UCLA Women's Basketball Team Heads To Hawaii For Tournament

Nov. 22, 2006

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UCLA Opens Rainbow Wahine Classic vs. Gonzaga on Nov. 24 -- Defending Pac-10 Tournament Champions UCLA (2-2, ranked No. 19 by ESPN/ USA Today; No. 21 by AP) will square off against two-time defending West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga (4-1) in the first round of the 28th annual Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic on Friday, Nov. 24 at 3:10 p.m. Pacific time.

UCLA won the Rainbow Classic title back in 1998 behind Most Valuable Player Maylana Martin, now a Bruin assistant coach. UCLA bested nationally ranked teams from Nebraska and North Carolina in the first two rounds and topped Kentucky for the championship.

This year's Classic features eight teams which enter play on Friday with combined records of 20-7, including four unbeaten teams. Gonzaga, UCLA's first round opponent, has wins over Utah (57-45), UC Davis (73-70), Sacramento State (84-43) and at Portland State (76-59) and a loss at Montana (78-88). The Zags are led by 6-3 senior forward Stephanie Hawk (14.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg).

The Gonzaga-UCLA winner/loser will meet the winner/loser of the game between #2-ranked North Carolina (3-0) and Sacramento State (1-3) in the second round of the tournament on Nov. 25 (winners-5:30 p.m. Pacific, losers-11 a.m. Pacific). On the other side of the bracket, Arkansas (5-0) will meet Denver (1-0), and Texas Tech (3-0) will play Hawaii (1-1) in first round matchups. The schedule of games for Nov. 26 is as follows: 7th place game-1 p.m. / 5th place game-3:10 p.m./ 3rd place game-5:20 p.m./championship game-7:30 p.m. Pacific.

Live Coverage -- UCLABruins.com will offer a free internet audio broadcasts of the tournament games featuring the Bruins with Dave Marcus mikeside. Check the website for matchups and game times.

Looking Ahead -- UCLA plays a Thursday, Nov. 30 game at Cal St. Fullerton at 7 p.m.

Series With Tournament Opponents -- This will be the first meeting between UCLA and Gonzaga on the hardwood. UCLA leads the series with North Caroina, 4-3, and captured the last meeting, 69-65, on Nov. 20, 1999 in Lubbock, TX. The Bruins lead Sacramento State in the series by a 2-0 count with the last meeting being a 106-43 UCLA win on Nov. 24, 2002 in Hawaii. UCLA has not played Denver. Arkansas won the only meeting with UCLA by a 90-80 score in overtime in an NCAA game played at Fayetteville, AR on March 14, 1990. Texas Tech leads the series with the Bruins 3-0 and posted a 95-80 win over UCLA in Pauley on Nov. 29, 1996 in the last meeting. UCLA leads the series with the host team from Hawaii by a 4-1 count, but lost the last game, 70-66, on Nov. 23, 2002 in Hawaii.

UCLA Falls To #3 Oklahoma -- UCLA lost a 77-68 decision to #3 ranked Oklahoma despite 22 points from Noelle Quinn. The Sooners used a barrage of three-points shots to separate themselves from the Bruins in each half. OU hit four threes during a 15-5 three-minute spurt to help them take a 36-29 lead at intermission. The visitors then hit five out of six three-point shots in the first six minutes of the second half to expand their lead to as many as 21 points. The Bruins closed to within seven on a three-point play by Quinn with 1:47 to go at 73-66 but would get no closer.

UCLA Wins 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' four games so far, Pluimer has averaged 15.8 points and 5.5 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. She added nine points against Oklahoma.

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 hosted Oklahoma on November 21. The Bruins will also host Baylor on December 17 and 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.

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