No. 18/20 UCLA Women's Basketball At Unbeaten Fresno State Saturday

Dec. 7, 2004

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UCLA At Fresno State on Saturday -- No. 18/20 UCLA (5-1) will play the first of three straight games on the road when it battles unbeaten Fresno State (5-0, with a game versus Washington State on Thursday) on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Save Mart Center. After a break for exams (the week of Dec. 13), UCLA travels to play at Illinois on Dec. 19 and at Ohio State on Dec. 21.

UCLA concluded a string of four-straight games against teams which advanced to the post-season a year ago with a perfect 4-0 mark after a 70-64 win against Purdue on Sunday. (Texas and Purdue were in the NCAA tournament, Clemson and Pepperdine played in the NWIT). Noelle Quinn had her fifth straight twenty-point effort this season with 23 points versus the Boilermakers and was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second week in a row. The Bruins have now won seven straight home games over the past two seasons.

Bruins In The Rankings -- UCLA moved up from No. 25 to No. 18 in the AP poll, tying for the biggest jump of the week. The Bruins are ranked for the first time this year in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, debuting at No. 20. UCLA moved into the AP rankings at No. 25 on Nov. 29 after the win over No. 4 Texas. It was the first time UCLA has been ranked in the AP poll since the week of Feb. 21, 2000, when the Bruins were ranked No. 22 after defeating No. 15 Arizona. UCLA was ranked as high as fourth in 1999-2000.

Listen Live -- Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on the internet at Dave Marcus will call the action.

Scouting The Bulldogs -- Fresno State is off to a perfect 5-0 start after posting home wins over Pepperdine (58-38), Oklahoma State (57-53) and San Diego (68-43) and road victories over Santa Clara (76-71) and Denver (72-58). Three Bulldog players average in double digits, led by six-foot senior forward Aritta Lane (11.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg). Six-foot junior forward Amy Parrish (11.0, 5.0) and 5-6 junior guard Mirenda Swearengin (10.2, 5.0) rank second and third on the team, respectively, in scoring.

The Series With Fresno State -- The Bruins lead the series 8-0. UCLA captured last season's (Dec. 21) matchup in Pauley Pavilion by a score of 69-56. Nikki Blue led the way with 23 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and six steals. A 13-2 Bruin run early in the second half broke open a close game and sent UCLA on to the victory.

Bruin Notes -- Nikki Blue needs 18 points to become the 16th Bruin to reach the 1,000-point mark for their career ... A 5-1 season start is UCLA's best beginning to a season since the 1982-83 team won its first five games of the year ... The 1980-81 UCLA team won its first 12 games ... No team has scored more than 65 points (TCU) this season against the Bruins ... Noelle Quinn has scored in double digits in the last 27 consecutive games, including five straight games of twenty points or more ... The Bruins own a 12-0 record when Quinn scores at least 20 points in a game ... Lisa Willis needs seven more made three-point shots to become the school's all-time leader ... Five players currently have more assists than turnovers this season (Quinn, Blue, Livingston, Oren, Pedersen) ... The Bruins have held the last 18 regular season opponents to 70 points or less.

Quinn Named Pac-10 POW Two Straight Weeks -- UCLA sophomore guard Noelle Quinn was selected the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after averaging 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, four assists and two steals in wins over Pepperdine and No. 14 Purdue. Quinn notched her fourth and fifth consecutive 20-point games (20 vs. Pepperdine, 23 vs. Purdue). She has now received Player of the Week honors four times in her short career.

Bruin Top No. 14 Purdue -- UCLA used Noelle Quinn's fifth-straight 20-point outing (23) in a row to help best Purdue, 70-64. UCLA raced out to a 9-0 lead and enjoyed a 31-25 margin at half. After the Bruins built up a 50-38 advantage with 10:59 to play, the Boilermakers rallied to knot the score at 57 at the 3:28 mark. UCLA still led 63-62 with 1:07 to play when Quinn hit a jump shot for a five-point lead and then made a steal and hit one of two free throws to give UCLA a 66-62 lead with 0:27 to play. After Purdue misfired on a three-point attempt, Lisa Willis made a pair of free throws with 15 seconds remaining. Willis finished with 14 points. Lindsey Pluimer's two free throws with eight seconds to play sealed the win.

Bruins Crash Waves in Malibu -- Freshman forward Lindsey Pluimer scored 22 points, and sophomore Noelle Quinn added 20, her fourth straight game with at least 20 points, to pace the Bruins to a 74-61 win at Pepperdine. UCLA led from start to finish and pulled away from the Waves midway through the second half. UCLA led 29-27 at the half but managed to build that advantage up to 58-39 at the 9:48 mark of the second half.

Bruins Deal No. 4 Texas 63-60 Loss -- The Bruins rallied from a 17-point first half deficit to hand No. 4 Texas a 63-60 loss in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA, which missed 15 of its first 16 shots in the contest, trailed 31-14 at the 2:33 mark of the first half. The Bruin narrowed the gap to 33-25 at the half and tied the game at 43-all with 9:53 to play. Neither team led by more than four points the rest of the way. A basket by Noelle Quinn made it 61-60 Bruins with 13 seconds remaining. Texas missed a pair of free throws with six seconds to go, and Quinn grabbed the rebound and was fouled. The Bruin sophomore hit both chances from the line to make it 63-60 with five seconds to play. Texas missed a three-point shot just before the buzzer sounded.

Bruins Win 83-52 Decision over Tigers -- Noelle Quinn scored 23 points to pace the Bruins to a 83-52 win over Clemson on Nov. 24. UCLA used a 17-3 run toward the end of the first half on the way to taking a 42-20 halftime lead. The Bruins enjoyed at least a 20-point lead for the rest of the contest. Lisa Willis added 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and eight steals. Lindsey Pluimer was also in double digits with 13 points.

Bruins Split At Miami Jam in Florida -- UCLA dropped its opening game of the season, 65-60, to TCU in the first round of the Miami, FL Jam on Nov. 19. The Bruins were held scoreless for over seven minutes in the second half and fell behind 55-40 with 10:29 to play. UCLA, who led by a point at the half, got as close as four points in the final seconds of play, but could not recapture the lead. Lisa Willis led the way for the Bruins with 15 points. Noelle Quinn added 14.

UCLA bounced back with an 89-48 win over Gardner-Webb in the second round of the Miami Jam. UCLA grabbed the lead early and enjoyed a 43-24 advantage at halftime. Quinn poured in 20 points on 9-12 shooting to pace the Bruins. Willis added 16.

Blue, Quinn Earn National Honors -- Guards Nikki Blue and Noelle Quinn have been selected to several pre-season watch lists for national honors, including the pre-season Naismith Award list, the Wade Trophy Watch List and the Wooden Award All-America Watch List. Blue and Quinn were also named to the pre-season All-Pac-10 Conference team. Blue received honorable mention honors in the AP Pre-Season All-America list and first-team acclaim from Women's Basketball News Service.

Bruins in the Pre-Season Polls -- UCLA was ranked No. 22 by Lindy's Magazine and No. 25 by Street and Smith's, which also chose Noelle Quinn as a high honorable mention All-American and Nikki Blue as an honorable mention All-American. The Bruins opened as the '26th' team in both the AP and the USA Today pre-season polls.

Coaches and Media Pick Bruins To Finish Third In Pac-10 -- The Pac-10 women's basketball coaches picked UCLA to finish third in the conference, with one first-place vote, in the annual pre-season poll. Stanford, with eight first-place votes, was the solid choice to finish first. The Cardinal were followed by Arizona (one first-place votes), UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon, Washington, USC, California, Oregon State and Washington State.

The Pac-10 media also selected UCLA to finish third (122 points). Stanford, with eight first-place votes and Arizona, with seven first-place votes, were picked to repeat as co-champions with 140 points each. Arizona State was fourth (100), followed by Washington (83), Oregon (78), USC (61), Oregon St. (45), California (34) and Washington St. (22).

Trebilcock To Join Bruins In 2005-06 -- Guard Ashlee Trebilcock of Newhall, CA (Hart HS) has signed a national letter-of-intent with UCLA and will join the Bruins in the 2005-06 season. A 5-9 guard, Trebilcock is considered by some publications to be one of the Top 25 recruits in the nation. She led her team to the Foothill League championship in 2004 and to the final game of the CIF Southern Section Division I championship, where she scored a career-high 34 points. She is a two-time Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year and attended the Nike All-America camp in 2003 and the USA Junior Olympic tryouts in 2004. As a junior at Hart HS, she averaged 21.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and handed out 94 assists. In her sophomore year, she averaged 16.7 points.

2004-05 Outlook -- Coach Kathy Olivier welcomes back 11 letterwinners, including three starters, and adds three talented newcomers. The Bruin 'triple threat' returning starters are leading scorer and rebounder Noelle Quinn, assist leader and No. 2 scorer Nikki Blue, along with Pac-10 steals leader and No. 3 scorer Lisa Willis. Seven of the 11 letterwinners saw action in at least 18 games last season, including five players with starting experience from a year ago.

The team rebounded from a 4-6 Pac-10 start last season to capture seven of the last eight conference games and finish in a tie for third place. That third place finish marked the fifth time in the last seven seasons that the Bruins have wound up among the top four teams in the conference.

Player Bio Updates

#00 Ortal Oren -- Had three points in win over No. 14 Purdue ... Scored six at Pepperdine ... Had four points and career-high four assists vs. Clemson ... Scored nine against Gardner-Webb ... Had eight points in the opener against TCU ... Saw action in 28 games last season and averaged 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds. Career Highs: Points - 11 v. Fresno St., 12-21-03; Rebounds - 4, v. Michigan St., 12-19-03; Assists - 2, last v. Gardner-Webb, 11-21-04; Steals - 3, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.

#3 Shaina Zaidi -- Has appeared in two games this season ...Had four points in win over Clemson ... Scored career-best five points in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Had 10 points in the exhibition game against West Coast All-Stars ... Saw action in nine games last season. Career Highs: Points - 5 v. Gardner-Webb, 11-21-04; Assists - 3 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Rebs. - 1, last v. Clemson, 11-24-04.

#5 Stephanetta Bingley -- Has yet to appear in a regular season game ... Saw her first action as a Bruin in the exhibition game against the West Coast All-Stars ... Walked on to the team during the pre-season and will provide additional depth in the Bruin backcourt.

#11 Julia Pitts -- Expected to redshirt after undergoing knee surgery during each of her first two seasons as a Bruin ... Saw action in 18 games and was a starter in nine games last season ... Averaged 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game ... Her season came to an early end when she had knee surgery on Feb. 12, 2004 to repair torn meniscus in her left knee.

#14 Lindsey Pluimer -- Had 12 points, three steals and six rebounds in the win over No. 14 ranked Purdue ... Totaled a game-high 22 points and pulled down five rebounds in the win at Pepperdine ... Had seven points and five rebounds in the win over Texas ... Totaled season-high 13 points and five rebounds in the win over Clemson ... Had eight points and seven rebounds in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Led the Bruins with nine boards and three blocks against TCU ...McDonald's, Parade Magazine and Street and Smith's High School All-American selection ... Led her San Clemente High School team to four straight CIF Southern Section I-A titles ... Named to the first-team all-state squad by Cal-Hi Sports ... Three-time CIF Southern Section I-A Player of the Year ... Averaged 24.6 points, 4.3 assists, 2.7 steals, 4.8 blocks and 10.3 rebounds as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 22, at Pepperdine, 12-2-04; Rebs. - 9, v. TCU, 11-19-04; Blocks - 3 v. TCU, 11-19-04; Steals - 3, last v. Purdue, 12-5-04.

#20 Lauren Pedersen -- Had three points and two steals versus Purdue ... Recorded five points and three assists against Clemson ... Scored five versus Gardner-Webb ... Grabbed three rebounds against TCU ... Had six points in the win over West Coast All-Stars ...Second-team all-state selection by Cal-Hi Sports ... CIF Southern Section Division II-A Player of the Year in 2004 at Brea Olinda High School ... Helped her team to the CIF Southern Section Division II-A championship as a senior ... Averaged 14.7 points as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 5, last v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Rebs. - 3, v. TCU, 11-19-04; Assists - 3 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Steals - 2, last v. Purdue, 12-5-04.

#21 Brittany Ringel -- Starter at outside hitter on the volleyball team ... Expected to join the basketball squad in December following the completion of the volleyball season ... The Bruin team will compete Dec. 10 at the NCAA Regional Volleyball Semifinals in Seattle.

#22 Consuelo Lezcano -- Scored two points versus Texas ... Pulled down four boards against Clemson ... Had three points and career-best five rebounds in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Had four points in the loss to TCU ...Saw action in eight games last season ... Averaged 2.0 points and 0.5 rebounds a year ago. Career Highs: Points - 6, last at Cal, 2-19-04; Rebs. - 5, v. Gardner-Webb, 11-19-04; Blocks - 1 v., Gard.-Webb, 11-19-04.

#31 Amanda Livingston -- Had four boards against Purdue... Pulled down a career-best eight rebounds (seven offensive) at Pepperdine ... Had five rebounds in win over Texas ...Grabbed four rebounds in the win over Clemson ... Scored 12 points and had career-best five assists in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Had 10 points and three assists in the loss to TCU ...Saw action in all 30 games last year ... Averaged 4.0 points and 2.2 rebounds last season. Career Highs: Points - 13 at Ariz. St., 1-15-04; Rebs. - 8 at Pepperdine, 12-2-04; Assists - 5 v. Gardner-Webb, 11-21-04; Steals - 4 at Ariz. St., 1-15-04; Blks. - 2 at Purdue, 12-13-03.

#32 Nikki Blue -- Had 11 points, seven steals and six assists in the win over No. 14 Purdue ... Handed out four assists and scored six points in 29 minutes of action at Pepperdine ... Totaled 13 points, five rebounds and four assists in the win over Texas (played all 40 minutes) ... Handed out four assists and scored seven points against Clemson in 21 minutes ... Had four assists and three steals in the win over Gardner-Webb (22 minutes) ... Handed out seven assists versus TCU (32 minutes) ...Sat out the exhibition game against West Coast All-Stars due to an ankle injury suffered in the second week of pre-season practice ...Starter in all 29 games last season ... Named to the pre-season Wooden Award All-American and Wade Trophy Watch Lists ...Earned honorable mention pre-season All-America acclaim from AP and Street & Smith's Magazine ...Selected to the All-Pac-10 first-team in 2004 for the second straight season ... Scored a school NCAA tournament best 33 points against Minnesota ... Ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring, 12th in rebounding, third in assists, second in steals and sixth in assist/turnover ratio. Career Highs: Points - 35 at Washington, 2-1-03; Rebs. - 12 v. Sacramento St., 11-24-02; Assists - 11 v. Arizona, 2-12-04; Steals - 8 v. Oregon, 3-8-03.

#40 Lisa Willis -- Totaled 14 points, four steals and three assists against Purdue ... Moved into first on the all-time school list in three-point shots attempted against Purdue (366) ... Had 14 points and seven boards at Pepperdine ... Battled foul trouble to score eight points in the win over Texas ... Totaled 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and eight steals (ties career high) against Clemson ... Had 16 points and eight rebounds versus Gardner-Webb ... Registered a team-high 15 points in the opener against TCU ...Only player to start all 30 games last season ... Her season total of 100 steals ranked third on the all-time school list ... Her average of 3.3 steals ranked 11th in the nation ... Set a school record with 70 made three-point shots ... Hon. mention All-Pac-10 ... Ranked first in the Pac-10 in steals and three-point shots made, seventh in three-point shooting percentage and defensive rebounds, 10th in scoring and 15th in rebounding. Career Highs: Points - 31 at Cal, 2-19-04; Rebs. - 9, last v. Ariz. St., 2-14-04; Assists - 6, last v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Steals - 8, last v. Clemson, 11-24-04.

#44 Emma Tautolo -- Scored two points against Purdue and four at Pepperdine ... Grabbed four rebounds versus Texas ... Had four points in win over Clemson ... Had three points in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Scored two points against TCU ...Appeared in 24 games last season ... Averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds. Career Highs: Points - 10 v. Illinois, 11-30-03; Rebs. - 6 at CSUN, 12-17-03; Assists - 3 at CSUN, 12-17-03; Steals - 2 at Wash. St., 2-7-04.

#45 Noelle Quinn -- Had her fifth straight 20-point outing with 23 points in the win over Purdue (she had six in a row at one point last season and now has 12 overall for her career) ... Also led the team in rebounding with seven boards ...Scored 20 points in the win at Pepperdine ... U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week (Nov. 29-Dec. 5) for the second straight week and fourth time in her career ... Has scored in double digits in the last 27 straight games ... Tied for the team lead with eight rebounds against the Waves ... Has scored at total of 14 points from the free throw line in the last two games ... Pac-10 Player of the Week and Student-Athlete of the Week for Nov. 22-28 ... Had 27 points in the win over Texas and her first double-double of the season (ninth of her career) with 11 rebounds ... Her basket with 13 seconds remaining gave UCLA a 61-60 lead over Texas and her two free throws with five seconds to play made it 63-60 ... Scored 23 points against Clemson ... Added seven steals and three assists in win over the Tigers ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Miami Jam ... Led the Bruins with team-high totals of 20 points, six assists and nine rebounds against Gardner-Webb ...Had 14 points against TCU despite suffering from dehydration ... Named to the pre-season Wooden Award All-American and Wade Trophy Watch Lists ...Earned High Honorable Mention pre-season All-America acclaim from Street & Smith's Magazine ...Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference selection ... Ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring, fifth in rebounding; ninth in assists and offensive rebounding, fourth in steals and defensive rebounds and seventh in assists/turnover ratio ... Set a freshman school record with six straight 20-point games ... Recorded the fourth triple-double in school history with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at California. Career Highs: Points - 31 v. Arizona, 2-12-04; Rebs. - 15, v. Oregon 1-29-04; Assists - 10, at Cal 2-19-04; Steals - 7 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Blks. - 1, last v. Texas, 11-28-04.

#54 Sissy Pickett -- Has seen action in three games this season ... Had two points and four rebounds in win over Clemson ... Had four points and two rebounds in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Played in the opener against TCU, but did not score ...Saw action in 11 games last season ... Averaged 1.5 points and 0.5 rebounds ... Career 77% free throw shooter. Career Highs: Points - 13, v. Wash. St., 2-1-02; Rebs. - 6, at Ariz, 2-14-02; Steals - 2, v. Wash. St., 2-1-02.

Head Coach Kathy Olivier -- Entering her 12th season as UCLA head coach, Kathy Olivier has energized the program to reflect her own positive, upbeat and outgoing personality. The former standout player at Cal State Fullerton and UNLV has helped to produce two Pac-10 Players of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshman Players of the Year and a Pac-10 team championship. She is the only current Pac-10 coach to have as many as three freshmen named first-team All-Conference performers. From 1998-2000, she guided UCLA to a school-best three-straight NCAA tournament appearances and had the Bruins in the NCAA tournament again last season. Her teams have finished among the top four in the Pac-10 conference in five of the last seven seasons.

Interest in UCLA women's basketball has taken off to new levels under coach Olivier. The only six regular season crowds in school history of over 7,000 fans have come out to support the Bruins during her tenure. Her 2000 squad attracted a school record average of over 3,700 fans per game. Her 1999 Pac-10 championship squad drew a school record crowd of 9,530 for a home win over USC.

While her teams favor a running style on offense, defense has always been an Olivier strong point. Six of the all-time school top 10 marks for lowest opponent field goal percentages belong to Olivier-coached squads.