UCLA Women Open Pac-10 Play Tuesday Against Oregon
Dec. 20, 2005
Bruins Start Conference Play Tuesday -- The UCLA women's basketball team (5-4) begins Pac-10 Conference play on Tuesday, Dec. 20 with a 7 pm matchup against Oregon (8-1) in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins will host Oregon State (6-1, lone loss, 53-62 at Utah) on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7 pm before breaking for the holidays.
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. UCLA's Dec. 20 game against Oregon will be televised in Oregon on ESPN Regional, and the Bruins' Dec. 22 game against Oregon State will be radio broadcast live in LA on XTRA Sports 690.
In addition, the Bruins' next seven home games will be available on live streaming video on UCLA All-Access via UCLABruins.com. The subscription fee for UCLA All-Access is $6.95/month.
UCLA Hosts Toy Drive -- The Bruins are sponsoring a toy drive to benefit the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. Fans who bring a new and unwrapped toy to the UCLA women's basketball games on Tuesday, Dec. 20 or Thursday, Dec. 22 will receive a free general admission ticket. Toys will be collected at Gate 1 and upper Gate 2.
Where UCLA Ranks Nationally -- In last week's national stats, UCLA ranked in the Top 20 in three statistical categories - scoring average (5th - 80.3), field goal percentage (14th - .478) and three-point field goal percentage (20th - .398). Lisa Willis and Noelle Quinn ranked in the Top 40 in scoring, with Willis tied for 27th (19.4) and Quinn ranked 39th (18.4). Willis was tied for 23rd in steals (3.3).
About Oregon -- The Ducks have won seven consecutive games and hold a 8-1 overall record (lone loss to Temple, 46-51). Oregon boasts one of the stingiest defenses in the nation, holding opponents to just 48.7 points per game and a 29.5% field goal percentage. Sophomore center Gabrielle Richards leads the team in scoring (12.0) and rebounding (6.7).
The Series With Oregon -- The series between UCLA and Oregon is tied at 21. The two teams split the series last year, with each team winning at home. UCLA defeated Oregon in Pauley Pavilion, 70-54, on Jan. 4 but lost at Mac Court on Jan. 27, 71-78. In the UCLA home game, the Bruins outscored the Ducks 44-26 in the second half to erase a two-point halftime deficit. Nikki Blue led UCLA with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Noelle Quinn had 15 points and nine boards. In the game at Eugene, the Ducks won the battle of the boards, 50-30, and received a career-high 28 points from reserve guard Brandi Davis. Lisa Willis led UCLA with 24 points, and Blue and Amanda Livingston each added 15.
By The Numbers -- In UCLA's four losses this year, the Bruins lost by a combined total of 26 points (6.5 average). Their combined margin of victory in the five wins is 126 points (25.2 points per game) ... UCLA's starters are shooting a combined 49.4% (228-462) from the field, 41.8% (41-98) from the three-point line and 79.3% (115-145) from the free throw line ... With 10 points against Pepperdine two weeks ago, Nikki Blue became only the 10th UCLA woman to score over 1,500 career points (she now has 1,519) ... Blue moved into UCLA's all-time Top 5 for career assists with 460 and needs 10 more assists to move into fourth place ... Lisa Willis moved into a tie for fifth on the Pac-10 career charts with 208 three-point shots made ... She also moved into a tie for fourth on the Pac-10 career steals list with 286. She needs just two more to tie Michelle Greco for third ... Blue moved into seventh on the Pac-10 career steals chart with 277.
Gauchos Come Back To Defeat UCLA In OT -- UC Santa Barbara overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to send the game into overtime on a Jessica Wilson driving layup just ahead of the buzzer. In the overtime, the Gauchos outscored the Bruins, 16-7, with Wilson scoring 11 of the 16 Gaucho points. Lisa Willis led all players with 28 points for the Bruins, who were playing without starting forward Amanda Livingston, who did not suit up due to flu-like symptoms.
UCLA Runs Past Pepperdine - Noelle Quinn scored 24 points to help lead the Bruins past Pepperdine, 95-56, in Pauley. Lisa Willis added her fifth 20-point game of the season with an even 20 points. The Bruins shot 63% in the first half against the Waves and enjoyed a 46-26 advantage at the break.
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.
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.
Pre-Season Prognosticators -- The Bruins were picked No. 16 by the Lindy's Magazine, No. 21 by ESPN.com and No. 22 by the Women's Basketball News Service. In the pre-season Pac-10 polls, the media picked the Bruins to finish second with two first-place votes, and the coaches selected UCLA to finish fourth.
The Triple Threat -- Coach Kathy Olivier returns 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. This season, the Triple Threat is as strong as ever, averaging a combined 51.5 points, 19.75 rebounds and 11.3 assists per game while shooting 50.3% from the field.
Willis Wins Gold -- Lisa Willis, the school's all-time three-point shot leader, 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.