Women's Basketball Returns Home to Host Washington Schools
Feb. 7, 2006
UCLA Welcomes WSU on Thursday, UW on Saturday -- The Bruins (13-9, 8-5, tied for fourth place in the Pac-10) return home for the next two weeks and will host Washington State (7-14, 1-10) on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 pm in Pauley Pavilion and Washington (15-6, 8-4) on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 pm. The game against UW will air nationally on FSN. The Women of Troy come to Pauley next Saturday, Feb. 18 for a 1 pm game which will also be nationally televised on FSN.
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 9th 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 335, and her average of 3.55 steals per game leads the Pac-10 this season and is ranked ninth in the nation.
Quinn Continues to Hold Hot Hand -- 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. Quinn, who is averaging a career-best 18.3 points per game this season and 16.95 points per game for her career, has 1,102 career points and joined teammates Nikki Blue (1,690) and Lisa Willis (1,494) 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. Blue moved past Ann Meyers into seventh place on the school's all-time scoring list in the game at Arizona. She needs two more assists to move past Mary Hegarty and into third place on that all-time school list.
By The Numbers (Team) -- Entering the week the combined record (as of 2/6) of the opponents UCLA has lost to this season is 165-54 ... The Bruins have led at the half in all 13 wins this season ... 10 of the Bruins' 13 wins have come in Los Angeles (2-0 at LMU Tournament, 8-1 in Pauley Pavilion, 0-1 at USC), with the three road wins coming at Clemson, Washington State and Arizona ... UCLA has won nine of the 11 games this season in which it has outrebounded/tied the opponent ... In the 13 games UCLA has won, the Bruins have shot .496 from the field (418-842), while opponents have shot .403 in the games (319-791) ... 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 13 wins is 224 points (17.2 points/game) ... In its 13 wins this season, the Bruins average 84.5 points per game, and in their nine losses, they average 72.4 points per contest ... UCLA has been even or won the battle of the boards in five of the last six games (Cal led Bruins 43-42) ... UCLA entered the week ranked sixth in the nation in scoring offense (79.6), 18th in field goal percentage (.460), 10th in assists (17.41).
By The Numbers (Players) -- Noelle Quinn has scored 20 points or more in six straight games and in seven of her last eight ... Quinn is averaging 25.0 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 57.4% from the field in the last six games ... With 1,102 career points, Quinn has moved into UCLA's Top 20 career scoring list ... Blue is only the eighth UCLA woman to score over 1,600 career points (1,690), the fourth to record 500 assists ( 527) and the third to reach 300 steals (306) ... Blue has moved into 19th on the all-time Pac-10 scoring list and has moved past Ann Meyers for seventh place on UCLA's all-time scoring list and needs 17 points to tie sixth-place Michelle Greco (1707 points) ... Blue is also moving up the Pac-10 career steals chart, checking in at No. 3 with 306 ... With four 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 16.4 points in her last five games ... Lindsey Pluimer has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games and is averaging 13.0 points and 6.7 boards in that stretch.
About Washington State -- WSU is third in rebounding offense (39.7), fourth in blocked shots (3.76) and fourth in the Pac-10 in FT% (.700). Kate Benz leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (9.2) and defensive rebounds (6.62). Amanda DuRocher is sixth in the league in three-points shots made(2.00/g). Keisha Moore is third in blocked shots (1.53).
The Series With WSU -- UCLA leads the series with Washington State by a count of 33-6. The Bruins have won the last 10 meetings, including a 73-63 win in Pullman earlier this season on Jan. 14. Noelle Quinn scored 23 points and pulled down 10 boards in that game. UCLA never led by more than 11 points in the contest.
About Washington -- Washington enters the week in third place in the Pac-10. The Huskies rank third in scoring (71.7), second in rebounding defense (35.8), third in rebounding margin (+3.5), second in steals (10.71), first in turnover margin (+4.05), first in offensive rebounds (17.29), third in three-point shots made (6.33).
The Series With Washington -- UW leads the series with the Bruins by a margin of 25-16 ,including a 96-75 win in Seattle on Jan. 12. Nikki Blue scored 24 in that contest while Lindsey Pluimer added 19. Noelle Quinn had a season-low five points in the contest. UCLA has won four of the last five meetings overall and seven of the last eight in Pauley.
Feb. 4 - Bruins Best Arizona - UCLA shot a season-high .554 from field and bested Arizona, 90-64, for the first time in Tucson since the 1999-2000 season. Noelle Quinn scored 26 points for the Bruins, her sixth straight game of 20 or more points. Lisa Willis added 20. UCLA ended the first half on a 21-8 run and took a 40-25 lead at half. UA never got closer than 12 points after that junction.
Feb. 3 - Bruins Fall At #18 ASU - Arizona State won its 18th-consecutive home game, downing the Bruins, 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.
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.