UCLA Visits Huskies on Saturday

Jan. 22, 2010

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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
GAME #19 DATE: Thu., Jan. 28, 2010
OPPONENT: Oregon
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 7:00 p.m.
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer

Bruins Head To SEATTLE
UCLA (11-6, 4-2) remains on the road to play at Washington (8-9, 3-4) on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Bruins have played four of their first six conference games on the road and have already matched last season's Pac-10 road win total at three. Bruin forward Christina Nzekwe, a product of Chief Sealth High School in Seattle, will be returning to her home area.

About The Opponent
Washington dropped a 69-65 decision to USC on Thursday to fall to 8-9 overall and 3-4 in Pac-10 play. Guard Sami Whitcomb leads the Huskies in both scoring (13.7) and rebounding (6.3). 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 is tied for third in scoring at 7.5 per game.

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 17 opponents to 70 points or less, 16 to 65 points or less and 13 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 22 opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field. Opponents this season are shooting just .350 against the Bruins, the second-lowest mark in the Pac-10 (ranked 26th nationally to begin the week). Fifteen opponents have shot less than 40% against the Bruins this season. Opponents are scoring 55.3 ppg (ranked 23rd nationally to start the week). 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 27 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 79-24 (77% --Stanford 16-1, @Tennessee 16-2, Illinois State 12-5, @Kansas 11-6, Texas Tech 13-4, @USC 11-6. Records as of 1/22). The six losses have been by a combined total of 37 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.

WSU Recap (Game 17)
The Bruins scored the first 11 points of the game and led 32-17 at the half, but had to hold off a furious WSU rally for a 59-56 win. A 12-3 run midway through the second half put the Cougars back in the game. WSU went on to take its only lead in the contest, 53-52, with a basket at the 1:35 mark. Baskets by Jasmine Dixon and Darxia Morris and a free throw by Markel Walker put UCLA up 57-53 with 23 seconds remaining. A Cougar three narrowed the gap to 57-56 with 14 seconds left. Doreena Campbell then nailed two free throws at the 11-second mark to push the margin up to three. The Bruins then survived a couple of WSU three-point shot attempts in the final seconds. Dixon led UCLA with a career-best 23 points.

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