Women's Basketball At #19 ASU on Sunday

Jan. 2, 2010

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GAMEDAY CENTRAL
GAME #13 DATE: Sun., Jan. 3, 2010
OPPONENT: Arizona State (8-4,0-1)
SITE: Wells Fargo Arena
TIP-OFF: 2:00 pm MST / 1:00 Pacific
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus

BRUINS OPEN PAC-10 IN ARIZONAUCLA (8-4, 1-0) will play at #19/17-ranked Arizona State (8-4, 0-1) on Sunday at 2 p.m. Mountain/ 1 p.m. Pacific. The Bruins bested Arizona 67-58 on New Year's Day and ASU lost to the Trojans 60-56. UCLA has now won its last three games.

About The OpponentSThe Bruins will play at #19/ 17 Arizona State (8-4, 0-1) on Sun., Jan. 3 ASU has won the last seven meetings in the series, but UCLA owns a 41-25 overall edge. ASU beat USC on Jan. 1. The three non-conference Sun Devil losses have come to ranked teams from Baylor, Texas A&M and Xavier.

Ranked BruinsThe Bruin team was listed in the top-50 of the latest NCAA national rankings (from December 20) in four categories --- 15th in scoring defense (53.2), 28th in rebound margin (+7.8), 44th in three-pt. fg % (36.7%), 45th in Assist/Turnover ratio (0.92).Senior guard Erica Tukiainen was ranked fourth in the country in three-point shooting % (55.0%). Freshman forward Markel Walker was 62nd in rebounding with a 8.9/g mark.

DefenseThe Bruins have opened the season by holding all 12 opponents to 61 points or less. The last time a UCLA team has opened the season with a stingier defense was in the 1974-75 campaign during which it held the first 18 opponents to 61 points or less. That is also the last time a Bruin team has held teams to 61 points or less over any 12-game stretch.

In addition, the Bruins have also held the last 17 opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field. In coach Caldwell's two seasons at the helm, her Bruin teams have held 24 opponents to 60 points or less and eight opponents to 50 points or less.

A Look On the Other SideThe combined record of the four teams the Bruins have lost to this season is 35-7 (Tennessee 10-1, Illinois State 6-3, Kansas 9-2, Texas Tech 10-1, records as of 12/27).

ARIZONA RecaP (Game 12)UCLA used Doreena Campbell's 16 second-half points to help rally past Arizona 67-58 in the Pac-10 opener. UCLA trailed 28-23 at the half and used a decisive 12-0 run a little over midway through the second half to move past the Wildcats. Darxia Morris added 18 points for the Bruins.

LMU RecaP (Game 11)Markel Walker's career-high 20 points helped UCLA run past LMU 73-52. UCLA, which led by 37-35 at the break, stepped up its defense in the second half as LMU misfired on 13 of its first 15 shots and the Bruins quickly moved out to a double-digit lead.Doreena Campbell scored all 14 of her points in the second half as the Bruins outscored the Lions 36-17.

HOME SWEET HOMEUnder second-year head coach Nikki Caldwell, the Bruins have posted a 17-4 record (.810) on their home court of Pauley Pavilion.

NewcomersUCLA welcomes Markel Walker (25.6 ppg, 14.7 rpg, 6.1 apg) of Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, PA and Mariah Williams (11.8 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.2 spg) of Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, CO for the 2009-10 season. The signing of Walker and Williams last fall gave UCLA the No. 15 overall recruiting class by HoopGurlz.com. The Bruins also bring in Jasmine Dixon, a former Parade Magazine All-American who transferred from Rutgers, became eligible following the end of the Fall Quarter (Dec. 14). Jackie Shepard is a 5-10 freshman walk-on player from the Menlo School in Atherton, CA.

UPCOMING WBKB PROMOTIONSWomen's Basketball Team Day promotions, with $3 floor tickets, continue on Jan. 8 and Jan. 10...On Jan. 8, in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, participants will be able to attend a meet & greet with members of the UCLA women's sports teams before the game against Cal. On Jan. 10, enjoy the ultimate movie experience after the Stanford contest by watching the Pixar movie 'UP' on the Bruin video board from your seat in Pauley Pavilion. (see Team Day page on uclabruins.com for more info.)

Jan. 10 is also Dads and Daughters Day --- for $20 receive 2 game tickets; 2 UCLA Dad and Daughter T-shirts; 2 Dad and Daughter photos; 2 admissions to a pre-game event which includes lunch, carnival games, prizes and more...visit uclabruins.com for more info.

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