UCLA Hosts Washington State Saturday In Pink Zone Game

Feb. 19, 2010

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

***GAME #26: Thu., Feb. 25, 2010
OPPONENT: Oregon State
SITE: Gill Coliseum
TIP-OFF: 7:00 p.m.
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus

Bruins Host Cougars
UCLA (17-7, 10-3) bested Washington, 73-55, on Thursday night and has now won seven of its last eight games. The Bruins conclude a three-game homestand by hosting Washington State (7-18, 2-12) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a Pink Zone event (note: game time has changed from 8 p.m.). The Cougars topped USC, 64-52, on Thursday. Both of WSU's Pac-10 wins have come on the road (at ASU, at USC).

Strong Pac-10 Start
UCLA's 10-3 start to the conference schedule is its best in the Pac-10 since the 1998-99 team won 10 of its first 12 conference games on the way to a 15-3 finish.

The Bruins' 7-2 first 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 22-5 record (.815) on their home court of Pauley Pavilion. Three of those five losses have been by four points or less.

Bruins Enter The 'Pink Zone'
On Saturday, the Bruins, in conjunction with the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) and the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center, will participate in 'Pink Zone' activities to help support and promote breast cancer awareness.

During the game against Washington State 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 Opponent
UCLA leads the series with WSU, 42-6, including a 23-0 mark in games played on the Bruins' home court. 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, who led WSU with 19 points at USC on Thursday, began the week ranked 11th in the nation with a 3.2 steals/g mark.

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).

This And That
The Bruins are 13-0 this season when scoring at least 64 points in a game and have won their last 16 straight games under Coach Caldwell when hitting the 64-point mark ... UCLA is 13-4 this season since transfer Jasmine Dixon made her UCLA debut on Dec. 15.

De-fense
The Bruins have opened the season by holding opponents in 22 of 24 games to 70 points or less, 21 opponents to 65 points or less and 17 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 29 opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field. Opponents this season are shooting .359 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 31 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 108-37 (75% --Stanford 24-1, @Tennessee 24-2, Illinois State 18-5, @Kansas 14-9, Texas Tech 15-9, @USC 13-11. 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 Take Down Huskies (game 24)
UCLA opened the second half on a decisive 23-4 run and went on to earn a 73-55 win over Washington. UW which shot 59% in running out to a 32-31 halftime lead was limited to just 24% shooting in the second half of play. Markel Walker led the Bruins with 19 points. Jasmine Dixon added 17.

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).

Dixon For 20
Sophomore Jasmine Dixon tallied 20 points in the win over Oregon, her third-straight game of 20 or more points. Noelle Quinn (now with the Sparks) was the last Bruin to reach 20 points in three or more consecutive games (six straight in 2005-06). Dixon has scored in double digits in 11 of the last 13 games. The Bruins own a record of 13-4 in her 17 games.

Walker Honored
Forward Markel Walker was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (1/25) for her performance against the Oregon schools. The freshman recorded a pair of double-doubles as UCLA swept both games. She had 17 points, a career-high tying 14 rebounds and a career-best eight assists for the Bruins in a 104-80 win over the Ducks. Walker led all players with 16 points and had 10 rebounds in a 70-44 victory over the Beavers. She shot 12-21 from the field over the two games and was 9-10 from the free throw line. Walker has a team-high six double-doubles on the year, the most by a Bruin player since Noelle Quinn had 10 in 2005-06.

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