UCLA Rings In 2006 With New Year's Day Matchup At No. 14 Stanford
Dec. 31, 2005
Bruins At Stanford on New Year's Day -- The UCLA women's basketball team (7-5, 2-1 in the Pac-10) will begin the New Year with a Sunday matchup at No. 14 Stanford (7-3, 2-1) in Maples Pavilion at 1 pm. The game will be nationally televised by Fox Sports Net.
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.
In addition, the Bruins' next five 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.
Where UCLA Ranks Nationally -- In last week's national stats, UCLA ranked in the Top 20 in three statistical categories - scoring average (6th - 82.8), field goal percentage (16th - .472) and three-point field goal percentage (14th - .408). Lisa Willis ranked 20th in scoring (20.3) and T-24th in steals (3.2).
About Stanford -- The Cardinal is led by All-American sophomore Candice Wiggins, last year's Pac-10 Player and Freshman of the Year. Wiggins ranks amongst the Pac-10's best in scoring (2nd, 18.1), assists (8th, 3.64), steals (7th, 2.27), and three-point shots made (2nd, 2.27). Center Brooke Smith also ranks amongst the league's leaders in scoring (4th, 16.9), field goal percentage (3rd, .571) and blocked shots (3rd, 1.64), while guard Krista Rappahahn is the Pac-10 leader in three-point field goals made (2.73). Stanford is wrapping up a three-games in five-days stretch, during which it lost at Boston College on Dec. 28, 69-77, before defeating USC at home on Dec. 30, 77-56.
The Series With the Cardinal -- Stanford lead the series, which dates back to 1978, by a margin of 35-19. The Cardinal won both meetings last season, winning 81-68 in Pauley Pavilion (2/20/05) and 100-75 at Stanford (1/20/05).
In the game at Stanford, UCLA, playing in its first game without Noelle Quinn, fell behind 46-31 at halftime and dropped a 100-75 decision. Lisa Willis had seven three-point shots and 25 points for the Bruins. Nikki Blue topped the Bruins with 26 points, 14 at the free throw line. In the game in Pauley, UCLA jumped out to a 27-20 lead with 5:15 to play in the first half. However, Stanford ended the half on a 23-4 run. Blue, with 24 points, led UCLA with her sixth-straight 20-point scoring game. Lindsey Pluimer pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked three shots.
By The Numbers -- All five of UCLA's losses this year have been by single-digit margins. In those five games, the Bruins have lost by a combined total of 34 points (6.8 average). Their combined margin of victory in the seven wins is 160 points (22.9 points per game) ... With 10 points against Pepperdine, Nikki Blue became only the 10th UCLA woman to score over 1,500 career points (she now has 1,546) ... Blue passed Bruin assistant coach Trisha Stafford-Odom for 30th place on the Pac-10 career scoring charts after scoring 15 points against Oregon. Stafford-Odom, who played at Cal, had 1,530 career points ... Blue moved into fourth on UCLA's career assists list with 486 and is tied for third on the steals list with 288 ... Lisa Willis moved into a tie for third with Megan Franza of Washington (1988-01) on the Pac-10 career charts with 211 three-point shots made ... Willis moved into second on the Pac-10 career steals list with 307 and needs just two more to tie the Pac-10 record, held by Tammy Story of USC (1989-92) ... Blue moved into a tie for fourth on the Pac-10 career steals chart with 288 ... Senior guard Ortal Oren has hit 5-6 three-point shots in her last six games ... Freshman center Chinyere Ibekwe is shooting 9-for-11 from the field in her last four games.
Dec. 30 - Bruins Drop First Pac-10 Game At Cal -- The Bruins scored a season-low 58 points and shot a season-low 32.3% from the field in a 65-58 loss at Cal. Lisa Willis led UCLA with 17 points and eight rebounds and also added six steals. Noelle Quinn was the only other Bruin in double-figures, scoring 11. The Bruins threatened Cal, trimming the lead to five with 3:41 to play, but a banked three-point shot by Ashley Walker more or less put an end to the Bruins' comeback, and the Bears hit 8-10 free throws down the stretch.
Dec. 22 - Bruins Down Oregon State - Lisa Willis scored a career-high tying 31 points to lead the Bruins past Oregon State 79-64. Willis, who added a career-best nine steals, scored 16 of her 31 points in the final 4:22 of the game to help the Bruins break open a close contest. Noelle Quinn, who pulled down a team-best seven boards, and Amanda Livingston each added 11 points.
Dec. 20 - Bruins Open Pac-10 Play With Win Over Oregon - UCLA opened Pac-10 play with an 82-63 win over Oregon. The Bruins opened up a 13-point first half lead but saw the Ducks close to within 37-31 at the half. After Oregon had taken a 45-44 lead with 15 minutes to play, UCLA went on a 12-0 run to help break the game open. Noelle Quinn led a balanced Bruin attack with 16 points. Nikki Blue added 15 and handed out nine assists.
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.
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 53.4 points, 20.5 rebounds, 14.4 assists and nine steals per game.
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.