Women's Basketball Concludes Regular Season In Bay Area
Feb. 20, 2007
UCLA Plays at Stanford on Thursday; Cal on Saturday -- UCLA (13-13, 7-7) will conclude the regular season with games in the Bay Area at eighth-ranked Stanford (23-4, 15-1) on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and at newly unranked California (20-7, 10-6) on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.
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 audio broadcast is available, free of charge, at uclabruins.com. Both host teams will also provide gametracker live stats. Saturday's game at Cal will be broadcast in the Bay Area on Comcast Sports Net (DirectTV 656).
Looking Ahead -- UCLA will attempt to defend its title at the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament next week. The tournament games will be played in the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
Quinn Becomes First To 1700 Points/700 Rebounds/400 Assists -- With her first basket at USC on Feb. 10, 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 1,754 points, 774 rebounds and 427 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 (sixth with 1,754), rebounds (eighth with 774) and assists (seventh with 427) 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 in points.
Quinn entered the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in assists (5.75), fourth in scoring (16.9), ninth in rebounding (6.8), tied for fifth in free throw % (.800). She also entered the week ranked 16th 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 24 of 28 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 in the same contest, recording her 500th career rebound. Pluimer now has 1,058 points and 525 rebounds for her career.
Pluimer has had an impressive 2006-07 season, ranking second on the team in scoring (15.5 ppg), third in rebounding (6.1 rpg), first in blocked shots (22) and third in steals (29). She entered the week ranked ninth in the conference in scoring average, third in free throw% (.838), seventh in offensive rebounding (2.61), and ninth in blocked shots (0.79). 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 -- Senior 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 .482, 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 .713 during the season. Her free throw percentage this season of .835 would rank as the 10th-best ever by a Bruin player for season.
Livingston shot just .519 from the free throw line last season. This year, she has gone to the line with more frequency (79 attempts, almost three times her total of 27 last year) and began the week ranked fourth in the conference with a .835 mark. She also entered the week ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.512). 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 at home against Oregon. She had a streak of 13 straight free throws end in the Arizona State game (Feb. 18).
Tenacious T -- Known for her tenacious defense, Tierra Henderson ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in steals (2.14 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 distributing the ball well offensively, handing out a career-best seven assists in the Washington State game on Jan. 28. In fact, Henderson has 27 assists (3.9) and 54 points (7.7) in her last seven games.
All A-Board -- UCLA entered the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin with a +6.1 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 14 games. They have won the battle of the boards in 21 of 28 games this year (streak of nine straight ended at USC). Four starters average 5.0 rpg or higher - Pluimer (6.1), Ibekwe (6.6), Quinn (6.8) 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 Stanford -- Stanford leads the series with the Bruins by a 37-21 count, including wins in the last seven games played in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal won the first meeting of this season by a score of 68-59, on Dec. 22 in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA rallied from a 23-point deficit, using a 19-2 run in the second half to pull to within six points, but time ran out on the Bruins' rally, and Stanford held on for the win. Noelle Quinn led all players with 18 points and eight rebounds, and Lindsey Pluimer added 15 points.
UCLA won two of three meetings with the Cardinal last season, including an 85-76 overtime win in the Pac-10 tournament championship game (3/6/06). The Bruins captured a 90-80 decision in Pauley (1/27/06). UCLA's two victories last year marked the first time a Pac-10 team had handed Stanford more than one loss in a season since UCLA did it in 1987-88. The Cardinal had won the previous 14 meetings in the series, including a 91-68 verdict in Maples Pavilion (1/1/06).
Noelle Quinn averaged 18.7 points in the three games vs. the Cardinal last season, with a high of 25 in the win in Pauley. She had 18 points and eight rebounds in the first meeting of the current season.
The Series With California -- This will be UCLA's 50th meeting with California. The Bruins hold a 39-10 series advantage and have won eight of the last nine meetings. The Bruins posted a 77-68 overtime win in Pauley on 12/20/06 and earned wins in two of the three meetings last season - an 80-63 decision in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament (3/4/06) and a 90-87 overtime win (1/29/06) in Pauley. Cal bested the Bruins in Berkeley by a score of 65-58 (12/30/05).
In the matchup earlier this season, UCLA rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to hand the then-15th-ranked Golden Bears a 77-68 loss in overtime. The Bruins outscored the Bears 11-2 in the extra period, with all 11 points coming at the foul line. Amanda Livingston led six Bruins in double digit-scoring with 16 points. She also grabbed 10 rebounds. Chinyere Ibekwe added 13 points and a career-best 12 rebounds, and freshman Erica Latimer, who keyed UCLA's comeback, scored a career-high 12 points.
Noelle Quinn averaged 18.0 points in the three games vs. the Golden Bears last season, including a high of 25 points in the win in Pauley. She scored 12 points and had seven assists in the first meeting of this season.
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(h/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 then 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 Uses Second Half Surge to Post Win -- Senior Noelle Quinn scored 20 points, but it was not enough to lift the Bruins past ASU, which posted a 80-69 win. The 10th-ranked Sun Devils used a 16-3 run in the second half to lengthen a 41-36 advantage at the 16:01 mark into an 18-point margin with 10:04 to play. UCLA cut the lead to 10 in the final seconds but could get no closer. Consuelo Lezcano had a career-high tying nine points and a new best of six rebounds in the contest. Quinn moved up to sixth on the all-time Bruin scoring list.
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.