Women's Basketball Team Faces Oregon State Saturday Night
Feb. 2, 2007
UCLA at Oregon State on Saturday -- UCLA (12-12, 6-6) will complete its road trip to Oregon with a Saturday, 7 p.m. game at Oregon State (8-12, 3-8). The Bruins have won three of their last four games, while the Beavers have lost four of their last five. Both teams are coming off Thursday losses. UCLA fell to Oregon, 76-60, and Oregon State lost to USC, 68-65, on a last-second three-pointer by Shay Murphy.
Live Coverage -- Dave Marcus will be mikeside for the audio broadcast of the games, beginning five minutes before the top of the hour with the Bruin Countdown pre-game show. The game is available, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA returns to Los Angeles next week to play at USC in the Galen Center on Saturday, Feb. 10. The 11 a.m. game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net (Fox Sports Prime Ticket in Los Angeles).
Pluimer Joins 1,000-Point Club -- With her ninth of 13 points at Oregon on Thursday, junior forward Lindsey Pluimer became the 23rd UCLA player to reach the 1,000-point plateau. In addition, she also reached another plateau, recording her 500th career rebound. Pluimer now has 1,004 points and 501 rebounds for her career.
Pluimer has had an impressive 2006-07 season, ranking second on the team in scoring (15.9 ppg), third in rebounding (6.2 rpg), first in blocked shots (21) and tied for second in steals (27). She ranks eighth in the conference in scoring average, second in free throw% (.837), seventh in offensive rebounding (2.63), and eighth in blocked shots (0.88). She has recorded two double-doubles on the year and has led UCLA in scoring in eight games this year. Pluimer was selected to the All-Tournament teams at the Lobo Classic and at the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
Quinn Becomes Second Bruin to Record 1,600 pts/ 700 reb/ 400 assists -- Senior guard Noelle Quinn last week joined Ann Meyers as the only Bruins to have totaled at least 1,600 points, grab 700 rebounds and hand out over 400 assists for a career. With another 23 points, Quinn could become the only Bruin in history to total 1,700 points / 700 rebounds / 400 assists. Quinn also joins select company as one of five UCLA players ever to score at least 1,600 points and grab 700 rebounds (the others: All-Americans Denise Curry, Natalie Williams, Maylana Martin and Ann Meyers). If she reaches 1,700 points, Quinn could join Curry, Williams and Martin as the only four Bruins with 1,700 points and 700 rebounds.
Quinn is moving up the Top 10 career charts at UCLA for points (tied for ninth with 1,677), rebounds (ninth with 749) and assists (eighth with 409). She is also eighth in three-point shots made with 73. Quinn ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists (5.92) and fifth in scoring (16.5), and she entered the week ranked 11th nationally in assists per game. While leading the team in scoring and shouldering most of the point guard duties, Quinn has had more assists than turnovers in 21 of 24 games this season.
More Honors For Quinn -- Add another honor to Noelle Quinn's growing list of accomplishments. She 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 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, and on Jan. 30, she became the first Bishop Montgomery HS student-athlete ever to have a jersey retired.
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 (68 attempts, more than double her total of 27 last year), but she has shot at a high percentage, and ranking fourth in the conference with a .824 mark. Livingston, who had a streak of 19 consecutive made free throws snapped on Jan. 7, has four double-doubles this season, including a 16-point, 10-rebound effort versus Cal. She scored a season-high 18 points at home against Oregon.
Tenacious T -- Known for her tenacious defense, Tierra Henderson ranks second in the Pac-10 in steals (2.29 avg.). Henderson totaled four steals in the home win over Washington on Jan. 26 and also had four steals each in wins over Washington State(a) and Cal. At the Rainbow Classic, Henderson amassed 18 steals in three games, including a career-best seven against Gonzaga. She has also been dishing the ball well offensively, handing out a career-best seven assists in the home win over Washington State on Jan. 28. She has 14 assists in her last three games.
Pac-10 Better The Second Time Around -- In both 2004 and 2006, UCLA has shown huge improvements in the second half of Pac-10 play, going 7-2 each season the second time around. In 2004, the Bruins started out Pac-10 play with a 4-5 record and averaged 63.9 points and 36.2 rebounds per game. In the second half, they went 7-2, averaging 74.1 points and 39.7 rebounds. In 2006, UCLA started 5-4 and averaged 74.0 points and 36.7 rebounds and then went 7-2 in the second half, averaging 79.0 points and 42.8 rebounds. Will the 2007 Bruins follow the same pattern? After three games in the second half of Pac-10 play, UCLA has shown improvements in scoring (68.7-67.3 ppg), rebounding (44.7/38.6 rpg) and field goal percentages (.427/.411).
All A-Board -- UCLA ranks third in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin with a +5.7 mark. The Bruins recorded a high of 57 rebounds in the season opener against UC Santa Barbara and have totaled 50+ rebounds in four games (Washington - home, UCSB, Sacramento St. and UC Irvine) and 40+ in 13 games. They have won the battle of the boards in 18 of 24 games this year (last eight straight). Four starters average 5.2 rpg or higher - Pluimer (6.2), Ibekwe (6.6), Quinn (6.9) and Livingston (5.2).
The Series With Oregon State -- UCLA leads the series with the Beavers by a 31-17 count. The Bruins had won five straight in the series before OSU pulled out a 56-52 win in the first meeting of this season on Jan. 7. Quinn led UCLA with 13 points and eight rebounds in that game.
UCLA bested the Beavers 79-64 in Pauley last season (12/22/05) behind 31 points from Lisa Willis. Pluimer (10), Livingston (11) and Quinn (11) were also in double figures. The Bruins earned a 72-59 decision over OSU in Corvallis last season behind 24 points from Willis. Quinn added 17 points and grabbed 14 boards.
Bruins Face Nation's Best In 2006-07 -- The Bruins have played nine teams that were in the NCAA Tournament a year ago - Arizona State(a), Washington(h/a), Tennessee(a), New Mexico(a), USC(h), Stanford(h), Cal(h), Oklahoma(h) and Baylor(h).
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
Fouls Plagued Bruins In Loss At Oregon -- Foul trouble plagued UCLA in a 76-60 loss at Oregon. Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 16 points but was saddled with her fourth foul with over nine minutes to play. The Ducks were sent to the free throw line 23 times and made 22 (95.7%), while UCLA shot just nine free throws, making eight. Oregon scored its last 13 points at the charity stripe. Lindsey Pluimer added 13 points for UCLA and became the 23rd player in Bruin history to score 1,000 career points.
UCLA Rally Past Cougars -- UCLA used 59% second-half shooting to help overcome a double-digit deficit and record a 73-70 win over Washington State. The Cougars led by 12 points early in the second half before Tierra Henderson and Shaina Zaidi led a Bruin charge which tied the game at 47. Henderson finished with 10 points and a career-best seven assists. Zaidi scored a career-best 14 points. Lindsey Pluimer added a game-high 18 points and pulled down a career-best 13 boards.
UCLA Bests Huskies -- UCLA used a three-point shot by Noelle Quinn with 35 seconds to play to power past the Huskies 73-67. Quinn's trey propelled the Bruins into a 69-67 lead. Outstanding defense and solid free throw shooting down the stretch clinched the win. Quinn finished with game-high totals of 21 points and 12 rebounds.