (1-6) in the final non-conference game of the season. The game will take place at the Thunderdome at 2:00 pm. The Bruins will return home to Pauley Pavilion next Tuesday (Dec. 20) to open Pac-10 Conference play against Oregon at 7 p.m. UCLA will host Oregon State on Thursday (Dec. 22) at 7 p.m.
On Air -- All of UCLA's games in 2005-06 will be audio broadcast live on UCLA All-Access via UCLABruins.com. Play-by-play announcer Dave Marcus will begin coverage with The Bruins Countdown Show starting five minutes before the hour. UCLA's Dec. 20 game against Oregon will be televised in Oregon on ESPN Regional, and the Bruins' Dec. 22 game against Oregon State will be radio broadcast live in LA on XTRA Sports 690.
In addition, the Bruins' next seven home games will be available on live streaming video on UCLA All-Access via UCLABruins.com. The subscription fee for UCLA All-Access is $6.95/month.
Bruins Return To AP Rankings -- After besting 11th-ranked Georgia, 84-64, and then defeating Charlotte, 87-71, the next day, UCLA jumped into the AP Top 25 at the No. 23 position on Monday, Nov. 28. It was UCLA's first appearance in the rankings since Jan. 17, 2005 of last season. The Bruins were ranked by AP for eight weeks in 2004-05. UCLA moved up one to No. 22 the following week and currently stand at No. 24. In the ESPN/USA Today rankings, the Bruins entered at No. 25 last week and moved up one spot to No. 24 this week.
Where UCLA Ranks Nationally -- UCLA's is ranked in the Top 20 in the nation in three statistical categories - scoring average (5th - 80.3), field goal percentage (14th - .478) and three-point field goal percentage (20th - .398). Lisa Willis and Noelle Quinn rank in the Top 40 in scoring, with Willis tied for 27th (19.4) and Quinn ranked 39th (18.4). Willis is tied for 23rd in steals (3.3).
About UC Santa Barbara -- The Gauchos own a 1-6 record after losing at Loyola Marymount, 79-52, on Dec. 11. UCSB defeated St. Mary's in the previous contest, 67-58, on Dec. 4. Jenna Green leads the Gauchos with a 16.4 scoring average and a 6.6 rebound mark.
By The Numbers -- In UCLA's three losses this year, the Bruins lost by a combined total of 17 points. Their combined margin of victory in the five wins is 126 points (25.2 points per game) ... UCLA's starters are shooting a combined 50.6% (207-409) from the field, 40.9% (36-88) from the three-point line and 80.5% (99-123) from the free throw line ... With 10 points against Pepperdine last week, Nikki Blue became only the 10th UCLA woman to score over 1,500 career points (she now has 1,506) ... Blue needs just one more assist to move into UCLA's all-time Top 5 for career assists. She currently has 453 ... Lisa Willis needs just five more three-pointers to move into the all-time Pac-10 Top 5. She currently ranks eighth with 204 ... Willis also needs just five steals to move into the Pac-10's Top 3 list for career steals. She currently ranks fifth with 283.
UCLA Runs Past Pepperdine - Noelle Quinn scored 24 points to help lead the Bruins past Pepperdine, 95-56, in Pauley. Lisa Willis added her fifth 20-point game of the season with an even 20 points. The Bruins shot 63% in the first half against the Waves and enjoyed a 46-26 advantage at the break.
UCLA Falls At Oklahoma -- UCLA's rally from a 19-point second-half deficit fell short, and Oklahoma dealt the Bruins an 83-78 setback, ending a four-game Bruin win streak. The Bruins fell behind 40-28 at the half and trailed 62-43 midway through the second half. A furious rally helped slice the Sooner's lead down to one point, 78-77 with 1:14 to play, but the Bruins never gained the lead. Nikki Blue led UCLA with 23 points.
Blue, Willis Up For Senior CLASS Award -- Senior guards Nikki Blue and Lisa Willis are amongst 30 players up for the 2005-06 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award. The award is given annually to the nation's senior player-of-the-year for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball.
Trebilcock To Transfer - UCLA announced Nov. 30 that guard Ashlee Trebilcock had been granted her release, which would allow her to transfer at the end of the 2005 Fall quarter. She had appeared in all four Bruin games to date and was averaging 17.8 minutes, 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds.
What's Returning ? -- 99% of the total field goals made; 100% of the games started; 99% of the minutes played; 98% of the rebounds pulled down; 100% of the three-point field goals made; 99% of the assists handed out; 100% of the steals made; 98% of the blocked shots made.
Blue, Quinn Garner Pre-Season Honors -- Nikki Blue was selected to the first team and Noelle Quinn to the third team by the Women's Basketball News Service. Blue was selected as one of 25 candidates for the State Farm Wade Trophy for Division IA Player of the Year. Blue and Quinn were among 30 players chosen to the pre-season Wooden Award watch list. Blue (third time) and Quinn (second time) were also selected to the pre-season All-Pac-10 team.
Bruins in the Pre-Season Polls -- The Bruins were picked No. 16 by the Lindy's Magazine. The Women's Basketball News Service selected UCLA No. 22. ESPN.com had UCLA at No. 21.
Media Tabs Bruins for Second in the Pac-10 -- The Bruins were selected second in the annual media poll. Stanford, with 10 first place votes, was picked to finish on top (127 points). UCLA had two first place votes and 109. USC had one first place vote and 103. Arizona State (101), Oregon (66), Arizona (59), Cal (43), Washington State (25) and Oregon State (17).
Coaches Pick Bruins To Finish Fourth In Pac-10 -- Stanford (81points), with nine first-place votes, was the choice to finish first and were followed by USC (one first-place vote, 70), Arizona St. (62), UCLA (60), Oregon (43), Arizona (42), Washington (36), Cal (30), Washington St. (16) and Oregon St. (10).
The Triple Threat -- Coach Kathy Olivier returns one of the nation's finest backcourts with its 'Triple Threat' of Blue, Quinn and Willis. The threesome combined to average 50.2 points, 19.0 rebounds, 10.5 steals and 11.9 assists a game in 2004-05. Blue and Willis ranked fourth and fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring last season. Quinn was on track to join them until she was sidelined by a knee injury in mid-January. The pair ranked first and second in the conference in steals. Willis ranked sixth in the nation in steals and Blue checked in at 11th. Willis ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made and tied for 25th in the nation. Blue was second in the conference in assists and 12th in the nation in that category. Quinn, who had been selected Pac-10 Player of the Week three times earlier in 2004-05, saw her season end early when she landed awkwardly on her knee while driving the lane for a shot against Arizona. She underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee a few days later and sat out the remainder of the year. The Bruins went 5-7 the rest of the way. This season, the Triple Threat is as strong as ever, averaging a combined 51.5 points, 19.75 rebounds and 11.3 assists per game while shooting 50.3% from the field.
Willis Wins Gold -- Lisa Willis, the school's all-time three-point shot leader with 186, earned a gold medal as a member of the USA team at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey this past summer. Willis totaled 13 points, including three three-pointers in the gold medal game against Serbia-Montenegro. She also had 13 points and grabbed five rebounds in the semifinal win over Russia. Willis scored eight points in the quarterfinal round win over Taiwan. She totaled eight points and five steals in a win over China. The senior had eight points in the opening round win over the Czech Republic.
Bruins Enjoy Summer in Australia -- The Bruins spent June 24-July 2 in Australia and went 3-1 on its tour. Noelle Quinn and Lisa Willis each scored 22 points to lead the way for the Bruins in a 87-57 win over Sutherland. Willis scored 34 points in the overtime win against the Junior National team. Willis had 21, Lindsey Pluimer added 19 and Quinn totaled 16 in a 83-70 win over Bankstown. Quinn led the Bruins with 27 points in a 81-72 loss to Townsville. Willis and Quinn each averaged 20-plus points per game in Australia, with Willis leading the way with a 22.5 ppg average. Quinn averaged 20.5 ppg.