Women's Basketball Hosts Arizona State On Sunday
Feb. 16, 2007
UCLA Welcomes #10/#8 ASU In Home Finale Sunday At 1 p.m. -- UCLA (13-14, 7-8) will play host to No. 10 (AP)/8 (ESPN/USA Today) Arizona State (24-3, 14-2) on Sunday, Feb. 18 in a game that will be televised nationally by FSN and here in Los Angeles by FSN Prime Ticket. The Bruins will look to rebound from a 66-63 loss to Arizona on Thursday. Arizona State is coming off a 68-57 Thursday victory at USC.
Senior Salute -- In a pre-game ceremony on Sunday, UCLA will honor its five seniors as they play in their last game in Pauley Pavilion. The five-member senior class of Noelle Quinn, Amanda Livingston, Shaina Zaidi, Julia Pitts and Consuelo Lezcano have played in two NCAA Tournaments and won the Pac-10 Tournament championship in 2006.
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. Sunday's game will be televised live on FSN, with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy providing the call.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA closes out the regular season with a trip to the Bay Area to play against nationally ranked teams from #9 Stanford (Thur.) and #22 California (Sat.).
Quinn Becomes First To 1700 Points/700 Rebounds/400 Assists -- With her first basket at USC last Saturday, senior guard Noelle Quinn became the first Bruin in history to have totaled at least 1,700 points/700 rebounds/400 assists for a career. She currently owns career totals of 1,734 points, 768 rebounds and 422 assists. Quinn has joined All-Americans Denise Curry, Natalie Williams and Maylana Martin as the only four Bruins with at least 1,700 points and 700 rebounds for a career.
Quinn is moving up the Top 10 career charts at UCLA for points (seventh with 1,734), rebounds (eighth with 768) and assists (seventh with 422) despite missing half of the 2004-05 season with a knee injury. She is also eighth in three-point shots made with 75. On the Pac-10 career charts, she has moved into the Top 20, ranking 19th.
Quinn entered the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in assists (5.81), sixth in scoring (16.8), ninth in rebounding (6.9), eighth in free throw % (.802) and sixth in 3-point field goal % (.406). She also entered the week ranked 17th 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 23 of 27 games this season.
Pluimer Joins 1,000-Point Club -- With her ninth of 13 points at Oregon (Feb. 7), 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 1,045 points and 517 rebounds for her career.
Pluimer has had an impressive 2006-07 season, ranking second on the team in scoring (15.6 ppg), third in rebounding (6.0 rpg), first in blocked shots (22) and third in steals (28). She entered the week ranked eighth in the conference in scoring average, fourth in free throw% (.830), seventh in offensive rebounding (2.58), and eighth in blocked shots (0.85). She has recorded two double-doubles on the year and has led UCLA in scoring in eight games this season. Pluimer was selected to All-Tournament teams at the Lobo Classic and the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
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 Shoots Up the Lists -- Forward Amanda Livingston has made huge improvements in both field goal and free throw shooting. She has upped her career field goal percentage from .472 to .485, which would rank as the 10th best ever by a UCLA player. The senior has improved her career free throw percentage mark from .618 to .710 during the season. Her free throw percentage this season of .838 would rank as the ninth-best ever by a Bruin player for season.
Livingston shot just .519 from the line last season. This year, she not only has gone to the line with more frequency (74 attempts, almost three times her total of 27 last year), but she has shot at a high percentage, ranking third in the conference with a .838 mark. She has also shot well from the field and entered the week ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.526). 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 Arizona State game with a current free throw streak of 11 straight.
Tenacious T -- Known for her tenacious defense, Tierra Henderson ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in steals (2.19 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 25 assists (4.2) and 45 points (7.5) in her last six games.
All A-Board -- UCLA entered the week ranked third 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 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 20 of 27 games this year (streak of nine straight ended at USC). Four starters average 5.0 rpg or higher - Pluimer (6.0), Ibekwe (6.4), Quinn (6.9) and Livingston (5.0).
Pluimer, Quinn Earn Academic Honors -- Lindsey Pluimer and Noelle Quinn were selected to the 2006-07 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 women's basketball team. Pluimer, who holds a 3.68 GPA in Communication Studies earned second-team acclaim after receiving third-team honors a year ago. Quinn, who holds a 3.21 GPA in Sociology, was named to the third-team after earning first-team honors last season.
The Series With Arizona State -- UCLA leads the all-time series, 41-19. The teams have split the last four meetings. In the initial meeting of the season in Tempe (1/18), ASU jumped out to a 27-10 lead while hitting 11 of its first 12 shots from the field enroute to a 92-52 win over the Bruins. Lindsey Pluimer led all scorers with 17 points. Chinyere Ibekwe grabbed a career-best 13 boards.
UCLA earned a 60-59 win (3/5/06) in 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.
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/a), 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
Arizona Outlasts Bruins -- Arizona went on a 15-4 run to turn a 50-45 UCLA lead at the 7:59 mark into a 60-54 Wildcat advantage with 3:46 remaining and held on to best the Bruins 66-63. UCLA narrowed the Wildcat lead to one point on two occasions (60-59 with 1:43 to go and 64-63 with 17.6 seconds remaining) but could not retake the lead. Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 17 points.
USC Spurts Past Bruins at End -- USC outscored the Bruins 7-0 to end the game and came away with a 62-55 win at the Galen Center. A pair of free throws by Amanda Livingston tied the game at 55 with 3:53 on the clock, but it would be the Bruins' final points of the contest. Noelle Quinn led all scorers in the game with 18 points.