UCLA Hosts Cross-Town Showdown In Women's Basketball Dec. 28 Against USC

Dec. 22, 2004

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No. 20 UCLA Hosts USC In Lexus Gauntlet Battle -- No. 20 UCLA (6-3) will open Pac-10 Conference play with a home game against cross-town rival USC (6-3) on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 7 pm in Pauley Pavilion. The two teams will also be battling for five Lexus Gauntlet points in the year-long 18-sport competition between the two schools. USC entered the week leading the competition, 20-15. UCLA won the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy in 2002-03, and USC won in 2003-04 and 2001-02.

Quick Recap -- The Bruins are glad to be back in the friendly confines of Pauley Pavilion after going 0-2 on a road trip to the Midwest, losing 78-63 to Illinois on Dec. 19 and 83-60 to No. 7 Ohio State on Dec. 21. UCLA had reeled off six-straight wins since losing the season opener, defeating Top 15 teams Texas (63-60) and Purdue (70-64) during that stretch. In the Illinois game, Noelle Quinn was held under 20 points for the first time since the opener, breaking her streak of consecutive 20-point games at six. Nikki Blue led the Bruins with 17 points. Blue was held out of the Ohio State game for precautionary reasons after suffering concussion-like symptoms. Freshman Lindsey Pluimer led UCLA with 16 points and nine boards.

Bruins In The Rankings -- With the loss at Illinois, UCLA has dropped four spots to No. 20 in the AP poll for the week of Dec. 20. In the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll , the Bruins went from 17 to 23. UCLA moved into the AP rankings at No. 25 on Nov. 29 after the win over No. 4 Texas, and debuted at No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today poll on Dec. 6 after the win over Purdue. It was the first time UCLA had 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 the 1999-2000 season.

Listen Live -- UCLA will broadcast the USC game on the internet and on XTRA Sports 690/1150. Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer will call the action.

Bruin Notes -- The Bruins have won seven-straight home games over the past two seasons ...Nikki Blue became the 20th Bruin to reach the 1,000 point mark for her career during the second half of the Fresno State contest ... A 6-1 season start was UCLA's best beginning to a season since the 1980-81 UCLA team won its first 12 games ... Noelle Quinn has scored in double digits in the last 30 consecutive games ... The Bruins own a 13-0 record when Quinn scores at least 20 points in a game and have lost all three games this season in which she was held to less-than 20 ... Lisa Willis needs one more made three-point shot to set a new school record for career three-pointers (currently tied with DeDe Mosman with 136) ... Willis has made her last 10 free throws and is shooting .895 for the season (17-19) ... Amanda Livingston has blocked five shots in her last two games ...Five players currently have more assists than turnovers this season (Quinn, Blue, Livingston, Oren and Pickett), and three have more steals than turnovers (Willis, Quinn, Pedersen) ... The Bruins had held the last 18 regular season opponents to 70 points or less before Fresno State totaled 76.

Scouting the Trojans -- USC is 6-3 under the direction of first-year head coach Mark Trakh. Brynn Cameron is the only USC player averaging double-digits in points scored (10.7). Meghan Gnekow leads the team in rebounding with a 6.1 average.

The Series With Troy -- USC leads the series with the Bruins 34-26, dating back to when the schools began offering athletic scholarships. UCLA has won six of the last seven meetings played in Pauley Pavilion, including last season's 68-64 victory in the regular season finale on Feb. 29, 2004 in front of 8,094 fans. The Bruin 'Triple Threat' totaled 58 of UCLA's 68 points in the game. Nikki Blue scored a game-high 26 points. Noelle Quinn added 18, and Lisa Willis chipped in with 14. UCLA trailed 50-42 at the 10:25 mark of the second half and used pressure defense to reverse its fortunes.

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.

Game Recaps: Dec. 21 - UCLA at Ohio State -- Playing without point guard Nikki Blue, who sat out for precautionary reasons due to concussion-like symptoms, the No. 20/23 ranked Bruins lost at No. 10/7 Ohio State, 83-60. UCLA led 21-17 halfway through the first half, but the Buckeyes outscored the Bruins 23-5 to close the half, and the Bruins never recovered. Freshman Lindsey Pluimer led UCLA with 16 points and nine rebounds. Lisa Willis added 15 and tied the school record for career three-pointers.

Dec. 19 - UCLA at Illinois -- The Bruins lost for the first time in a month, falling to Illinois, 78-63. The game featured 11 lead changes, but in the second half, with the game tied at 47 apiece, the Illini went on a 9-0 run and never looked back. Illinois was led by Angelina Williams with 30 points and Tiffanie Guthrie with 17. UCLA's Noelle Quinn was held to 14 points to snap her streak of six consecutive 20-point games. Nikki Blue led the Bruins with 17 points, and Lisa Willis added 15.

Dec. 11 - UCLA Wins at Fresno State -- UCLA pulled away from Frenso State in the second half and captured a 92-76 road win. The Bruins opened the second half by hitting nine of their first 10 shots from the field. During that stretch, UCLA extended a one-point halftime lead to 62-47, at the 13:49 mark. Nikki Blue became the 20th Bruin to reach the 1,000 career scoring level during the second half and led the team with 22 points. Noelle Quinn had her sixth straight 20-point game with 21 points and added a team-best 12 rebounds. Lisa Willis totaled 18 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and six steals.

Dec. 5 - Bruins Top No. 14 Purdue -- UCLA used Noelle Quinn's 23-point outing 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 it.

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.

Player Bio Updates

#00 Ortal Oren -- Made her first career start at Ohio State ...Had four points in both the Illinois and Fresno State games ... 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 - 4 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Steals - 3, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.

#3 Shaina Zaidi -- Has appeared in four 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 -- Led the Bruins with 16 points and a career-high tying nine rebounds (including five offensive) at Ohio State ...Scored five points with four boards at Illinois ...Had eight points and five rebounds at Fresno State ...Recorded 12 points, three steals and six rebounds in the win over No. 14 Purdue ... Scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down five rebounds at Pepperdine ... Had seven points and five rebounds in the win over Texas ... Totaled 13 points and five rebounds in the win over Clemson ... Had eight points and seven rebounds versus 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 first-team all-state 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, last at Ohio State, 12-21-04; Blocks - 3 v. TCU, 11-19-04; Steals - 3, last v. Purdue, 12-5-04.

#20 Lauren Pedersen -- Scored a collegiate-best eight points on 3-4 shooting from the field at Ohio State ...Recorded a collegiate-best four rebounds at Illinois ...Had three points and two steals versus Purdue ... Registered five points and three assists against Clemson ... Scored five versus Gardner-Webb ... Grabbed three rebounds against TCU ...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 - 9, at Ohio State, 12-21-04; Rebs. - 4, at Illinois, 12-19-04; 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 ... Rejoined the basketball squad Dec. 13 following the completion of the volleyball season ... The Bruin team lost in the NCAA Regional volleyball final in Seattle on Dec. 11.

#22 Consuelo Lezcano -- Scored two points in the win over Texas ... Pulled down four boards against Clemson ... Had three points and career-best five rebounds versus Gardner-Webb ... Had four points against 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. Gardner-Webb, 11-19-04.

#31 Amanda Livingston -- Recorded eight points with three rebounds, two blocked shots and three steals at Ohio State ...Scored eight points with a career-high three blocked shots at Illinois ...Tied her career-high with 13 points, hitting her first five shots from the field, in the win at Fresno State ... 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 against Clemson ... Scored 12 points and had a career-best five assists versus Gardner-Webb ... Had 10 points and three assists against TCU ...Saw action in all 30 games last year ... Averaged 4.0 points and 2.2 rebounds last season. Career Highs: Points - 13, last at Fresno State, 12-11-04; Rebs. - 8 at Pepperdine, 12-2-04; Assists - 5 v. Gardner-Webb, 11-21-04; Steals - 4 at Ariz. St., 1-15-04; Blks. - 3 at Illinois, 12-19-04.

#32 Nikki Blue -- Sat out the Ohio State game for precautionary reasons after suffering concussion-like symptoms after the Illinois game ...Led the Bruins with 17 points and four assists at Illinois ...Became the 20th Bruin to reach the 1,000 point mark in the second half at Fresno State on her way to a 22-point, eight rebound, six assist night ... Had 11 points, seven steals and six assists in the win over No. 14 Purdue ... Handed out four assists and scored six points at Pepperdine ... Totaled 13 points, five rebounds and four assists in the win over Texas ... Handed out four assists and scored seven points against Clemson in 21 minutes ... Had four assists and three steals versus Gardner-Webb (22 minutes) ... Handed out seven assists versus TCU ...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 -- Tied the school record for career three-pointers made with 136 ...Contributed 15 points and six rebounds at Ohio State ...Scored 15 points with six rebounds and four steals at Illinois ...Had 18 points and career-high totals of 10 boards (her first career double-double) and seven assists at Fresno ... 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 (tied 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. - 10 at Fresno St., 12-4-04; Assists - 7 at Fresno St., 12-4-04; Steals - 8, last v. Clemson, 11-24-04.

#44 Emma Tautolo -- Had four points at Fresno State ... Scored two points against Purdue and four at Pepperdine ... Grabbed four rebounds versus Texas ... Had four points against Clemson ... Had three points versus Gardner-Webb ... Scored two 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 -- Scored 11 points with four assists at Ohio State ...Had her a six-game streak of scoring 20 points or more snapped at Illinois after scoring 14 ... Led UCLA in rebounding (seven) and steals (six) in the Illinois game ...Had her sixth straight 20-point outing (she had six in a row at one point last season and now has 13 overall for her career) with 21 points at Fresno State ... Also had a team-high 12 rebounds against the Bulldogs for her 10th career double-double ... Scored 23 in the win over Purdue ... Also led the team in rebounding with seven ...Scored 20 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 28 straight games ... Tied for the team lead with eight rebounds against the Waves ... Pac-10 Player of the Week and UCLABruins.com/MET-Rx 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 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 against Clemson ... Added seven steals and three assists versus 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 five games this season ... Had two points and four rebounds versus Clemson ... Had four points and two rebounds against 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.

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