UCLA Women's Basketball Team Heads To Bay Area
Dec. 27, 2005
Bruins At Cal on Friday, At Stanford on Sunday -- The UCLA women's basketball team (7-4, 2-0) will travel north to play at the Bay Area schools this week. UCLA will meet California (9-3, 1-1) on Friday, Dec. 30 at 7 pm in Haas Pavilion before facing Stanford (6-3, 1-1) on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 pm in a game to be nationally televised by Fox Sports Net.
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. The Stanford game on Jan. 1 will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.
In addition, the Bruins' next five 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.
Where UCLA Ranks Nationally -- In last week's national stats, UCLA ranked in the Top 20 in three statistical categories - scoring average (6th - 82.8), field goal percentage (16th - .472) and three-point field goal percentage (14th - .408). Lisa Willis ranked 20th in scoring (20.3) and T-24th in steals (3.2).
About California -- The Golden Bears are under the direction of first-year head coach Joanne Boyle. Freshman forward Ashley Walker leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots with a 2.17 average, and senior forward Renee Wright (7.3) and freshman center Devanei Hampton (6.5) rank fourth and 10th, respectively, in rebounding. Freshman point guard Alexis Gray-Lawson ranks seventh in assists with a 3.92 average. The Bears lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense, with opponents averaging 53.0 points.
The Series With the Golden Bears -- UCLA leads the series, which dates back to 1978, by a margin of 36-9. The Bruins have won the last five meetings in the series, including an 85-70 win at Berkeley (1/22/05) and a 73-61 verdict (2/18/05) in Pauley Pavilion.
In the game at Berkeley, Amanda Livingston scored a career-best 23 points to spark the Bruins. Nikki Blue had 20 points and a career-best 14 assists. Livingston scored 17 of her points in the second half as UCLA rallied from a 39-36 halftime deficit. In the Bruin home game, UCLA outscored the Golden Bears 20-3 to end the game. Nikki Blue led the way with 25 points, 14 coming during the 20-3 run. Cal led 58-53 with 6:12 remaining when UCLA started its rally with 10 straight points.
About Stanford -- The Cardinal is led by All-American sophomore Candice Wiggins, last year's Pac-10 Player and Freshman of the Year. Wiggins ranks amongst the Pac-10's best in scoring (3rd, 17.0), assists (9th, 3.67), steals (7th, 2.11), three-point shots made (5th, 2.11), blocked shots (8th, 1.00) and assist/turnover ratio (9th, 1.32). Center Brooke Smith ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.6), second in field goal percentage (.556) and third in blocked shots (1.67), while guard Krista Rappahahn is the Pac-10 leader in three-point field goals made (2.89) and three-point field goal percentage (.520). The Cardinal host Boston College on Dec. 28 and USC on Dec. 30 before facing the Bruins.
The Series With the Cardinal -- Stanford lead the series, which dates back to 1978, by a margin of 35-19. The Cardinal won both meetings last season, winning 81-68 in Pauley Pavilion (2/20/05) and 100-75 at Stanford (1/20/05).
In the game at Stanford, UCLA, playing in its first game without Noelle Quinn, fell behind 46-31 at halftime and dropped a 100-75 decision. Lisa Willis had seven three-point shots and 25 points for the Bruins. Nikki Blue topped the Bruins with 26 points, 14 at the free throw line. In the game in Pauley, UCLA jumped out to a 27-20 lead with 5:15 to play in the first half. However, Stanford ended the half on a 23-4 run. Blue, with 24 points, led UCLA with her sixth-straight 20-point scoring game. Lindsey Pluimer pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked three shots.
By The Numbers -- In UCLA's four losses this year, the Bruins lost by a combined total of 26 points (6.5 average). Their combined margin of victory in the seven wins is 160 points (22.9 points per game) ... UCLA's starters are shooting a combined 48.9% (277-567) from the field, 41.3% (45-109) from the three-point line and 76.7% (135-176) from the free throw line ... With 10 points against Pepperdine, Nikki Blue became only the 10th UCLA woman to score over 1,500 career points (she now has 1,538) ... Blue passed Bruin assistant coach Trisha Stafford-Odom for 30th place on the Pac-10 career scoring charts after scoring 15 points against Oregon. Stafford-Odom, who played at Cal, had 1,530 career points ... Blue moved into UCLA's all-time Top 5 for career assists with 478 and is now in fourth place ... Lisa Willis moved into a tie for fourth on the Pac-10 career charts with 210 three-point shots made and needs just one more to tie Megan Franza of Washington (1988-01) for third place ... Willis also moved into third on the Pac-10 career steals list with 301. She needs three more to tie for second and nine more to become the all-time Pac-10 leader ... Blue moved into sixth on the Pac-10 career steals chart with 284 ... Senior guard Ortal Oren has hit 5-5 three-point shots in their last five games ... Freshman center Chinyere Ibekwe is shooting 9-for-11 from the field in her last three games.
Dec. 22 - Bruins Down Oregon State - Lisa Willis scored a career-high tying 31 points to lead the Bruins past Oregon State 79-64. Willis, who added a career-best nine steals, scored 16 of her 31 points in the final 4:22 of the game to help the Bruins break open a close contest. Noelle Quinn, who pulled down a team-best seven boards, and Amanda Livingston each added 11 points.
Dec. 20 - Bruins Open Pac-10 Play With Win Over Oregon - UCLA opened Pac-10 play with an 82-63 win over Oregon. The Bruins opened up a 13-point first half lead but saw the Ducks close to within 37-31 at the half. After Oregon had taken a 45-44 lead with 15 minutes to play, UCLA went on a 12-0 run to help break the game open. Noelle Quinn led a balanced Bruin attack with 16 points. Nikki Blue added 15 and handed out nine assists.
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.
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.
Pre-Season Prognosticators -- The Bruins were picked No. 16 by the Lindy's Magazine, No. 21 by ESPN.com and No. 22 by the Women's Basketball News Service. In the pre-season Pac-10 polls, the media picked the Bruins to finish second with two first-place votes, and the coaches selected UCLA to finish fourth.
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 50.1 points, 18.7 rebounds and 13.1 assists per game while shooting 48.3% from the field.
Willis Wins Gold -- Lisa Willis, the school's all-time three-point shot leader, 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.
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