UCLA Women Host Oregon Schools
Jan. 26, 2010
GAME #19 DATE: Thu., Jan. 28, 2010
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 7:00 p.m.
TALENT: Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer
GAME #20 DATE: Sat., Jan. 30, 2010
OPPONENT: Oregon State
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 2:00 p.m.
TALENT: Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer
Bruins Home Again
UCLA (12-6, 5-2) returns home for the first time since Jan. 10 to complete the first round of Pac-10 conference play against the Oregon schools.
The Bruins will take on the nation's highest scoring team, Oregon (12-7, 3-4) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Ducks are putting up 85.6 points per game. UCLA will then welcome the Oregon State Beavers (9-8, 1-6) for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday in Pauley.
The sweep of the Washington schools last weekend marked the second road sweep of the season for the Bruins, who also won both contests in Arizona. The last time UCLA swept two Pac-10 road series in the same season was in 1999-2000, also against the Washington and Arizona schools.
UCLA's four conference road wins are the most since UCLA captured five roadies in the 2002-03 campaign. The most a Bruin team has ever won on the road in Pac-10 play is seven (1998-99, 1997-98).
About The Opponents
Oregon is the highest scoring team in the nation with an 85.6 average. UO also leads the Pac-10 (5th in nation) in three-point shots made per game with 8.7. The Ducks also allow the most points in the Pac-10 with a 74.9 mark. Senior Taylor Lilley ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring at 16.3 ppg. She has made 66 three-point shots (3.5/g) this season to rank fifth in the nation.
Oregon State is one of stingiest teams in the Pac-10 ranking second in points allowed per game with a 56.6 average. Junior guard Talisa Rhea is third in the Pac-10 in scoring at 17.8 points per contest.
The Bruin team was listed in the Top 51 of the latest NCAA national rankings (from Jan. 24) in five categories - 23rd in scoring defense (55.8), 28th in FG% defense (.356), 40th in rebound margin (5.4), 48th in scoring margin (10.1) and 51st in three-point FG% (.356). (Note-332 teams ranked)
The Bruins have opened the season by holding all 18 opponents to 70 points or less, 17 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 23 opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field. Opponents this season are shooting just .356 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 55.8 ppg, lowest in the Pac-10 and ranked 23rd nationally to start the week. Both opponent marks - shooting % and scoring defense - approach 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 83-26 (76% --Stanford 17-1, @Tennessee 17-2, Illinois State 13-5, @Kansas 11-7, Texas Tech 13-5, @USC 12-6. Records as of 1/25). The six losses have been by a combined total of 37 points.
Last Year Vs. Oregon
Jan. 4 in Pauley --- UO shot 55.6% from the field and swept past the Bruins, 73-56. Oregon led from start to finish and enjoyed a 33-26 edge at the break. The Bruins used a 8-0 run to cut the lead to three, but the Ducks responded with an 11-2 run to put the game away. Doreena Campbell was the lone Bruin in double figures with 12 points.
Mar. 5 in Eugene --- Darxia Morris' 40-foot shot to beat the buzzer lifted the Bruins past UO 70-69. The Ducks had taken a 69-67 lead with 4.6 seconds remaining on a basket after a steal. After each team burned a timeout, UCLA inbounded the ball under the Duck basket. Morris grabbed the pass and dribbled just past the mid-court line and banked in the game-winning shot. Doreena Campbell led UCLA with 17 points.
Last Year Vs. Oregon State
Jan. 2 in Pauley --- The Bruins rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit to earn a 60-53 win in the Pac-10 opener. UCLA fell behind 19-2 at the start of the contest, but closed the half on a 19-1 run to take a 25-24 lead at the break. The Bruins never surrendered the lead in the second half and surged to a 44-31 advantage with 12:16 to play. OSU crept back into the game, but Bruin free throws held off Beaver comeback plans. Nina Earl led UCLA with 15 points.
Mar. 7 in Corvallis --- UCLA dropped a 61-58 decision in the regular season finale. OSU held second-half leads of 11 points on six occasions, the last coming at the 4:39 mark. The Bruins then scored the next six points in the contest to narrow the margin to 58-53 with 3:28 to play. A pair of free throws by Darxia Morris closed the gap to 61-58 with 1:29 left. Neither team scored the rest of the way. A Rebekah Gardner three-point shot attempt from the corner bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded. Morris led UCLA with 16 points.
Mar. 13 in Galen Center --- UCLA picked a perfect time to win their first game of the season after trailing at the half, overcoming poor first-half shooting, to record a 62-56 win in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-10 Tournament. The Bruins took their first lead of the second half, 46-45, on a three-point shot by Rebekah Gardner with 5:53 to play. Atonye Nyingifa led UCLA with a career-high 18 points and career-high matching 10 rebounds.
Washington Recap (Game 18)
The Bruins used 60% second-half shooting to help take the lead and then held on for a 69-65 win at Washington. UCLA trailed 30-28 at the break in a game which would have eight ties and 12 lead changes. Jasmine Dixon and Doreena Campbell scored 16 and 14 second-half points, respectively, to pace the Bruin attack. The Bruins took the lead for good at 53-52 on a Campbell free throw with 5:12 remaining. Dixon finished with a career-best 25 points, and Campbell added 21.
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 23 points.
Sophomore Jasmine Dixon was honored for the second time this season as the UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week for Jan. 19-24. Dixon led UCLA to a weekend road sweep at the Washington schools, averaging 24.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting 75% from the field. She had career-highs in scoring in each game, totaling 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting at WSU and then upping that number at UW with 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field.
Home Sweet Home
Under second-year head coach Nikki Caldwell, the Bruins have posted an 18-5 record (.783) on their home court of Pauley Pavilion. Three of those five losses have been by four points or less.