UCLA Women Welcome Washington Schools

Feb. 16, 2010

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GAMEDAY CENTRAL
GAME #24: Thu., Feb. 18, 2010
OPPONENT: Washington
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 7:00 p.m.
AUDIO/VIDEO: 1150 am / uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus, Mike Sondheimer

GAME #25: Sat., Feb. 20, 2010
OPPONENT: Washington State
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 4:00 p.m.
AUDIO/VIDEO: 1150 am /uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus, Mike Sondheimer

Bruins Host UW / WSU
UCLA (16-7, 9-3), which has won six of its last seven games, welcomes the Washington schools to conclude a three-game homestand. Washington (9-14, 4-9) provides the opposition on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Cougars (6-18 1-12) of Washington State will come to Pauley on Saturday at 4 p.m. (note game time changed from 8 p.m.)The Washington schools were swept at home last week by the Bay Area schools.

Strong Pac-10 Start
UCLA's 9-3 start to the conference schedule is its best start in the Pac-10 since the 1999-00 team also began with a 9-3 mark on its way to a 12-6 finish.

The Bruins' 7-2 frst half Pac-10 start was the team's best since it began the 1999-00 conference season with six consecutive wins and also finished with a 7-2 mark. In 1998-99, UCLA opened with nine straight wins in Pac-10 play. The Bruins have had only three previous Pac-10 first half results with seven or more wins (7-2 in 1999-00; 9-0 in 1998-99; 7-2 in 1997-98; note -- first Pac-10 season was 1986-87).

The Bruins have won as many as seven Pac-10 second-half games on three occasions, each a 7-2 record, and all three have helped put them into the NCAA Tournament (2005-06, 2003-04, 1997-98).

Home Sweet Home
Under second-year head coach Nikki Caldwell, the Bruins have posted an 21-5 record (.808) on their home court of Pauley Pavilion. Three of those five losses have been by four points or less.

Bruins Enter The 'Pink Zone'
Join the UCLA women's basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 20 as the Bruins, in conjunction with the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) and the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center, participate in 'Pink Zone' activities to help support and promote breast cancer awareness.

During the Bruins' game against Washington State at 4 p.m., both teams will take part in bringing attention to breast cancer awareness. UCLA will wear special white and pink uniforms in the game.

All fans attending the contest are encouraged to wear pink. To help aid the cause, fans can purchase a pink UCLA Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt for $10 and receive free admission to the game and to the May 1 softball game vs. Oregon. The shirts will be available for sale at the BearWear stand outside Gate 2 of Pauley Pavilion the day of the game, as well as at the UCLA store and online at uclabruins.com. All proceeds will benefit the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center.

In addition, there will be raffles for prize packages, with proceeds also going towards breast cancer awareness. Each one-dollar donation gets you one raffle ticket for a prize package. Raffle prizes include a Warner Brothers Gift Package, a Time Warner Gift Package, Dancing with the Stars tickets and an exclusive UCLA women's basketball pink package. The raffle tables will be located at the upper and lower Gate 2 entrances inside Pauley Pavilion.

Cancer survivors and their families and supporters are invited to join Coach Nikki Caldwell and the UCLA women's basketball team after the game for a meet and greet and photo opportunity at the west-end bleachers.

About The Opponents
UW leads the series with UCLA by a 27-22 count, but the Bruins have captured five of the last six meetings overall and the last seven in Pauley. Former Bruin Regina Rogers had 10 points for the Huskies v. Stanford and 12 v. Cal. UW guard Sami Whicomb ranks 16th in the nation in free throw percentage (87.8).

UCLA leads the series with WSU, 42-6, and have never lost to the Cougars at home in 23 games. The Bruins are carrying a 19-game winning streak against Washington State into Saturday's game. Guard Jazmine Perkins poured in 26 points in the Cougar loss to Stanford last weekend. Guard Kiki Moore ranks 11th in the nation with a 3.2 steals/g mark.

Last Time Vs. Washington
Jan. 23, 2010 in Seattle, WA --- 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 that had eight ties and 12 lead changes. The Bruins took the lead for good at 53-52 on a Doreena Campbell free throw with 5:12 remaining. Jasmine Dixon finished with a career-best 25 points, while Campbell added 21.

Last Time Vs. Wash. State
Jan. 21, 2010 in Pullman, WA --- 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. After WSU took a one-point lead 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 left. The Bruins survived a couple of WSU three-point attempts in the final seconds that could have sent the game into overtime. Dixon led UCLA with 23 points.

Six in Top 50 In NCAA Stats
The Bruin team began the week listed in the Top 50 of the latest NCAA national rankings (from Feb. 14) in six categories - 25th in fg% defense (35.7), 26th in rebounds margin (5.9), 27th in scoring defense (56.1), 28th in 3-pt. fg% def. (28.1), 43rd in scoring margin (10.5), 50th in turnover margin (2.91). (Note-332 teams ranked).

De-fense
The Bruins have opened the season by holding opponents in 21 of 23 games to 70 points or less, 20 to 65 points or less and 16 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 28 opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field. Opponents this season are shooting .357 against the Bruins. Eighteen opponents have shot less than 40% this season and just one has shot over 43% (at UW - 46%). Opponents are scoring 56.1 ppg. Both opponent marks - shooting % and scoring defense - approach or would set the school record totals of .355 in 1976-77 for shooting % and 59.7 ppg in 1976-77.

The 21.7 fg% shot by Cal (2/6) was an opponent season-low and the fourth time this season the Bruins have held an opponent to less than 30% shooting (at Cal, at WSU, Cal, Utah).

In Coach Caldwell's two seasons at the helm, her Bruin teams have held 30 opponents to 60 points or less, 11 opponents to 50 points or less and four to 40 points or less. UCLA has held two opponents to sub-40 scoring games this season - Cal with 32 and Utah with 33.

Game Time Change/TV Update
The Saturday, Feb. 20 game vs. Washington State will be played at 4 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Saturday, Feb. 27 game at Oregon has been selected as the Pac-10 Conference Game of the Week and will be aired on FSN beginning at 2 p.m.

A Look On the Other Side
The combined record of the six teams the Bruins have lost to this season is 106-36 (75% --Stanford 23-1, @Tennessee 23-2, Illinois State 18-5, @Kansas 14-9, Texas Tech 15-9, @USC 13-10. Records as of 2/12). The seven losses have been by a combined total of 58 points (average of 8.3 points).

The Votes Are In
For the first time this season, the Bruins have received votes in the two major Top-25 polls. For those counting, UCLA tallied 10 votes in the USA Today/ ESPN Coaches Poll (31st) and six votes in the AP Poll (30th).

Crowd Takes The Fifth
The attendance at the USC game on Saturday of 8,006 ranked as the fifth-largest in UCLA women's history and the fourth time the Bruins have drawn at least 8,000 fans for a game with USC.

Bruins Shut Down USC (game 23)
UCLA grabbed an early lead and was never headed in handing USC a 74-56 loss. The Bruins used a 10-0 run to break a 4-all tie and move out to a 14-4 lead with 12:25 to play in the first half. The Trojans would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way as UCLA enjoyed a 37-18 lead at the half. The Bruins moved out to as much as a 27-point cushion before settling for the 74-55 win. Jasmine Dixon, Erica Tukiainen and Markel Walker each had 13 points.

Road Warriors
The sweep of the Washington schools 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 five conference road wins to date are the most since UCLA also captured five roadies in the 2002-03 campaign. The most games a Bruin team has ever won on the road in Pac-10 play is seven (1998-99, 1997-98, when it also swept two road series).

February Factor
For the second year in a row, and just the fourth time in school history, the Bruins have achieved the 14-victory plateau by Feb. 1 on the calendar. The only other times, in addition to last season (14), were in 1998-99 (17) and 1980-81 (19).

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