UCLA Travels To Oregon For Final Pac-10 Road Trip
Feb. 19, 2008
GAME 26: Thursday, Feb. 21
OPPONENT: Oregon State
GAME TIME: 7:00 pm
GAME SITE: Gill Coliseum (10,400)
TALENT: Dave Marcus (play-by-play), Jamila Veasley (color)
GAME 27: Saturday, Feb. 23
GAME TIME: 2:00 pm
GAME SITE: McArthur Court (9,087)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Northwest
UCLA TALENT: Dave Marcus (play-by-play), Jamila Veasley (color)
UCLA Heads To Oregon Schools
UCLA (13-12, 8-6 and fifth in the Pac-10) will travel to play this week at the Oregon schools. Oregon State (10-16, 3-12 in ninth place in the Pac-10) will host the Bruins on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The Bruins will play their final road contest of the season on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the University of Oregon (11-15, 5-10 in seventh place in the Pac-10).
About Oregon State
UCLA leads the series with the Beavers, 33-17, after winning the first meeting of the season, 74-70, on Jan. 26 in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins have won seven of the last eight overall series meetings and the last three contests played in Corvallis, including a 75-65 win last season.
First Game Recap: UCLA rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to deal the Beavers a 74-70 loss on Jan. 26, 2008. Tierra Henderson's career-high 16-point effort helped lead the way. Lindsey Pluimer added 18 points and eight rebounds.
Oregon State, which has dropped its last eight games, lost two close games at the Washington schools last week. WSU defeated the Beavers, 56-52, on Friday, and UW bested OSU, 58-53, on Sunday.
OSU senior guard Ashley Allen ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.2 ppg). Junior forward Tiffany Ducker ranks eighth in the conference in rebounding (6.6).
UCLA leads the series with the Ducks by a 25-22 count after winning four of the last five overall meetings. The Bruins won the first game of the season in Pauley by a score of 63-59 on Jan. 24. UCLA has split the last four games played in Eugene, losing last season by a score of 76-60.
First Game Recap: UCLA rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to best Oregon, 63-59, in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins forced 29 Duck turnovers, 18 in the second half, and used a 19-2 run in the later stages of the contest to pull out the win. Lindsey Pluimer led all scorers with 19 points. Doreena Campbell and Tierra Henderson combined for eight of UCLA's 12 second-half steals.
Oregon split a pair of games last week. The Ducks lost, 61-60, at Washington and won its last game, 70-67, on Sunday at Washington State to snap a seven-game losing skid.
Oregon leads the Pac-10 in free throw shooting (.720), and guard Taylor Lilley leads the league in 3-pt. shots made per game (2.31). Lilley began the week 12th in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.3).
Trojans Shoot Down Bruins
USC bested the Bruins, 49-36, to break a fourth-place tie in the Pac-10 standings between the teams. The Trojans led 22-12 at the half, holding UCLA to its lowest first-half point total ever in a game played in Pauley Pavilion. After UCLA narrowed the gap to 28-23 in the second half, the Trojans went on a 13-2 run to take control of the game. The 36 points scored by the Bruins matched the school mark for lowest points scored in a game. Tierra Henderson led UCLA with seven points. Doreena Campbell and Regina Rogers tied for the team's top rebound honors with eight. The game was played before 8,103 fans, the fourth largest UCLA women's home crowd in history.
The Bruin freshmen, ranked as the No. 4 recruiting class by HoopGurlz.com, have been as good as advertised, playing pivotal roles on the team. Three of the six freshmen have played in all 25 games, while a fourth has seen action in 24 games. Doreena Campbell has made 24 starts, Nina Earl 15, Darxia Morris 12, and Regina Rogers 11. Five freshmen are averaging in double figures minutes played. Three freshmen have been in the starting lineup for 12 games (6-6 record) this season. Five freshmen have been on the court at the same time for the Bruins in numerous games this season.
Making The Grade
Five members of the Bruin squad made the Director's Honor Roll (3.0 or better with at least 12 graded units) in the Fall Quarter - senior Lindsey Pluimer, sophomores Allison Taka and Alexis Olivier, and freshmen Doreena Campbell and Christina Nzekwe. Pluimer and Taka earned GPAs of 3.5 or above.
Bruins Vs. The Ranks
The Bruins' last victory against a nationally ranked opponent came on Jan. 4, 2008 against No. 2-ranked Stanford (69-56). It marked the first time the Bruin program has ever defeated a team ranked higher than fourth in the Associated Press poll. UCLA had defeated a team ranked as high as fourth on multiple occasions, the last time came on Nov. 28, 2004 in a 63-60 win over #4 Texas.
Pluimer Powers Bruins
UCLA's lone senior, forward Lindsey Pluimer, continues to lead the Bruins both on and off the court. Pluimer, a 2007-08 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award nominee, two-time Academic All-District selection and 2006-07 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, has started each game of her career (117).
In the home game versus Washington State (2/8/08), Pluimer moved into 10th on the all-time school rebound list. In the game at Washington (1/10/08), she became only the fifth Bruin to total at least 1,300 points, 650 rebounds and 75 blocked shots for a career, joining Ann Meyers, Necie Thompson, Natalie Williams and Maylana Martin. She is also one of just 13 Bruins to have scored at least 1,000 points and pulled down at least 600 rebounds. Pluimer currently ranks 13th on UCLA's career scoring list with 1,478 points, 10th in rebounds with 703 and tied for sixth in blocked shots with 83.
Pluimer has been named to the first-team CoSIDA / ESPN The Magazine District 8 Academic All-America team. Her name will now be placed on the national ballot with a chance to earn Academic All-America honors.
Campbell Strong All-Around
Guard Doreena Campbell has been a standout for the Bruins in all categories, averaging 8.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.46 assists, 1.71 steals and just 2.04 turnovers per game in 24 starts. She began the week ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ratio (1.69), No. 8 in assists (3.46) , 10th in steals (1.71) and 20th in rebounding (4.5). Campbell is first on the team in assists (83) and second in minutes per game (30.6). She moved into the all-time Bruin top-10 list for the freshman class (t-10th) with her 83rd assist of the season versus USC.
She recorded seven steals in the season opener at Cal State Northridge and had a career-high of eight assists at Arizona State. Campbell missed her only game of the season at Arizona while nursing a sprained ankle. She registered a career-best 38 minutes of action at home versus Cal. She matched her minutes played best at Washington while recording a new career-high with eight rebounds. She tied her career-best for rebounds with eight in the home game vs. USC.
Her Name Is Earl
Freshman forward Nina Earl ranks second on the team in scoring with a 9.2 average. Earl has scored in double figures nine times on the year and set career-highs in both scoring and rebounding when she recorded her first career double-double at Arizona (23 points, 10 rebounds). She has connected on 43.1% of her shots from the field which is second-best on the team.
Morris Back In Business
UCLA freshman guard Darxia Morris, from Pasadena, CA (Muir HS), suffered a knee injury during a weekend (Jan. 4, 6) in which she scored 20 points in a win over then-No. 2 Stanford and added 14 points, including 12 in the second half, against No. 10 Cal. She had started the previous six games and in 12 games overall this season.
Morris sat out two weeks (three games-UW, WSU, USC) of action before returning to the court vs. Oregon (Jan. 24). She came off the bench to score eight points in 20 minutes of action in the home game against the Ducks. Morris is currently averaging 8.3 points (fourth on the team). She began the week averaging 1.95 steals, which ranked seventh in the Pac-10 Conference.
Sophomore center Moniquee Alexander has shown big improvements, earning starts in 13 of the last 16 games. She had five rebounds at home against both then-No. 2 Stanford and then-No. 10 California and led the team with nine rebounds, including four offensive boards, at Washington. Against then-No. 1 Tennessee, Alexander scored a career-high 11 points on 5-5 shooting from the field. She equaled that point total against UC Riverside, scoring 11 points, and pulled down a season-high seven rebounds. Alexander had five rebounds and zero turnovers in the game at Arizona State and shot 4-6 from the field for eight points with four boards in the win at Arizona. On the year, she is averaging 4.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game and has played in 24 games with 15 overall starts. She sat out the Bruins' game at Stanford with a concussion and came off the bench in the home wins over the Washington schools. She returned to the starting lineup last week at home against USC.
Freshman center Regina Rogers totaled 16 rebounds on Nov. 28 at Pepperdine, including 10 on the offensive end. Her 16 rebounds were the most by a Bruin player since Kristee Porter had 16 boards against Arizona on Jan. 20, 2001. Rogers was ferocious on the defensive boards at Arizona State, recording 13, along with three blocked shots. She added five more boards at Arizona. Rogers is second on the team in rebounds per game (4.6 average) and blocks (14). Her rebound mark ranks 17th in the Pac-10. Her next blocked shot will move her into UCLA's freshman top-10 single-season list.
Pride Of Pasadena
Former teammates at Pasadena's John Muir HS, Tierra Henderson and Darxia Morris have paired up once again in UCLA's backcourt. Henderson, a junior, and Morris, a freshman, have started together in five games. They rank first and second on the team in steals, with Henderson totaling 51 and Morris 43. Henderson began the week ranked third in steals per game in the Pac-10 (2.04), and Morris was ranked seventh (1.95). Morris is second on the team in assists with 61 while averaging 8.3 points per game.
Henderson has long been known as the Bruins' defensive spark plug, but she has also upped her offensive game this year, averaging 7.5 points and leading the team in scoring with a career-high 16 in the comeback win over Oregon State. She also poured in 15 at Pepperdine. At Arizona, Henderson and Morris were the defensive duo, combining for 13 of UCLA's 17 steals on the day (Henderson with a career-high tying seven and Morris with a career-high six).
First To 100 Jerseys
Several Bruin teams will be wearing special jerseys or patches in 2007-08 to commemorate UCLA being the First to 100 NCAA Championships. The women's basketball team will don the new jerseys that have a different-colored 'C' in UCLA. The 'C' signifies the Roman numeral for 100.
Challenging '07-08 Schedule
The Bruins have already played host to the past two NCAA championship teams this season, 2005-06 title holder Maryland on Nov. 25; 2006-07 champ Tennessee on Dec. 19. In fact, UCLA has hosted teams ranked No. 1 (Tennessee), No. 2 (Stanford) and No. 3 (Maryland) at the time of the game this season.
In all, the Bruins have battled five teams which won their conference or conference tournaments a year ago - Tennessee (SEC), BYU (Mountain West), UC Riverside (Big West), Stanford (Pac-10), Idaho State (Big Sky). Nine opponents advanced to play in the NCAA Tournament in 2007 - Maryland, Idaho St., BYU, Tennessee, UC Riverside, Arizona St., Stanford, Cal, and Washington - and three more in the WNIT - Rice, San Diego, and Oregon.
Four of the five players to earn the starting nod from coach Kathy Olivier in the opener at Cal State Northridge made their first collegiate starts. Sophomores Erica Tukiainen and Moniquee Alexander and true freshmen Darxia Morris and Doreena Campbell each merited a starting assignment in their first games. It was the first time a Bruin team has started as many as two true freshmen in the first game of a season since the 2002-03 season when Julia Pitts and Nikki Blue were in the starting lineup at Hawaii. The last time the Bruins put out a starting lineup that included more than two freshmen in the starting lineup in the season opener was in the 1996-97 opener against St. Mary's when four freshmen, including three true freshmen, took the floor for the jump (true freshmen - Melanie Pearson, Maylana Martin, Carly Funicello; redshirt freshman Takiyah Jackson).
In game two against Rice, the Bruins started three freshmen - center Regina Rogers (1st start) and guards Campbell and Morris. Another freshman received her first starting assignment in game three against Cal Poly, as Nina Earl joined two other classmates (Rogers and Campbell) in the starting lineup.
The Bruins have utilized 10 different starting lineups in the 25 games this year.