UCLA Faces Purdue In NCAA 2nd Round March 21

March 20, 2006

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Fifth-Seeded Bruins Face Fourth-Seeded Boilermakers In NCAA 2nd Round -- Coach Kathy Olivier's 21st-ranked (AP)/23rd-ranked (USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll) UCLA women's basketball team (21-10, winners of six straight and nine of its last 10 games) continues its run in the NCAA Tournament with a second round matchup against 11th-ranked Purdue University on Tuesday, March 21. The game will take place at Mackey Arena on the Purdue campus at 7:00 pm. Purdue (25-6) is the No. 4 seed in the Cleveland Regional, while UCLA is the No. 5 seed. UCLA advanced to the second round after a 74-61 victory over No. 12 Bowling Green, while Purdue defeated No. 13 Missouri State, 73-52. UCLA's win was its first tournament victory since advancing to the Elite Eight in 1999, and the Bruins advance to the NCAA second round for the fifth time in school history. Purdue is in the second round for the 10th consecutive year and holds a 16-5 record in NCAA Tournament home games.

On Air -- All NCAA Tournament games involving UCLA in 2005-06 will be audio broadcast live on UCLA All-Access via UCLABruins.com. Play-by-play announcer Dave Marcus and color commentator Michael Sondheimer will begin coverage with The Bruins Countdown Show starting five minutes prior to the tip-off. UCLABruins.com will be broadcasting the NCAA Tournament games for free. ESPN is providing television coverage (ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN Full Court, ESPNU) of all 63 games in the 2006 NCAA women's basketball tournament.

Bruins Down Bowling Green, 74-61 -- UCLA used an 18-1 run in the first half to turn a 13-15 deficit into a 31-16 lead and went on to defeat Bowling Green in the NCAA first round by a final score of 74-61. UCLA's Triple Threat dominated the game, combining to score 51 of the Bruins' 74 points. Lisa Willis led all players with 23 points and 12 rebounds, the 15th NCAA Tournament double-double in UCLA history. Noelle Quinn added 21 points with seven rebounds, and Nikki Blue contributed seven points and six assists. Forward Lindsey Pluimer also had a solid game with eight points and 10 rebounds. UCLA outshot Bowling Green, 46.9-36.5% and outrebounded the Falcons, 49-31. Willis set a school record for three-point shots made in the NCAA Tournament, connecting on five treys.

Five Bruins Have Experience in NCAA Play -- Five of the current members of the Bruin team played in the 2004 NCAA Tournament contest against the University of Minnesota. Nikki Blue scored 33 points in that game to set a school record for most points in an NCAA tournament game. Lisa Willis and Noelle Quinn each scored 15 points. Amanda Livingston and Ortal Oren also played in the game. Current Bruins Shaina Zaidi, Emma Tautolo, Julia Pitts, Consuelo Lezcano, Brittany Ringel were members of that team but did not see action at Minnesota.

UCLA's NCAA Tournament History -- The Bruins have been in eight previous NCAA Tournaments. The last appearance came in the 2003-04 season, in which the Bruins lost to Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. UCLA's tournament history includes -- 2004 (#10 seed in the Mideast), 2000 (#10 seed in the Mideast), 1999 (#3 seed in the West), 1998 (#7 seed in the Midwest), 1992 (#5 seed in the Midwest), 1990 (#10 seed in the West), 1985 (#6 seed in the West). In 1999, the Bruins achieved their best NCAA tournament performance to date and advanced to the West Regional final before losing to Louisiana Tech.

UCLA's all-time Tournament record is 8-8 (3-1 at home; 2-4 away; 3-3 at neutral sites). Coach Kathy Olivier has posted a 5-4 NCAA tournament mark (2-0 at home, 0-2 away, 3-2 at neutral sites). During Olivier's first of three seasons as an assistant coach at USC, the Trojans, led by sophomore Cheryl Miller, won the 1984 NCAA title, and in 1986, they reached the championship game.

UCLA's All-Time NCAA Tournament Results

2005-06 #5 seed in the Cleveland Regional
1st Rd. - UCLA 74, Bowling Green 61 - at West Lafayette, IN

2004-05 #10 seed in the Mideast
1st Rd. - Minnesota 92, UCLA 81 - at Minneapolis, MN

1999-2000 #10 seed in the Mideast
1st Rd. - George Washington 79, UCLA 72 - at Notre Dame, IN

1998-99 #3 seed in the West
1st Rd. - UCLA 76, Wisconsin-Green Bay 69 - at UCLA
2nd Rd. - UCLA 87, Kentucky 63 - at UCLA
Reg. semi. - UCLA 77, Colorado State 68 - at Los Angeles Sports Arena
Reg. final - Louisiana Tech 88, UCLA 62 - at Los Angeles Sports Arena

1997-98 #7 seed in the Midwest
1st Rd. - UCLA 65, Michigan 58 - at Tuscaloosa, AL
2nd Rd. - Alabama 75, UCLA 74 - at Tuscaloosa, AL

1991-92 #5 seed in the Midwest
1st Rd. - UCLA 93, Notre Dame 72 - at UCLA
2nd Rd. - UCLA 82, Texas 81 - at Austin, TX
Reg. semi. - SW Missouri State 83, UCLA 57 - at Boulder, CO

1988-90 #10 seed in the West
1st Rd. - Arkansas 90, UCLA 80 ot - at Fayetteville, AR

1984-85 #6 seed in the West
1st Rd. - UCLA 78, Washington 62 - at Seattle, WA
Reg. semi. - Georgia 78, UCLA 42 - at UCLA

1982-83 #6 seed in the West
1st Rd. - Oregon State 75, UCLA 62 - at Willamette, OR College

About Purdue -- The Boilermakers are making their 17th overall and 13th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. They are 34-15 all-time in the Tournament. Purdue earned an at-large bid to the Tournament after losing to Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament title games, 63-60.

The Series With Purdue -- The series between UCLA and Purdue is tied at 1-1. UCLA won the last game played in the series, which took place on Dec. 5, 2004 in Pauley Pavilion, by a score of 70-64. Noelle Quinn scored 23 points in the contest and was joined by three other Bruins in double figures. Purdue bested the Bruins the season before in a game played at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN on Dec. 13, 2003 by a score of 58-57. In that game, Lisa Willis made two free throws to give UCLA a two-point lead with 8.6 seconds remaining, but Purdue's Beth Jones hit a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds on the clock to win the game. Willis scored 18 points in the game, and Nikki Blue had 20.

UCLA vs. the Rest of the NCAA Field -- UCLA has posted a record of 10-9 this season against teams in the NCAA tournament field. The Bruins have wins over California (2), Georgia, Pepperdine, Stanford (2), Arizona State (2), Washington and Bowling Green and losses @ Baylor, vs. BYU, @ Oklahoma, @ Stanford, @ California, @ Arizona State, @ Washington, USC (2).

UCLA's Pac-10 Tournament Summary --

2006 - San Jose, CA
#3 UCLA 80, #6 California 63 (Quinn - 18 pts., 10 reb.; Blue 11 assists; Willis 7 steals); #3 UCLA 60, #2 Arizona State 59 (Willis 27 pts., 6 steals; Quinn 16 pts., 10 reb.); #3 UCLA 85, #1 Stanford 76 ot (Quinn 22 pts., 8 reb.; Willis 20 pts, 6 steals)

All-Tournament team selections
2006 - Lisa Willis (MVP), Nikki Blue, Noelle Quinn.

Bruins Win School's First Pac-10 Tournament Title/ Willis Named MVP -- The third-seeded Bruins captured the first Pac-10 Tournament title in the school's history with wins in consecutive days over Cal, Arizona State and Stanford. UCLA earned a second win in the season series over all three teams during the conference tournament and earned the automatic bid for the Pac-10 Conference into the NCAA Tournament. Senior guard Lisa Willis was named the Most Valuable Player in the Tournament, Nikki Blue was selected to the All-Tournament team for the fourth straight year, and Noelle Quinn joined them on the All-Tournament team. Quinn set a tournament record with 23 field goals. Willis tied a tournament record with 11 made three-point shots and set a record with 19 steals in the three games. Her steals average of 6.3 also was a record. Nikki Blue set a tourney mark with 11 assists in the win over California. Her tournament assists average (8.3) also set a tournament mark. The UCLA-Stanford game set a school record for most points in a tournament game (161). The Bruins set a tournament record with 20 steals in the game against California and their total of 52 for the three games in the tournament were a record.

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 202-174 record. Olivier is just the fourth head coach to win 200 games at a Pac-10 school, joining Tara VanDerveer (Stanford), Chris Gobrecht (Washington/USC) and Joan Bonvicini (Arizona).

Quinn Ranks in Top Four in Pac-10 Scoring, Rebounding, Assists -- Junior Noelle Quinn is averaging a career-best 18.4 points per game this season and 17.2 points per game for her career. She began the NCAA tournament ranked third in Pac-10 scoring (18.3), second in rebounding (8.2) and fourth in assists (3.93). She has 1,271 career points and joined teammates Nikki Blue (1,779) and Lisa Willis (1,660) 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 10 of the last 15 games and is averaging 21.3 points (319) and 8.8 rebounds (132) while shooting 54.6% (130-238) from the field in those 15 games. She has had seven double-doubles in that span, and the team has won 12 of the those last 15 games.

All-Time Pac-10 Steals Leader Willis Ranks 5th 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 370, and her average of 3.7 steals per game entering the NCAA tournament leads the Pac-10 this season and was ranked fifth in the nation as of March 6. Willis now ranks ninth in the Top 10 on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,660 points and has held the school's three-point field goals record since last season with 253 and counting. She set a UCLA record for most three-point shots made in a NCAA Tournament game with five against Bowling Green in the first round this year.

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 ahead of Ann Meyers, Michelle Greco and Anita Ortega in recent weeks to fifth on the scoring chart with 1,779 career points. With 597 assists, Blue moved past Meyers into second place on the assists list, and she is also moving up the rebounds list, charting at 14th with 611 career boards. Nationally, Blue ranks 14th (as of Mar. 6) with a 5.7 assists per game mark. She remains third on UCLA's list for career steals with 325 and has now moved into sole possession of second on the Pac-10 career chart behind teammate Lisa Willis.

By The Numbers (Team) --


  • UCLA has been even or won the battle of the boards in 13 of the last 15 games (only Cal +1, in the last regular season matchup and Arizona State +6, in the Pac-10 Tourney, have beaten the Bruins on the boards in that stretch in which the team has posted a 12-3 record).
  • The Bruins have limited the last 10 opponents to a combined .393 shooting percentage (237-603) from the floor.

    About UCLA's Wins

  • The Bruins' 21 victories is the most by a UCLA team since the 1998-99 squad won 26 games. UCLA has won 21 games or more for just the third time since the 1980-81 season.
  • With 12 Pac-10 victories, the Bruins tied for the third-most conference wins in school history. UCLA last had 12 Pac-10 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).
  • Twelve of the Bruins' 21 wins have come in Los Angeles (2-0 at LMU Tournament, 10-2 in Pauley Pavilion, 0-1 at USC), with the five true road wins coming at Clemson, Washington State, Arizona, Oregon State and Oregon.
  • The Bruins led at the half in each of their first 17 wins this season, before overcoming halftime deficits against both Arizona State and Stanford in the Pac-10 Tournament.
  • UCLA has won 16 of the 19 games this season in which it has outrebounded/tied the opponent.
  • In the 21 games UCLA has won, the Bruins have shot .498 from the field (653-1311), while opponents have shot .398 in the games (507-1274).
  • 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 21 wins is 313 points (14.9 points/game).
  • In their 21 wins this season, the Bruins averaged 80.8 points (1696) per game, and in their 10 losses, they averaged 72.5 points (725) per contest.

    Opponent Info

  • Entering the tournament, the combined record (as of 3/8) of the opponents UCLA has lost to this season is 211-81, .722 (counting USC twice)

    UCLA In National Stats

  • UCLA entered the NCAA tournament ranked seventh in the nation in scoring offense (78.2), 18th in field goal percentage (.459), eighth in assists (17.53).

    New UCLA Team Records

  • With 10 three-point field goals made against Bowling Green, the Bruins set a new team record with 153 three-pointers made in a season.

    By The Numbers (Players) -- With 1,271 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 (1,779), the fourth to record 500 assists (597) and the third to reach 300 steals (325) ... 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 1,779 points. Blue needs 35 more points to move into fourth place past Natalie Williams ... Lisa Willis' 10th point at home versus USC moved her into the all-time Bruins top 10 in scoring, and she currently has 1,662 points, good for ninth place. She needs just 24 more points to move past Ann Meyers into eighth place on UCLA's all-time scoring list.

    Player Bio Updates

    #00 Ortal Oren -- Has seen action in the last 25 straight games ... Converted four of her last eight three-point shots ... Has 21 assists in her last 17 games ... Scored two points with one rebound against Bowling Green in the NCAA Tournament.
    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 ... Recorded one rebound in three minutes against Bowling Green in the NCAA Tournament.
    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 Bowling Green, Arizona State (Pac-10 Tny.), Cal (Pac-10 Tny.), 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 10 games since returning from Nov. 7, 2005 surgery to repair a torn meniscus ... Redshirted in 2004-05 after undergoing knee surgery during each of her first two seasons as a Bruin.
    Career Highs: Pts. 20 at Georgia, 12/6/02; Reb. 11 v. N'western St., 11/30/02; Asst. 3, last at USC, 12/28/03; Stl. 2, last v. Michigan St., 12/19/03.

    #14 Lindsey Pluimer -- Third-team Academic All-District 8 selection ... Has made 59 straight starts ... Finished the regular season ranked second in the Pac-10 in free throw% and has hit 68-86 FT (.791) for the season ... Ranked ninth in the conference in field goal percentage (now at .489, 119-247) ... Shooting 55.4% (56-101 fg) from the field in the last 12 games ... Has scored in double digits in 10 of the last 16 games ... Recorded eight points with 10 rebounds against Bowling Green in the NCAA Tournament.
    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 26 games ... Played 11 minutes against Bowling Green in the NCAA first round and recorded three points with three rebounds and two assists.
    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. Wash. St.., 2/9/06.

    #22 Consuelo Lezcano -- Has seen action in 18 games with three starts ... Played three minutes against Bowling Green.
    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 -- Shooting 65% (13-20) from the field in four post-season games ... In her last 11 games, she has scored 62 points, grabbed 40 rebounds, blocked eight shots and made 26 of 48 shots (.542) ... Scored six points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field and added one block and two rebounds against Bowling Green in her NCAA Tournament debut.
    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 .522 (60-115) from field in last 21 games ... Scored four points with four rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot against Bowling Green.
    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 at Ariz. St., 3/4/06; Blk. 3, last v. Cal, 2/18/05.

    #32 Nikki Blue -- 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 ... 2005-06 pre-season Wooden Award All-American ... Named to the 2005-06 pre-season Wade Trophy and Naismith Award Lists ... Pre-season All-Pac-10 selection for third consecutive year ... Nominated for Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award ... 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 (1,779) ... Second on all-time school assist list (597) ... Third on all-time school steals (325) and second on the made free throw (453) lists ... Entered the NCAA tournament leading the Pac-10 in assists (5.93 avg, T-12th in the nation) and was second in three-point field goal percentage (.453) ... Has handed out 70 assists in the last nine games ... Has connected on 24 of her last 57 (.421) shots from beyond the three-point arc ... Has made at least one three-pointer in 12 of the last 14 games ... Named to the first-team All-Pac-10 squad (only fifth player in conference history to earn four straight selections) and to the All-Pac-10 Tournament team for the fourth-straight season ... Scored seven points with six assists, four rebounds and a season-high tying two blocks against Bowling Green in the NCAA first round.
    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 -- Named by Nancy Lieberman of ESPN prior to the season as the nation's best defender ... Pre-season Naismith Award nominee ... Nominated for the Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award ... School's all-time three-point shot leader (253, second on the all-time Pac-10 list) ... Now ninth on the school scoring list (1662) ... Entered the NCAA tournament ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 45th in the nation in scoring (17.7) and as the Pac-10 leader (No. 5 nationally) in steals per game (3.7-fifth nationally) ... Ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in assists per game (3.2) ... First player in school history to record three straight seasons with 100+ steals (has 113) ... Ranks second on the UCLA and first on the Pac-10 career steals chart (370) ... Starter in 89-straight games ... Has made 29 three-point shots in the last eight games ... Named MVP of the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament ... Led all players with 23 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks against Bowling Green in the NCAA Tournament.
    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 ... Has seen action in 85 career games.
    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 Academic All-District 8 selection ... One of 30 mid-season finalists for the Naismith Trophy ... 2005-06 pre-season Wooden Award All-American and pre-season Naismith Award nominee ... Named to pre-season All-Pac-10 team for second consecutive year ... Recognized in the pre-season by ESPN.com as one of the Top 5 players in the nation at two-guard position ... UCLA is 24-4 when she scores 20 points in a game ... Scored 20 or more points in 10 of the last 15 Bruin games ... Has had more turnovers than assists in only four games this season ... Has grabbed 71 rebounds in the last seven games ... Entered the NCAA tournament ranked second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.2), third in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.3, 31st in nation), third in assists (3.9) and assist/TO ratio (1.76), ninth in field goal percentage (.480) and tied for ninth in blocked shots (0.80) ... Named to the All-Pac-10 Tournament team ... Scored 21 points with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in the NCAA first round against Bowling Green.
    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.

    Head Coach Kathy Olivier -- Now in her 13th season (owns a 202-174 overall record) as UCLA head coach, Kathy Olivier has energized the program to reflect her own positive, upbeat and outgoing personality. The former standout player at Cal State Fullerton and UNLV has helped to produce two Pac-10 Players of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshman Players of the Year, a Pac-10 Tournament championship team and a Pac-10 team championship. She is the only current Pac-10 coach to have as many as three freshmen named first-team All-Conference performers. From 1998-2000, she guided UCLA to a school-best three-straight NCAA tournament appearances and has had the Bruins in the NCAA tournament in two of the last three seasons (2004 and 2006). Her teams have posted double digit wins in Pac-10 play in seven of the last nine seasons and have finished among the top four in the Pac-10 conference in six of the last nine seasons.

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