Women's Basketball Team Ends Washington Road Trip In Pullman Saturday

Jan. 13, 2006

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Bruins Face Cougars Saturday At 1 pm -- The UCLA women's basketball team (9-7, 4-3 in the Pac-10) will take on Washington State (6-9, 0-6) on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 1 pm in Pullman. The Bruins will be seeking their first Pac-10 road win of the season.

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 three 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.

Willis Becomes All-Time Pac-10 Steals Leader -- With her first of four steals against Arizona last Friday, Lisa Willis became the Pac-10's all-time leader in the category. Willis was tied for first with USC's Tammy Story (1989-92) on the Pac-10 career steals list and now has 320.

By The Numbers (Team) -- The combined record (as of 1/12) of the opponents UCLA has lost to this season is 78-24 ... The Bruins have led at the half in all nine wins this season ... Eight of the Bruins' nine wins have come in Los Angeles (2-0 at LMU, 6-1 in Pauley Pavilion ), with the only road win coming at Clemson ... UCLA has won all six games this season in which it has outrebounded the opponent ... Five of UCLA's seven losses have been by single-digit margins ... In those five games, the Bruins lost by a combined total of 34 points (6.8 average) ... UCLA's combined margin of victory in the nine wins is 175 points (19.4 points/game) ... UCLA entered the week ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense (79.5), 20th in field goal percentage (.462), 16th in assists (17.6) and tied for 24th in steals (11.6).

By The Numbers (Players) -- Lisa Willis entered the week ranked 25th in the nation in scoring (19.5) and tied for seventh in steals per game (4.0) ... Nikki Blue was 29th in the nation in assists (5.4) ... With 24 points and six assists against Washington, Blue hit two milestones, surpassing the 1,600-point and 500-assist plateaus ... Blue is only the eighth UCLA woman to score over 1,600 career points (she now has 1,604) and the fourth to record 500 assists ... Blue moved ahead of Dora Dome into eighth place on the all-time Bruin scoring list and leapfrogged into 26th on the all-time Pac-10 list (25th is Teresa Palmisano of Cal-1610, 24th is Megan Franza of Washington-1612, 23rd is Elizabeth Pickney of Arizona-1620, 22nd is Jennifer Azzi of Stanford-1634) ... Blue is also moving up the Pac-10 career steals chart, checking in at No. 4 with 297 ... With 13 more steals, Blue could surpass the Pac-10 career leader heading into the season, Tammy Story, putting her and Willis at 1-2 all-time ... Ortal Oren has hit 5-10 three-point shots in her last 10 games ... Chinyere Ibekwe is shooting 23-for-37 from the field in her last seven games and is averaging 7.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in Conference play.

About Washington State -- WSU got off to a 6-1 start to the season, but enters Saturday's game having lost its last seven games. The Cougars began the week ranked third in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting (.706), third in rebounding offense (41.4) and second in rebounding defense (35.1); second in rebounding margin (+6.3) and second in defensive rebounds (26.86). Kate Benz leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (10.5), and Keisha Moore is ninth (6.7). Benz leads the conference in defensive rebounds (7.71) and is second in offensive rebounds (2.79). Charmaine Jones is seventh in the Pac-10 in assists (3.58). Katie Appleton is seventh in the conference in three-point shots made (1.93/g). Moore is fifth in blocked shots (1.42).

The Series With Washington State -- UCLA leads the series, which dates back to 1987, by a count of 32-6. The Bruins have won the last nine meetings, including a 68-63 win in Pauley on Feb. 6, 2005 and a 89-69 victory in Pullman on Jan. 7, 2005. UCLA rallied from a 35-29 halftime deficit to best the Cougars in Pauley last year. Nikki Blue led UCLA with 22 points. In the game at Pullman, Lisa Willis keyed a second-half surge with 17 of her game-high 25 points.

Jan. 12 - #25 Washington Races Past UCLA, 96-75 -- UCLA was unable to capitalize on season-high efforts from Nikki Blue (24 points) and Lindsey Pluimer (19 points), falling to 25th-ranked Washington, 96-75. The Huskies, who won their 12th consecutive home game, outrebounded the Bruins by a 49-33 margin and used a 20-2 run early in the second half to pull away.

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