UCLA Kicks Off Second Half Of Pac-10 Play Against Washington Schools

Jan. 22, 2007

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UCLA Hosts Washington Schools -- UCLA (10-11, 4-5) will begin the second half of Pac-10 play on Friday, Jan. 26 by hosting Washington (13-7, 6-3) at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins host Washington State (5-14, 1-8, game at USC on Friday) on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. in Pauley. In the first meetings of the season in late December, UCLA bested Washington State, 74-71, behind Noelle Quinn's 24-point, nine-rebound, 10-assist effort and lost at Washington, 72-67, despite 19 points from Quinn and 18 from Lindsey Pluimer.

Live Coverage -- Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer will be mikeside for the audio broadcast of the games, beginning five minutes before the top of the hour with the Bruin Countdown pre-game show. Both games are available, free of charge, at uclabruins.com. The Washington State game will also air on 1150 am.

Think Pink -- The UCLA women's basketball staff will join forces with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) in its show of support for all coaches in the profession who are battling cancer. The Bruin staff will wear pink for this weekend's games to help promote cancer awareness.

Looking Ahead -- UCLA begins the month of February at the Oregon schools. UCLA plays at Oregon on Thurs., Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. and at Oregon State on Saturday, Feb. 3 (7 p.m.).

Quinn Becomes Fifth Bruin To Hit 1,600 pts/700 reb -- With 13 points and four rebounds on Thursday at Arizona State, senior guard Noelle Quinn became the fifth player in UCLA history to score at least 1,600 points and grab 700 rebounds for a career. The other Bruins to do so are All-Americans Denise Curry, Natalie Williams, Maylana Martin and Ann Meyers.

Quinn added 23 points, eight points and 10 assists against Arizona and is moving up the Top 10 career charts at UCLA for points (10th with 1,632), rebounds (ninth with 719) and assists (eighth with 399). She is also eighth in three-point shots made with 71. The team's leading scorer in 2007 has led or tied for the team scoring lead in seven of the last eight games.

More Honors For Quinn -- Add another honor to Noelle Quinn's growing list of accomplishments. She has been selected as a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which is presented annually to a NCAA Division I male and female senior basketball player who excels both on and off the court. In addition to this nomination, Quinn is also up for the Naismith Trophy, the Wooden Award and the Wade Trophy. She was named to Street & Smith's 'Terrific 10' list as one of the Top 10 players in the nation and was 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 enters the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in assists (6.33) and fifth in scoring (16.8). She ranks 10th nationally in assists per game.

Pluimer Powers Bruins -- Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer has had an impressive 2006-07 season, ranking second on the team in scoring (16.1 ppg) and third in rebounding (6.1 rpg). She scored 23 points at Arizona and added 17 against the Sun Devils last week. 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 (she has five 20-plus point games this 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. She enters the week ranked seventh in the conference in scoring average (16.1) and tied for fifth in offensive rebounding (2.71). She is also fifth in free throw percentage (.821) and eighth in blocked shots (0.81).

Livingston Zeroes In At Line -- Senior forward Amanda Livingston has made huge improvements in her free throw shooting. Her career free throw percentage entering the year was .618, and she shot .519 last season. This year, she not only has gone to the line with more frequency (59 attempts, more than double her total of 27 last year), but she has shot at a high percentage, ranking seventh in the conference with a .814 mark. Livingston, who had a streak of 19 consecutive made free throws snapped in the Oregon game, has four double-doubles this season, including a 16-point, 10-rebound effort versus Cal. She scored a season-high 18 points against Oregon.

Tenacious T -- Tierra Henderson enters the week third in the Pac-10 in steals (2.29 avg.). The sophomore guard had four steals each in wins over Washington State and Cal. At the Rainbow Classic, Henderson amassed 18 steals in three games, including a career-best seven against Gonzaga. She followed that up with six thefts vs. Sacramento State and five vs. Texas Tech.

All A-Board -- UCLA entered the week ranked third in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin with a +5.1 mark. The Bruins recorded a high of 57 rebounds in the season opener against UC Santa Barbara and have totaled 50+ rebounds in three games (UCSB, Sacramento State and UC Irvine) and 40+ in 11 games. They have won the battle of the boards in 15 of 21 games this year. Four of the Bruins' starting five average 5.5 rpg or higher - Lindsey Pluimer (6.1), Chinyere Ibekwe (6.6), Noelle Quinn (6.5) and Amanda Livingston (5.5). Pluimer enters the week ranked tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in offensive boards (2.71) with Chinyere Ibekwe.

The Series With Washington -- Washington owns a 26-17 lead in the series with the Bruins after winning the first meeting of the season on December 31, 2006 by a score of 72-67. The teams split last season's meetings, each winning on its home court. UCLA won 83-75 in Pauley (2/11/06) and dropped a 96-75 contest in Seattle (1/12/06).

Earlier this season in Seattle, the Bruins cut an 11-point Husky lead to four in the final minute of play, but could not get the lead. Quinn scored 19 and Pluimer added 18. Cameo Hicks had 22 points for UW. Last season in Seattle, Washington used a 20-2 run early in the second half to pull away from the Bruins. Pluimer had 19 points in that contest. In the meeting in Pauley, UCLA took a 13-point halftime lead and kept a double-digit cushion until the last two minutes of the contest. UW cut the margin to as little as five in the closing seconds. Quinn scored 23 and Pluimer added 15 for the Bruins.

The Huskies rate second in the Pac-10 in scoring offense (73.2), turnover margin (+5.0) and steals (10.3). They lead the league in offensive rebounds (17.6).

The Series With Washington State -- UCLA leads the series with the Cougars by a 35-6 count and has won the last 12 meetings. The Bruins pulled out a 74-71 win in the first meeting of the season on December 28, 2006.

UCLA won the first meeting in the series last season, 73-63, in Pullman, WA on Jan. 14. Noelle Quinn led all scorers and rebounders in the contest with 23 points and 10 caroms. The Bruins won last year's meeting in Pauley (Feb. 9, 2006) by a score of 77-50. The Bruins jumped out to a 19-2 lead in the game and were never headed. WSU was held to 32% shooting and the 50 points was the lowest by an opponent during the 2005-06 season. Quinn had 15 points for the Bruins.

Bruins Face Nation's Best In 2006-07 -- The Bruins have games scheduled against nine teams that were in the NCAA Tournament a year ago. UCLA has already played at Arizona State, Washington, Tennessee and New Mexico and hosted USC, Stanford, Cal, Oklahoma and Baylor. The Bruins have another go-round with the five other Pac-10 teams that made last year's NCAA Tournament.

UCLA's last win over a ranked team came in this season's Pac-10 opener against No. 15 (AP) California. 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

UCLA Earns Split in Desert -- UCLA held off a late charge by Arizona and came away with a 76-73 decision in Tucson. Noelle Quinn (eight rebs., 10 assists) and Lindsey Pluimer each scored 23 points. Amanda Livingston's put-back basket of a Quinn miss which gave UCLA a three-point lead with just under a minute to play was the key play of the game.

ASU Answers Early Wake-Up Call -- Playing an 11 am MT game, UCLA got off to a slow start against 10th-ranked Arizona State and never recovered, losing, 92-52, in Tempe. ASU hit 11 of its first 12 shots and raced off to a 27-10 lead halfway through the first period. Lindsey Pluimer led all players with 17 points and added seven rebounds. Chinyere Ibekwe grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds.

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