UCLA Travels to Desert For Games At Arizona State, Arizona
Jan. 16, 2007
UCLA Begins Trip With Game at Arizona State on Thursday Morning -- Defending Pac-10 Tournament Champion UCLA (9-10, 3-4) will complete the first half of Pac-10 play with a trip to play at the Arizona schools this week. The Bruins will play at 10th-ranked Arizona State (16-2, 6-1) on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. Pacific time). UCLA will then play at the University of Arizona (7-12, 1-6) at Noon (11 a.m. Pacific) on Saturday in the Pac-10 TV game of the Week on Fox Sports Net.
Live Coverage -- This week's games will be audio broadcast live on uclabruins.com. Dave Marcus will be mikeside, beginning five minutes before the top of the hour with the Bruin Countdown pre-game show. In addition, Fox Sports Net will televise the Arizona game on Saturday.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA welcomes the Washington schools to Pauley Pavilion as the Bruins begin the second half of the Pac-10 schedule. UCLA hosts Washington on Friday, January 26 (7 p.m.) and Washington State on Sunday, January 28 (2 p.m.).
Quinn Moves Into Top 10 In Points, Assists, Rebounds -- Senior guard Noelle Quinn has moved into the Top 10 on UCLA's career charts for points, rebounds and assists. With career numbers of 1,596 points and 707 rebounds, she is in line to become the fifth player in UCLA history to score at least 1,600 points and grab 700 rebounds for a career. The other Bruin players to do so are Denise Curry, Natalie Williams, Maylana Martin and Ann Meyers.
Quinn, who has led or tied for the Bruin scoring lead in the last six games, had team best totals of 17 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists vs. USC. She tied for game-high honors with 21 points versus Oregon the week before 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 eighth place on UCLA's all-time list in assists (387) and is ninth in rebounding (707). She moved into the Top 10 in scoring during the USC game. The senior is also in UCLA's all-time three-point shots made Top 10 (tied for eighth) with 67.
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 second in the Pac-10 in assists (6.37) and fifth in scoring (16.6). She also ranks ninth nationally in assists per game.
Pluimer Powers Bruins -- Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer has had an impressive 2006-07 season, ranking second on the team in scoring (15.7 ppg) and third in rebounding (6.2 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 (she has four 20-plus point games this 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 eighth in the conference in scoring average (15.7) and fifth in offensive rebounding (2.84). She is also fifth in free throw percentage (.821) and eighth in three-point shooting percentage (.373).
Henderson Steals Way Near Top of Pac-10 -- Sophomore guard Tierra Henderson enters the week tied for second in the Pac-10 in steals (2.42 avg.). She had four steals each in wins over Washington State and Cal. In addition, she has scored 39 points in her last seven 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 Zeroes In At Line -- 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 in the Oregon game, is tied for first on the team with four double-doubles this season, including a 16-point, 10-rebound effort versus Cal. She scored a season-high 18 against Oregon.
All A-Board -- UCLA entered the week ranked third in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin with a +5.4 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 5.6 rpg or higher - Lindsey Pluimer (6.2), Chinyere Ibekwe (6.3), Noelle Quinn (6.5) and Amanda Livingston (5.6). Pluimer enters the week ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in offensive boards with an average of 2.84 per game.
Series With Arizona State -- UCLA leads the all-time series, 41-18, with the Bruins capturing two of the three meetings a season ago. UCLA earned a 60-59 win in the last encounter (3/5/06), which was a semifinal matchup in last season's Pac-10 Tournament. ASU won in Tempe (2/2/06) by a 87-70 score. The Bruins captured a 77-69 win in Pauley (1/8/06).
At the Pac-10 Tournament, a pair of Quinn free throws with 28 seconds to play put UCLA ahead by 60-59, and the Bruins forced a turnover on ASU's final possession to advance to the championship game. Lisa Willis scored 27 in the contest and Quinn added 16. In Tempe, ASU won its 18th straight home game (at the time) despite a 30-point outing by Quinn. At Pauley Pavilion, UCLA forced 28 ASU turnovers and powered past the No. 9 (at the time) Sun Devils. A 14-0 Bruin run in the last five minutes of the first half broke open a close game. Quinn led UCLA with 24 points.
Series With Arizona -- UCLA leads the series with the Wildcats by a 38-18 margin. The Bruins won both meetings last season, posting a 90-64 victory in Tucson (2/4/06) and a 84-77 verdict in Pauley (1/6/06).The Bruins shot a season-best 55% from the field in besting the 'Cats in the desert last season, posting their first win at Tucson since the 1999-2000 season. Quinn led all scorers with 26 points. Pluimer added 16. In the first meeting between the teams last season in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA shot 52%, and Quinn led the way with 18. Chinyere Ibekwe scored a career-best (at the time) 15. With her first theft of the night, Lisa Willis became the all-time Pac-10 leader in steals. Arizona sliced the Bruin lead to one point on several occasions in the second half, but never got the lead.
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 USC, Stanford, Cal, Oklahoma and Baylor. Still looming on the schedule is 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.
Recent Game Recaps
USC Hangs On to Best Bruins -- UCLA cut a 13-point second-half deficit to three but missed a shot to tie the game in the final seconds and fell to USC 75-72 before a crowd of 7,134, the eighth largest in UCLA women's basketball history. Noelle Quinn, who led UCLA with 17 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists, missed a three-point shot attempt, and USC grabbed the rebound as the buzzer sounded.
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.