Women's Basketball Hosts Washington Schools Fri./Sun.

Jan. 5, 2004

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Bruins Play First Pac-10 Home Games Vs. Washington Schools - The Bruins (6-6, 1-2) will play their first home conference games of the season when they host the Washington schools this Friday (Washington State - 7 p.m.) and Sunday (Washington - Noon). Fox Sports Net will televise the Washington game live.

The Bruins captured their first Pac-10 win of the season Sunday with a 63-57 win at Oregon. Washington State (4-9, 0-4) lost a pair of games to Stanford (90-69) and Cal (85-71) last weekend in the Palouse. Washington (8-5, 1-3), which plays at USC on Friday night, defeated Cal (65-54) and lost to Stanford (77-69) in action last week in Seattle.

A Look at the Cougars - The Cougars won their first three games of the season but have dropped nine of their last 10 games. Briana McCall is leading WSU with scoring averages of 11.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. UCLA leads the series with Washington State 28-6 and has won the last five meetings. The Bruins won the last meeting on Jan. 30, 2003 by a score of 86-70 in Pullman. Nikki Blue scored 26 points to power the Bruins to that win.

A Look at the Huskies - Washington began the season with a 7-2 non-conference mark but has dropped three of its first four conference games. UW is 1-3 on the road this season. The Huskies lead the series, 24-12. The teams split the two meetings last season. Washington won the last meeting in the series, played on Feb. 1, 2003 in Seattle, by a score of 111-77. Nikki Blue scored a Bruin freshman record 35 points in that contest. UCLA won the first matchup of last season by a 72-46 score. Lisa Willis led the Bruins with 17 points in that contest.

UCLA on the Radio - All of UCLA's games this season will be radio broadcast live on KIIS 850am in Thousand Oaks and on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer will be on hand to call the action.

Notes - UCLA ranks first in the conference in rebounding in Pac-10 games only ... The Bruins have outrebounded five of the last six opponents and the last three in a row ... UCLA (ranked second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 61.2) has held eight opponents under 60 points this season, and only two opponents have scored more than 66 points ... UCLA leads the Pac-10 in steals with a 12.25 average per game ... Nikki Blue leads the Pac-10 in steals with a mark of 3.5 per game while Lisa Willis is second at 2.92 per game ... The Bruins shot a season-high 51.7% in the win over Ohio State ... It was the second time this season the Bruins have shot over 50% (.508 vs. Cal State Northridge) ... UCLA has averaged 14.6 steals and 16.0 offensive rebounds in its last three games ... Blue tied her career-high with nine assists vs. Ohio State and has 33 assists in her last five games (Blue is third in the Pac-10 in assists / game at 5.25) ... Blue has converted 20 of her last 24 free throws ... Noelle Quinn set career highs in back-to-back games last week, scoring 14 points vs. Ohio State and then 16 at Oregon State ... Lisa Willis has made at least two three-pointers in five games this season, with a high of five made at Texas ... Willis, who scored 17 points in the win over Ohio State, has seven double figure games this season and has made 15 steals in her last four games ... Julia Pitts had her first double-figure game of the season with 13 points at CSUN and scored 13 more against Fresno State ... Whitney Jones made her 67th career start at Oregon ... Jones ranks third (tied) in the Pac-10 with a 3.0 offensive rebounds per game mark ... Three of the six Bruin losses have come at the hands of nationally ranked teams from Texas, Purdue and Michigan State.

Multi-Sport Stars Jones and Ringel Join the Team - Two-sport athletes Whitney Jones (soccer) and Brittany Ringel (volleyball) have rejoined the Bruin basketball team after completing their fall sports. Jones was a starting midfielder and first-team All-Pac-10 selection for the UCLA women's soccer team, which advanced to the College Cup national semifinals before being eliminated by eventual national champion North Carolina. Jones joined the basketball team Dec. 9th for practice and she saw her first action of the season against Purdue. Brittany Ringel was a starting outside hitter for the volleyball team, which advanced to the Regional Final before falling to USC. Ringel, who earned All-Tournament honors at the NCAA Regional, joined the basketball team on Dec. 17.

Bruins Picked To Finish Sixth/Seventh In Pac-10 - The Pac-10 women's basketball coaches picked UCLA to finish sixth in the conference. Stanford, with eight first-place votes, was the solid choice to finish first. The Cardinal were followed by Arizona (two first-place votes), Washington, Oregon, Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Oregon State, California and Washington State. The Pac-10 media also tabbed Stanford for the top spot. Next was Arizona, Washington and Arizona State. USC was picked to finish fifth followed by Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, California and Washington State.

Blue Named to Pre-Season All-Conference Team by Media - Nikki Blue was selected by the media to the Pre-Season All-Conference team announced at the annual Pac-10 media day in San Jose on Oct. 29. Blue was joined by Stanford's Nicole Powell, USC's Ebony Hoffman, Washington's Giuliana Mendiola and Arizona's Shawntinice Polk.

UCLA Signs Two for Class of 2008 - UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier signed two players, forward Lindsey Pluimer and guard Lauren Pedersen, to National Letters of Intent to enter school in the Fall of 2004. Pluimer, a 6-3 forward from San Clemente, CA High, is considered by some publications to be one of the top 35 recruits in the nation. She was chosen the CIF Southern Section Div. I-A Player of the Year last season as a junior and averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots per game. Pedersen, a 5-10 guard, was a All-CIF Southern Section and Div. II-A first-team pick last year following her junior season. An outstanding perimeter shooter, she averaged 13.9 points, 5.2 assists, 4.6 steals and four rebounds per game as a junior and had been ranked as one of the top 60 recruits in the nation by one publication.

Challenging Schedule Ahead For Bruins - The Bruins could play 17 regular season games against teams which advanced to the post-season last season. Non-conference games will be played against NCAA Tournament teams from Texas, Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State. Pre-season ranked (USA Today) opponents include Arizona (22), Ohio State (15), Purdue (9), Stanford (7) and Texas (3). UCLA's strength of schedule currently ranks 17th in the nation in the WBCA's RPI ratings.

Player Bio Updates

#00 Ortal Oren - Has seen action in 11 games ... Scored a career-best 11 points vs. Fresno State ... Had a career high four boards vs. Michigan State ... Had four points and two assists at CSUN ... Scored six points vs. Illinois ... Had four points vs. UNLV. Career Highs: Points - 11 vs. Fresno St., 12-21-03; Rebounds - 4, vs. Michigan St., 12-19-03; Assists - 2, last at CSUN, 12-17-02; Steals - 3, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.

#3 Shaina Zaidi - Saw her first action of the season at Northridge and also played at Oregon ... Point guard who helped her team win the CIF Division IV-AA Southern Section championship and advance to the CIF State Regional Division IV finals as a senior ... Averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists as a senior ... Adidas Super 60 selection.

#10 Whitney Jones - Shared the team lead with seven boards at Oregon ... Grabbed six rebounds, including five offensive boards, and scored five points at Oregon State ... Had nine points and six boards vs. Ohio State ... Scored 12 points at USC on 5-7 shooting ... Had four points and six rebounds vs. Michigan State ... Made her first start of the season at CSUN and had 14 points and six rebounds ... Saw her first action against Purdue and had four points and five boards in 27 minutes ... Starting midfielder on the soccer team who joined the hoops team on Dec. 9 after the team's loss to eventual champion North Carolina in the College Cup semifinals ... Has 67 career basketball starts ... Entered the season ranked 10th on the all-time UCLA free throw list (.736) and fifth in made three-point shots in her career ... Had her fourth career double-double last season with 24 points and 10 rebounds versus Oregon. Career Highs: Points - 24, last at Oregon, 12-27-02; Rebounds - 10, last vs. Stanford, 1-24-03; Assists - 4, last vs. Arizona, 2-14-03; Steals - 5, last at Cal, 2-20-03.

#11 Julia Pitts - Had two blocks at Oregon ... Came off the bench against Ohio State for four points and four rebounds ... Handed out three assists at USC ... Scored 13 points and pulled down a team-high tying seven boards vs. Fresno State ... Scored eight points vs. Michigan State ... Had 13 points in the win at CSUN, including six in the last three minutes as UCLA took over the lead ... Had seven points at St. Mary's ... Starter against UNLV and finished with seven points and four boards ... Starter in the first eight games of last season who averaged 10.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game and shot .674 from the field ... Suffered a left knee injury in the first half of the Baylor game and had surgery Dec. 30, 2002. Career Highs: Points - 20 at Georgia, 12-6-02; Rebounds - 11 v. N'western State, 12-1-02; Assists - 4 at Georgia, 12-6-02; Steals - 2, last v. Michigan St., 12-19-03.

#13 Gennifer Arranaga - Had a career-best 22 points in win at Oregon ... Scored five points against both Oregon State and Ohio State ... Had four points and six rebounds vs. Fresno ... Scored eight points in win over Illinois ... Had 11 points and team-best six rebounds in a starting role at Texas ... Had four points, three boards, two assists and three steals vs. UNLV ... Appeared in all 29 games last season and has seen action in the last 72 games in a row. Career Highs: Points - 22 at Oregon, 1-4-04; Rebounds - 8 v. Stanford, 2-24-02; Assists - 6 v. Oregon St., 12-22-01; Steals - 6 v. Georgia, 12-30-00.

#21 Brittany Ringel - Starter at outside hitter on the volleyball team ... Joined the basketball squad on Dec. 17 after UCLA was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the NCAA volleyball tournament on Dec. 13 ... Sat out last year after playing on the basketball team during her true freshman year of 2001-02.

#22 Consuelo Lezcano - Saw her first collegiate action against Texas ... Volleyball and basketball star at Marathon, FL High School ... Scored over 2,100 points in prep career ... Averaged 22 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks per game as a senior.

#31 Amanda Livingston - Scored a career-best nine points and had four rebounds at Oregon ... Had six points and three boards at USC ... Scored six points vs. Fresno State ... Had four points and a block at CSUN ... Totaled six points, two blocks and four rebounds v. Purdue ... Had five boards at St. Mary's ... Recorded six points and three boards in a starting role against Illinois ... Came off the bench to score seven points and grab three boards vs. UNLV ... Led her team to the State championship as a senior in the school's first ever trip to the title game ... Averaged 17.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 9 at Oregon, 1-4-04; Rebounds - 5 at St. Mary's, 12-6-03; Assists - 1 at Oregon, 1-4-04; Steals - 1, last at Oregon, 1-4-04; Blocks - 2 at Purdue, 12-13-03.

#32 Nikki Blue - Recorded a season-high and game-high 25 points and added game-highs in rebounds (eight) and assists (seven) at Oregon State ... Also tied her career-high with three three-point field goals ... Totaled 15 points, nine assists and five steals in the win over Ohio State ... Had a team-high 14 points at USC ... Led the team with 23 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and six steals vs. Fresno State ... Led the Bruins with nine rebounds v. Michigan State ... Had eight assists and scored 14 points at CSUN ... Named the UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for Dec. 15-21 ...Had 20 points and six rebounds v. Purdue ... Scored 17 points and had five assists at St. Mary's ... Led the team with 16 points vs. Illinois ... Had eight points and three steals at Texas ... Led the Bruins with 15 points vs. UNLV ... Also had six rebounds, six assists and six steals ...Named to the pre-season All-Pac-10 team at the 2003-04 conference media day ... Starter in all 29 games last season ... Just the second Bruin ever to be named first-team All-Pac-10 as a freshman ... Selected to the Pac-10's All-Freshman team and to the conference All-Tournament team ... Finished fifth in Pac-10 in scoring, sixth in assists, second in steals and eighth in assist/turnover ratio ... Set a UCLA freshman scoring record with 35 points against Washington. Career Highs: Points - 35 at Washington, 2-1-03; Rebounds - 12 v. Sacramento St., 11-24-02; Assists - 9, last v. Ohio St., 12-30-03; Steals - 8 v. Oregon, 3-8-03.

#35 Jamila Veasley - Had five boards at Oregon ... Had three points, rebounds and steals at Oregon State ... Scored a season-high seven points vs. Ohio State ... Had four rebounds vs. Fresno State ... Tallied three boards at Purdue ... Returned to the starting lineup at St. Mary's and had four rebounds ... Did not play against Illinois due to injury ... Left the Texas contest in the second half with an injured shoulder ... Started the UNLV game, but saw just 10 minutes of action due to foul trouble ... Starter in all 29 games last season and 48 games overall in her career ... Ranked seventh in Pac-10 blocked shots (0.69) last year ... Scored a career-high 12 points in the win last season at Oregon. Career Highs: Points - 12, at Oregon, 12-27-02; Rebounds - 12, v. St. Mary's 12-3-02; Assists - 3, at Oregon, 12-27-02; Steals - 5, v. Ariz. St., 1-17-02; Blocks - 3, v. Wash. St., 1-3-03.

#40 Lisa Willis - Tied her career-high with five steals at Oregon State and added nine points and five boards ... Scored a team-high 17 points with three treys and a career-high-tying four assists vs. Ohio State ... Had six points and a career-high tying five steals at USC ...Led the team with 13 points vs. Michigan State ... Had 13 points and four assists at CSUN ... Tied her career-highs with 18 points and five steals at Purdue and added career-high totals in rebounds (9) and assists (4) ... Had 10 points and six boards at St. Mary's ... Moved into the school's top 10 in three-point shots made ... Had 17 points, including five three-point shots, against Texas ... Made her first career start vs. UNLV and scored 13 points ... Appeared in all 29 games and finished with 46 made three-pointers (second on UCLA freshman list) and on defense with 55 steals ... Seventh in the Pac-10 in three-point shots made (1.59/g). Career Highs: Points - 18, last at Purdue, 12-13-03; Rebounds - 9 at Purdue, 12-13-03; Assists - 4, last v. Ohio St., 12-30-03; Steals - 5, last at Oregon State, 1-2-04.

#44 Emma Tautolo - Has seen action in 10 games ... Had four points vs. Fresno State ... Scored six points and had career-high marks of six rebounds and three assists at CSUN ... Had two points and three boards at St. Mary's ... Scored a career-high 10 points vs. Illinois ... Had three points at Texas ... Played against UNLV but did not score. Career Highs: Points - 10 v. Illinois, 11-30-03; Rebounds - 6 at CSUN, 12-17-03; Assists - 3 at CSUN, 12-17-03; Steals - 1, last at St. Mary's, 12-6-03.

#45 Noelle Quinn - Had 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals at Oregon ... Had a career-high 16 points at Oregon State and added eight rebounds and three assists ...Had 14 points, five assists and three steals in the win over Ohio State ... Returned to action at USC and scored nine points and pulled down 10 boards ... Sat out the CSUN, Michigan State and Fresno games with a healing stress fracture in her right foot ... Had five rebounds at Purdue ... Totaled 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds at St. Mary's ... Had her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds vs. Illinois ... Had eight points at Texas ... Scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds vs. UNLV ... In high school, she helped lead her team to three CIF Division III championships, four California Regional Division III crowns and four CIF state championships ... Parade Magazine and McDonald's All-American ... Averaged 22.9 points and 10.1 rebounds as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 16, at Oregon State, 1-2-04; Rebounds - 11, v. Illinois 11-30-03; Assists - 5, v. Ohio State, 1-2-04; Steals - 3, last at Oregon, 1-4-04; Blocks - 1, last at Oregon State, 1-2-04.

# 54 Sissy Pickett - Had four points, a blocked shot and three boards against Fresno State ... Had six points in five minutes of play at CSUN, hitting all three of her shots ... Saw her first action of the season at Texas but did not score. Career 77% free throw shooter. Career Highs: Points - 13, v. Wash. St., 2-1-02; Rebounds - 6, at Ariz, 2-14-02; Steals - 2, v. Wash. St., 2-1-02.

Head Coach Kathy Olivier - In her 11th year as UCLA head coach, Kathy Olivier (154-145) has steadily built the program to reflect her own positive, upbeat and outgoing personality. In 2003, the team posted 12 wins in conference play, a total surpassed by only two other previous UCLA teams. The team improved its scoring average from 59.0 in the 2001-02 season to 73.0 points per game. Olivier has coached the only two Bruins players to be named first-team All-Pac-10 as freshmen (Nikki Blue and Maylana Martin). In 2002, she directed a team which lost its top two scorers in the middle of the season to the second round of the Pac-10 tournament . In 2001, Olivier guided a team which was playing without eight of its top nine scorers from the previous season to a winning home record in Pac-10 play and wins over three nationally-ranked teams.

In 2000, she saw her team reach the NCAA tournament for a school record third straight season. The squad also set a Bruin home attendance record by averaging over 3,700 fans. Maylana Martin became just the third player to ever earn All-Pac-10 honors in four straight seasons. In 1999, she led her Bruin team to the school's first ever Pac-10 title and an unprecedented second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for the program. The team totaled the most wins (26) since the 1981 season and advanced further in the NCAA tournament (Regional final) than any previous UCLA team. The team put together back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1970's. In addition, the 1999 Bruin team finished with its highest ranking ever (No. 7) in the USA Today poll. In 1998, she guided UCLA to what was then its best finish ever (tied for second) in the Pac-10, its best winning percentage in the last 17 seasons and the first 20-win season since 1992.

Game Recaps -Bruins Put Away Ducks for First Conference Win - Gennifer Arranaga came off the bench to score a career-high 22 points and lead the Bruins to a 63-57 win at Oregon. The Bruins rallied for the win after Oregon had taken a 41-27 lead seven minutes into the second half. Four minutes later, UCLA led 47-45 after a 20-4 run. Noelle Quinn joined Arranaga in double digits with 12 points.

OSU Pulls Away for 82-68 Win - UCLA led early in the first half, 27-16, at the 11 minute mark, but the Beavers shut down the Bruins for the rest of the half, outscoring UCLA by a 24-9 margin to take the lead at halftime, 40-36. OSU continued to pull away after halftime, reeling off 11 unanswered points to essentially put the game out of reach. Nikki Blue led all players with a season-high 25 points. Noelle Quinn added a career-high 16.

Bruins Drop Pac-10 Opener at USC - USC limited the Bruins to 32% shooting and won 64-51 in the Sports Arena. The Bruins, who trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, trimmed USC's lead to one in the second half but could get no closer. Nikki Blue led UCLA with 14 points. Whitney Jones had 12. Noelle Quinn came off the bench to total nine points and 10 rebounds.

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