#23 UCLA Hosts UC Santa Barbara In Season Opener Nov. 12
Nov. 9, 2006
Bruins Open 2006-07 By Hosting UCSB -- The 23rd-ranked Bruins will open the 2006-07 season with a Sunday, November 12 game versus Big West Conference opponent UC Santa Barbara in Pauley Pavilion at 2 p.m. UCLA leads the series with the Gauchos by a 9-2 count. UCSB bested the Bruins in overtime last season in Santa Barbara by a score of 90-81. The Gauchos overcame a 16-point second-half deficit and sent the game to overtime on a basket at the end of regulation. Lisa Willis led four Bruin players in double digits in that contest with 28 points. Starting forward Amanda Livingston did not play in that game due to illness.
On Air -- All of UCLA's games will be audio broadcast and selected games video broadcast on uclabruins.com. Join announcers Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer at 1:55 pm Sunday for the Bruin Countdown pre-game show.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA travels to play at fifth-ranked Tennessee on Thursday, Nov. 16 and at UC Riverside on Saturday, Nov. 18, before returning home to face third-ranked Oklahoma on Nov. 21.
Bruins Go 1-1 in Exhibitions -- UCLA used 18 points from Noelle Quinn and 17 from Lindsey Pluimer to top Team Concept, 79-73 on Nov. 5. Despite 14 points from returning starters Quinn, Pluimer and Amanda Livingston, UCLA dropped a 79-70 decision to Love and Basketball on Nov. 1 in Pauley Pavilion. Pluimer grabbed 12 rebounds, and Livingston added 11 to complete their double-doubles. Quinn handed out seven assists. Senior guard Shaina Zaidi was also in double digits with 10 points in a starting role.
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 six freshmen to the team - 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/guard Erica Latimer of Windward HS in Los Angeles and guards Jerica Williams of Mt. Miguel HS in the San Diego area, Alexis Olivier (Los Alamitos HS) and Allison Taka (Culver City HS).
Challenging Schedule Set for 2006-07 -- The Bruins could see action 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 also meet North Carolina and New Mexico in Holiday tournament action.
UCLA Ranked In Top 25 in Four Polls -- UCLA received No. 23 national rankings in the AP and the WBCA/USA Today/ESPN coaches' polls. Athlon Sports' pre-season national poll had UCLA ranked No. 15, and CSTV.com ranked the Bruins No. 19. Many of UCLA's 2006-07 opponents are also ranked in the Top 25. The WBCA/USA Today/ ESPN coaches' poll showed the Bruins with potential matchups with #2 North Carolina, #3 Oklahoma, #4 Stanford, #5 Tennessee, #12 Arizona State, #18 Baylor, #20 New Mexico, #21 Cal, #22 USC and #25 Washington. The AP poll has nine of UCLA's potential opponents ranked - #2 North Carolina, #3 Oklahoma, #4 Stanford, #5 Tennessee, #13 Arizona State, #18 New Mexico, #19 Baylor, #21 California and #22 USC.
Quinn Earns Pre-Season Acclaim -- The pre-season honors are piling up for senior guard Noelle Quinn. She was named to the pre-season Wade Watch List and is a pre-season candidate for the Wooden Award for the third consecutive year. She was also named to Street & Smith's 'Terrific 10' list as one of the Top 10 players in the nation and is listed by ESPN.com as one of the Top 5 players in the nation at the wing position. Additionally, Quinn was named to the pre-season All-Pac-10 team for the third straight year.
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.
Coaches, Media Pick Bruins To Finish Sixth In Pac-10 -- The Pac-10 women's basketball coaches picked UCLA to finish sixth in the conference in the annual pre-season poll. Stanford, with nine first-place votes, was the solid choice to finish first. The Cardinal (81 points) was followed by Arizona State (one first-place vote, 70), USC (63), California and Washington (53), UCLA (46), Arizona (32), Oregon (22), Washington State (16) and Oregon State (14). In the media poll, Stanford is ranked No. 1, receiving all 11 first-place votes. Arizona State is second, followed by USC, California, Washington, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State.
Bruin Pac-10 Notes -- With a 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 -- Noelle Quinn and Lindsey Pluimer were selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 women's basketball team in 2005-06. 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.
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.
What's Returning ? -- UCLA returns 57% of the total field goals made; 60% of the games started; 56% of the minutes played; 63% of the rebounds pulled down; 22% of the three-point field goals made; 38% of the assists handed out; 37% of the steals made; 65% of the blocked shots made.