UCLA Women's Basketball Begins Pac-10 Tournament Play Friday

Feb. 27, 2007

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Bruins Meet Washington State on Friday in San Jose -- Seventh-seeded UCLA (13-17, 7-11 in the Pac-10) will open defense of its 2006 Pac-10 Tournament title when it faces 10th-seeded Washington State (5-23, 1-17) on Friday in the first round of the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament to be played at HP Pavilion in San Jose. UCLA won both meetings versus the Cougars during the regular season, each decision coming by a three-point margin. The winner of this game will advance to the quarterfinal round and meet second-seeded Arizona State (26-3, 16-2) on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.

Live Coverage -- Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer will be mikeside for the audio broadcast of UCLA's Pac-10 Tournament games, with the broadcast 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.

UCLA's Pac-10 Tournament History -- All-Time Record: 6-4

2006 - San Jose, CA
#3 UCLA 80, #6 Cal 63 (Quinn 18 pts., 10 reb.; Ibekwe 10 pts.)
#3 UCLA 60, #2 Arizona State 59 (Quinn 16 pts., 10 reb.)
#3 UCLA 85, #1 Stanford 76 ot (Quinn 22 pts., 8 reb., Pluimer 16 pts.)

2005 - San Jose, CA
#3 Arizona State 73, #6 UCLA 71

2004 - San Jose, CA
#4 UCLA 70, #5 Arizona State 50 (Quinn 16 pts., 10 reb.)
#1 Stanford 70, #4 UCLA 66 (Quinn 14 pts., 9 reb.)

2003 - San Jose, CA
#4 UCLA 71, #5 Oregon 58
#1 Stanford 69, #4 UCLA 64

2002 - Eugene, OR
#8 UCLA 46, #9 Cal 42
#1 Stanford 96, #8 UCLA 61

Bruin All-Tournament Team selections
2006 - Lisa Willis (MVP), Nikki Blue, Noelle Quinn
2005 - Nikki Blue
2004 - Nikki Blue
2003 - Nikki Blue

Quinn Becomes First Bruin 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 could soon become only the second player in Pac-10 history (joining Stanford's Nicole Powell) to reach 1,800 points, 800 rebounds and 400 assists. Quinn has also 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 1,790), rebounds (eighth with 790) and assists (seventh with 438) despite missing half of the 2004-05 season with a knee injury. She is also eighth in three-point shots made with 78. On the Pac-10 career charts, she has moved into the Top 20, ranking 19th in points.

She entered the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in assists (5.73), fifth in scoring (17.0), 10th in rebounding (6.9), sixth in free throw % (.805). She also entered the week ranked 18th 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 26 of 30 games this season.

Quinn Racks Up Honors -- Noelle Quinn has been up for nearly every national award this season. She is a Naismith Award finalist, was named to the Wooden Award Watch List, the Wade Trophy Watch List and was 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. 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, and on Jan. 30, she became the first Bishop Montgomery HS student-athlete ever to have a jersey retired.

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 1,091 points (21st on all-time list) and 531 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 (5.9 rpg), first in blocked shots (24, best in her career for a season) and third in steals (32, best in her career for a season). She entered the week ranked ninth in the conference in scoring average, fourth in free throw% (.826), ninth in offensive rebounding (2.47), and 10th in blocked shots (0.80). 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.

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 .709 during the season. Her free throw percentage this season of .825 would rank as the 10th-best ever by a Bruin player.

Livingston shot just .519 from the free throw line last season. This year, she has gone to the line with more frequency (80 attempts, almost three times her total of 27 last year) and began the week ranked fifth in the conference with a .825 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 (Jan. 20). She scored a season-high 18 against Oregon (Jan. 7). 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 began the week ranked tied for fourth in the Pac-10 in steals (2.13 avg.) and added four more on Thursday at Stanford. Henderson also totaled four steals versus Washington (Jan. 26) and had four steals each in wins over Washington State (Dec. 29) and Cal (Dec. 20). 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 (Jan. 28) game. Henderson has 34 assists (3.8) and 60 points (6.7) in her last nine games.

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 four games (Washington on Jan. 26, UCSB, Sacramento St. and UC Irvine) and 40 or more in 15 games. They have won the battle of the boards in 22 of 30 games this year (streak of nine straight ended at USC). Four starters average 4.9 rpg or higher - Pluimer (5.9), Ibekwe (6.5), Quinn (6.9) and Livingston (4.9).

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 Washington State -- The Bruins hold a 36-6 series advantage and have won the last 13 meetings, with four of the last five games decided by 10 points or less. The Bruins posted a 74-71 win at Pullman on Dec. 29 behind a 24-point, nine rebound, 10 assist effort by Noelle Quinn, who blocked the potential game-tying shot at the buzzer. UCLA earned a 73-70 verdict in the game in Pauley Pavilion (Jan. 28) thanks to an 18-point, 13-rebound (career-high rebounds) outing from Lindsey Pluimer. Shaina Zaidi added a career-best 14 points. Washington State led by as many as 12 points in the second half before the Bruins rallied to take a nine-point lead with 1:40 to play. Three-point shooting brought the Cougars back into the game, but UCLA held on for the win.

Bruins Face Nation's Best In 2006-07 -- The Bruins have played nine teams that were in the NCAA Tournament a year ago - Tennessee and New Mexico on the road, Oklahoma and Baylor at home and Pac-10 foes Arizona State, Washington, USC, Stanford and Cal both home and away. 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

Cal Earns Split in Season Series -- Cal, which shot 58% on the day, outscored the Bruins 60-30 over the second 20 minutes of the contest to come away with an 88-69 win in Berkeley. Noelle Quinn led UCLA, which had led 39-28 at the half, with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Lindsey Pluimer added 18 points.

Stanford Pulls Away at End -- In a game which saw 16 lead changes and five ties, eighth-ranked Stanford made the key plays down the stretch to secure a 65-54 decision over the Bruins. The Cardinal led by just one point with around five minutes to play in the contest but managed to hit its free throws to hold off the Bruins. Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 17 points and Lindsey Pluimer added 15.

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