UCLA Women's Basketball To Host Bay Area Schools
Jan. 24, 2006
Bruins Face No. 11 Stanford Friday In Nationally-Televised Game -- The UCLA women's basketball team (10-8, 5-4 in the Pac-10, tied for fourth) hosts 11th-ranked and conference leader Stanford (13-4, 8-1) on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 pm in Pauley Pavilion. The game will be televised on ESPNU, with former UCLA All-American and Hall of Famer Ann Meyers calling the action along with Rich Cellini.
UCLA Hosts Cal Sunday -- The Bruins host California (13-6, 5-4) on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2 pm. UCLA is looking to avenge a Dec. 30 65-58 loss to the Bears in Berkeley.
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.
In addition, the Bruins' home games against Cal and Washington State 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.
Willis, All-Time Pac-10 Steals Leader, Ranks 8th in the Nation -- With her first of four steals against Arizona on Jan. 6, senior Lisa Willis became the Pac-10's all-time leader in the category, moving past USC's Tammy Story (1989-92). She now totals 324 and her average of 3.72 steals per game ranks eighth in the nation entering this week's action.
Quinn Approaching 1,000 Points -- Junior Noelle Quinn is four points away from becoming the 22nd player in UCLA women's basketball history to record 1,000 career points. Quinn, who is averaging 16.4 points per game this season and 16.3 points per game for her career, has 996 career points and would join teammates Nikki Blue (1,627) and Lisa Willis (1,429) in the 1,000-point club. UCLA has had three 1,000-point scorers on one team just one other time - in 2000 with Maylana Martin, Janae Hubbard and Marie Philman.
By The Numbers (Team) -- The combined record (as of 1/17) of the opponents UCLA has lost to this season is 103-36 ... The Bruins have led at the half in all 10 wins this season ... Eight of the Bruins' 10 wins have come in Los Angeles (2-0 at LMU Tournament, 6-1 in Pauley Pavilion, 0-1 at USC), with the two road wins coming at Clemson and at Washington State ... UCLA has won seven of the eight games this season in which it has outrebounded the opponent ... In the 10 games UCLA has won, the Bruins have shot .496 from the field (314-633), while opponents have shot .388 in the games (233-600) ... In the eight losses, the Bruins have shot .398 from the field (213-535), while the opponents have shot .470 (235-500) ... Six of UCLA's eight losses have been by single-digit margins ... In those six games, the Bruins lost by a combined total of 37 points (6.2 average) ... UCLA's combined margin of victory in the 10 wins is 185 points (18.5 points/game) ... UCLA entered the week ranked ninth in the nation in scoring offense (78.4), 26th in field goal percentage (.451), 17th in assists (17.22) and 26th in steals (11.39).
By The Numbers (Players) -- Lisa Willis entered the week ranked 43rd in the nation in scoring (17.9) and eighth in steals per game (3.72) ... Nikki Blue was 28th in the nation in assists (5.39) ... Blue has hit three milestones in the last two weeks, surpassing the 1,600 point and 500-assist plateaus at Washington and hitting the 300-steals plateau at USC ... Blue is only the eighth UCLA woman to score over 1,600 career points (she now has 1,627), the fourth to record 500 assists (now 510) and the third to reach 300 steals ... Blue moved ahead of Dora Dome into eighth place on the all-time Bruin scoring list and leapfrogged into 23rd on the all-time Pac-10 list (22nd is Jennifer Azzi, Stanford-1634) ... Blue is also moving up the Pac-10 career steals chart, checking in at No. 4 with 300 ... With 10 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 ... Chinyere Ibekwe is shooting 23-for-40 from the field in her last nine games and averages 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in Conference play.
About Stanford -- Candice Wiggins is ranked among the Pac-10 leaders in scoring (1st-21.2 ppg), assists (3rd-3.88), steals (5th-2.41), three-point field goal % (3rd-.426), three-point field goals made (2nd-2.53), assist/turnover margin (5th-1.40). Brooke Smith ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring (17.6) and eighth in rebounding (6.9). In Pac-10 games, Wiggins and Smith rank 1-2 in scoring (23.9 ppg for Wiggins, 19.4 ppg for Smith). The Cardinal is ranked first in the Pac-10 in scoring offense (79.6), scoring margin (+15.6), field goal % (.468), three-point field goal % (.386), three-point field goals made (7.24), assist/turnover ratio (1.20) and defensive rebounds (27.24).
The Series With Stanford -- Stanford won the first meeting of the season by a score of 91-68 on Jan. 1 and leads the overall series by a count of 36-19. In that first meeting, Stanford led 28-25 with 7:04 remaining in the first half and ended the half on a 16-6 run to break open the close game. Lisa Willis led UCLA with 20 points and seven rebounds.
About California -- Cal has been among the leaders in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (currently 2nd-58.6) and field goal % defense (2nd-.363) all season. Freshman Devanei Hampton leads the Golden Bears and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with a 15.9 scoring average. Hampton also ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding (7.6). In Pac-10 games, Hampton ranks third in the scoring (18.8) and rebounding (8.1). Freshman Ashley Walker ranks second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.1) and first in blocked shots (1.74). Freshman Alexis Gray-Lawson ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in scoring (14.7).
The Series With California -- UCLA leads the all-time series with the Golden Bears by a 36-10 margin. Cal won the first meeting of this season, 65-58, on Dec. 30 in Berkeley. Cal expanded on a 28-20 halftime lead to take a 37-22 lead with 14:16 to play. The Bruins sliced to the advantage to four points on several occasions but could not get the lead. Lisa Willis led the Bruins with 17 points. UCLA shot a season-low 32% from the field.
Jan. 21 - Bruin Rally Falls Short At USC - UCLA's comeback effort against USC fell short at the Sports Arena, 73-70. The Bruins nearly erased a 16-point second half deficit and cut the lead to two with 27 seconds to play. Free throws by Camille LeNoir extended USC's lead to four before Nikki Blue cut the lead to two again with six seconds left. LeNoir hit 1-2 free throws with five ticks on the clock, and Blue raced downcourt for the potential tying shot, but her three-pointer under pressure went long. Noelle Quinn led the Bruins with 21 points and nine rebounds, and Blue added 19.
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, Willis Garner Pre-Season Honors -- Nikki Blue, Noelle Quinn and Lisa Willis were all selected as pre-season Naismith Trophy nominees. Blue and Quinn were also amongst 30 players chosen to the pre-season Wooden Award watch list, and Blue was named as one of 25 pre-season candidates for the State Farm Wade Trophy for Division IA Player of the Year. In addition, the Women's Basketball News Service selected Blue to its All-America first team and Quinn to its third team, and Blue (for the third time) and Quinn (for the second time) were named 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 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 surgery (arthroscopic) 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.
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 in a 87-57 win over Sutherland. Willis scored 34 points in an 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, with Lisa leading the way at 22.5, Noelle at 20.5.