UCLA Travels to Cal Poly Wednesday; Home Sunday vs. CSUN

Nov. 25, 2008

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DATE: Nov. 26, 2008
SITE: Mott Gym (3,032)
TIP-OFF: 7 p.m.
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus and Tracy Murray

DATE: Nov. 30, 2008
OPPONENT: Cal State Northridge
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,809)
TIP-OFF: 2 p.m.
AUDIO/VIDEO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus, Mike Sondheimer, Tracy Murray
WEB: uclabruins.com

UCLA TICKETS: $12 adults/ $10 youth (Reserved), $8 adults/ $6 youth (GA); UCLA students free w/ ticket from CTO; UCLA Central Ticket Office (310-UCLA-WIN)

Bruins At Cal Poly Wed., Home For Northridge Sun.
The Bruins, now 2-1 on the season after an 88-66 loss at #11-ranked Maryland last Sunday (Nov. 23), will travel north up the coast for a game at Cal Poly (2-1) on Wednesday. It will be the Mustangs' first home contest of the season and is slated for a 7 p.m. start at Mott Gym. The Bruins then will begin a four-game homestand with a contest against Cal State Northridge on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

Cal Poly (2-1) is coming off of a 70-64 win at the University of San Diego on Nov. 22. The Mustangs dropped their season-opener at Pepperdine (79-72) before posting a 75-53 win at New Mexico State.

UCLA won last year's meeting in Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 20 by a score of 107-83 and leads the overall series, 5-0. Darxia Morris led five Bruins in double figures scoring in that game with 21 points. Nina Earl added 17 in her first career start, and Doreena Campbell had 12.

Cal State Northridge owns a 0-4 record heading into a pair of games at the Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 25 and 26. The Matadors have lost to three upcoming Bruin opponents (Rice, 55-76; San Diego, 51-64; and CSU Bakersfield, 59-74).

UCLA won last year's meeting, 81-69, in Northridge on Nov. 14 and leads the overall series, 8-0. Five Bruins scored in double digits in last year's contest, including returners Doreena Campbell (14), Nina Earl (13), Darxia Morris (12) and Erica Tukiainen (10).

Shot of A Lifetime
At every home game, one lucky fan will have an opportunity to win an escalating prize of at least $100,000 at every UCLA women's basketball home game in the halftime contest 'Shot of a Lifetime'.

Fans can sign up to participate prior to tipoff inside Gate 16 of Pauley Pavilion, and one contestant will be chosen at random. That lucky fan will have 25 seconds to make (in order) a shot from behind the left elbow, a shot from behind the right elbow, a three-pointer from the top of the key, and a half-court shot. The grand prize for making these four shots in the time limit is at least $100,000. For every game that does not have a winner, the prize value will increase by $10,000. If no one has won the grand prize by the final home game of the season, that game's participant will be shooting for a quarter of a million dollars. The prize is currently at $120,000.

Free Tickets, Full Ride
UCLA students will have an opportunity to win a full $21,000 UCLA scholarship in a promotion called 'Free Tickets, Full Ride'. By attending any of the first 10 regular season women's basketball home games, current UCLA students will accumulate points towards a chance at the scholarship prize. For every game they attend, students will receive 10 points. Attending the Dec. 21 game vs. Kansas and the Jan. 11 game vs. USC will double their cumulative point total. At halftime of the USC game, one student will be randomly drawn as the winner. The more games you attend, the more chances you have to win.

Game Promotions - Nov. 30 vs. CSUN
A limited amount of free game program posters will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. This weekend's program posters feature Bruin sophomores Christina Nzekwe, Candice Brown and Darxia Morris. After the game, Nzekwe will be signing autographs by Gate 12 on the concourse level.

Game 3: Maryland Recap
Bruin shooting woes helped #11-ranked Maryland jump out to a 41-22 halftime lead and go on to earn a 88-65 win in College Park, MD. UCLA misfired on 16 of its first 18 shots in the game and shot just 18% in the first half of play. The Bruins rallied to record a 49% shooting mark in the second half and Doreena Campbell, playing just 45 minutes away from her hometown of Alexandria, VA, scored a career-high 25 points, but it was not enough to slow down Maryland, which shot 52% for the game.

Bruins Bang Boards
In its first three games of the 2008-09 campaign, the Bruins have won the battle on the boards and by an average of 49.0 to 28.3. The Bruins had 50 boards in the win over Pepperdine, led by senior Chinyere Ibekwe's career-best 15 rebounds. UCLA totaled 54 rebounds against Cal State Fullerton, outrebounding its opponent by a margin of 33 boards. UCLA had 25 offensive rebounds, four more than Fullerton's total rebound count of 21. Ibekwe led the team with 14 rebounds. UCLA also outrebounded Maryland, 43-36. Ibekwe topped the team with nine boards and leads the conference in rebounding with an average of 12.7 rpg.

Coach Nikki Caldwell
On April 17, 2008, UCLA announced the hiring of Nikki Caldwell as head women's basketball coach. Caldwell joined the Bruins after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee for the past six seasons, including the last two National Championship campaigns in 2007 and 2008. In her previous 14 seasons as a collegiate player (1991-1994 at Tennessee) and as an assistant coach (Tennessee 1999, Virginia 2000-02, Tennessee 2003-08), Caldwell's teams have posted an amazing 404-76 record and appeared in the NCAA Tournament each season, while winning three national championships.

Looking Ahead
The Bruins begin a four-game homestand starting on Nov. 30 against Cal State Northridge and including CSU Bakersfield (Dec. 3), Nevada (Dec. 7) and San Diego (Dec. 14). UCLA ends the month of December with road games at Rice (Dec. 17) and at Texas Tech (Dec. 29) sandwiched around a nationally televised home date with Kansas (Dec. 21).

Pac-10 Ranked Bruins
Chinyere Ibekwe leads the Pac-10 conference in rebounding this season with a 12.7 mark and is tied for 23rd in scoring with a 10.7 ppg average and ninth in blocked shots (0.7). Doreena Campbell is third in assists (5.0), fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.9) and FT shooting percentage (.938), 13th in scoring (13.7) and 19th in rebounding (5.7, tied with Tierra Henderson). Moniquee Alexander ranks eighth in FG shooting percentage (.600).

As a team, the Bruins lead the Conference in rebounding (49.0), rebound margin (+20.7) and offensive rebounds (22.3)

Pre-Season Prognostications
The Pac-10 women's basketball coaches picked UCLA to finish fifth in the conference in the annual pre-season poll. Stanford, with six first-place votes, was a slight favorite to finish first. The Cardinal (78 points) were followed by Cal (four first-place votes, 76), Arizona State (65), USC (55), UCLA (48), Oregon (40), Washington (27), Oregon State (25), Washington State (20), and Arizona (16). The Pac-10 media seconded that vote by also selecting the Bruins for a fifth-place finish.

Challenging Schedule
The Bruins will face a schedule that features seven teams which advanced to post-season play last season. Five appeared in the NCAA Tournament (Maryland, San Diego, Stanford, Arizona State, Cal), and two played in the Women's NIT (Texas Tech, Kansas).

Making the Grade
Four returning members of the Bruin squad made the UCLA Athletic Director's honor roll (3.0 of better with at least 12 graded units) during the 2007-08 academic year. Allison Taka earned a GPA of 3.5 or above during all three quarters. Erica Tukiainen made the Athletic Director's honor roll for both the 2008 Winter and Spring quarters. Doreena Campbell and Christina Nzekwe were honor roll students for the Fall 2007 quarter.

Bruins Sign Two For '09-10
Head coach Nikki Caldwell and staff signed two high school standouts, 6-1 forward/guard Markel Walker and 5-4 point guard Mariah Williams, to letters-of-intent during the early period in November.

Walker, rated as the No. 4 high school player in the country on the ESPNU HoopGurlz list for the nation's top 100, averaged 16.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game last season for Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, PA. She was the 2007-08 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania.

Williams, an All-State selection as a junior, attends Aurora, CO Regis Jesuit High School. She averaged 11.5 points, 4.2 assists and 3.3 steals per game last season while shooting 60% from the field and 43% from three-point range.

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