UCLA Hosts USC In Women's Basketball Saturday
Jan. 9, 2007
UCLA Welcomes Women of Troy on Saturday Afternoon -- Defending Pac-10 Tournament Champion UCLA (9-9, 3-3) will host cross-town rival USC (9-7, 3-3) 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 holds a 30-5 advantage over USC. The winner of Saturday's game will get five Lexus Gauntlet points.
Live Coverage -- Saturday'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 goes back on the road next week and completes the first half of the Pac-10 schedule with games at nationally-ranked Arizona State (1/18 at 10 am PT) and at Arizona (1/20 at 11 am PT). The game at Arizona will be televised live by FSN.
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. With career numbers of 1,579 points and 698 rebounds, she is in line to become the fifth player in UCLA history to score at least 1,600 points and grab at least 700 rebounds for a career. The other Bruin players to do so are Denise Curry, Natalie Williams, Maylana Martin and Ann Meyers.
Quinn tied for game-high honors with 21 points versus Oregon last week and topped the Bruins with nine boards. 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 (377) and in rebounding (698). She is 10 points away from the Top 10 in scoring, ranking 11th with 1,579 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 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 enters the week ranked first in the Pac-10 in assists (6.17) and fifth in scoring (16.6).
Pluimer Powers Bruins -- Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer has had an impressive 2006-07 season and is tied for the team-lead with a 6.4 rpg mark, in addition to her 16.3 ppg average, 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 enters the week ranked sixth in the conference in scoring average (16.3) and fifth in offensive rebounding (2.94). She is also fifth in free throw percentage (.815) and tied for seventh in three-point shooting percentage (.396).
Henderson Steals Way Near Top of Pac-10 List -- Sophomore guard Tierra Henderson enters the week in second place in the Pac-10 in steals average (2.44). She had four steals each in wins over Washington State and Cal. In addition, she has scored 36 points in her last six 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 (59 attempts, more than double her total of 27 last year), but she has shot at a high percentage, ranking sixth in the conference with a .814 mark. Livingston, who had a streak of 19 consecutive made free throws snapped last week in the Oregon game, leads the team with four double-doubles this season, including a 16-point, 10-rebound effort in the win over Cal. She scored a season-high 18 points in the win over Oregon.
All A-Board -- UCLA entered the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin with a +5.5 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 10 games. Four of the Bruins' starting five average 5.7 rpg or higher - Lindsey Pluimer (6.4), Chinyere Ibekwe (6.4), Noelle Quinn (6.4) and Amanda Livingston (5.7). Pluimer enters the week ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in offensive boards with an average of 2.94 per game.
About The Women of Troy -- USC leads the all-time series by a 37-27 count. The last five meetings in the series have each been decided by four points or less (USC holds a 3-2 advantage). The Women of Troy have won the last three games. UCLA's last win in the series came on Dec. 28, 2004 by a score of 62-61 in Pauley. Noelle Quinn led the Bruins in that game with 16 points.
USC won the last meeting played between the teams by a score of 77-73 in a game at Pauley on Feb. 18, 2006. The Bruins rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit only to see USC hit five free throws in the final 21 seconds to earn the win. Quinn led UCLA with 28 points and 11 rebounds. USC won the first meeting of last season (Jan. 21, 2006) by a score of 73-70 in the Sports Arena. The Bruins cut a 16-point second half deficit to two in the final seconds but could not take the lead. Quinn led UCLA with 21 points in that contest.
USC enters the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (3.88), free throw percentage (.736) and three-point shots made (5.44/g). Shay Murphy is second in the conference in scoring (18.7) and fourth in rebounding (8.7). She leads the league in steals (2.50).
Horton To Transfer -- Freshman guard/forward Amy Horton has been granted a release to transfer to Georgia Tech, which is close to her hometown of Tallapoosa, Ga. She played in 16 games for the Bruins, averaging 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds.
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 Pre-Season Polls -- UCLA received No. 23 pre-season national rankings in the AP and the WBCA/USA Today/ESPN coaches' polls.
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 was the solid choice to finish first. The Cardinal (81 points) was followed by Arizona State (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. 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
Bruins Blow Past Oregon in Second Half -- UCLA erased a double digit first half Oregon lead and raced past the Ducks, 77-70. Noelle Quinn and Lindsey Pluimer each scored 21 points for the Bruins. Amanda Livingston added a season-high 18. The Bruins went on a 10-2 run which broke a 53-all tie with 10:24 on the clock and then held off a late Duck rally attempt to even their conference record at 3-3.
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.