Women's Basketball Ends Desert Road Trip At Arizona
Feb. 3, 2006
UCLA At Arizona Saturday -- The Bruins (12-9, 7-5, fifth-place in the Pac-10) will end their desert road trip on Saturday, Feb. 4 in Tucson with a 4 pm (MT) matchup against the University of Arizona (7-15, 3-9).
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 game against 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 Ninth In 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 333, and her average of 3.60 steals per game ranked ninth in the nation entering this week's action.
Quinn Scores 1,000th Point/Named Pac-10 Player of the Week -- Junior Noelle Quinn became the 22nd player in UCLA women's basketball history to record 1,000 career points in the first half of the home game against Stanford. She was also named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week for the seventh time in her career and the second time this season. Quinn, who is averaging a career-best 17.9 points per game this season and 16.8 points per game for her career, has 1,076 career points and joined teammates Nikki Blue (1,679) and Lisa Willis (1,474) in the Bruin women's 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.
Blue Hits 1,600/500/300 Mark -- Senior Nikki Blue has hit three milestones in the last few weeks, surpassing the 1,600 point and 500-assist plateaus at Washington and hitting the 300-steals plateau at USC.
By The Numbers (Team) -- Entering the week the combined record (as of 1/30) of the opponents UCLA has lost to this season is 114-41 ... The Bruins have led at the half in all 12 wins this season ... 10 of the Bruins' 12 wins have come in Los Angeles (2-0 at LMU Tournament, 8-1 in Pauley Pavilion, 0-1 at USC), with the two road wins coming at Clemson and at Washington State ... UCLA has won eight of the nine games this season in which it has outrebounded the opponent ... In the 12 games UCLA has won, the Bruins have shot .492 from the field (382-777), while opponents have shot .391 in the games (297-738) ... In the nine losses, the Bruins have shot .408 from the field (242-593), while the opponents have shot .472 (267-566) ... Six of UCLA's nine 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 12 wins is 198 points (16.5 points/game) ... UCLA entered the week ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense (79.6), 23rd in field goal percentage (.454), 10th in assists (17.5) and 37th in steals (11.1).
By The Numbers (Players) -- Noelle Quinn has scored 20 points or more in five straight games and in six of her last seven ... Quinn is averaging 24.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in the last five games ... With 1,076 career points, Quinn needs just two more points to move into UCLA's Top 20 career scoring list ... Lisa Willis entered the week ranked 45th in the nation in scoring (17.9) and ninth in steals per game (3.6) ... Nikki Blue was 22nd in the nation in assists (5.5) ... Blue is only the eighth UCLA woman to score over 1,600 career points (she now has 1,679), the fourth to record 500 assists (now 525) and the third to reach 300 steals (now 304) ... Blue has moved into 20th on the all-time Pac-10 scoring list and needs just six more points to tie legendary Ann Meyers (1685 points) for seventh place on UCLA's all-time scoring list and 28 points to tie sixth-place Michelle Greco (1707 points) ... Blue is also moving up the Pac-10 career steals chart, checking in tied for No. 3 with 304 ... With six 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 ... Blue is averaging 17.5 points in her last four games ... Lindsey Pluimer has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games and is averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 boards in that stretch.
About Arizona -- Arizona is coming off a 73-72 loss to USC Thursday night. Natalie Jones had her second consecutive double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds against the Women of Troy. The Wildcats rank third in the Pac-10 in free throw % (.703) and offensive rebounding (14.73). Joy Hollingsworth is 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring (14.4) and fourth in three-point shots made (2.18/g). Jones ranks fifth in the conference in steals (2.23).
The Series With Arizona -- UCLA leads the series with UA by a count of 37-18, however the Bruins have dropped the last five games played in the Desert. UCLA's last win in Tucson came in the 1999-2000 season.
UCLA won the first meeting of the season, played in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 6, by a score of 84-77. Noelle Quinn led the Bruins with 18 points. Chinyere Ibekwe added 15. UCLA took a 41-31 lead at halftime. The Wildcats sliced the margin to one in the second half, but could not take the lead.
Feb. 3 - Bruins Fall To #18 ASU In Tempe - Arizona State won its 18th-consecutive home game, downing the Bruin, 87-70. Noelle Quinn scored a season-high 30 points, and Nikki Blue added 16 with seven rebounds, but only one other Bruin player, Lindsey Pluimer with 11 points, joined them in double figures. The Bruins were playing short-handed after starting forward Amanda Livingston sprained her ankle seven minutes into the game and did not return. UCLA outshot ASU 50-48.5% and tied in the rebounding department but committed 18 turnovers to ASU's 11.
Jan. 29 - Bruins Best Cal in OT - UCLA used a basket by Lindsey Pluimer to send the game to overtime and key free throws in the last seconds of overtime by Nikki Blue and Noelle Quinn to beat the Golden Bears 90-87. Pluimer put back a missed Bruin shot with 12 seconds to play in regulation to tie the game at 80. Blue hit both ends of a one-plus-one situation with 26 seconds to play in overtime to put UCLA ahead 88-87. Quinn, who finished with a game-high 25 points, made both ends of the bonus with six seconds left to play.
Jan. 27 - Bruins Down #11 Stanford - UCLA grabbed the early lead with a good shooting start and never trailed in handing #11 Stanford a 90-80 defeat. The win snapped a 14-game winning streak in the series for Stanford which dated back to March 3, 2000. Noelle Quinn led UCLA with a season-high 25 points and Nikki Blue matched her season-best with 24 points to lead the Bruins. UCLA jumped out to a 7-2 lead and built it up to 26-16 with 11:02 remaining in the first half before settling for a 46-32 lead at the half. Stanford never got closer than nine points in the second half.
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.