Women's Basketball Team To Play For Pac-10 Tournament Title
March 6, 2006
Bruins To Face Stanford In Championship Game -- The Bruins (19-10, 12-6, finished in third place in the Pac-10) will face three-time defending Pac-10 Tournament champion Stanford (23-6, 15-3, finished in first place in the Pac-10) in the championship round of the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament on Monday, Mar. 6 at 7:30 pm at HP Pavilion in San Jose. The winner of the game will receive the Pac-10's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. UCLA has won four-straight games and nine of its last 11 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. Monday's Championship game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.
UCLA's Pac-10 Tournament History -- All-Time Record: 5-4
2006 - San Jose, CA
#3 UCLA 80, #6 Cal 63 (Quinn - 18 pts., 10 reb.; Blue - 14 pts., 11 ast.; Willis - 14 pts., 7 stl.); #3 UCLA 60, #2 Arizona State 59 (Willis - 27 pts., 6 stl.; Quinn - 16 pts., 10 reb.)
2005 - San Jose, CA
#3 Arizona State 73, #6 UCLA 71 (Blue - 36 pts., 5 reb., 4 stl.; Willis - 25 pts., 7 reb., 4 ast.)
2004 - San Jose, CA
#4 UCLA 70, #5 Arizona State 50 (Quinn - 16 pts., 10 reb.; Blue - 14 pts., 8 reb.; Willis - 14 pts., 5 stl.); #1 Stanford 70, #4 UCLA 66 (Blue - 18 pts., 7 ast., 5 reb.; Quinn - 14 pts., 9 reb.)
2003 - San Jose, CA
#4 UCLA 71, #5 Oregon 58 (Blue - 30 pts., 8 stl., 6 ast.; Greco - 16 pts.); #1 Stanford 69, #4 UCLA 64 (Willis - 17 pts., Blue - 12 pts., 7 stl.)
2002 - Eugene, OR
#8 UCLA 46, #9 Cal 42; #1 Stanford 96, #8 UCLA 61.
Bruins Reach Tournament Final For First Time -- UCLA's appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament Championship game is the first for the Bruin squad in the Tournament's five-year existence. The Bruins had reached the semifinals in 2004 and 2003. UCLA is just the fourth team to make the finals, joining three-time champion Stanford, 2002 champion Arizona State and two-time finalist Arizona.
Blue Relishes Pac-10 Tournament Time -- Few players have had as much success in Pac-10 Tournament play as senior guard Nikki Blue. The Bruins' co-captain has averaged 19.0 ppg (133) in seven tournament games and has been named to the All-Tournament team all three years, a feat only two other players have achieved. In UCLA's first game in 2006, Blue tied the Pac-10 record with 11 assists. She also holds the tournament record with eight steals, set against Oregon in 2003, a game in which she also scored 30 points. In 2005, she finished one point shy of the tournament scoring record with 36 points against Arizona State and became the first player in tournament history to make the All-Tournament team while playing in just one game.
Olivier Gets Career Win #200 -- Head coach Kathy Olivier earned her 200th career victory with a 60-59 win over Arizona State in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. In 13 seasons at UCLA, she holds a 200-174 record.
Bruins Finish Third In Pac-10 -- With wins in five of their last six Conference games, UCLA finished the regular season in third place in the Pac-10 Conference with a 12-6 league record. UCLA's 12 Pac-10 wins are the third-most in school history, and its No. 3 seeding in the Pac-10 Tournament is UCLA's highest in the Tournament's five-year history.
Willis Selected Pac-10 Player Of The Week For Second Time -- Senior guard Lisa Willis was awarded the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 20-26, her second honor this season. Willis led UCLA to its first road sweep of the season, averaging 20.5 points and 11 rebounds over the Oregon schools, giving UCLA sole possession of third place in the final regular season Conference standings. Willis had a career-high 14 rebounds in the win over Oregon and tied for the team lead in scoring with 17 points. At Oregon State, she scored a team-high 24 points.
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 Ranks in Top Three in Pac-10 Scoring, Rebounding, Assists -- Junior Noelle Quinn is averaging a career-best 18.2 points per game this season and 17.1 points per game for her career. She began the week ranked third in Pac-10 scoring (18.3), second in rebounding (8.1) and third in assists (4.07). She has 1,228 career points to rank 13th on UCLA's all-time list and joined teammates Nikki Blue (1,758) and Lisa Willis (1,619) 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 13 games and is averaging 21.2 points (276) and 9.0 rebounds (117) while shooting 54.7% (110-201) from the field in those 13 games. She has had seven double-doubles in those last 13 games.
All-Time Pac-10 Steals Leader Willis 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 362, and her average of 3.4 steals per game entering the week leads the Pac-10 this season and was ranked ninth in the nation. In this year's Pac-10 Tournament, she has recorded 13 steals and needs just two more to tie Nikki Blue's 2003 Tournament record of 15. Willis now ranks ninth on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,619 points and has held the school's three-point field goals record since last season with 244 and counting.
Blue Moves Into Top 5 In Scoring -- Senior Nikki Blue continues to pass some big names on UCLA's all-time charts, moving into fifth place past Anita Ortega on the scoring charts with 1,758 points. She is also 18th on the Pac-10 career scoring list. With 583 assists, Blue moved past Ann Meyers into second place on the assists list, and she is also moving up the rebounds list, charting at 14th with 603 career boards. Nationally, Blue ranks 17th with a 5.7 assists per game mark heading into the week. She remains third on UCLA's list for career steals with 318 and moved into sole possession of second on the Pac-10 career chart behind teammate Lisa Willis.
By The Numbers (Team) -- UCLA has limited its last four opponents to under 65 points (Oregon St. - 59, Oregon - 65, California - 63, Arizona State - 59) ... The Bruins have limited the last eight opponents to a combined .385 shooting percentage (185-481) from the floor ... With 12 Pac-10 victories, the Bruins tied for the third-most conference wins in school history ... UCLA last had 12 wins in the 2002-03 season and has won more than 12 conference games only in the 1997-98 (14) and 1998-99 (15) seasons ... UCLA finished 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 2/27) of the opponents UCLA has lost to this season is 195-74 (counting USC twice) ... The Bruins have led at the half in 18 of 19 wins this season, with the first comeback win coming in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals against Arizona State (UCLA trailed by nine at the half) ... Twelve of the Bruins' 19 wins have come in Los Angeles (2-0 at LMU Tournament, 10-2 in Pauley Pavilion, 0-1 at USC), with the five road wins coming at Clemson, Washington State, Arizona, Oregon State and Oregon ... UCLA has won 14 of the 17 games this season in which it has outrebounded/tied the opponent ... UCLA has been even or won the battle of the boards in 11 of the last 13 games (UCLA won both games iduring that stretch in which it did not have the rebounding edge) ... In the 19 games UCLA has won, the Bruins have shot .490 from the field (593-1211), while opponents have shot .395 in the games (455-1152) ... In the 10 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 a single-digit margin... 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 19 wins is 291 points (15.3 points/game) ... In their 19 wins this season, the Bruins averaged 80.9 points (1537) per game, and in their 10 losses, they averaged 72.5 points (725) per contest ... UCLA entered the week ranked seventh in the nation in scoring offense (78.6), 18th in field goal percentage (.458), eighth in assists (17.74).
By The Numbers (Players) -- With 1,228 career points, Quinn has moved up to No. 13 on UCLA's all-time scoring list ... Nikki Blue is only the seventh UCLA woman to score over 1,700 career points (1,758), the fourth to record 500 assists (583) and the third to reach 300 steals (318) ... Blue has moved into 18th on the all-time Pac-10 scoring list and has moved past Anita Ortega for fifth place on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,758 points ... Lisa Willis' 10th point at home versus USC moved her into the all-time Bruins top 10 in scoring, and she currently has 1,619 points to rank ninth.
About Stanford -- No. 13/14 Stanford finished first in the Pac-10 with a 15-3 league record and a 23-6 overall mark. The Cardinal enters Sunday's game having won 10 of its last 11 games. Two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year Candice Wiggins leads the Cardinal, along with All-Pac-10 standout Brooke Smith. Head coach Tara VanDerveer is the 2006 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
The Series With Stanford -- Stanford leads the all-time series with UCLA by a 36-20 margin.The teams split the season series this year, with each team winning on their home court. Stanford won the first meeting of the season, 91-68, on New Year's Day in Palo Alto. Lisa Willis led the Bruins with 20 points, and Nikki Blue added 13. The Bruins shot 47% in the first half to match Stanford's percentage, but still trailed, 44-31. UCLA never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
In the second meeting in Los Angeles on Jan. 27, UCLA grabbed the early lead with a good shooting start and never trailed in handing the 11th-ranked Cardinal a 90-80 defeat. The win, UCLA's first over Stanford since Mar. 3, 2000, snapped a 14-game winning streak in the series for Stanford. 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.
Mar. 5 - Bruins Come Back To Beat ASU, 60-59 -- UCLA picked the right time to make its first comeback victory, overcoming a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Arizona State, 60-59, in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals. Trailing 28-19 at the half, UCLA went out on a 13-3 run to claim the lead at 32-31. A pair of Noelle Quinn free throws with 28.9 seconds left gave UCLA the lead, 60-59, and the Bruins played tremendous defense to force an Arizona State turnover in their final possession. Lisa Willis led all players with 27 points and six steals and made five three-point shots. She scored 20 of her 27 in the second half. Quinn recorded another double-double with 16 points and 10 boards to help give UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier her 200th career win.
Mar. 4 - Bruins Blast Cal, 80-63, In Pac-10 Quarterfinals -- A complete team effort on both ends of the court sent UCLA to a convincing 80-63 victory over Cal in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. Four players scored in double-figures - Noelle Quinn with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Nikki Blue with 14 points and a Pac-10 Tournament record 11 assists, Lisa Willis with 14 points and seven steals, and Chinyere Ibekwe with 10 points off the bench. UCLA forced 23 California turnovers with a Tournament record 20 steals.
Player Bio Updates
#00 Ortal Oren -- Has seen action in the last 23 straight games ... Has 20 assists in her last 16 games ... Scored eight points with two three-pointers against Cal in the Pac-10 Tournament ... Scored four in win over Stanford ... Had five points, three boards at Stanford. Career Highs: Pts. 11 v. Fresno St., 12/21/03; Reb. 6, last v. UC Irvine, 11/30/05; Asst. 7 v. Arizona, 1/6/06; Stl. 3, last v. Wash. St., 1/5/03.
#2 Tierra Henderson -- Tough, aggressive defender ... Had four boards and scored two in win over Stanford ... Scored two at Stanford. Career Highs: Pts. 4, last v. Washington, 2/11/06; Reb. 5 at Cal, 12/30/05; Asst. 1, last v. Oregon St., 12/22/05; Stls. 3 at Washington, 1/12/06.
#3 Shaina Zaidi -- Has seen action against ASU and Cal in the Pac-10 Tourney, Oregon St. (a), Washington St. (h), Arizona (a), Arizona St. (a), Oregon (h), Pepperdine, UC Irvine and Georgia. Career Highs: Pts. 10 at USC, 2/26/05; Reb. 3 v. Oregon St., 1/2/05; Asst. 1, last at Oregon St., 2/23/06; Stls. 3 at Arizona, 2/4/06.
#11 Julia Pitts -- Has seen action in nine games ... Played two minutes vs. Stanford and had a steal. Career Highs: Pts. 20 at Georgia, 12/6/02; Reb. 11 v. Northwestern St., 11/30/02; Asst. 3, last at USC, 12/28/03; Stl. 2, last v. Michigan St., 12/19/03.
#14 Lindsey Pluimer -- Has made 57 straight starts ... Began the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in free throw% and has hit 61-77 FT (.792) for the season ... Ranks ninth in the conference in field goal percentage (now at .484) ... Shooting 55.3% (47-85 fg) from the field in the last 10 games ... Has scored in double digits in nine of the last 14 games ... Was 4-5 from the field and scored nine points vs. Cal in the Pac-10 Tournament ... Had five points, four rebounds, three assists in win over Stanford ... Had seven boards at Stanford to tie for the team lead. Career Highs: Pts. 22 at Pepperdine, 12/2/04; Reb. 12, last v. Washington, 2/11/06; Asst. 4 v. Cal, 1/29/06; Stl. 4 at Washington, 1/12/06; Blk. 3, last v. Oregon State, 12/22/05.
#20 Lauren Pedersen -- Has seen action in 24 games ... Scored four at Stanford. Career Highs: Pts. 9, last v. Cal, 1/22/05; Reb. 8 v. Ariz. St., 3/5/05; Asst. 4 v. Pepperdine 12/8/05; Stl. 5 at Clemson, 12/3/05; Blk. 1, last vs. Wash. St., 2/9/06.
#21 Brittany Ringel -- Has seen action in six games. Career Highs: Pts. 4 v. UC Irvine, 11/30/05; Reb. 2, last v. Pepperdine, 12/8/05; Asst. 1 v. UCI, 11/30/05; Stl. 1, last v. Cal, 3/4/06.
#22 Consuelo Lezcano -- Has seen action in 17 games with three starts ... Scored three points with a rebound and a steal in two minutes of play against Cal in the Pac-10 Tourney... Missed the Cal/Stanford home games due to a death in her family ... Came off the bench at Stanford and Cal but did not score. Career Highs: Pts. 9 v. Wash. St., 1/7/05; Reb. 5, last at Wash. St., 1/7/05; Asst. 1, last v. Georgia, 11/25/05; Stl. 1, last at Oregon State, 2/23/06; Blk. 2 v. Stanford, 2/20/05.
#23 Chinyere Ibekwe -- Scored four points with three rebounds against ASU in the semifinals ... Contributed 10 points and four rebounds off the bench vs. Cal in the Pac-10 Tourney ... Recorded four points, six rebounds in win over Stanford ... Totaled four points and five boards at Stanford. Career Highs: Pts. 15 v. Arizona, 1/6/06; Reb. 11 v. UC Irvine, 11/30/05; Asst. none; Stl. 2, last v. Ariz. St., 1/8/06; Blk. 2, at Ariz. St., 2/2/06.
#31 Amanda Livingston -- Shooting .523 (57-109) from the field in the last 19 games ...Had four rebounds and three steals in a season-high 31 minutes against ASU in the semifinals ... Tied her career high with four steals and added four points and two boards against Cal in the Pac-10 Tourney ... Had 10 points (5-8 shooting) before fouling out in win over Stanford ... Totaled eight points, five rebounds at Stanford. Career Highs: Pts. 23 at Cal, 1/22/05; Reb. 10 v. Ariz. St., 1/14/05; Asst. 5 v. Gardner-Webb, 11/19/05; Stl. 4, last v. Cal, 3/4/06; Blk. 3, last v. Cal, 2/18/05.
#32 Nikki Blue -- Fifth woman in Pac-10 history to earn first-team All-Conference honors all four years ... One of 11 nominees for the Lieberman Award honoring the nation's top point guard ... One of 30 mid-season finalists for the Naismith Trophy ... Recognized by ESPN.com as one of the Top 5 players in the nation at point guard position ... Ranked fifth on all-time school scoring list (1748) ... Second on all-time school assist list (583) ... Third on all-time school steals (318) and second on the made free throw (452) lists ... Entered the week leading the Pac-10 in assists (5.67 avg, 17th in the nation) and was second in three-point field goal percentage (.453) ... Has handed out 56 assists in the last seven games ... Has connected on 20 of her last 45 (.444) shots from beyond the three-point arc ... Has made at least one three-pointer in 10 of the last 12 games ... Dished out six assists and had nine points and four steals vs. ASU in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals ... Set a Pac-10 Tournament record with 11 assists and added 14 points and four steals against Cal in the Pac-10 Tournament ... Had a season-high matching 24 points and six assists in win over Stanford ... Had 13 points, seven rebounds at Stanford. Career Highs: Pts. 36 v. Ariz. St., 3/5/05; Reb. 12 v. Sacramento St., 11/24/02; Asst. 14 at Cal, 1/22/05; Stl. 8, last v. Washington, 2/5/05.
#40 Lisa Willis -- First-team All-Pac-10 for the second consecutive year ... Named by Nancy Lieberman of ESPN as the nation's best defender ... School's all-time three-point shot leader (244, third on the all-time Pac-10 list) ... Now ninth on the school scoring list (1619) ... Began the week ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring (17.4, now at 17.7) and as the Pac-10 leader in steals per game (3.41-ninth nationally) ... Ranks second on the UCLA and first on the Pac-10 career steals chart (362) ... Starter in 87-straight games ... Has 50 assists in her last 16 games and began the week ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in assists per game (3.37) ... Has made 18 three-point shots in the last six games ... Led all players with 27 points (20 in the first half) and six steals against ASU in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals ... Scored 14 points and seven steals, one steal shy of the Pac-10 Tournament record in the quarterfinals against Cal ... Had 16 points, six rebounds, four assists, three blocks (tied career best) and a steal in win over Stanford ... Led the Bruins with 20 points at Stanford. Career Highs: Pts. 31, last v. Oregon State, 12/22/05; Reb. 14 at Oregon, 2/25/06; Asst. 7 at Fresno St., 12/11/04; Stl. 9 v. Oregon State, 12/22/05; Blk. 3, last v. Stanford, 1/27/06.
#44 Emma Tautolo -- Has seen action in eight games this season and in 85 games in her career. Career Highs: Pts. 10 v. Illinois, 11/30/03; Reb. 6 at CSUN, 12/17/03; Asst. 3 at CSUN, 12/17/03; Stl. 2 at Wash. St., 2/7/04.
#45 Noelle Quinn -- First-team All-Pac-10 for the second time in her career ...First-team Academic All-District 8 selection ... One of 30 mid-season finalists for the Naismith Trophy ... Recognized by ESPN.com as one of the Top 5 players in the nation at two-guard position ... UCLA is 22-4 when she scores 20 points in a game ... Scored 20 or more points in eight of the last 13 Bruin games ... Has had more turnovers than assists in only four games this season ... Has grabbed 56 rebounds in the last five games ... Entered the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.1), third in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.3, 30th in nation), third in assists (4.07) and assist/TO ratio (1.80), ninth in field goal percentage (.479) and tied for ninth in blocked shots (0.78) ... Recorded her 10th double-double of the year with 16 points and 10 boards against ASU in the Pac-10 Tourney semifinals ... Recorded a double-double with team-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds against Cal in the Pac-10 Tourney ... Selected the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the seventh time in her career after her performances in wins against Stanford and Cal ... Led the Bruins with 25 points and added 10 rebounds in win over #11 Stanford ... Had eight points, five assists at Stanford. Career Highs: Pts. 31 v. Arizona, 2/12/04; Reb. 15 v. Oregon, 1/29/04; Asst. 10 at Cal, 12/19/04; Stl. 8 v. Oregon St., 1/2/05; Blk. 3, last at Arizona, 2/4/06.