No. 23 UCLA Travels To Play At Clemson On Sat., Oklahoma On Mon.
Dec. 1, 2005
Bruins Head East -- The 23rd-ranked (AP) UCLA women's basketball team (3-2) will hit the road this weekend for a pair of games against Clemson (2-5) and 20th-ranked Oklahoma (6-1). The Bruins will first visit Clemson, SC to face the Lady Tigers on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 pm ET before traveling to Norman, OK to take on the Sooners on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm CT. Both games will be audio broadcast live on UCLABruins.com via UCLA All-Access.
On Air -- All of UCLA's games in 2005-06 will be audio broadcast live on UCLA All-Access via UCLABruins.com. Play-by-play announcer Dave Marcus will begin coverage with The Bruins Countdown Show starting five minutes before the hour.
Bruins Return To AP Rankings -- After besting 11th-ranked Georgia, 84-64, and then defeating Charlotte, 87-71, the next day, UCLA jumped into the AP Top 25 at the No. 23 position on Monday, Nov. 28. It is UCLA's first appearance in the rankings this season (the Bruins were the top unranked team receiving votes in earlier polls this season) and the first since Jan. 17, 2005. The Bruins were ranked by AP for eight weeks in 2004-05.
About Clemson -- Clemson is under the direction of new head coach Cristy McKinney (she went 216-139 in 12 seasons as head coach at Rice). The Lady Tigers are off to a 2-5 start this season and have won their last two contests. They are coming off of an 82-55 win over Furman on Wednesday in which Clemson set at school record with 16 blocked shots, eight by 6-3 senior Khaili Sanders. Senior guard Julie Talley leads the Tigers in scoring with an 11.3 average. The series with UCLA is tied at 1-1. The teams met last season in Pauley Pavilion, where UCLA posted an 83-52 win behind Noelle Quinn's 23 points.
About Oklahoma -- The 20th-ranked Sooners, coached by Sherri Coale, own a 6-1 record (only loss was to UConn, 82-62) and are coming off of a 77-63 win over TCU on Wed., Nov. 30. The Sooners will play Oral Roberts on Sat., Dec. 3 at Stillwater, OK before taking on the Bruins on Monday in Norman, OK. Freshman center Courtney Paris leads the Sooners in scoring (21.7), rebounding (13.0) and blocked shots (3.6). UCLA won the only previous meeting with the Sooners, 82-63, in a game played in Pauley Pavilion in January of 1982.
Willis Named Pac-10 Player of the Week -- Senior guard Lisa Willis earned her first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor this week, being selected after her Tournament MVP performance at the LMU Thanksgiving Classic. Willis averaged 25 points in the tournament and shot an astounding 71.4% (20-28) from the field during the two games. She connected on 60% (6-10) of her three-pointers in the tournament.
UCLA Bests UC Irvine - Noelle Quinn scored a season-high 24 points to lead the Bruins past UC Irvine, 92-54, in Pauley. Lisa Willis added 20 points for the Bruins to post her 22nd double-digit scoring game in a row. UCLA jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never trailed in the contest. The Bruins led 46-27 at the half and outscored the Anteaters 15-2 to start the second half on the way to their first home win of the season. UCLA had 65 rebounds in the game, including 11 each from Lindsey Pluimer and Chinyere Ibekwe.
Blue, Willis Up For Senior CLASS Award -- Senior guards Nikki Blue and Lisa Willis are amongst 30 players up for the 2005-06 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award. The award is given annually to the nation's senior player-of-the-year for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball.
Trebilcock To Transfer - UCLA announced Nov. 30 that guard Ashlee Trebilcock had been granted her release, which would allow her to transfer at the end of the 2005 Fall quarter. She had appeared in all four Bruin games to date and was averaging 17.8 minutes, 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds.
What's Returning ? -- 99% of the total field goals made; 100% of the games started; 99% of the minutes played; 98% of the rebounds pulled down; 100% of the three-point field goals made; 99% of the assists handed out; 100% of the steals made; 98% of the blocked shots made.
Blue, Quinn Garner Pre-Season Honors -- Nikki Blue was selected to the first team and Noelle Quinn to the third team by the Women's Basketball News Service. Blue was selected as one of 25 candidates for the State Farm Wade Trophy for Division IA Player of the Year. Blue and Quinn were among 30 players chosen to the pre-season Wooden Award watch list. Blue (third time) and Quinn (second time) were also selected to the pre-season All-Pac-10 team.
Bruins in the Pre-Season Polls -- The Bruins were picked No. 16 by the Lindy's Magazine. The Women's Basketball News Service selected UCLA No. 22. ESPN.com had UCLA at No. 21.
Media Tabs Bruins for Second in the Pac-10 -- The Bruins were selected second in the annual media poll. Stanford, with 10 first place votes, was picked to finish on top (127 points). UCLA had two first place votes and 109. USC had one first place vote and 103. Arizona State (101), Oregon (66), Arizona (59), Cal (43), Washington State (25) and Oregon State (17).
Coaches Pick Bruins To Finish Fourth In Pac-10 -- Stanford (81points), with nine first-place votes, was the choice to finish first and were followed by USC (one first-place vote, 70), Arizona St. (62), UCLA (60), Oregon (43), Arizona (42), Washington (36), Cal (30), Washington St. (16) and Oregon St. (10).
The Triple Threat -- Coach Kathy Olivier is set to return one of the nation's finest backcourts with its 'Triple Threat' of Blue, Quinn and Willis. The threesome combined to average 50.2 points, 19.0 rebounds, 10.5 steals and 11.9 assists a game in 2004-05. Blue and Willis ranked fourth and fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring last season. Quinn was on track to join them until she was sidelined by a knee injury in mid-January. The pair ranked first and second in the conference in steals. Willis ranked sixth in the nation in steals and Blue checked in at 11th. Willis ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made and tied for 25th in the nation. Blue was second in the conference in assists and 12th in the nation in that category.
Quinn, who had been selected Pac-10 Player of the Week three times earlier in 2004-05, saw her season end early when she landed awkwardly on her knee while driving the lane for a shot against Arizona. She underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee a few days later and sat out the remainder of the year. The Bruins went 5-7 the rest of the way.
Willis Wins Gold -- Lisa Willis, the school's all-time three-point shot leader with 186, earned a gold medal as a member of the USA team at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey this past summer. Willis totaled 13 points, including three three-pointers in the gold medal game against Serbia-Montenegro. She also had 13 points and grabbed five rebounds in the semifinal win over Russia. Willis scored eight points in the quarterfinal round win over Taiwan. She totaled eight points and five steals in a win over China. The senior had eight points in the opening round win over the Czech Republic.
Bruins Enjoy Summer in Australia -- The Bruins spent June 24-July 2 in Australia and went 3-1 on its tour. Noelle Quinn and Lisa Willis each scored 22 points to lead the way for the Bruins in a 87-57 win over Sutherland. Willis scored 34 points in the overtime win against the Junior National team. Willis had 21, Lindsey Pluimer added 19 and Quinn totaled 16 in a 83-70 win over Bankstown. Quinn led the Bruins with 27 points in a 81-72 loss to Townsville. Willis and Quinn each averaged 20-plus points per game in Australia, with Willis leading the way with a 22.5 ppg average. Quinn averaged 20.5 ppg.