UCLA Women's Basketball Hosts USC In Home Finale Saturday at 1 pm
Feb. 14, 2006
Bruins/Trojans Meet on Saturday in Final Home Game of Season -- The Bruins (15-9, 10-5, third in the Pac-10) finish up their home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 pm against USC (15-9, 9-6). UCLA has won five of its last six games overall and 10 straight at home. It is the final home contest for five Bruins seniors --- Nikki Blue, Lisa Willis, Ortal Oren, Brittany Ringel, Emma Tautolo. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net.
Senior Salute -- UCLA's senior class of Nikki Blue, Lisa Willis, Ortal Oren, Emma Tautolo and Brittany Ringel will be saying farewell to the home crowd at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday. The seniors, who will be honored in pre-game festivities, have certainly made Pauley Pavilion their home the last four years, posting a 40-11 home record, including a 29-7 record in home conference games. The Bruins are 10-1 at home this season, 8-0 in Pac-10 play.
Lexus Gauntlet Points On The Line -- Five points towards the annual Lexus Gauntlet battle are on the line for the winner of Saturday's game. The Lexus Gauntlet is a year-long all-sport competition between UCLA and USC. UCLA won last year's Lexus Gauntlet by a dominant 70-40 count. USC entered the week leading this season's battle, 40-15.
On Air -- Fox Sports Net will televise and am 570 radio will broadcast the game against USC. 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 Continues to Hold Hot Hand, Named Pac-10 Player of the Week -- Junior Noelle Quinn tied the all-time Pac-10 record for most career Player of the Week honors, earning her eighth career nod for Pac-10 Player of the Week. Quinn was honored this week after leading the Bruins to a weekend sweep of the Washington schools that vaulted the Bruins into third place in the conference standings. She averaged 19 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists over the two games and nearly had a triple-double against Washington with 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Quinn is averaging a career-best 18.3 points per game this season and 17.0 points per game for her career. She has 1,140 career points and joined teammates Nikki Blue (1,716) and Lisa Willis (1,527) 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 23.5 points (188) and 7.6 rebounds (61) while shooting 56.1% (74-132) from the field in the last eight games.
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 342, and her average of 3.54 steals per game entering the week leads the Pac-10 this season and was ranked ninth in the nation. Willis needs just nine more points to move into the top 10 on UCLA's all-time scoring list.
Blue Continues To Climb UCLA Charts -- Senior Nikki Blue continues to pass some big names on UCLA's all-time charts, moving past both Ann Meyers and Michelle Greco on the scoring chart with 1,716 career points. With 542 assists, Blue is just two away from tying Meyers on the assists list. Blue is also moving up the rebounds list, charting at 14th with 588 career boards. She remains third on UCLA's list for career steals with 308 and needs just two more to move into second on the Pac-10 career chart behind teammate Lisa Willis.
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.
By The Numbers (Team) -- The Bruins have won 10 straight home games after dropping the season-opener to BYU ... The last time the Bruins won as many as 10-straight home contests was the first six of the 2004-05 season and the last four of the 2003-04 season ... The last time the Bruins won more than 10 straight at home was the last game of the 1979-80 campaign and the first 10 games of 1980-81 ... The next longest streak was 17-straight home wins, including all 13 of the 1977-78 season and the first four of the 1978-79 season ... Entering the week, the combined record (as of 2/13) of the opponents UCLA has lost to this season is 153-56 ... The Bruins have led at the half in all 15 wins this season ... Twelve of the Bruins' 15 wins have come in Los Angeles (2-0 at LMU Tournament, 10-1 in Pauley Pavilion, 0-1 at USC), with the three road wins coming at Clemson, Washington State and Arizona ... UCLA's .909 winning percentage in Pauley (with one home game remaining) this season is the best since the 1978-79 team won 90.9% of its games (10-1) ... The last time a UCLA team lost less than three home contests in a season was in 1980-81, when it posted a 15-2 record ... UCLA has won 11 of the 13 games this season in which it has outrebounded/tied the opponent ... UCLA has been even or won the battle of the boards in seven of the last eight games (only Cal has beaten the Bruins on the boards, and that was by a 43-42 margin) ... In the 15 games UCLA has won, the Bruins have shot .497 from the field (478-962), while opponents have shot .392 in the games (365-931) ... 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 15 wins is 259 points (17.3 points/game) ... In its 15 wins this season, the Bruins average 83.9 points (1259) per game, and in their nine losses, they average 72.4 points (652) per contest ... UCLA entered the week ranked fifth in the nation in scoring offense (79.6), 16th in field goal percentage (.463), seventh in assists (17.8).
By The Numbers (Players) -- Noelle Quinn has scored 20 or more points in seven of her last eight games ... She had a streak of six-straight games in which she had scored 20 points or more snapped against Washington State (15 points) ... Quinn is averaging 23.5 points (188) and 7.6 rebounds (61) while shooting 56.1% (74-132) from the field in the last eight games ... With 1,140 career points, Quinn has moved into UCLA's Top 20 career scoring list at #18 ... Nikki Blue is only the seventh UCLA woman to score over 1,700 career points (1,716), the fourth to record 500 assists ( 542) and the third to reach 300 steals (308) ... Blue has moved into 18th on the all-time Pac-10 scoring list and has moved past Michelle Greco for sixth place on UCLA's all-time scoring list ... Blue is averaging 15.4 points (108) in her last seven games ... Lisa Willis needs nine more points to move into the all-time Bruins top 10 in scoring ... Lindsey Pluimer has scored in double figures in eight of the last nine games and is averaging 13.0 points (117) and 6.9 boards (62) in that stretch.
About USC -- USC entered the week in fifth place in the Pac-10 with a 9-6 conference mark and have lost four of its last six games after previously winning five straight. The Women of Troy split last weekend, dropping an 87-79 double overtime decision to Washington and defeating Washington State by a 75-67 count. USC ranks first in the Pac-10 in rebounding offense (41.7), blocked shots (4.17) and first in three-point field goals made (7.04), as well as third in steals (10.5) and fourth in assists (17.79). Eshaya Murphy leads USC in scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She is fifth and sixth, respectively, in those categories in the Pac-10. Camille LeNoir ranks third in the conference with 4.0 assists per game.
The Series With USC -- The Women of Troy lead the series 36-27, including a 73-70 win in the first meeting of the season on Jan. 21 at the Sports Arena. The Bruins were down by as many as 16 points in the second half but cut USC's lead to two, 72-70, on a jumper by Nikki Blue just inside the three-point line with 14 seconds to play. Camille LeNoir made one of two free throws with five seconds to play to increase USC's lead to three, and Blue missed a three-pointer at the buzzer. Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 21 points in that contest, and Blue had 19. UCLA has won the last three meetings played in Pauley Pavilion.
Feb. 11 - Bruins Best Washington -- The Bruins held off a late charge by Washington to post a 83-75 win. UCLA limited Washington to .333 shooting and won the battle of the boards, 52-45. Twenty-two turnovers and 19 missed free throws helped keep the Huskies in the game. Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Lisa Willis added 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Lindsey Pluimer totaled 15 points and 12 rebounds. After taking a 44-31 lead at half, UCLA held on to a double-digit lead until the final two minutes of the contest. Washington cut the lead to as little as five in the final seconds.
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, the 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.
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.