Women's Basketball Hosts Washington Saturday Afternoon

Jan. 23, 2009

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GAME #18 DATE: Jan. 24, 2009
OPPONENT: Washington
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 2:00 p.m.
VIDEO/AUDIO: 1150 am/uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus, Mike Sondheimer
WEB: uclabruins.com
TICKETS: $12 adults/$10 youth (Reserved), $8 adults/$6 youth (GA); UCLA students free
UCLA Central Ticket Office (310-UCLA-WIN)

UCLA Hosts Huskies
UCLA (13-4, 4-2 in the Pac-10) will host Washington (5-11, 1-5) on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 pm.

UCLA captured its 10th home win in 11 tries this season with a 83-48 win over Washington State on Thursday. The Bruins used 61% first-half shooting and a series of runs to help overcome an early deficit and jump out to a 38-22 halftime lead. The visiting Cougars never threatened after that and were held to one field goal in the final eight minutes of the contest. It marked the first time since the 1988-89 season that UCLA had held two straight opponents to sub-50 offensive performances. The Bruins dealt Arizona, a 48-38 setback on Jan. 17.

Washington is on a five-game losing streak since winning its conference opener at home against Washington State. USC handed UW a 90-82 loss on Thursday. Sami Whitcomb led the Huskies with 26 points in that contest, including five of UW's 12 three-point shots. Whitcomb leads the Husky squad in scoring with an 11.5 points per game average. Washington head coach Tia Jackson was an assistant coach at UCLA from 2000-05.

The Series With Washington
Washington leads the series with UCLA, 26-20, but the Bruins have won the last three overall and the last six played in Pauley Pavilion. Washington's last win in Pauley Pavilion came on Feb. 3, 2002, 68-48. UCLA earned the season sweep a year ago with a 59-57 win in Seattle on Jan. 10 and a 75-68 win in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. Christina Nzekwe had a solid game for the Bruins in her hometown of Seattle, scoring seven points with eight rebounds and four steals. In the home game, Doreena Campbell had 13 points, six assists and four steals, and Tierra Henderson added 11 points off the bench.

UCLA Amongst Nation's Best
In the latest NCAA rankings (Jan. 18), the Bruins are third in rebound margin (+11.8). UCLA is also 23rd in steals (11.3 average). Sophomore Doreena Campbell ranks 32nd nationally in free throw percentage, shooting 87% for the year.

Defense Delivers
UCLA has held its opponents to an average of 60.2 points per game this season and is coming off of back to back contests in which it has limited the opponent to under 50 points. The last time UCLA held consecutive opponents to less than 50 points was Dec. 2 and Dec 3, 1988 in games against LMU (61-46) and Northern Arizona (80-46).

On Jan. 17, the Bruins surrendered a season-low 38 points at Arizona. It was the fewest points allowed by a UCLA team since the Bruins defeated Northern Arizona 77-37 on Nov. 28, 1987.

ASU became just the fifth team to score more than 64 points against the Bruins this season, and UCLA has gone 1-4 in those games --- USC was the first win (87-75), and the Bruins have lost at Arizona State (68-44), to Oregon (73-56), at Maryland (88-65), and at Texas Tech (72-62).

When Rice scored 64 points in a meeting earlier this season in Houston, it snapped a streak of five straight opponents being held under the 60-point mark. The last time UCLA held more than five straight opponents to less than 60 points in a game was in the 1976-77 season, when the Bruins held five and six straight opponents to under 60 points in two different streaks.

Bruins Bang Boards
UCLA has been exceptional on the rebounding front, ranking second in the Pac-10 in rebounds per game with a 43.9 average. UCLA started the week leading the Pac-10 and was third in the nation in rebound margin with a +11.8 mark (now +11.6). The Bruins still rank first in the conference in offensive rebounds with 18.4 per contest.

The Bruins won the battle on the boards in the first nine games and versus 15 of the 17 opponents. UCLA has recorded 50+ rebounds in seven of the 17 games, including a season-best 55 against USC on Jan. 11.

Senior Chinyere Ibekwe has led UCLA in rebounding in nine of the team's 17 games, posting five double-digit totals (14 vs. CSUF, a career-high 15 vs. CSUN, 12 vs. Nevada, 12 at Rice, 10 v. USC). She ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding (her sister Ify Ibekwe from Arizona was the Pac-10 leader) with an average of 7.9.

UCLA's 50+ Rebound Games
Total (Off-Def) - Opponent
54 (25-29) - vs. CSUF (11/16/08)
50 (18-32) - vs. Pepperdine (11/18/08)
54 (26-28) - vs. CSUN (11/30/08)
54 (29-25) - vs. CSUB (12/3/08)
54 (21-33) - vs. Nevada (12/7/08)
53 (21-32) - at Rice (12/17/08)
55 (23-32) vs. USC (1/11/09)

Sharing the Scoring Load
In 17 games, the Bruins have had seven different scoring leaders. Sharing the honors of high scorer have been Moniquee Alexander (12 v. Fullerton), Doreena Campbell (15 v. WSU,17 at Arizona, 13 at Arizona State, 20 v. USC, 12 v. Oregon, 16 at Rice, 18 v. San Diego, 25 at Maryland), Nina Earl (15 v. Oregon State, 12 v. Kansas, tied with Nzekwe; 12 at Cal Poly), Chinyere Ibekwe (15 v. Pepperdine), Darxia Morris (10 v. Nevada), Christina Nzekwe (12 v. Kansas, tied with Earl; 13 v. CSUB, tied with Campbell), Erica Tukiainen (16 v. Texas Tech, 16 v. CSUN). The Bruins have had four games in which all active players have scored.

Great Start
The Bruins won as many as nine pre-season non-conference games for the first time since 1986-87, the first year for Pac-10 Conference women's basketball. The best previous total during that stretch was eight wins in the Elite Eight season of 1998-99.

Home Sweet Home
The Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion this weekend, where they are 10-1 on the year. Since going 13-3 at home in 1998-99, UCLA has won more than nine home games in Pauley three times (10 in 2005-06; 11 in 2003-04; 10 in 1999-00) and has compiled a double-figure win total for a season in Pauley six times since winning 12 games in the 1984-85 campaign (note: from 1986 to 1997 UCLA did play some home games in the Wooden Center and had double digit 'home' win totals in five of those seasons).

Shot of A Lifetime - $210,000
At every home game, one lucky fan will have an opportunity to win an escalating prize of at least $100,000 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 $210,000.

Family Four-Pack
For all Pac-10 home games, UCLA is offering a Family Four Pack ticket deal. Fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for just $44. To order tickets, visit the UCLA Central Ticket Office or call 310-UCLA-WIN.

Pink Zone
Join the UCLA women's basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 14 as the Bruins, in conjunction with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center, participate in 'Pink Zone' activities to help support and promote breast cancer awareness.

During the Bruins' Feb. 14 game against Arizona State, both teams and coaching staffs will take part in bringing attention to breast cancer awareness by wearing pink. The UCLA band and spirit squad will don pink as well.

A Carnival for the Cure will take place outside of Pauley Pavilion prior to the game, from 11am-1 pm. Admission is free. The event will feature fun carnival games for the kids, giveaways, healthy cooking demonstrations and healthy food samples.

All fans attending the game are encouraged to wear pink. To help aid the cause, fans can purchase a pink UCLA Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt for $10 and receive free admission to the game. The shirts will be available for sale at the BearWear stand outside of Pauley Pavilion before the game.

Following the game, UCLA will hold an online auction of the white and pink uniforms, with the proceeds going towards breast cancer awareness and research. Last year's jersey auction recorded gross sales of over $5,000.

Pac-10 Ranked Bruins
In games through Jan. 22, Chinyere Ibekwe ranks fourth in the Pac-10 conference in rebounding with a 7.9 mark, tied for fifth in defensive rebounding (4.8) and sixth in offensive rebounding (3.1). She is also 10th in blocked shots (0.8) and 11th in field goal percentage (.473).

Doreena Campbell ranks 11th in scoring (12.6), fifth in assists (3.7), fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.4), third in 3-point FG percentage (.425) and fourth in FT shooting percentage (.843).

Christina Nzekwe ranks 14th in steals (1.5).

Darxia Morris ranks ninth in assists (3.2) and 13th in assist/turnover ratio (0.9).

Nina Earl moved up to 12th in fg percentage (.469).

Moniquee Alexander moved up to 12th in offensive rebounds (2.3).

Erica Tukiainen moved into a tie for 15th in blocked shots (0.6).

As a team, the Bruins rank first in offensive rebounds (18.4) and steals (11.6) and are second in rebounding (43.9), rebound margin (+11.6) and 3-pt. fg percentage defense (.288). UCLA is also third in scoring (71.3), fg percentage defense (.384), and defensive rebounds (25.5); fourth in blocked shots (3.2), 3-pt. fg percentage (.335), and rebounding defense (32.2); and fifth in scoring defense (60.2) and scoring margin (+11.1).

Game 17: WSU Recap
UCLA captured its 10th home win in 11 tries this season with a 83-48 win over Washington State on Thursday. The Bruins used 61% first-half shooting and a series of runs to help overcome an early deficit and jump out to a 38-22 halftime lead. The visiting Cougars never threatened after that and were held to one field goal in the final eight minutes of the contest. It marked the first time since the 1988-89 season that UCLA had held two straight opponents to sub-50 offensive performances.

Campbell Pac-10 Player Of Week
Sophomore guard Doreena Campbell picked up her first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor after leading UCLA to an 87-75 win over USC on Jan. 11. Campbell led the Bruins in scoring with 20 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in the win. She also had four assists and one steal. Campbell was also named the UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.

Looking Ahead
UCLA is in the midst of a stretch, which began with the ASU contest last Thursday, in which it will play five of seven conference games on the road. After hosting the Washington schools this week, the Bruins head to the Bay Area and then across town to play at USC.

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 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 Fall 2008 quarter. Junior Allison Taka continues her streak of making the Director's Honor Roll in every quarter of her academic career. Junior Erica Tukiainen has received her sixth honor roll distinction, and junior Moniquee Alexander earned her first, Freshman Rebekah Gardner earned honors in her first quarter.

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