Bruins Advance in Pac-10 Tournament

March 12, 2010

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GAMEDAY CENTRAL
***GAME #31: Sat., Mar 13, 2010
OPPONENT: USC (19-11)
SITE: Galen Center
TIP-OFF: 5:00 p.m.
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus, Mike Sondheimer, Tracy Murray
Note: the winner of the above game will play at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 14 on FSN

No. 23 Bruins AT PAC-10 TOURNEY
UCLA (23-7) began play in the Pac-10 Tournament by recording a 60-44 win over Oregon State . The win was the Bruins' 13th in the last 14 games and ninth in a row (the last time they had a longer streak was in 1998-99 with10 in a row; they won 12 in a row to begin the 1980-81 season).
This is UCLA's third consecutive trip to the Pac-10 semifinals and sixth overall in the nine-year history of the conference tournament.

The Votes Are in - RANKED Bruins
The Bruins have received votes in the two major Top-25 polls in each of the last four weeks (2/15-3/8).UCLA was tabbed as the No. 23 team this week in the ESPN/ USA Today Coaches Poll and moved into the AP Poll for the first time this season at No. 23. This is UCLA's first listing in the AP poll since it was ranked No. 21 in Nov. of 2006.

UCLA Finishes 2nd in Pac-10
UCLA finished in second-place in the Pac-10 regular season standings and earned the #2 seed into the conference tournament.The #2 seed is UCLA's highest ever for the tournament, which began in 2001-02. The Bruins won the Pac-10 Tournament, once before, in the 2005-06 season.
The second-place finish is UCLA's best since it captured a share of first-place in the 1998-99 season, which is the Bruins' lone Pac-10 title. UCLA has finished second (tied) in the Pac-10 conference, once before, in 1997-98.

STRONG Pac-10 PERFORMANCE
UCLA's 15-3 record in conference play matches its best performance ever in the Pac-10. The 1998-99 team captured a share of first place with a 15-3 finish.The Bruins won eight out of nine conference games in the second-half of Pac-10 play. It is the most wins ever by a Bruin team down the stetch in the Pac-10. UCLA had won as many as seven Pac-10 second-half games on three previous occasions, each with a 7-2 record, and all three helped put them into the NCAA Tournament (2005-06, 2003-04, 1997-98).

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.

UCLA's Pac-10 Tourney History
All-Time Record: 10-7
2010 - Los Angeles, CA
Quarterfinals #2 UCLA 60 def. #10 Oregon St. 44
(Jasmine Dixon 14 pts., 9 reb., Markel Walker 10 pts. )
2009 - Los Angeles, CA
Quarterfinals #4 UCLA 62 def. #5 Oregon State 56
(Atonye Nyingifa 18 pts., 10 reb., Doreena Campbell 10 pts. )
Semifinals #1 Stanford 73 def. #4 UCLA 45
(Nina Earl 8 pts. )
2008 - San Jose, CA
Quarterfinals #5 UCLA 73 def. #4 USC 52
(Darxia Morris 19 pts. 9-11 shooting, Doreena Campbell 13 pts. )
Semifinals #1 Stanford 78 def. #5 UCLA 45
(Campbell 9 pts. )
2007 - San Jose, CA
1st Rd. #7 UCLA 72 def. #10 Washington State 58
Quarterfinals #2 Arizona State 74 def. #7 UCLA 64
2006 - San Jose, CA (Pac-10 Tournament Champs)
Quarterfinals #3 UCLA 80 def. #6 Cal 63
Semifinals #3 UCLA 60 def. #2 Arizona State 59
Championship #3 UCLA 85 def. #1 Stanford 76 ot
2005 - San Jose, CA
Quarterfinals #3 Arizona State 73, #6 UCLA 71
2004 - San Jose, CA
Quarterfinals #4 UCLA 70 def. #5 Arizona State 50
Semifinals #1 Stanford 70 def. #4 UCLA 66
2003 - San Jose, CA
Quarterfinals #4 UCLA 71 def. #5 Oregon 58
Semifinals #1 Stanford 69 def. #4 UCLA 64
2002 - Eugene, OR
1st Rd. #8 UCLA 46 def. #9 Cal 42
Quarterfinals #1 Stanford 96 def. #8 UCLA 61

Bruin All-Tournament Team selections
2009 - Atonye Nyingifa
2007 - Noelle Quinn
2006 - Lisa Willis (MVP), Nikki Blue, Noelle Quinn
2005 - Nikki Blue
2004 - Nikki Blue
2003 - Nikki Blue

Pac-10 Post-Season Honors
Nikki Caldwell was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year by both the coaches and the media, becoming the first UCLA women's coach ever to win this award. Doreena Campbell and Jasmine Dixon were chosen to the 15-member All-Pac-10 team, while Markel Walker was an honorable mention selection. Walker was also named to the All-Freshman first team and to the honorable mention All-Defensive team. The Pac-10 media selected Dixon and Walker to the All-Pac-10 team and Walker to the All-Freshman team.

About The OpponentS
The Bruins split the season series with the Women of Troy, with each team winning the contest played on its home court. USC won the first contest, 70-63, while UCLA won the last game, 74-56.
USC leads the series with the Bruins by a 43-30 count. The teams have split the last four meetings. UCLA and USC have faced each other only once before in the Pac-10 Tournament, with the Bruins winning 73-52 in the 2008 quarterfinals in San Jose. Darxia Morris has 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting in that game, while Doreena Campbell added 13 points.

THIS SEASON Vs. THE TROJANS
Jan. 17, 2010 in Galen Center --- 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.

Feb. 13, 2010 in Pauley Pavilion --- 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 74-56 win. Jasmine Dixon, Erica Tukiainen and Markel Walker each had 13 points.

EIGHT in Top 58 In NCAA Stats
The Bruin team began the week listed in the Top 58 of the latest NCAA national rankings (from Mar. 7) in eight categories - 16th in rebound margin (6.9), 29th in field goal% (44.1), 31st in steals/g (10.6), 32nd in scoring margin (11.9), 37th in scoring defense (57.0), 41st in fg% defense (36.4), 44th in turnover ratio (2.97), 58th in assists/g (14.6). (Note-332 teams ranked).

THIS AND THAT...
The Bruins are 17-0 this season when scoring at least 64 points and have won their last 20 straight games under Coach Nikki Caldwell when hitting the 64-point mark ... UCLA is 19-4 since transfer Jasmine Dixon made her UCLA debut on Dec. 15... Dixon has scored in double digits in the last eight games ... The Bruins shot 51.0% vs. Ariz. St. and have now shot better than 50% in 10 games this season, all wins ... Bruins are shooting 51% over the last six games (200-392) ... The Bruins are 32-3 in the Caldwell era in games in which they have held opponent to 60 points or less ... UCLA has never finished with more than 15 Pac-10 conference wins---1998-99 (also 15 - T1st) when Maylana Martin was the leading scorer... UCLA has finished with 20 wins or more in four previous seasons since Pac-10 play began in 1986-87--- 2005-06 (21), 1998-99 (26), 1997-98 (20), 1991-92 (21) and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons --- note: UCLA also had 20-win seasons in 1984-85 (20), 1980-81(29), 1978-79 (24), 1977-78 (27), 1976-77 (20) ... Nikki Caldwell is the first UCLA coach to be named Conference Coach of the Year since Billie Moore earned WCAA Coach of the Year honors in 1984-85.

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