Women's Basketball Squad Hosts #9 Arizona State On Sunday
Jan. 7, 2006
Bruins Return Home -- The UCLA women's basketball team (8-6, 3-2 in the Pac-10) welcomes ninth-ranked Arizona State (12-2, 3-1) on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Bruins won their third straight home Pac-10 game of the year on Friday with an 84-77 win over Arizona. ASU's nine-game win streak was snapped Friday at USC by a score of 58-50.
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 Arizona State game will also be broadcast live on 690 am.
In addition, the Bruins' next four 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 this week's national stats, UCLA ranked in the Top 30 in four statistical categories - scoring average (11th - 79.4), field goal percentage (28th - .459), assists average (15th-18.0) and steals (T30th - 11.7). Lisa Willis ranked 16th in scoring (20.0) and T-7th in steals (4.0). Nikki Blue is ranked T19th in assists (5.8).
By The Numbers -- With her first of four steals against Arizona on Friday, Lisa Willis became the Pac-10's all-time leader in the category ...Willis was tied for first with USC's Tammy Story (1989-92) on the Pac-10 career steals list and now has 313. She has moved into third on the Pac-10 career charts with 215 three-point shots made ...UCLA entered the week ranked 11th in the nation in scoring offense (79.4) ... Willis entered the week ranked 16th in the nation in scoring (20.0) and tied for seventh in steals per game (4.0) ... Nikki Blue was tied for 19th in the nation in assists (5.8) ... The Bruins have led at the half and have outshot the opponent in all eight wins this season ... UCLA has won all six games this season in which it has outrebounded the opponent ... Five of UCLA's six losses this year have been by single-digit margins ... In those five games, the Bruins lost by a combined total of 34 points (6.8 average) ... UCLA's combined margin of victory in the eight wins is 167 points (20.9 points/game) ... With 10 points against Pepperdine, Blue became only the 10th UCLA woman to score over 1,500 career points (she now has 1,567) ... Blue passed Bruin assistant coach Trisha Stafford-Odom for 30th place on the Pac-10 career scoring charts after scoring 15 against Oregon. Stafford-Odom, who played at Cal, had 1,530 career points. Blue now has 1,567 and is 15 points away from tying for 28th place with Anette Mollerstrom of Oregon State, 1993-96 ... Blue is also moving up the Pac-10 career steals chart, checking in at No. 4 with 292 ... With 18 more steals, Blue could surpass the Pac-10 career leader heading into the season, Tammy Story, putting her and Willis at 1-2 all-time ... Ortal Oren has hit 5-10 three-point shots in her last eight games ... Chinyere Ibekwe is shooting 18-for-27 from the field in her last six games ... UCLA is 5-1 at home this season and 7-1 in games played in Los Angeles.
About Arizona State -- The Sun Devils entered the week leading the Pac-10 in scoring margin (+15.9), field goal percentage (.481), rebounding defense (.291), rebounding margin (+7.8), assists (20.23) and turnover margin (+4.46). Their nine-game winning streak was the best in the 10-year tenure of head coach Charli Turner-Thorne. The Sun Devils' lone non-conference loss came at the hands of North Carolina (79-72) on Nov. 25 in Mexico. Senior post Kristen Kovesdy began the week ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in rebounding (7.0) and second in field goal percentage (.590).
The Series With Arizona State -- UCLA leads the series, which dates back to 1977, by a count of 39-17. Arizona State won all three meetings last season, two by two-point margins. The Sun Devils ousted the Bruins from the Pac-10 Tournament (3/5/05) by a score of 73-71. Nikki Blue scored a career-best 36 points in that contest, and Lisa Willis added 25. The Sun Devils dealt the Bruins a 80-59 setback in Tempe (2/12/05) despite a 32-point effort by Blue. ASU captured the game at Pauley (1/15/05) by a score of 44-42, snapping a Bruin 10-game home court winning streak. Blue led UCLA with 12 points. ASU enjoyed a 19-13 lead at the half and built their lead to as many as 11 in the second half. UCLA battled back and had a chance to tie, but Blue's last-second shot in the lane failed to drop.
Jan. 6 - Bruins Best Wildcats - UCLA shot 51.6% for the game and forced 22 turnovers in an 84-77 win over Arizona. Noelle Quinn led four Bruins in double digits. Chinyere Ibekwe had a career-best 15 points, and Lindsey Pluimer tied her season high with 14. With her first steal of the night Lisa Willis became the all-time Pac-10 leader in steals. The Bruins led by 10 points at the half, 41-31. Arizona sliced the margin to as little as one point on several occasions in the second half but never got the lead.