Bruins Women Ranked 23rd in Final Hoops Poll
April 7, 2010
The UCLA women's basketball team was ranked 23rd in the final USA Today / ESPN coaches poll released on Wednesday (4/7). Coach Nikki Caldwell's Bruins completed the year with a 25-9 record and a second-place finish (15-3 record) in the Pac-10 Conference. This was UCLA's first ranking in the final USA Today / ESPN coaches poll since it was listed 18th in the 2006 vote.
Coach Caldwell's Bruins ended the year with a second-round loss in the NCAA Tournament to No. 1 seed Nebraska. The 25 wins on the season marked the fourth-best win total in school history. No UCLA women's team has ever posted more than the 15 conference wins tallied by this year's squad. In addition, the squad held opponents to a school record low scoring average of just 57.5 points per contest. Caldwell became the first UCLA coach to be named Pac-10 Conference Women's Basketball Coach of the Year.
The Bruins, who finished the season by winning 11 of the last 13 games, are set to return the top four scorers off of last season's team for the 2010-11 campaign --- Jasmine Dixon (15.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg); Markel Walker (10.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg); Doreena Campbell (9.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg); Darxia Morris (8.6 ppg, 3.1 apg).