UCLA Women's Basketball Closes Out 2006 In Washington

Dec. 27, 2006

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UCLA Travels To Washington To Ring Out 2006 -- Defending Pac-10 Tournament Champion UCLA (7-7, 1-1) will close out 2006 in Washington with a Friday, Dec. 29 game at Washington State (5-7, 1-1) and a Sunday, Dec. 31 contest at Washington (9-4, 2-0).

Live Coverage -- UCLABruins.com will offer a free internet broadcast of both weekend games, with Dave Marcus mikeside, beginning five minutes before the top of the hour with the Bruin Countdown pre-game show. Gametracker live stats will also be provided.

Looking Ahead -- UCLA will host Oregon State on Jan. 5 at 7 pm and Oregon on Jan. 7 at 2 pm.

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 second in the Pac-10 in assists (6.07) and eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring (15.9).

Pluimer Powers Bruins -- Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer has had an impressive 2006-07 season and is averaging team-bests of 16.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg. 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 (16.4) and 10th in rebounding (6.9). She is also fifth in free throw percentage (.815),

Henderson Steals Way to Second on Pac-10 List -- Sophomore guard Tierra Henderson ranks second in the Pac-10 in steals average (2.71). She had four steals in the win over Cal, in addition to 10 points on 5-6 shooting from the field, and followed that up with three steals, along with eight points, against Stanford. 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 begins the week ranked seventh overall in the Pac-10 in both field goal percentage (.531) and free throw percentage (.810). Livingston, who has made 10 consecutive free throws, leads the team with four double-doubles this season, including a 16-point, 10-rebound effort in last Wednesday's win over Cal.

All A-Board -- UCLA entered the week leading the Pac-10 in rebounding margin with a +6.8 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 seven. Four of the Bruins' starting five average 5.8 rpg or higher - Lindsey Pluimer (6.9), Chinyere Ibekwe (6.8), Noelle Quinn (6.0) and Amanda Livingston (5.8). Pluimer began the week ranked third in the Pac-10 in offensive boards with an average of 3.21 per game.

About The Cougars -- UCLA leads the overall series with Washington State by a 34-6 count and has won the last 11 meetings. Washington State's last win came in Pullman on Jan. 6, 2001, a 74-52 victory.

Freshman Marisa Stotler leads the Cougars with a 10.7 ppg scoring average. She also averages 6.3 rebounds and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in steals with a 2.08 average. Kate Benz ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in rebounding (7.6).

About The Huskies -- Washington leads the overall series with UCLA, 25-17, although the Bruins have won five of the last six in the series. The two teams split last year's games, with each winning at home. Washington took the Jan. 12 contest in Seattle, 96-75, and the Bruins won the Feb. 11 matchup in Los Angeles, 83-75.

Washington enters the week tied with Stanford for first place in the Pac-10 standings with a 2-0 record. The Huskies have won six games in a row entering the week. Cameo Hicks leads the squad in scoring (18.2 ppg, No. 4 in the Pac-10) and rebounding (5.8 rpg).

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 87 points away from the Top 10 in scoring. She currently ranks 12th with 1,502 points. In rebounding, she needs just seven boards to tie Dora Dome for 10th place with 674. In assists, Quinn is two away from tying Denise Curry (353) for 10th place and seven 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 Stanford, Cal, Oklahoma and Baylor. Still looming on the schedule are USC, Washington and Arizona State.

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.

Recent Game Recaps

Late Rally Not Enough Against No. 14 Stanford -- Down by 23 points in the second half, UCLA used a 19-2 run to pull to within six points, but time ran out on the Bruins' rally, and Stanford held on for a 68-59 victory. Noelle Quinn led all players with 18 points and eight rebounds, and Lindsey Pluimer added 15 points.

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.

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