Women's Basketball Begins Pac-10 Tournament Play Saturday

Feb. 28, 2006

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Bruins Meet Cal on Saturday in San Jose -- The Bruins (17-10, 12-6, finished in third place in the Pac-10) will face California (18-10, 10-8, finished in sixth place in the Pac-10) in the quarterfinal round of the State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament. The teams split the regular season matchups with each winning the contest on its home court. The tournament game will take place on Saturday, Mar. 4 at 11 am at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. The winner of the game will advance to the semifinals on Sunday, Mar. 5 at 3 pm versus the winner of the Arizona State / Oregon State-Wash. State game to be played Saturday after the Bruins-Bears clash.

On Air -- All UCLA games in 2005-06 will be audio broadcast live on UCLA All-Access via UCLABruins.com. Play-by-play announcer Dave Marcus and color commentator Michael Sondheimer will begin coverage with The Bruins Countdown Show starting five minutes before the hour. The subscription fee for UCLA All-Access is $6.95/month at UCLABruins.com

UCLA's Pac-10 Tournament History -- All-Time Record: 3-4

2005 - San Jose, CA
#3 Arizona State 73, #6 UCLA 71 (Blue - 36 pts., 5 reb., 4 stl.; Willis - 25 pts., 7 reb., 4 ast.)

2004 - San Jose, CA
#4 UCLA 70, #5 Arizona State 50 (Quinn - 16 pts., 10 reb.; Blue - 14 pts., 8 reb.; Willis - 14 pts., 5 stl.); #1 Stanford 70, #4 UCLA 66 (Blue - 18 pts., 7 ast., 5 reb.; Quinn - 14 pts., 9 reb.)

2003 - San Jose, CA
#4 UCLA 71, #5 Oregon 58 (Blue - 30 pts., 8 stl., 6 ast.; Greco - 16 pts.); #1 Stanford 69, #4 UCLA 64 (Willis - 17 pts., Blue - 12 pts., 7 stl.)

2002 - Eugene, OR
#8 UCLA 46, #9 Cal 42; #1 Stanford 96, #8 UCLA 61.

All-Tournament team selections
2005 - Nikki Blue; 2004 - Nikki Blue; 2003 - Nikki Blue.

Blue Relishes Pac-10 Tournament Time -- Few players have had as much success in Pac-10 Tournament play as senior guard Nikki Blue. The Bruins' co-captain has averaged 22.0 ppg (110) in five tournament games and has been named to the All-Tournament team all three years, a feat only two other players have achieved. Blue holds the tournament record with eight steals, set against Oregon in 2003, a game in which she also scored 30 points. In 2005, she finished one point shy of the tournament scoring record with 36 points against Arizona State and became the first player in tournament history to make the All-Tournament team while playing in just one game.

Bruins Finish Third In Pac-10 -- With wins in five of their last six games, UCLA finished the regular season in third place in the Pac-10 Conference with a 12-6 league record. UCLA's 12 Pac-10 wins are the third-most in school history, and its No. 3 seeding in the Pac-10 Tournament is UCLA's highest in the Tournament's five-year history.

Willis Selected Pac-10 Player Of The Week For Second Time -- Senior guard Lisa Willis was awarded the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 20-26, her second honor this season. Willis led UCLA to its first road sweep of the season, averaging 20.5 points and 11 rebounds over the Oregon schools, giving UCLA sole possession of third place in the final regular season Conference standings. Willis had a career-high 14 rebounds in the win over Oregon and tied for the team lead in scoring with 17 points. At Oregon State, she scored a team-high 24 points.

Blue, Quinn Named to Naismith Trophy Mid-Season List -- Senior Nikki Blue and junior Noelle Quinn are amongst 30 mid-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless. The Trophy is presented annually to the National Player of the Year. UCLA is one of just six schools to have two or more players on the mid-season list.

Quinn Ranks in Top Three in Pac-10 Scoring, Rebounding, Assists -- Junior Noelle Quinn is averaging a career-best 18.3 points per game this season and 17.1 points per game for her career. She began the week ranked third in Pac-10 scoring (18.3), second in rebounding (8.1) and third in assists (4.07). She has 1,194 career points and joined teammates Nikki Blue (1,735) and Lisa Willis (1,578) in the Bruin women's 1,000-point club. UCLA has had three 1,000-point scorers on one team just one other time - in 2000 with Maylana Martin, Janae Hubbard and Marie Philman. Quinn has scored 20 points or more in eight of the last 11 games and is averaging 22.0 points (242) and 8.8 rebounds (97) while shooting 55.2% (96-174) from the field in those 11 games. She has had five double-doubles in that span.

All-Time Pac-10 Steals Leader Willis Ranks 9th In Nation -- With her first of four steals against Arizona on Jan. 6, senior Lisa Willis became the Pac-10's all-time leader in the category, moving past USC's Tammy Story (1989-92). She now totals 349, and her average of 3.4 steals per game entering the week leads the Pac-10 this season and was ranked ninth in the nation. Willis now ranks in the Top 10 on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,578 points and has held the school's three-point field goals record since last season with 237 and counting.

Blue Continues To Climb UCLA Charts, Passes Meyers in Assists -- Senior Nikki Blue continues to pass some big names on UCLA's all-time charts, moving past both Ann Meyers and Michelle Greco into sixth on the scoring chart with 1,735 career points. With 566 assists, Blue moved past Meyers into second place on the assists list, and she is also moving up the rebounds list, charting at 14th with 598 career boards. Nationally, Blue ranks 17th with a 5.7 assists per game mark. She remains third on UCLA's list for career steals with 310 and moved into sole possession of second on the Pac-10 career chart behind teammate Lisa Willis.

Quinn, Pluimer Earn Academic All-District Honors -- Junior Noelle Quinn and sophomore Lindsey Pluimer have been selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 women's basketball team. Quinn, who holds a 3.26 GPA in Sociology, was selected to the first team and is now eligible for the national Academic All-American ballot. Pluimer, a 3.67 student, received third-team honors and was one of just two underclassmen selected to the All-District 8 teams.

By The Numbers (Team) -- The Bruins have limited the last six opponents to a combined .364 shooting percentage (137-376) from the floor ... With 12 Pac-10 victories, the Bruins tied for the third-most conference wins in school history ... UCLA last had 12 wins in the 2002-03 season and has won more than 12 conference games only in the 1997-98 (14) and 1998-99 (15) seasons ... UCLA finished with a 10-2 (.833 winning percentage) home record, its best home record since the 1980-81 team went 15-2 (.882 winning percentage) ... Entering the week, the combined record (as of 2/27) of the opponents UCLA has lost to this season is 195-74 (counting USC twice) ... The Bruins have led at the half in all 16 wins this season ... Twelve of the Bruins' 16 wins have come in Los Angeles (2-0 at LMU Tournament, 10-2 in Pauley Pavilion, 0-1 at USC), with the five road wins coming at Clemson, Washington State, Arizona, Oregon State and Oregon ... UCLA has won 13 of the 16 games this season in which it has outrebounded/tied the opponent ... UCLA has been even or won the battle of the boards in 10 of the last 11 games (only Cal has beaten the Bruins on the boards, and that was by a 43-42 margin) ... In the 17 games UCLA has won, the Bruins have shot .492 from the field (537-1092), while opponents have shot .389 in the games (407-1047) ... In the 10 losses, the Bruins have shot .404 from the field (269-666), while the opponents have shot .464 (294-633) ... Seven of UCLA's 10 losses have been by single-digit margin... In those seven games, the Bruins lost by a combined total of 41 points (5.9 average) ... UCLA's combined margin of victory in the 17 wins is 273 points (16.1 points/game) ... In its 17 wins this season, the Bruins averaged 82.2 points (1397) per game, and in their 10 losses, they averaged 72.5 points (725) per contest ... UCLA entered the week ranked seventh in the nation in scoring offense (78.6), 18th in field goal percentage (.458), eighth in assists (17.74).

By The Numbers (Players) -- With 1,194 career points, Quinn has moved up to No. 16 on UCLA's all-time scoring list ... Nikki Blue is only the seventh UCLA woman to score over 1,700 career points (1,735), the fourth to record 500 assists (566) and the third to reach 300 steals (310) ... Blue has moved into 18th on the all-time Pac-10 scoring list and has moved past Michelle Greco for sixth place on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,735 points. She needs just 16 points to move into a tie for fifth place with Anita Ortega ... Lisa Willis' 10th point at home versus USC moved her into the all-time Bruins top 10 in scoring, and she currently has 1,578 points, just 11 points behind ninth-place Dora Dome.

About Cal -- Cal ended the regular season ranked second in the Pac-10 in both scoring defense (59.1) and field goal percentage defense (.370). The Golden Bears are third in rebounding defense (36.2) and fourth in field goal percentage (.434).

Freshman Devanei Hampton leads the Golden Bears and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with a 15.1 scoring average. Hampton also ranks third in the conference in rebounding (7.8), first in offensive boards (2.96). Freshman Ashley Walker ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in rebounding (7.7) and first in blocked shots (1.71). Freshman Alexis Gray-Lawson ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring (14.6). Freshman Jene Morris ranks third in the league in steals (2.35).

The Series With California -- UCLA leads the all-time series with the Golden Bears by a 37-10 margin. Cal won the first meeting of this season, 65-58, on Dec. 30 in Berkeley. Cal expanded on a 28-20 halftime lead to take a 37-22 lead with 14:16 to play. The Bruins sliced the advantage to four points on several occasions but could not get the lead. Lisa Willis led the Bruins with 17 points. UCLA shot a season-low 32% from the field.

In the second meeting in Los Angeles on Jan. 29, the Bruins used a basket by Lindsey Pluimer to send the game to overtime and key free throws in the last seconds of overtime by Nikki Blue and Noelle Quinn to beat the Golden Bears 90-87. Pluimer put back a missed Bruin shot with 12 seconds to play in regulation to tie the game at 80. Blue hit both ends of a one-plus-one situation with 26 seconds to play in overtime to put UCLA ahead, 88-87. Quinn, who finished with a game-high 25 points, made both ends of the bonus with six seconds left to play.

Feb. 25 - Bruins Top Oregon To Finish Third in Pac-10 -- The Bruins used some key rebounds by Amanda Livingston and Lisa Willis and a pair of free throws by Lindsey Pluimer to post a 66-65 win at Oregon. The win combined with losses by Washington and USC left UCLA in sole possession of third place in the Pac-10. Willis matched Pluimer's 17 points to tie for game-high honors and added a career-best 14 rebounds. After Oregon sliced the Bruin lead to one point with 45 seconds remaining, Noelle Quinn added one of two free throws with 22 seconds to go and Pluimer added two free throws with five seconds on the clock. Oregon hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to narrow the final margin to one.

Feb. 23 - Bruins Best Beavers -- The Bruins won for the sixth time in their last eight starts, posting a 72-59 win at Oregon State. After moving out to a 32-27 halftime lead, UCLA outscored the Beavers 10-2 to start the second half and put the game away. Lisa Willis scored 24 points to lead the Bruins. Noelle Quinn added 17 points and led the team with 14 rebounds.

Selection Monday -- The NCAA selection show will be televised on Monday, March 13 by ESPN at 4 pm PT. The Bruins have advanced to the NCAA tournament eight times - 2003-04 (1st rd.), 1999-00 (1st rd.), 1998-00 (Elite Eight), 1997-98 (2nd rd.), 1991-92 (Sweet 16), 1989-90 (1st rd.), 1984-85 (Sweet 16) and 1982-83 (1st rd.).

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