No. 21 UCLA Hosts No. 3 Oklahoma Tuesday, Nov. 21
Nov. 20, 2006
UCLA Hosts Oklahoma -- Defending Pac-10 Tournament Champions UCLA (2-1, ranked No. 21 by AP) will host the defending Big 12 regular season and Tournament Champions from third-ranked University of Oklahoma (3-0, ranked No. 3 by AP) on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Pacific. The Sooners will be the second of potentially three Top 5 teams the Bruins will face in the first three weeks of the season. This is the third all-time meeting of the schools, each has won a game at home (UCLA in 1982, 82-63; Oklahoma in 2006, 83-78).
Oklahoma has won its first three games of this season over DePaul, Eastern Kentucky and Hawaii. The Sooners defeated Baylor in last year's conference championship tournament and were eliminated by Stanford in the NCAA San Antonio Regional semifinals.Oklahoma is led by sophomore All-American Courtney Paris, who averaged 21.9 points and 15.0 rebounds per game last year while becoming the first player in NCAA history to collect 700 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks in a season. Paris has posted 31 consecutive double-doubles. The Sooners advanced to the 2002 Final Four and lost to UConn in the championship game.
Live Coverage -- UCLABruins.com will offer a free internet audio broadcast of Tuesday's game. Tune in at 6:55 pm for the Bruins Countdown show with Dave Marcus and Mike Sondheimer.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA will participate in the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic beginning on Friday, Nov. 24 with a game against Gonzaga. Tip-off is slated for approximately 3:10 Pacific time. On Saturday, the Bruins will meet either Sacramento State or North Carolina. The loser's bracket game tips off at 11 a.m. Pacific and the winner's game will start at approximately 5:30 p.m. Pacific. The championship round is on Sunday. UCLA returns to the Los Angeles area for a Thursday, Nov. 30 game at Cal State Fullerton.
Bruins Win at Riverside -- UCLA used a 15-point, 10-rebound effort from Amanda Livingston, her first career double-double, to run past UC Riverside, 70-60. Noelle Quinn led the Bruins, who led 32-18 at the half, in scoring with 19 points and in assists with five. Lindsey Pluimer was a third Bruin in double digits with 14 points.
No. 4/5 Tennessee Uses Strong Second-Half Start To Defeat Bruins -- UCLA hung with the No. 4/5 Tennessee Lady Vols for the first half of the contest but could not withstand a strong start to the second half by Tennessee. The Lady Vols opened the second half with a 10-0 run to turn a 10-point halftime lead into a 20-point lead, and the Bruins dropped an 83-60 decision in front of a crowd of nearly 12,000. Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 20 points, and Lindsey Pluimer added 17.
Bruins Best Gauchos in Opener -- UCLA opened the regular season with a 87-62 win over UC Santa Barbara in Pauley on Nov. 12. Lindsey Pluimer scored a career-high 23 points to pace the Bruins and grabbed a team-best 11 boards, one shy of her career-best. UCLA opened up the game with a 12-2 run in the last five minutes of the first half and led 43-31 at intermission. A 11-1 run early in the second half helped to open up a 21-point Bruin advantage and put the game under control. Noelle Quinn scored 13 points and handed out six assists.
Bruins Go 1-1 in Exhibitions -- UCLA used 18 points and 10 rebounds from Noelle Quinn and 17 points and seven rebounds 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. Senior guard Shaina Zaidi was also in double digits with 10 points.
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.
Pluimer Starts Strong -- Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer has had an impressive start to the season. In the Bruins' three games so far, Pluimer has averaged a team-best 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. In the opener against UC Santa Barbara, she scored a career-high 23 points on 8-12 shooting from the field and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. At Tennessee, she scored 17 points with four boards, and at UC Riverside, she scored 14 points with three boards. Pluimer was also impressive in the exhibition games. She tied for the team lead in scoring against Love & Basketball with 14 points and led the team with 12 rebounds. Against Team Concept, she scored 17 points with seven rebounds.
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 already played at Tennessee on November 16 and will host Big XII teams from Oklahoma and Baylor 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 Pre-Season Polls -- UCLA received No. 23 pre-season 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.
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.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).
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.