Women's Basketball Tips Off 2006-07 Season With Nov. 1 Exhibition Game
Oct. 31, 2006
Bruins Face Love and Basketball In First Exhibition -- The Bruins will play for the first time in 2006-07 on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in a 7:00 pm exhibition matchup in Pauley Pavilion against Love and Basketball, a group of former collegiate players. Amongst the players on the Love and Basketball squad are former Bruins Natalie Nakase (2000-03) and Sandra Van Embricqs (1987-90). Love and Basketball's head coach is former UCLA assistant coach Colleen Matsuhara. Love and Basketball won its first game on its exhibition tour, defeating The Master's College on Oct. 21, 85-68. The team plays at Cal State Northridge on Oct. 31.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA will play host to Team Concept on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2:00 pm in Pauley Pavilion for its final exhibition tune-up. The Bruins open up the regular season facing UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, November 12 in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA travels to play at Tennessee on Thursday, Nov. 16 and at UC Riverside on Saturday, November 18.
Bruins Return Eight for 2006-07 -- Coach Kathy Olivier welcomes back eight returning letterwinners for the 2006-07 season. Headlining the list is senior guard Noelle Quinn, an honorable mention AP All-American and the leading scorer and rebounder (18.1/ 8.2) on last year's team. Two other starters return--- 6-4 junior forward Lindsey Pluimer (10.6/ 5.4) and 6-1 senior forward Amanda Livingston (5.7 / 2.4). Also back are guards Shaina Zaidi (senior- 1.3/0.3) and Tierra Henderson (sophomore - 1.1/ 1/4), as well as frontcourt players forward Julia Pitts (senior - 0.5 / 1.1), forward/center Consuelo Lezcano (senior - 1.8, 0.7) and center Chinyere Ibekwe (sophomore - 5.0/3.8).
The Bruins add four recruits signed in the 2005-06 early period to that list, including 6-6 center Moniquee Alexander of the Edison Academic Center at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, guard/forward Amy Horton of Haralson County HS in Tallapoosa, GA, forward Erica Latimer of Windward HS in Los Angeles and guard Jerica Williams of Mt. Miguel HS in the San Diego area. Two additional newcomers, guards Alexis Olivier (Los Alamitos HS) and Allison Taka (Culver City HS), have also joined the team this Fall.
Challenging Schedule Set for 2006-07 -- The Bruins could see action in the 2006-07 season against as many as 10 teams which were in the NCAA Tournament a year ago (Tennessee, Baylor, Oklahoma, California, USC, Washington, Stanford, Arizona State, New Mexico, North Carolina). UCLA will play at Tennessee on November 16. It will mark the first meeting with the Lady Vols since the 1999-2000 season. Big XII teams from Oklahoma and Baylor come to Pauley Pavilion on November 21 and December 17, respectively. The Bruins could meet North Carolina and New Mexico in Holiday tournament action.
UCLA Ranked In Top 20 in Athlon, CSTV Polls -- The Athlon Sports' pre-season national poll had UCLA ranked No. 15, with potential matchups against seven other Top 25 schools. CSTV.com ranks UCLA 19th.
Quinn Earns Pre-Season Acclaim -- Senior guard Noelle Quinn was named to the Wade Watch List as a pre-season National Player of the Year nominee. She was also named to Street & Smith's 'Terrific 10' list as one of the Top 10 players in the nation.
Bruin Pac-10 Notes -- With its third place conference finish in 2006, the Bruins earned their sixth top-four conference finish in the last nine seasons. Only Stanford, with nine top-four finishes, has achieved a higher level of success in that period. Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon are next with five such finishes each.
Noelle Quinn earned three Conference Player of the Week awards in the 2006 season, upping her career total to eight. That mark ties her for the all-time lead in the Pac-10 with Tanja Kostic (1993-96) of Oregon State, Lisa Leslie (1991-94) of USC, Cherie Nelson (1987-89) of USC and Natalie Williams (1991-94) of UCLA.
UCLA's win over Stanford in the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament marked its second win of the season over the Cardinal. It was the first time a Stanford team has lost to a conference opponent twice in the same season since the Bruins won a pair of matchups in the 1987-88 season.
Noelle Quinn averaged a career-best 18.1 points per game in the 2005-06 season and owns a 17.1 points per game mark for her career. She finished the season ranked third in Pac-10 scoring (18.1), second in rebounding (8.2) and fourth in assists (3.84). She completed her junior season with 1,280 career points. Quinn scored 20 points or more in 10 of the last 16 games of the 2005-06 season and averaged 20.5 points (328) and 8.9 rebounds (142) while shooting 53.2% (134-252) from the field in those final 16 games. She had seven double-doubles in that span and the team won 12 of those last 16 games. Her total of 580 points in 2006 were the most by a Bruin since Rehema Stephens scored 595 in the 1992 season.
Quinn, Pluimer Earn Academic All-District Honors -- Junior Noelle Quinn and sophomore Lindsey Pluimer were 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 was eligible for the national Academic All-American ballot. Pluimer, a 3.67 student, received third-team honors and was one of just two underclassmen selected to the All-District 8 teams. The duo also received Pac-10 All-Academic honors, with Pluimer being named to the first team and Quinn to the honorable mention squad.
Quinn One of Eight -- Noelle Quinn's scoring and rebounding averages of 18.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game placed her among the Bruin elite. She is one of just eight Bruins to have averaged at least 18 points and eight rebounds in a season. The other eight include Denise Curry (four times,1978-1981), Natalie Williams (three times, 1992-94), Ann Meyers (two times, 1978 & 1975), Maylana Martin (one time, 1999), Rehema Stephens (one time, 1991), Dora Dome (one time, 1988), Necie Thompson (one time, 1982).
Bruins Win Pac-10 Tournament, Earn Automatic Bid to NCAA Tournament -- The Bruins (third place Pac-10 regular season finisher) earned the Pac-10 Conference's automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA tournament with an 85-76 overtime win over Stanford in the title game of the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament on March 6. UCLA swept past California, Arizona State and Stanford on consecutive days in the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament played in San Jose, CA. UCLA earned a second win in the season series over all three teams during the conference tournament and headed to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time. The win over Stanford marked the first time the Bruins had dealt the Cardinal a second loss in a season since the 1987-88 campaign.
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. Noelle Quinn joined them on the All-Tournament team and set a tournament record with 23 field goals.
2006 Season Ends in NCAA 2nd Round Loss At Purdue -- UCLA finished the 2005-06 regular season by winning nine of its last 10 games, including three straight in the Pac-10 Tournament to take home the conference tournament title. The Bruins were selected as the #5 seed in the Cleveland, OH Regional in the NCAA Tournament. UCLA defeated 23rd-ranked (AP)/21st-ranked (USA Today/ESPN) Bowling Green State University (#12 seed, champion of the Mid-American Conference) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by a score of 74-61. UCLA dropped a 61-54 decision at #4 seed and 11th-ranked Purdue in second round play in West Lafayette, IN.
Bruins Ranked in Both Polls to End 2005-06 -- UCLA finished the 2006 season ranked in both major polls for the first time since 1998-99. The Bruins held down the 18th spot in the ESPN / USA Today poll and were ranked 21st
UCLA In Season Openers -- UCLA is 21-11 all-time in season openers. The Bruins lost last season's season opener at then-defending national champion Baylor by a score of 93-85.
San Jose to Host Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament -- The 2006-07 season will conclude with the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament to be played once again this season at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA on March 2-5. All conference schools will participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA tournament. The team that finishes the regular season atop the Pac-10 standings is the conference champion.