Women's Basketball Returns Home To Play Ninth-Ranked Baylor On Sunday

Dec. 12, 2006

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UCLA Hosts Baylor -- Defending Pac-10 Tournament Champions UCLA (6-5) return home for the first time in almost a month and will host No. 9 Baylor (9-1, game at home vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 13 ) on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m. in a game to be televised nationally by FSN. This will be just UCLA's third home contest of the season and the first since a Nov. 21 date against No.3-ranked Oklahoma.

The Bruins dropped a hard-fought 72-63 decision at now-No. 22 New Mexico on Saturday (Dec. 9) in the championship game of the Southwest Airlines Lobo Classic. UCLA bested Delaware State (64-54) in the first round of the Classic. Lindsey Pluimer (22 points v. New Mexico / 16 v. Delaware St.) and Noelle Quinn (15 pts., 8 ast. v. New Mexico / 17 pts., 6 ast. v. Delaware St.) were named to the All-Tournament team.

Live Coverage -- Sunday's game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. In Los Angeles, Fox Sports Prime Ticket will carry the game. Jim Watson and Mary Murphy will call the game. UCLABruins.com will also offer a free internet audio broadcast of the game with Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer mikeside, beginning at 12:25 p.m. with the Bruin Countdown pre-game show. Gametracker live stats will also be provided at UCLABruins.com.

Looking Ahead -- UCLA begins Pac-10 Conference play with home dates versus No. 15-ranked Cal on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7 pm and No. 14-ranked Stanford on Friday, Dec. 22 at 2 pm.

More On Baylor -- This will be UCLA's seventh meeting with Baylor in a series which dates back to a 83-79 Bruin win in Pauley on Dec. 4, 1976. Baylor leads the series by a 4-2 count and has captured the last three meetings, including an 93-85 win last season in Waco, TX. UCLA's last series victory came in a Dec. 7, 1996 contest played in Pauley Pavilion, with the Bruins winning by a score of 58-55. UCLA owns a 2-1 record against Baylor in Pauley.

Baylor is led by 6-1 senior forward Bernice Mosby, who is averaging 19.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. The Lady Bears' lone loss was at home to Purdue (55-69) in the Preseason WNIT. Six-foot-three freshman Danielle Wilson has 33 blocked shots.

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 both the Naismith Trophy and 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. She entered the week ranked first in the Pac-10 in assists (6.36) and eighth in scoring (15.7). Quinn was named to the all-tournament team at the Lobo Classic.

Pluimer Powers Bruins -- Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer has had an impressive start to the season, leading the team in scoring (16.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg). At the Lobo Classic in New Mexico, she was named to the All-Tournament team after scoring a game-high 22 points vs. the host Lobos, her third 20-plus point game of the year. She was also selected to the All-Tournament team in the Rainbow Wahine Classic after scoring 14 against Gonzaga, a career-high 27 against Sacramento State and 15 versus Texas Tech.Pluimer posted a double-double in the season opener against UC Santa Barbara, totalling 23 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. She entered the week ranked sixth in the conference in scoring average (16.8), ninth in rebounding (6.9) and tied for 10th in blocked shots (0.82).

Henderson Steals Way to Second on Pac-10 List -- Sophomore guard Tierra Henderson began the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in steals average (2.73) and tied for first in total steals (30). She amassed 18 steals in three games at the Rainbow Classic, including a career-best seven against Gonzaga. She followed that up with six thefts vs. Sacramento State and five vs.Texas Tech.

Livingston Shoots into Pac-10 Rankings -- Senior forward Amanda Livingston has connected on 13 of her last 24 shots from the field and now ranks fifth overall in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.574). She is also tied for seventh in the conference with a .778 free throw percentage. Livingston leads the team with three double-doubles this season, including a 10-point, 10-rebound effort in her last game at New Mexico.

Bruins Face Nation's Best In 2006-07 -- The Bruins have games scheduled against eight teams that were in the NCAA Tournament a year ago. UCLA has already played at Tennessee and New Mexico and hosted Oklahoma. Still looming on the schedule are Baylor, Cal, USC, Washington, Stanford and Arizona State.

The Baylor game will be the second of four-straight contests the Bruins will play against nationally ranked opponents (New Mexico, Baylor, Cal, Stanford).

UCLA's last win over a ranked team came in the first round of last year's NCAA tournament over then No. 23-ranked Bowling Green. UCLA's last win over a top-10 ranked team came last season against No. 9 Arizona State on Jan. 8, 2006. The Bruins defeated five teams ranked in the top 15 last season.

Recent Game Recaps

Late New Mexico Charge Sinks Bruins -- UCLA dropped a 72-63 decision to No. 23 New Mexico in the championship game of the Lobo Classic. Lindsey Pluimer led the Bruins with 22 points and Noelle Quinn added 15 and eight assists. New Mexico, which led by one at the half, used a 13-2 run late in the game to earn the win. The host team led 54-53 with 6:34 to play before going on the run. UCLA missed seven of eight shots during that stretch while the Lobos hit six straight shots.

Bruin Defense Holds Delaware State, 64-54 -- UCLA had its strongest defensive effort of the season, limiting Delaware State to an opponent-low 54 points and 19 field goals in a 64-54 victory at the Southwest Airlines Lobo Classic. The Bruins trailed by one point at halftime. A Tierra Henderson three-pointer with 12:48 remaining in the game gave UCLA a 40-38 lead it would not relinquish. Noelle Quinn led all players with 17 points and six assists. Lindsey Pluimer added 16 points and Amanda Livingston had 11 points with eight boards.

Bruins Best Anteaters in Irvine -- UCLA used a 21-point, 10-rebound effort from Noelle Quinn to best UC Irvine 66-62. Chinyere Ibekwe (11) and Lindsey Pluimer (12) also finished in double digits in rebounds. Shaina Zaidi came off the bench to score a career-best 12 points, including several key second half baskets. UCLA led 60-47 at the 8:07 mark and had to hold off a late charge after UCI closed to within three points in the last two minutes of the contest.

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