Women's Basketball Team Travels To Oregon Schools
Jan. 30, 2007
UCLA Plays at Oregon on Thursday -- UCLA (12-11, 6-5) returns to the road and will put its three-game win streak on the line with a game at Oregon (11-9, 3-7) on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m The Bruins complete the trip on Saturday, Feb. 3 with a 7 p.m. game at Oregon State (8-11, 3-7 with a game versus USC on Thursday). UCLA began the second half of Pac-10 play with a pair of home wins over the Washington schools last week. The Bruins defeated Washington by a score of 73-67 on Friday behind 21 points and 12 rebounds by Noelle Quinn. UCLA used 59% second-half shooting to come from behind and best Washington State 73-70 on Sunday.
Live Coverage -- Dave Marcus 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. The game is available, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.
Looking Ahead -- UCLA returns to Los Angeles next week to play at USC on Saturday, Feb. 10 in an 11 a.m. game which will be televised locally on FSN Prime Ticket.
Quinn Becomes Second Bruin To Record 1,600 pts/ 700 reb/ 400 assists -- With her four assists against Washington (1/26), senior guard Noelle Quinn joined Ann Meyers as the only Bruins to have totaled at least 1,600 points, grab 700 rebounds and hand out over 400 assists for a career. With 13 points and four rebounds at Arizona State (1/18), Quinn became the fifth player in UCLA history to score at least 1,600 points and grab 700 rebounds for a career (the others: All-Americans Denise Curry, Natalie Williams, Maylana Martin and Ann Meyers).
Quinn is moving up the Top 10 career charts at UCLA for points (10th with 1,661), rebounds (ninth with 740) and assists (eighth with 408). She is also eighth in three-point shots made with 72. The team's leading scorer in 2007, Quinn has had more turnovers than assists in just two contests this season.
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 entered the week ranked second in the Pac-10 in assists (6.17) and fifth in scoring (16.6). She ranked 11th nationally in assists per game.
Pluimer Closes In on 1,000-Point Mark -- Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer has had an impressive 2006-07 season, ranking second on the team in scoring (16.0 ppg) and third in rebounding (6.2 rpg). The junior registered a double-double with 18 points and a career-best 13 rebounds in the home win over Washington State last week. She now has 991 points for her career and should soon become the 23rd Bruin player to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Pluimer is also closing in on the 500-rebound plateau, entering the week with 496 career boards.
At the Lobo Classic in New Mexico, Pluimer was named to the All-Tournament team after scoring a game-high 22 points vs. the host Lobos. She was also selected to the All-Tournament team in the Rainbow Wahine Classic after totaling 56 points in three games, including a career-high 27 against Sacramento State. She entered the week ranked tied for seventh in the conference in scoring average (16.0), fifth in offensive rebounding (2.74), second in free throw % (.833) and eighth in blocked shots (0.87).
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 (68 attempts, more than double her total of 27 last year), but she has shot at a high percentage, and entered the week ranked seventh in the conference with a .824 mark. Livingston, who had a streak of 19 consecutive made free throws snapped in the home Oregon game, has four double-doubles this season, including a 16-point, 10-rebound effort versus Cal. She scored a season-high 18 points at home against Oregon.
Tenacious T -- Tierra Henderson entered the week second in the Pac-10 in steals (2.34 avg.). She handed out a career-best seven assists in the home win over Washington State. Henderson totaled four steals in the home win over Washington. The sophomore guard had four steals each in wins over Washington State(a) and Cal. At the Rainbow Classic, Henderson amassed 18 steals in three games, including a career-best seven against Gonzaga.
Pac-10 Better The Second Time Around -- In both 2004 and 2006, UCLA has shown huge improvements in the second half of Pac-10 play, going 7-2 each season the second time around. In 2004, the Bruins started out Pac-10 play with a 4-5 record and averaged 63.9 points and 36.2 rebounds per game. In the second half, they went 7-2, averaging 74.1 points and 39.7 rebounds. In 2006, UCLA started 5-4 and averaged 74.0 points and 36.7 rebounds and then went 7-2 in the second half, averaging 79.0 points and 42.8 rebounds. The 2007 Bruins are already starting to form the same pattern, opening the second half of Pac-10 play 2-0 and averaging 73.0 points and 49.5 rebounds compared to a 4-5 first-half record with team averages of 67.3 points and 38.6 rebounds.
All A-Board -- UCLA entered the week ranked third in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin with a +5.8 mark. The Bruins recorded a high of 57 rebounds in the season opener against UC Santa Barbara and have totaled 50+ rebounds in four games (Washington(h), UCSB, Sacramento St. and UC Irvine) and 40+ in 13 games. They have won the battle of the boards in 17 of 23 games this year (last seven straight). Four starters average 5.2 rpg or higher - Pluimer (6.2), Ibekwe (6.6), Quinn (6.8) and Livingston (5.2).
The Series With Oregon -- UCLA leads the all-time series with the Ducks by a 24-21 count. The Bruins won the first meeting of this season in Pauley (1/7/07) by a score of 77-70 and have now captured three straight in the series. Pluimer and Quinn each scored 21 points to pace the Bruin attack in that first battle. The last three contests that have been played in Eugene have each been decided by seven points or less.
The Bruins won the last game played in Eugene (2/25/06) by a 66-65 score thanks to some late free throws by Pluimer who sank a pair with five seconds to play to give UCLA a four-point lead. The Ducks hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to narrow the final margin to one. Pluimer finished with 17 points.
The Series With Oregon State -- UCLA leads the series with the Beavers by a 31-17 count. The Bruins had won five straight in the series before OSU pulled out a 56-52 win in the first meeting of this season on Jan. 7. Quinn led UCLA with 13 points and eight rebounds in that game.
UCLA bested the Beavers 79-64 in Pauley last season (12/22/05) behind 31 points from Lisa Willis. Pluimer (10), Livingston (11) and Quinn (11) were also in double figures. The Bruins earned a 72-59 decision over OSU in Corvallis last season behind 24 points from Willis. Quinn added 17 points and grabbed 14 boards.
Bruins Face Nation's Best In 2006-07 -- The Bruins have played nine teams that were in the NCAA Tournament a year ago - Arizona State(a), Washington(h/a), Tennessee(a), New Mexico(a), USC(h), Stanford(h), Cal(h), Oklahoma(h) and Baylor(h).
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 Rally Past Cougars -- UCLA used 59% second-half shooting to help overcome a double-digit deficit and record a 73-70 win over Washington State. The Cougars led by 12 points early in the second half before Tierra Henderson and Shaina Zaidi led a Bruin charge which tied the game at 47. Henderson finished with 10 points and a career-best seven assists. Zaidi scored a career-best 14 points. Lindsey Pluimer added a game-high 18 points and pulled down a career-best 13 boards.
UCLA Bests Huskies -- UCLA used a three-point shot by Noelle Quinn with 35 seconds to play to power past the Huskies 73-67. Quinn's trey propelled the Bruins into a 69-67 lead. Outstanding defense and solid free throw shooting down the stretch clinched the win. Quinn finished with game-high totals of 21 points and 12 rebounds.
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