Women's Basketball Hosts Washington Saturday At 1 pm
Feb. 10, 2006
Pac-10's Third and Fourth Place Teams Meet on Saturday -- The Bruins (14-9, 9-5, fourth in the Pac-10) continue their homestand on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 pm by playing host to Washington (16-6, 9-4, third in the Pac-10). The game will air nationally on Fox Sports Net. USC visits Pauley Pavilion next Saturday, Feb. 18 for a 1 pm game which will also be nationally televised on FSN.
On Air -- Fox Sports Net will televise UCLA's final two home games of the season. All UCLA 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 subscription fee for UCLA All-Access is $6.95/month at UCLABruins.com
Quinn, Pluimer Earn Academic All-District Honors -- Junior Noelle Quinn and sophomore Lindsey Pluimer have been selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 women's basketball team. Quinn, who holds a 3.26 GPA in Sociology, was selected to the first team and is now eligible for the national Academic All-American ballot. Pluimer, a 3.67 student, received third-team honors and is one of just two underclassmen selected to the All-District 8 teams.
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 338, and her average of 3.55 steals per game entering the week led the Pac-10 this season and is ranked ninth in the nation. Willis can also move into the top 10 scoring list at UCLA with 25 more points.
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 18.1 points per game this season and 16.8 points per game for her career, has 1,117 career points and joined teammates Nikki Blue (1,705) and Lisa Willis (1,511) 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. Quinn is averaging 23.6 points (165) and 7.6 rebounds (53) while shooting 56.6% (64-113) from the field in the last seven games.
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 and moved past Mary Hegarty into third place on that all-time school list during the home game against Washington State on Thursday. She needs eight more assists to tie Ann Meyers for second on the all-time UCLA assists 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 14 wins this season ... 11 of the Bruins' 14 wins have come in Los Angeles (2-0 at LMU Tournament, 9-1 in Pauley Pavilion, 0-1 at USC), with the three road wins coming at Clemson, Washington State and Arizona ... UCLA's .900 winning percentage in Pauley (two home games remaining) this season is the best since the 1978-79 team won .909 of its games (10-1) ... The last time a UCLA team lost less than three home contests in a season was in 1980-81 (15-2) ... UCLA has won 10 of the 12 games this season in which it has outrebounded/tied the opponent ... UCLA has been even or won the battle of the boards in six of the last seven games (only Cal has beaten the Bruins on the boards, and that was by a 43-42 margin) ... In the 14 games UCLA has won, the Bruins have shot .496 from the field (447-901), while opponents have shot .397 in the games (339-853) ... 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 14 wins is 251 points (17.9 points/game) ... In its 14 wins this season, the Bruins average 84.0 points (1176) per game, and in their nine losses, they average 72.4 points (652) per contest ... 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 had a streak of six straight games in which she had scored 20 points or more snapped against Washington State (15 points) but has still scored 20 or more in seven of her last nine games ... Quinn is averaging 23.6 points (165) and 7.6 rebounds (53) while shooting 56.6% (64-113) from the field in the last seven games ... With 1,117 career points, Quinn has moved into UCLA's Top 20 career scoring list at #19 ... Blue is only the eighth UCLA woman to score over 1,600 career points (1,705), the fourth to record 500 assists ( 536) and the third to reach 300 steals (307) ... 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 two points to tie sixth-place Michelle Greco (1707 points) ... She needs eight more assists to tie Ann Meyers for second on the all-time UCLA assists list ... Blue is also moving up the Pac-10 career steals chart, checking in at No. 3 with 307 ... With three 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 16.2 points (97) in her last six games ... Lisa Willis needs 25 more points to move into the all-time Bruins top 10 in scoring ... Lindsey Pluimer has scored in double figures in seven of the last eight games and is averaging 12.8 points (102) and 6.3 boards (50) in that stretch.
About Washington -- Washington entered the week in third place in the Pac-10. The Huskies ranked 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. 9 - Bruins Blast Washington State -- The Bruins held Washington State to .323 shooting, second-lowest by a Bruin opponent this season, and just 50 points, lowest opponent total of the season, en route to a 77-50 win. Lisa Willis led four Bruins in double digits with 17 points. The Bruins jumped out to a 19-2 lead and were never headed in the contest.
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.
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.