UCLA Visits USC on Sunday

Jan. 12, 2010

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GAMEDAY CENTRAL
GAME #16 DATE: Sun., Jan. 17, 2010
OPPONENT: USC (9-6, 3-1)
SITE: Galen Center
TIP-OFF: 2:30 p.m.
TELEVISION: FSN
TALENT: Jim Watson, Mary Murphy
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus/Michael Sondheimer/Tracy Murray

Bruins At USC On Sunday
UCLA (10-5, 3-1) had a five-game win streak snapped in a close 65-61 loss to No. 2 Stanford last Sunday and will now go on the road for its next three games, beginning with a contest this Sunday at USC (9-6, 3-1). Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. at the Galen Center. The game will be nationally televised on FSN.

About The Opponents
USC lifted its record to 9-6 and 3-1 in Pac-10 play after a 67-64 win over California last Sunday. Three of the Trojan losses have come at the hands of currently ranked teams (Xavier, Duke, Stanford). USC owns wins over three teams ranked at the time of the game - Texas, Mississippi State, ASU. Guard Ashley Corral lead the Trojans with a 16.0 ppg mark.

Ranked Bruins
The Bruin team was listed in the top-60 of the latest NCAA national rankings (from Jan. 11) in seven categories ---18th in scoring defense (54.3), 29th in fg% defense (.352), 38th in Assist/Turnover ratio (0.94), T42nd in scoring margin (+12.1), 44th in turnover margin (3.93), 48th in rebound margin (+5.3), and 59th in assists/g (15.1). (Note-332 teams ranked)

Defense
The Bruins have opened the season by holding all 15 opponents to 65 points or less. In addition, the Bruins have also held the last 20 opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field. Opponents this season are shooting just .352 against the Bruins, the lowest mark in the Pac-10 (ranks 18th lowest nationally). In coach Caldwell's two seasons at the helm, her Bruin teams have held 26 opponents to 60 points or less and nine opponents to 50 points or less.

A Look On The Other Side
The combined record of the five teams the Bruins have lost to this season is 58-14 (Stanford, 13-1, @Tennessee 14-1, Illinois State 9-5 @Iowa, @Kansas 10-4, Texas Tech 12-3. Records as of 1/11). The five losses have been by a combined total of 30 points.

Last Year vs. USC
Feb. 8 in Galen Center --- USC jumped out to a 21-point halftime lead and went on to post a 87-76 win. The used a 13-1 run to improve on a 19-18 advantage to break open the game. The Trojans led 46-25 at the break. UCLA, which shot 22% in the first half of play, responded with 55% percent shooting in the last half, but could get no closer than 10 points. Doreena Campbell led UCLA with 20 points. Erica Tukiainen added 14. Moniquee Alexander totaled eight points and 13 boards.

Jan. 11 in Pauley Pavilion --- The Bruins dealt the Trojans a 87-75 setback. UCLA put together a series of runs during the game, including a decisive 14-2 spurt midway through the second half which broke open a close game. Doreena Campbell led UCLA with 20 points. She also had nine rebounds and four assists and was named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week. Rebekah Gardner scored a season-high 13 points.

Stanford Recap (Game 15)
UCLA erased all but two points off a 20-point first half lead by No. 2 Stanford, but the Cardinal held on for a 65-61 win. Stanford enjoyed a 34-14 lead in the final minute of the first half before the Bruins scored the last four points before the break and then rattled off the first seven of the second half to climb back in the game. UCLA closed to within two points on a couple of occasions in the final two minutes of the game, but Stanford free throws held off the home team down the stretch. Doreena Campbell led the Bruins with 17 points.

California Recap (Game 14)
UCLA ran off 11 unanswered second-half points to break open a close game and went on to deal California a 57-46 loss. The Bruins owned a 22-21 lead at the half, but Cal quickly took the lead at the start of the second half. After the Golden Bears went up 30-28 with 15:10 to play, UCLA rattled off 11 straight points to take a 39-30 lead with 8:43 remaining. Jasmine Dixon led UCLA with 13 points.

Home Sweet Home
Under second-year head coach Nikki Caldwell, the Bruins have posted a 18-5 record (.783) on their home court of Pauley Pavilion.

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