Women's Basketball Heads to Kansas
Dec. 2, 2009
The Bruins (4-2) will travel midway across the country to play on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 24th-ranked (AP) Kansas (3-2). The game in Lawrence, KS will start at 7 p.m. Central/ 5 p.m. Pacific and will be televised on Fox Sports Net.*note: there is no ucla internet broadcast of this event
Kansas, ranked 24th nationally by Associated Press, is 3-2 after losing to #9-ranked Xavier, 76-71, on Nov. 26 and to TCU, 74-69 on Nov. 28 in the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas. The Jayhawks have wins this season over Oral Roberts, at Iowa and Michigan.
UCLA leads the series by a 2-1 count. The Bruins won last year's matchup (game 10) in Pauley Pavilion, 67-64, on Dec. 21, 2009. The Bruins have won the only previous game played in Lawrence, 73-71, on March 21, 1981. The KU win came in a neutral court game in November of 1990.
In last year's game, UCLA used a 12-0 run midway through the second half to take the lead for good in the contest and then held off a late KU charge. Christina Nzekwe, who tied for team-high scoring honors with 12 points, sank two free throws with 27 seconds remaining to help clinch the win. The Bruins survived two last-second three-point shot attempts by KU before Nzekwe's steal with four seconds remaining sealed the win. Nina Earl also had 12 points for UCLA in the contest.UCLA is 22-23 against teams which currently make up the Big 12 Conference. Pac-10 teams are 1-3 versus the Big 12 this season. Cal lost to Baylor, USC bested Texas and WSU lost to Kansas State and Nebraska.
TENNESSEE RecapSixth-ranked Tennessee used a 16-5 run to open the second half and went on to take a 61-47 win over the Bruins. UCLA led 27-25 at the half after holding Tennessee to 29% shooting and forcing 12 UT turnovers. The Lady Vols capitalized on their size advantage throughout the contest and finished the game with a 30-4 point advantage on the Bruins in second-chance opportunities. Markel Walker led UCLA with season-best totals of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Rebekah Gardner came off the bench to add 11 points.
THREES ARE WILDUCLA has made 34 threes so far this season in its first six games. Last season, the Bruins did not reach that figure until game 13.Erica Tukiainen has 20 of the Bruin three-point shots and has made 20 of her 32 (.625) three-point attempts this season. She is now shooting 40.4% (74-183) for her career from beyond the arc. Her 74 career three-point shots rank as the 10th-best total in school history