Women's Basketball Meets No. 14/15 Stanford Friday Afternoon At 2 pm
Dec. 21, 2006
UCLA Hosts Stanford In Friday Matinee -- Defending Pac-10 Tournament Champion UCLA (7-6, 1-0) hosts defending Pac-10 regular season champion, No. 14 (AP)/No. 15 (ESPN/USA Today)-ranked Stanford (6-3, 1-0), on Friday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. Stanford will be the fourth-straight ranked opponent the Bruins have faced over the last two weeks. Two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year Candice Wiggins is coming off a strained hamstring suffered in Stanford's Dec. 16 game and did not play in the 62-46 Cardinal win over USC on Wednesday.
UCLA snapped No. 15/16 ranked California's four-game winning streak with a 77-68 overtime win in the Pac-10 season-opener for both teams on Wednesday night in Pauley.The Bruins rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit and used a balanced attack, featuring six double digit scorers, to help earn the comeback win.
Live Coverage -- UCLABruins.com will also offer a free internet broadcast of the Stanford game with Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer mikeside, beginning five minutes before the top of the hour with the Bruin Countdown pre-game show. Gametracker live stats will also be provided at UCLABruins.com.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA travels to Pullman, WA to face Washington State on Dec. 29 and then to Seattle, WA to close out 2006 at Washington on Dec. 31.
Quinn Earns Pre-Season Acclaim -- The pre-season honors have piled up for senior guard Noelle Quinn. She was named to the pre-season Wade Watch List and is a pre-season candidate for both the Naismith Trophy and 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. She entered the week ranked first in the Pac-10 and 13th nationally in assists (6.25) and tied for seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.0). Quinn was named to the all-tournament team at the Lobo Classic.
Pluimer Powers Bruins -- Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer has had an impressive start to the season, and is averaging a team-best 16.5 ppg. Her 7.0 rebounds per game mark is second on the squad. At the Lobo Classic in New Mexico, she was named to the All-Tournament team after scoring a game-high 22 points vs. the host Lobos, her third 20-plus point game of the year. She was also selected to the All-Tournament team in the Rainbow Wahine Classic after scoring 14 against Gonzaga, a career-high 27 against Sacramento State and 15 versus Texas Tech. She entered the week ranked fifth in the conference in scoring average (16.9) and ninth in rebounding (7.0).
Henderson Steals Way to Second on Pac-10 List -- Sophomore guard Tierra Henderson began the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in steals average (2.58). She had four steals in the win over Cal on Wednesday, in addition to 10 points on 5-6 shooting from the field. At the Rainbow Classic, Henderson amassed 18 steals in three games, including a career-best seven against Gonzaga. She followed that up with six thefts vs. Sacramento State and five vs.Texas Tech.
Livingston Shoots into Pac-10 Rankings -- Senior forward Amanda Livingston began the week ranked sixth overall in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.561). She was also eighth in the conference with a .789 free throw percentage. Livingston leads the team with four double-doubles this season, including a 16-point, 10-rebound effort in Wednesday's win over Cal.
All A-Board -- UCLA entered the week leading the Pac-10 and ranked 28th nationally in rebounding margin with a +7.9 mark. The Bruins have outrebounded their opponents in nine of 13 games, with a high of 57 in the season opener against UC Santa Barbara. The Bruins have totaled 50+ rebounds in three games (UCSB, Sacramento State and UC Irvine) and 40+ in nine games, including five of the last six. Four of the Bruins' starting five average 5.8 rpg or higher - Lindsey Pluimer (7.0), Chinyere Ibekwe (7.1), Noelle Quinn (5.8) and Amanda Livingston (6.2). Pluimer began the week leading the Pac-10 in offensive boards with an average of 3.5 per game.
About The Cardinal -- Stanford leads the overall series with UCLA by a 36-21 count, but the Bruins have won the last two meetings, a 85-76 overtime win in the Pac-10 tournament championship game (3/6/06) and a 90-80 win in Pauley (1/27/06). UCLA's two victories last year marked the first time a Pac-10 team had handed Stanford more than one loss in a season since UCLA did it in 1987-88. The Cardinal had won the previous 14 meetings in the series, including a 91-68 verdict in Maples Pavilion (1/1/06).
Noelle Quinn averaged 18.7 points in the three games vs. the Cardinal last season, with a high of 25 in the win in Pauley. Candice Wiggins averaged 26.3 ppg for the Cardinal in the three matchups last season, but her career shooting percentage of 42.3% against UCLA is her lowest such mark against any Pac-10 team.
Stanford entered the week ranked first in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (5.63), second in assists (18.13), third in three-point shots made (5.4/g) and fourth in scoring (72.4). Wiggins ranked sixth in the conference in scoring (16.4), while Kristen Newlin ranked fifth in rebounding (8.4).
Quinn Approaching Top 10 Lists -- Senior guard Noelle Quinn is nearing the Top 10 on UCLA's career charts in points, rebounds and assists. Quinn is 105 points away from the Top 10 in scoring. She currently ranks 12th with 1,484 points. In rebounding, she needs just 15 boards to tie Dora Dome for 10th place with 674. And in assists, Quinn is five away from tying Denise Curry (353) for 10th place and 10 away from tying Natalie Nakase (358) for ninth place.
Bruins Face Nation's Best In 2006-07 -- The Bruins have games scheduled against nine teams that were in the NCAA Tournament a year ago. UCLA has already played at Tennessee and New Mexico and hosted Cal, Oklahoma and Baylor. Still looming on the schedule are USC, Washington, Stanford and Arizona State.
The Stanford game will be the fourth of four-straight contests the Bruins will have played against nationally ranked opponents (New Mexico, Baylor, Cal, Stanford).
UCLA's last win over a ranked team came in the Wednesday Pac-10 season-opener against No. 15 (AP) California. UCLA's last win over a top-10 ranked team came last season against No. 9 Arizona State on Jan. 8, 2006. The Bruins defeated five teams ranked in the top 15 last season.
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.
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 was ranked No. 1, receiving all 11 first-place votes. Arizona State was second, followed by USC, California, Washington, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State.
What's Returning ? -- UCLA returns 57% of the total field goals made from last season; 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.
Bruins Rally Past No. 15 Cal -- UCLA rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to hand 15th-ranked Cal a 77-68 loss in overtime. The Bruins outscored the Bears 11-2 in the extra period, with all 11 points coming at the foul line. Amanda Livingston led six Bruins in double digit-scoring with 16 points. She also grabbed 10 rebounds. Chinyere Ibekwe added 13 points and a career-best 12 rebounds.
No. 9 Baylor Runs Past Bruins -- UCLA was forced to play catch-up from the start and came up short against Baylor, 83-70. The Lady Bears opened up a 21-10 lead in the first 10 minutes of the contest and were not headed. Noelle Quinn led the Bruins with 19 points. Lindsey Pluimer added 18 for UCLA, which lost its third game of the season to a top-10 ranked team.