UCLA Women's Basketball Hosts Oregon Schools
Jan. 2, 2007
UCLA Welcomes Oregon State on Friday, Oregon on Sunday -- Defending Pac-10 Tournament Champion UCLA (8-8, 2-2) will host Oregon State (5-6, 1-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins will complete the weekend of action by hosting Oregon (9-3, 2-1, game at USC on Jan. 5) on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Oregon schools are ranked No. 1 (Oregon - 56.6) and No. 2 (OSU - 58.8) in scoring defense in the Pac-10.
Live Coverage -- Sunday's game will be broadcast live on the radio on am1150. Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer will be mikeside, beginning five minutes before the top of the hour with the Bruin Countdown pre-game show. UCLABruins.com will also offer a free internet broadcast of both weekend games, along with Gametracker live stats.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA hosts cross-town rival USC on Saturday Jan. 13 at 2 p.m., as the Bruins try to extend their lead in the 2006-07 Lexus Gauntlet race. UCLA currently leads USC, 30-5.
Quinn Moves Into Top 10 In Assists, Rebounds -- Senior guard Noelle Quinn has moved into the Top 10 on UCLA's career charts for rebounds and assists and is nearing the Top 10 in scoring after last weekend's games in Washington. After her 24-point, 10-assist, 9-rebound performance at Washington State and a 19-point, six-assist outing in the loss at Washington, Quinn has moved into ninth place on UCLA's all-time list in assists (367) and 10th in rebounding (681). She is 44 points away from the Top 10 in scoring, ranking 11th with 1,545 points. The senior is already in UCLA's all-time three-point shots made Top 10 (67).
Quinn Earns Pre-Season Acclaim -- The pre-season honors have piled up for 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 currently ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists (6.31) and fifth in scoring (16.6).
Pluimer Powers Bruins -- Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer has had an impressive 2006-07 season and is averaging a team-best 6.5 rpg, in addition to 16.4 ppg, which ranks second on the team. 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 currently ranks sixth in the conference in scoring average (16.4) and fifth in offensive rebounding (3.00). She is also seventh in free throw percentage (.815) and three-point shooting percentage (.415).
Henderson Steals Way To First On Pac-10 List -- Sophomore guard Tierra Henderson has moved into first place in the Pac-10 in steals average (2.63). She has had 11 steals in her last four games, including four each in wins over Washington State and Cal. In addition, she has scored 30 points in her last four games, including 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field against Cal. 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 Improves Foul Shooting -- Senior forward Amanda Livingston has made huge improvements in her free throw shooting. Her career free throw percentage entering the year was .618, and she shot .519 last season. This year, she not only has gone to the line with more frequency (50 attempts, nearly double her total of 27 last year), but she has shot at a high percentage, ranking fourth in the conference with a .840 mark. Livingston, who has made 18 consecutive free throws, leads the team with four double-doubles this season, including a 16-point, 10-rebound effort in the win over Cal.
All A-Board -- UCLA is second in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin with a +5.2 mark. The Bruins recorded a high of 57 rebounds 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. Four of the Bruins' starting five average 5.8 rpg or higher - Lindsey Pluimer (6.5), Chinyere Ibekwe (6.4), Noelle Quinn (6.1) and Amanda Livingston (5.8). Pluimer ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in offensive boards with an average of 3.00 per game.
About The Beavers -- UCLA leads the overall series with Oregon State, 31-16, and has won the last five meetings in the series, which dates to 1976. The Bruins won both matchups last season by using second half spurts to break open close games. UCLA won a 79-64 game played Dec. 22, 2005 in Pauley. Lisa Willis scored a career-high 31 points in that contest. Noelle Quinn (11), Amanda Livingston (11) and Lindsey Pluimer (10) also scored in double digits. The Bruins won the Feb. 23 contest at Corvallis by a score of 72-59. Willis again led UCLA with 24 points. Quinn added 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Oregon State is second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (58.8), first in free throw percentage (.735) and fourth in field goal percentage (.444). Six-one senior guard Casey Nash leads the conference in scoring (21.2) and is fifth in field goal percentage (.556) and sixth in rebounding (7.7). Freshman Judie Lomax, a 5-11 forward, is first in the Pac-10 in field goal % (.649) and second in rebounding (9.3). Sophomore Mercedes Fox-Griffin leads the Pac-10 in assists (6.36).
About The Ducks -- UCLA leads the series with Oregon, 23-21, after winning both meetings last season. The Bruins captured the Dec. 20, 2005 game in Pauley by a score of 82-63, breaking open a close game with a 12-0 run about five minutes into the second half of play. Noelle Quinn led the Bruins with 16 points, while Chinyere Ibekwe added 12 points off the bench. UCLA also won the meeting in Eugene, earning a 66-65 verdict on the final day of the regular season. Lindsey Pluimer and Lisa Willis tied for game-high honors with 17 points apiece. Pluimer's two free throws with five seconds remaining gave UCLA a four-point cushion. The Ducks nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to slice the margin to one point.
Oregon leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense (56.6) and field goal percentage defense (.364). Eleanor Haring, a 6-1 senior forward, ranks eighth in the conference in scoring (14.8), and 6-6 senior center Jessie Shetters leads the league in rebounding (9.5).
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 Washington, Tennessee and New Mexico and hosted Stanford, Cal, Oklahoma and Baylor. Still looming on the schedule are USC and Arizona State.
UCLA's last win over a ranked team came in this season's Pac-10 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.
Recent Game Recaps
Washington Bests Bruins -- In a back-and-forth battle in Seattle, Washington used an 8-0 run to take a 10-point lead with 5:55 to play. Down by 11 with less than two minutes remaining, however, UCLA mounted a comeback and pulled to within four but could not get closer as Washington picked up its eighth-straight win, 72-67. Noelle Quinn and Lindsey Pluimer scored 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Quinn's Near-Triple-Double Propels Bruins To Win At WSU -- Noelle Quinn came one rebound shy of a triple-double and carried UCLA to a 74-71 win at Washington State. Quinn recorded 24 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds and blocked a potential game-tying three-point attempt at the buzzer. Lindsey Pluimer joined Quinn in double-figure scoring with 15 points and added a career-high five steals, including a key steal in the last minute of the game.