Women's Basketball Wraps Up Road Trip At Arizona On Saturday
Jan. 19, 2007
UCLA, Arizona Battle On FSN -- UCLA (9-11, 3-5) will complete the first half of Pac-10 play on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Arizona (7-13, 1-7). The game will be televised live at 12 pm MT/11 am PT on Fox Sports Net as the Pac-10 TV Game of the Week.
Live Coverage -- Saturday's game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net (Fox Sports Prime Ticket in Los Angeles) and audio broadcast live on uclabruins.com. Mary Murphy and Tracy Warren will call the action for FSN, and Dave Marcus will be mikeside for the audio broadcast, beginning five minutes before the top of the hour with the Bruin Countdown pre-game show.
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 Becomes Fifth Bruin To Hit 1,600 pts/700 reb -- With 13 points and four rebounds on Thursday at Arizona State, senior guard Noelle Quinn became the fifth player in UCLA history to score at least 1,600 points and grab 700 rebounds for a career. The only other Bruin players to do so are All-Americans Denise Curry, Natalie Williams, Maylana Martin and Ann Meyers. Quinn has moved into the Top 10 on UCLA's career charts for points (10th with 1,609), rebounds (ninth with 711) and assists (eighth with 389) and is also tied for eighth in three-point shots made with 67. The Bruins' leading scorer this season has led or tied for the Bruin scoring lead in six of the last seven games.
More Honors For Quinn -- Add another honor to Noelle Quinn's growing list of accomplishments. Quinn has been selected as a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which is presented annually to a NCAA Division I male and female senior basketball player who excels both on and off the court. In addition to this nomination, Quinn is also up for the Naismith Trophy, the Wooden Award and the Wade Trophy. She was also named to Street & Smith's 'Terrific 10' list as one of the Top 10 players in the nation and was 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).
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 points against Oregon.
Tenacious T -- Sophomore guard and defensive stopper 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. 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.
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 and have totaled 50+ rebounds in three games (UCSB, Sacramento State and UC Irvine) and 40+ in 10 games. They have won the battle of the boards in 14 of 20 games this year. Four of the Bruins' starting five average 5.5 rpg or higher - Lindsey Pluimer (6.2), Chinyere Ibekwe (6.6), Noelle Quinn (6.4) and Amanda Livingston (5.5). Pluimer enters the week ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in offensive boards with an average of 2.84 per game.
The 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 Arizona State, Washington, Tennessee and New Mexico and hosted USC, Stanford, Cal, Oklahoma and Baylor. The Bruins have another go-round with the five other Pac-10 teams that made last year's NCAA Tournament.
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
ASU Answers Early Wake-Up Call -- Playing an 11 am MT game, UCLA got off to a slow start against 10th-ranked Arizona State and never recovered, losing, 92-52, in Tempe. ASU hit 11 of its first 12 shots and raced off to a 27-10 lead halfway through the first period. Lindsey Pluimer led all players with 17 points and added seven rebounds. Chinyere Ibekwe grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds.
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.