UCLA Moves on to Pac-10 Championship Game vs. Stanford

March 13, 2010

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UCLA Adavances To Second-ever Championship Game
After posting a 60-44 quarterfinal win over Oregon State and a 59-53 victory over USC in the semifinals, 23rd-ranked UCLA (24-7) has advanced to the championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament on Sunday for the second time in school history. The Bruins will play second-ranked Stanford (30-1) in the Championship game at 3:15 pm at the Galen Center.
The only other time UCLA has played in the Championship game was in 2006 in San Jose. The third-seeded Bruins defeated top-seeded Stanford in overtime, 85-76.

Streaking Bruins
UCLA has won 10 straight games and 14 of its last 15. The last time UCLA had a streak this long was in 1998-99, when it won 10 in a row. The Bruins captured 12 in a row to begin the 1980-81 season.

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.

UCLA's Pac-10 Tourney History
All-Time Record: 11-7
2010 - Los Angeles, CA
Quarterfinals #2 UCLA 60 def. #10 Oregon St. 44
(Jasmine Dixon 14 pts., 9 reb., Markel Walker 10 pts. )
Semifinals #2 UCLA 59 def. #3 USC 53
(Darxia Morris 16 pts., 4 steals; Markel Walker 15 pts., 8 reb.; Dixon 10 pts., 12 reb. )
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 lost both encounters with No. 2 ranked-Stanford this season, losing 65-61 in Pauley and 74-53 in Maples.
Stanford leads the series with UCLA by a count of 45-22 and has captured the last seven meetings overall. The last time the Bruins defeated Stanford came in a 69-56 win in Pauley on Jan. 4, 2008.

Jan. 10, 2010 in Pauley --- UCLA erased all but two points off of a 20-point first half lead by Stanford, but the Cardinal held on for a 65-61 win. Stanford enjoyed a 34-14 lead in the final minute of the first half before the Bruins scored the last four points before the break and then rattled off the first seven of the second half to climb back in to the game. UCLA closed to within two points on a couple of occasions in the final two minutes of the contest, but Stanford free throws held off the home team down the stretch. Doreena Campbell led the Bruins with 17 points.

Feb. 4, 2010 in Maples Pavilion --- Stanford outmuscled UCLA, 74-53, at Maples Pavilion, outscoring the Bruins 38-21 in the second half. Stanford went to the foul line 36 times, three times as many times as UCLA, making 27 free throws. The Bruins trailed by just four, 36-32, at halftime, but Stanford outscored UCLA 13-4 to start the second half and extended the lead to as many as 25 points. Jasmine Dixon led the Bruins with 16 points and nine rebounds.

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).

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 20-4 since transfer Jasmine Dixon made her UCLA debut on Dec. 15... Dixon has scored in double digits in the last nine games ... The Bruins have shot better than 50% in 10 games this season, all wins ... The Bruins are 33-3 in the Caldwell era in games in which they have held an 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.

Defensive Dandies
The Bruins have held opponents in 28 of 31 games to 70 points or less, 27 opponents to 65 points or less and 22 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 limited the last 35 opponents to less than 50% shooting. Opponents are shooting .363 against the Bruins. Twenty opponents have shot less than 40% this season and just one has shot over 44% (at UW - 46%). Opponents are scoring 56.4 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 36 opponents to 60 points or less, 12 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.

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