Women's Basketball Travels To UC Riverside Nov. 18

Nov. 17, 2006

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UCLA/UCR Meet In Battle Of 2006 Conference Tournament Champions -- Defending Pac-10 Tournament Champions UCLA (1-1, ranked No. 20 (AP)/21 (ESPN/USA Today) will head east on the 60 Freeway to face defending Big West Champions UC Riverside (0-2) on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Pacific. The game will take place at the UCR Student Recreation Center in the second game of a doubleheader with the UCR men's team, which faces Hope International University at 4 p.m.

UC Riverside dropped its first two games of the season, losing at Oklahoma State, 77-47, on Nov. 10 and at San Diego, 68-53, on Nov. 14. UCR captured the Big West Conference championship tournament title last season and advanced to the NCAA tournament, where it lost a first-round matchup with North Carolina. The Highlanders were picked by the conference coaches as the favorite in the Big West in 2006-07. Kemie Nkele, a 6-1 junior center, was a pre-season all-conference selection and scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the opening day loss to Oklahoma State.

Live Coverage -- UCLABruins.com will offer a free internet audio broadcast of Saturday's game. Tune in at 6:55 pm for the Bruins Countdown show with Dave Marcus and Darren Preston. The game will also be televised live on Charter Cable Television in Riverside and on KHIZ-TV in the Los Angeles area. Check your local listings for channel and programming information.

Looking Ahead -- UCLA hosts third-ranked Oklahoma on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in Pauley Pavilion. The Sooners will be the second of potentially three Top 5 teams the Bruins will face in the first three weeks of the season. Oklahoma is led by sophomore All-American Courtney Paris, who averaged 21.9 points and 15.0 rebounds per game last year.

No. 4/5 Tennessee Uses Strong Second-Half Start To Defeat Bruins -- UCLA hung with the No. 4/5 Tennessee Lady Vols for the first half of the contest but could not withstand a strong start to the second half by Tennessee. The Lady Vols opened the second half with a 10-0 run to turn a 10-point halftime lead into a 20-point lead, and the Bruins dropped an 83-60 decision in front of a crowd of nearly 12,000. Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 20 points, and Lindsey Pluimer added 17.

Bruins Best Gauchos in Opener -- UCLA opened the regular season with a 87-62 win over UC Santa Barbara in Pauley on Nov. 12. Lindsey Pluimer scored a career-high 23 points to pace the Bruins and grabbed a team-best 11 boards, one shy of her career-best. UCLA opened up the game with a 12-2 run in the last five minutes of the first half and led 43-31 at intermission. A 11-1 run early in the second half helped to open up a 21-point Bruin advantage and put the game under control. Noelle Quinn scored 13 points and handed out six assists.

Bruins Go 1-1 in Exhibitions -- UCLA used 18 points and 10 rebounds from Noelle Quinn and 17 points and seven rebounds from Lindsey Pluimer to top Team Concept, 79-73 on Nov. 5. Despite 14 points from returning starters Quinn, Pluimer and Amanda Livingston, UCLA dropped a 79-70 decision to Love and Basketball on Nov. 1 in Pauley Pavilion. Pluimer grabbed 12 rebounds, and Livingston added 11 to complete their double-doubles. Quinn handed out seven assists. Senior guard Shaina Zaidi was also in double digits with 10 points in a starting role.

Quinn Earns Pre-Season Acclaim -- The pre-season honors are piling up for senior guard Noelle Quinn. She was named to the pre-season Wade Watch List and is a pre-season candidate for the Wooden Award for the third consecutive year. She was also named to Street & Smith's 'Terrific 10' list as one of the Top 10 players in the nation and is listed by ESPN.com as one of the Top 5 players in the nation at the wing position. Additionally, Quinn was named to the pre-season All-Pac-10 team for the third straight year.

Pluimer Starts Strong -- Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer has had an impressive start to the season. In the Bruins' two games so far, Pluimer has averaged 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds. In the opener against UC Santa Barbara, she scored a career-high 23 points on 8-12 shooting from the field and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. At Tennessee, she scored 17 points with four boards. Pluimer was also impressive in the exhibition games. She tied for the team lead in scoring against Love & Basketball with 14 points and led the team with 12 rebounds. Against Team Concept, she scored 17 points with seven rebounds.

Bruins Return Eight for 2006-07 -- Coach Kathy Olivier welcomes back eight returning letterwinners for the 2006-07 season. Headlining the list is senior guard Noelle Quinn, an honorable mention AP All-American and the leading scorer and rebounder (18.1/ 8.2) on last year's team. Two other starters return - 6-4 junior forward Lindsey Pluimer and 6-1 senior forward Amanda Livingston. Also back are guards Shaina Zaidi (senior) and Tierra Henderson (sophomore), as well as frontcourt players forward Julia Pitts (senior), forward/center Consuelo Lezcano (senior) and center Chinyere Ibekwe (sophomore).

The Bruins add six freshmen to the team - 6-6 center Moniquee Alexander of the Edison Academic Center at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, guard/forward Amy Horton of Haralson County HS in Tallapoosa, GA, forward/guard Erica Latimer of Windward HS in Los Angeles and guards Jerica Williams of Mt. Miguel HS in the San Diego area, Alexis Olivier (Los Alamitos HS) and Allison Taka (Culver City HS).

Challenging Schedule Set for 2006-07 -- The Bruins could see action against as many as 10 teams which were in the NCAA Tournament a year ago (Tennessee, Baylor, Oklahoma, California, USC, Washington, Stanford, Arizona State, New Mexico, North Carolina). UCLA already played at Tennessee on November 16 and will next host Big XII teams from Oklahoma and Baylor on November 21 and December 17, respectively. The Bruins could also meet North Carolina and New Mexico in Holiday tournament action.

UCLA Ranked In Top 25 in Four Polls -- UCLA received No. 23 pre-season national rankings in the AP and the WBCA/USA Today/ESPN coaches' polls. Athlon Sports' pre-season national poll had UCLA ranked No. 15, and CSTV.com ranked the Bruins No. 19. Many of UCLA's 2006-07 opponents are also ranked in the Top 25. The WBCA/USA Today/ ESPN coaches' poll showed the Bruins with potential matchups with #2 North Carolina, #3 Oklahoma, #4 Stanford, #5 Tennessee, #12 Arizona State, #18 Baylor, #20 New Mexico, #21 Cal, #22 USC and #25 Washington. The AP poll has nine of UCLA's potential opponents ranked - #2 North Carolina, #3 Oklahoma, #4 Stanford, #5 Tennessee, #13 Arizona State, #18 New Mexico, #19 Baylor, #21 California and #22 USC.

San Jose to Host Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament -- The 2006-07 season will conclude with the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament to be played once again this season at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA on March 2-5. All conference schools will participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA tournament. The team that finishes the regular season atop the Pac-10 standings is the conference champion.

What's Returning ? -- UCLA returns 57% of the total field goals made; 60% of the games started; 56% of the minutes played; 63% of the rebounds pulled down; 22% of the three-point field goals made; 38% of the assists handed out; 37% of the steals made; 65% of the blocked shots made.

Quinn One of Eight -- Noelle Quinn's scoring and rebounding averages of 18.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game placed her among the Bruin elite. She is one of just eight Bruins to have averaged at least 18 points and eight rebounds in a season. The other eight include Denise Curry (four times, 1978-1981), Natalie Williams (three times, 1992-94), Ann Meyers (two times, 1978 & 1975), Maylana Martin (one time, 1999), Rehema Stephens (one time, 1991), Dora Dome (one time, 1988), Necie Thompson (one time, 1982).

Coaches, Media Pick Bruins To Finish Sixth In Pac-10 -- The Pac-10 women's basketball coaches picked UCLA to finish sixth in the conference in the annual pre-season poll. Stanford, with nine first-place votes, was the solid choice to finish first. The Cardinal (81 points) was followed by Arizona State (one first-place vote, 70), USC (63), California and Washington (53), UCLA (46), Arizona (32), Oregon (22), Washington State (16) and Oregon State (14). In the media poll, Stanford is ranked No. 1, receiving all 11 first-place votes. Arizona State is second, followed by USC, California, Washington, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State.

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