UCLA Women's Basketball At USC On Saturday
Feb. 5, 2007
UCLA at USC on Saturday at 11 a.m. -- UCLA (13-12, 7-6) will play at USC (14-9, 8-5) on Saturday, Feb. 10 after having won four of its last five games. The contest will take place at the Galen Center at 11 am PT and will be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net and here in Los Angeles by FSN Prime Ticket. With five points up for grabs Saturday, UCLA will try to extend its 42.5-12.5 lead in the 2006-07 Lexus Gauntlet race.
UCLA left the state of Oregon last weekend with a split on its trip to the Northwest after besting Oregon State on Saturday by a score of 75-65. Noelle Quinn scored 11 of her game-high 22 points in the last five minutes of the contest to propel the Bruins to the win. The Bruins dropped a 76-60 decision at Oregon on Thursday. USC also split over the weekend, defeating Oregon State and losing to Oregon.
Live Coverage -- Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer will be mikeside for the audio broadcast of the game, 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. Fox Sports Net will televise the game live, with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy providing the call.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA returns to Pauley Pavilion next week to play Arizona and Arizona State in its final home games of the regular season. The Wildcats will meet the Bruins on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., and the Sun Devils face the Bruins in a national television game (FSN) on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.
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 added 17 points and three boards at Oregon State and now has 1,021 points and 504 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 (6.0 rpg), first in blocked shots (21) and third in steals (27). She ranks eighth in the conference in scoring average, second in free throw% (.830), seventh in offensive rebounding (2.56), and eighth in blocked shots (0.84). 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 Looks To Become Only Bruin With 1700 Points/700 Rebounds/400 Assists -- With one more point, senior guard Noelle Quinn will become the only Bruin in history to total 1,700 points/700 rebounds/400 assists for a career. She currently owns career totals of 1,699 points, 757 rebounds and 416 assists. Quinn recently joined Hall of Famer Ann Meyers as the only Bruins with 1,600 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists, and they are also just two of five Bruin players with 1,600 points and 700 rebounds (the others: All-Americans Denise Curry, Natalie Williams, Maylana Martin). When she reaches 1,700 points, Quinn will 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 (eighth with 1,699), rebounds (eighth with 757) and assists (seventh with 416). She is also eighth in three-point shots made with 74. On the Pac-10 career charts, she has moved into the Top 20, ranking 20th, just eight points behind Michelle Greco, who has 1,707.
Quinn entered the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in assists (6.00) and fifth in scoring (16.8). She also entered the week tied for 13th 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 22 of 25 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 (70 attempts, more than double her total of 27 last year), but she has shot at a high percentage, and entered the week ranked third in the conference with a .829 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. She enters the USC game with a current free throw streak of seven straight.
Tenacious T -- Known for her tenacious defense, Tierra Henderson ranks tied for second in the Pac-10 in steals (2.24 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. In fact, Henderson has 18 assists (4.5) and 37 points (9.3) in her last four 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 four games in the second half of Pac-10 play, UCLA has shown improvements in scoring (70.3/67.3 ppg), rebounding (42.5/38.6 rpg) and field goal percentages (.456/.411).
All A-Board -- UCLA ranks second in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin with a +5.9 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 19 of 25 games this year (last nine straight). Four starters average 5.2 rpg or higher - Pluimer (6.0), Ibekwe (6.4), Quinn (7.0) and Livingston (5.2).
The Series With USC -- USC leads the all-time series by a 38-27 count. The last six meetings in the series have each been decided by four points or less (USC holds a 4-2 advantage). The Women of Troy have won the last four 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.
The Trojans won the first meeting of the season by a score of 75-72. 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. 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.
USC won the Feb. 18, 2006 meeting played at Pauley by a score of 77-73. 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.
USC enters the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (3.83) and three-point shots made (5.65/g). Shay Murphy is second in the conference in scoring (18.8) and rebounding (8.5). She leads the league in steals (2.26), three-point shots made (2.57) and free throw % (.890).
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
Bruins Best Beavers -- Noelle Quinn scored 12 of her game-high 22 points in the final five minutes of the game as UCLA pulled out a 75-65 win over Oregon State. The game featured 17 lead changes and seven ties before Quinn took over down the stretch. Quinn's jump shot with 5:01 on the clock, the first of seven straight points scored by the senior, gave the Bruins the lead for good in the game at 58-57.
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.