Women's Basketball Ends Regular Season In Oregon
Feb. 21, 2006
Bruins at Oregon State on Thursday and at Oregon on Saturday -- The Bruins (15-10, 10-6, tied for fourth in the Pac-10) will travel to play at Oregon State (12-12, 6-10) on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 pm. UCLA then will finish up the regular season schedule on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 3 pm against Oregon (14-12, 5-11). UCLA has won five of its last seven games overall.
On Air -- 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.
Blue, Quinn Named to Naismith Trophy Mid-Season List -- Senior Nikki Blue and junior Noelle Quinn are amongst 30 mid-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless. The Trophy is presented annually to the National Player of the Year. UCLA is one of just six schools to have two or more players on the mid-season list.
Quinn Continues to Hold Hot Hand -- Junior Noelle Quinn is averaging a career-best 18.7 points per game this season and 17.2 points per game for her career. She has 1,168 career points and joined teammates Nikki Blue (1,726) and Lisa Willis (1,537) 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 has scored 20 points or more in eight of the last nine games and is averaging 24.0 points (216) and 8.0 rebounds (72) while shooting 56.7% (84-148) from the field in those nine games. She has had four double-doubles in that span.
All-Time Pac-10 Steals Leader Willis Ranks 8th 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 344, and her average of 3.48 steals per game entering the week leads the Pac-10 this season and was ranked eighth in the nation. Willis moved into the top 10 on UCLA's all-time scoring list (1,537) with her 10th point in last week's game against USC.
Blue Continues To Climb UCLA Charts, Passes Meyers in Assists -- 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 1,726 career points. With 553 assists, Blue moved past Meyers into second place on the assists list during the home game versus USC. Blue is also moving up the rebounds list, charting at 13th with 597 career boards. She remains third on UCLA's list for career steals with 309 and needs just one more steal to move into sole possession of 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 loss to USC snapped a 10-game home court win streak ... 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 ... UCLA finishes with a 10-2 (.833 winning percentage) home record, its best home record since the 1980-81 team went 15-2 (.882 winning percentage) ... Entering the week, the combined record (as of 2/20) of the opponents UCLA has lost to this season is 181-69 (counting USC twice) ... 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, 10-2 in Pauley Pavilion, 0-1 at USC), with the three road wins coming at Clemson, Washington State and Arizona ... UCLA has won 11 of the 14 games this season in which it has outrebounded/tied the opponent ... UCLA has been even or won the battle of the boards in eight of the last nine 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 .404 from the field (269-666), while the opponents have shot .464 (294-633) ... Seven of UCLA's 10 losses have been by single-digit margins ... In those seven games, the Bruins lost by a combined total of 41 points (5.9 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 10 losses, they average 72.5 points (725) per contest ... UCLA entered the week ranked fifth in the nation in scoring offense (79.4), 17th in field goal percentage (.459), sixth in assists (17.8).
By The Numbers (Players) -- Noelle Quinn has scored 20 or more points in eight of her last nine 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 24.0 points (216) and 8.0 rebounds (72) while shooting 56.7% (84-148) from the field in the last nine games ... With 1,168 career points, Quinn has moved up to #17 on the all-time scoring list ... Nikki Blue is only the seventh UCLA woman to score over 1,700 career points (1,726), the fourth to record 500 assists ( 553) and the third to reach 300 steals (309) ... 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 ... Lisa Willis' 10th point at home versus USC moved her into the all-time Bruins top 10 in scoring ... Lindsey Pluimer has scored in double figures in eight of the last 10 games.
About Oregon State -- Oregon State ranks fourth in the league in scoring defense (62.5), fifth in field goal percentage (.432), and field goal percentage defense (.395). Kim Butler ranks third in the conference in scoring (18.5), while Tiffany Ducker ranks seventh in rebounding (6.9) and second in blocked shots (1.46). Mandy Close is second behind UCLA's Nikki Blue in assists (4.83).
The Series With Oregon State -- The Bruins lead the series by a count of 30-16, including a 79-64 win earlier this season on Dec. 22 in Pauley. Lisa Willis scored a career-high tying 31 points to lead the Bruins. Willis, who added a career-best nine steals, scored 16 of her 31 points in the final 4:22 of the game to help the Bruins break open a close contest. Noelle Quinn, who pulled down a team-best seven boards, and Amanda Livingston each added 11 points.
About Oregon -- Oregon entered the week leading the conference in scoring defense (57.9), field goal percentage defense (.353) and free throw percentage (.751). Gabrielle Richards leads the conference in free throw percentage (.898) and is third in field goal percentage (.516) and eighth in rebounding (6.8).
The Series With Oregon -- The Bruins captured the first meeting of the season by a score of 82-63 on Dec. 20 in Pauley to go ahead in the series by a count of 22-21. The Bruins opened up a 13-point first half lead but saw the Ducks close to within 37-31 at the half. After Oregon had taken a 45-44 lead with 15 minutes to play, UCLA went on a 12-0 run to help break the game open. Noelle Quinn led a balanced Bruin attack with 16 points. Nikki Blue added 15 and handed out nine assists.
Feb. 18 - Trojans Hold Off Bruins -- The Bruins rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit only to see USC hit five free throws in the last 21 seconds to earn the win, 77-73. Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 28 points and 11 rebounds. USC hit nine of its first 12 shots on the way to a 39-30 lead at the half. After USC upped its margin to 45-30, the Bruins outscored USC 14-5 to close the gap to 50-44 with 12:53 to play. USC held the lead until Quinn hit a three-point shot with 50 seconds to play to give the Bruins a 73-72 advantage.
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.
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.