UCLA Visits Cougars and Huskies

Jan. 20, 2010

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GAMEDAY CENTRAL
GAME #17 DATE: Thu., Jan. 21, 2010
OPPONENT: Washington State
SITE: Friel Court
TIP-OFF: 6:00 p.m.
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus

GAME #18 DATE: Sat., Jan. 23, 2010
OPPONENT: Washington
SITE: Bank of America Arena
TIP-OFF: 2:00 p.m.
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus

Bruins Head To Pacific Northwest
UCLA (10-6, 3-2) remains on the road to play games at Washington State (5-12, 0-6) on Thursday at 6 p.m. and at Washington (8-8, 3-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m.

About The Opponents
Washington State is still seeking its first Pac-10 Conference win of the season. Last weekend, the Cougars were swept at the Bay Area schools, losing 80-43 at Stanford and 75-68 at Cal ... The Cougars have lost seven in a row, with their last win coming Dec. 19 against San Francisco ... Guards April Cook and KiKi Moore lead the way for the Cougars, with each scoring 13.5 points per game. Moore ranks 13th in the nation in steals with a 3.1 average. WSU leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin and offensive rebounds.

Washington had a three-game conference winning streak snapped with a pair of losses at the Bay Area schools (60-43 at Cal, 66-51 at Stanford). Guard Sami Whitcomb leads the Huskies in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 13.2 ppg and 6.0 rpg. Washington ranks second in the Pac-10 in blocked shots per game with an average of 4.4 per game. Former Bruin Regina Rogers ranks second on the squad in rebounds (4.6) and blocks (1.1).

Ranked Bruins
The Bruin team was listed in the Top 60 of the latest NCAA national rankings (from Jan. 17) in 10 categories - 23rd in scoring defense (55.3), 26th in FG% defense (.353), 40th in assist/turnover ratio (0.92), 43rd in three-point FG% (36.0), 44th in scoring margin (10.9) and rebound margin (5.4), 53rd in turnover margin (3.25), 56th in turnovers per game (16.3), 57th in three-point FG% defense (29.0) and 60th in steals per game (10.1). (Note-332 teams ranked)

De-fense
The Bruins have opened the season by holding all 16 opponents to 70 points or less, 15 to 65 points or less and 12 to 60 points or less. UCLA held eight straight opponents to less than 60 points earlier this season, one shy of the school record stretch of nine set in the 1974-75 season.

In addition, the Bruins have also held the last 21 opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field. Opponents this season are shooting just .353 against the Bruins, the second-lowest mark in the Pac-10 (ranks 26th nationally). Fourteen opponents have shot less than 40% against the Bruins. Opponents are scoring 55.3 ppg (ranks 23rd nationally). Both opponent marks - shooting % and scoring defense - would be new school record totals.

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 six teams the Bruins have lost to this season is 71-21 (Stanford 14-1, @Tennessee 15-1, Illinois State 9-5, @Kansas 10-5, Texas Tech 13-3, @USC 10-6. Records as of 1/18). The five losses have been by a combined total of 37 points.

Last Year vs. WSU
Feb. 22 in Pullman --- Doreena Campbell scored 24 points with zero turnovers in a 65-50 Bruin win. After misfiring on 12 of its first 15 shots from the field, the Bruins used back-to-back three-point shots by Campbell and Erica Tukiainen to move out to a 17-9 lead. UCLA enjoyed a 33-19 lead at the break and WSU never got closer than seven points after that.

Jan. 22 in Pauley Pavilion --- The Bruins used 61% first-half shooting to move out to a 38-22 advantage at the break and went on to a 83-48 win. Doreena Campbell led three Bruins in double digits with 15 points.

Last year vs. UW
Feb. 20 in Seattle --- Playing without leading scorer Doreena Campbell, who missed the contest due to an eye injury, the Bruins dropped a 59-49 decision. UCLA committed 17 first-half turnovers and went to the break trailing 27-19. The Bruins shot only 29.8% for the contest. Darxia Morris had 13 points. Atonye Nyingifa added 14 points, 10 boards.

Jan. 24 in Pauley Pavilion --- Darxia Morris scored 10 straight Bruin points midway through the second half to help UCLA hold off the Huskies 74-66. Morris' last basket in the run gave UCLA a 61-59 lead which it would not surrender down the stretch. Doreena Campbell led UCLA with 20 points.

USC Recap (Game 16)
Free throw shooting made all the difference as USC defeated UCLA, 70-63, at the Galen Center on Sunday afternoon. The Women of Troy made 24 of 27 free throws in the game, while UCLA was just 9-of-20. USC also had a 24-11 advantage in points off turnovers. The turning point of the game came at 9:01 in the second half when Jasmine Dixon's layup was called off for an offensive foul with the Bruins up 56-49. She picked up her fourth foul less than a minute later, and USC went on an 11-1 run over the next four and a half minutes to move ahead for good, 60-57. Erica Tukiainen led the Bruins with 14 points, and Darxia Morris added 13. Walker had her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

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