Bruin Women Host Oregon Sunday Afternoon
Jan. 6, 2007
UCLA Welcomes Oregon on Sunday -- Defending Pac-10 Tournament Champion UCLA (8-9, 2-3) will host Oregon (9-4, 1-2) in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday at 2 p.m. Oregon entered the week ranked No. 1 in the conference in scoring defense (56.6). The Bruins are coming off a 56-52 loss on Friday to Oregon State during which the Bruins were held to its lowest scoring output of the season. Oregon dropped a 79-71 double overtime contest at USC on Friday evening.
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 the game, 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. She had 13 points, seven assists and eight rebounds in the loss to Oregon State. Quinn has moved into ninth place on UCLA's all-time list in assists (374) and 10th in rebounding (689). She is 31 points away from the Top 10 in scoring, ranking 11th with 1,558 points. The senior is also in UCLA's all-time three-point shots made Top 10 with 66.
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 entered the week ranked 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 16.1 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 entered the week ranked sixth in the conference in scoring average (16.4) and fifth in offensive rebounding (3.00). She was 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 entered the week in first place in the Pac-10 in steals average (2.63). She has had 12 steals in her last five games, including four each in wins over Washington State and Cal. In addition, she has scored 32 points in her last five 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 entered the week ranked 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 5.5 rpg or higher - Lindsey Pluimer (6.5), Chinyere Ibekwe (6.5), Noelle Quinn (6.2) and Amanda Livingston (5.5). Pluimer entered the week ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in offensive boards with an average of 3.00 per game.
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 entered the week leading 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).
Horton To Transfer -- Freshman guard/forward Amy Horton has been granted a release to transfer to a school closer to home. Horton played in 16 games, averaging 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
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
OSU Defense Does in Bruins -- UCLA was held to a season-low 52 points in a 56-52 loss to Oregon State. OSU held the Bruins to one basket over a stretch of almost seven minutes in the second half and held off a late UCLA charge to earn the win. Quinn led UCLA with 13 points, seven assists and eight rebounds.
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.