UCLA Hosts San Diego On Sunday

Dec. 8, 2008

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DATE: Dec. 14, 2008
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
TIP-OFF: 2 p.m.
VIDEO/AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus, Mike Sondheimer, Tracy Murray
WEB: uclabruins.com
UCLA TICKETS: $12 adults/ $10 youth (Reserved), $8 adults/ $6 youth (GA); UCLA students free w/ ticket from CTO (310-UCLA-WIN)

Bruins Host San Diego
UCLA, winners of four straight and now 6-1 on the season after a 62-47 win over Nevada on Sunday, wraps up a four-game homestand with a contest against the University of San Diego on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are off to their best start to a season since opening the 2004-05 campaign with a 6-1 record.

San Diego owns a record of 6-3 after winning a pair of games against BYU Hawaii and Utah Valley State in a tournament held in Hawaii. The Toreros will play at Arizona on Dec. 11 before heading to Pauley. USD is led by 6-0 senior forward Kiva Herman, who averages 17.3 ppg, and 6-5 senior center Amber Sprague, who scores at a 16.7 ppg clip. UCLA leads the series by a 7-3 margin, but San Diego has won the last three games played between the teams. The Toreros won last year's matchup, played in San Diego, by a score of 63-57. Sprague scored 30 points on the Bruins in that game, while Nina Earl led UCLA with 12.

Game 7: Nevada Recap
UCLA held Nevada to an opponent season-low 25.5% shooting percentage while earning a 62-47 win. Darxia Morris led UCLA with 10 points and six assists. Chinyere Ibekwe pulled down 12 rebounds and added eight points. The 47 points scored by Nevada was the lowest by a Bruin opponent since Arizona State registered 44 points in a Jan. 2005 game.

Game 6: CSUB Recap
UCLA recorded another victory over a local rival, blasting CSU Bakersfield by a 104-57 count. The Bruins achieved season-highs in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and three-point field goals. Christina Nzekwe recorded a career-high in points for the second game in a row, totaling 13 to tie for team-high honors with Doreena Campbell. Also with a career-high was Rebekah Gardner with 12 points.

Shot of A Lifetime
At every home game, one lucky fan will have an opportunity to win an escalating prize of at least $100,000 at every UCLA women's basketball home game in the halftime contest 'Shot of a Lifetime'.

Fans can sign up to participate prior to tipoff inside Gate 16 of Pauley Pavilion, and one contestant will be chosen at random. That lucky fan will have 25 seconds to make (in order) a shot from behind the left elbow, a shot from behind the right elbow, a three-pointer from the top of the key, and a half-court shot. The grand prize for making these four shots in the time limit is at least $100,000. For every game that does not have a winner, the prize value will increase by $10,000. If no one has won the grand prize by the final home game of the season, that game's participant will be shooting for a quarter of a million dollars. The prize is currently at $150,000.

Free Tickets, Full Ride
UCLA students will have an opportunity to win a full $21,000 UCLA scholarship in a promotion called 'Free Tickets, Full Ride'. By attending any of the first 10 regular season women's basketball home games, current UCLA students will accumulate points towards a chance at the scholarship prize. For every game they attend, students will receive 10 points. Attending the Dec. 21 game vs. Kansas and the Jan. 11 game vs. USC will double their cumulative point total. At halftime of the USC game, one student will be randomly drawn as the winner. The more games you attend, the more chances you have to win.

Combo Ticket Package
Fans purchasing two tickets to the UCLA vs. Kansas women's basketball game on Dec. 21 will get the opportunity to buy two tickets for the men's basketball game between UCLA and Notre Dame scheduled for Feb. 7. The price of the combo package is $104. Women's tickets are located in sections 104-105, and the men's tickets are located in section 310.

Upcoming Game Promotions
A limited amount of free game program posters will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program poster for the next two games features Bruin freshmen Rebekah Gardner and Atonye Nyingifa. Following Sunday's game vs. San Diego, Tierra Henderson and Candice Brown will be signing autographs by Gate 12 on the concourse level.

For the Dec. 21 Kansas game, the first 1,000 Bruin fans through the door will receive a free UCLA Basketball drawstring backpack. The game is also a double your points day for the Free Tickets, Full Ride student promotion, which offers UCLA students a chance at winning a $21,000 scholarship prize.

Nation's Best On Boards
For the second week in a row, UCLA ranks first in the nation in rebound margin, increasing its nation-leading margin to +20.1. The all-time NCAA record is +18.3, held by the 1990 Louisiana Tech squad. In the Pac-10 Conference, the Bruins lead the second-ranked team Oregon State by +11.1. UCLA has outrebounded every opponent this season and has recorded 54 rebounds in each of the last three games and 50+ in five of seven games.

Senior Chinyere Ibekwe has led UCLA in rebounding in six of the team's seven games, posting three double-digit totals (14 vs. CSUF, a career-high 15 vs. CSUN, 12 vs. Nevada). She ranks 21st in the nation and second in the conference in rebounding (behind her sister Ify Ibekwe from Arizona) with an average of 10.6 and is tops in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds with an average of 4.4. As a team, UCLA leads the conference in offensive rebounding at 22.0 per contest.

Defense Delivers
UCLA has held its opponents to an average of 58.6 points per game this season and has kept opponents to under 60 points in five of its last six games, with a low of 47 scored by Nevada. The last four Bruin opponents - Nevada, CSU Bakersfield, CSUN and Cal Poly - were held to an average of 51.3 points. The last time a Bruin team held four straight opponents to less than 60 points was in the 1992-93 season. The last time UCLA held more than four straight opponents to less than 60 points in a game was in the 1976-77 season, when the Bruins held five and six straight opponents to under 60 points in two different streaks.

The last four opponents have combined to shoot 32.8% from the field (68-207).

Sharing the Scoring
In seven games, the Bruins have had seven different scoring leaders. Sharing the honors of high scorer have been Moniquee Alexander (12 vs. CSUF), Chinyere Ibekwe (15 vs. Pepperdine), Doreena Campbell (25 at Maryland), Nina Earl (12 at Cal Poly), Erica Tukiainen (16 vs. CSUN), Christina Nzekwe (13 vs. CSUB, tied with Campbell) and Darxia Morris (10 vs. Nevada). The Bruins have had three games in which all active players have scored.

Pac-10 Ranked Bruins
In games through Dec. 7, Chinyere Ibekwe ranks second in the Pac-10 conference in rebounding with a 10.6 mark and first in offensive rebounds with a 4.4 average. She is second in defensive rebounding at 6.1 and 11th in blocked shots (0.7). Doreena Campbell is sixth in assists (3.6), tied for fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and third in FT shooting percentage (.947).Tierra Henderson is seventh in steals (2.1), and Moniquee Alexander is 11th in offensive rebounding (2.4).

As a team, the Bruins continue to lead the Conference in rebounding (50.3), rebound margin (+20.1) and offensive rebounds (22.0).

Looking Ahead
The Bruins conclude a four-game homestand with the matchup against San Diego (Dec. 14). UCLA ends the month of December with road games at Rice (Dec. 17) and at Texas Tech (Dec. 29) sandwiched around a nationally televised home date with Kansas (Dec. 21). The Bruins open up the Pac-10 Conference schedule against Oregon State on Jan. 2 in Pauley Pavilion.

Challenging Schedule
The Bruins will face a schedule that features seven teams which advanced to post-season play last season. Five appeared in the NCAA Tournament (Maryland, San Diego, Stanford, Arizona State, Cal), and two played in the Women's NIT (Texas Tech, Kansas).

Bruins Sign Two For '09-10
Head coach Nikki Caldwell and staff signed two high school standouts, 6-1 forward/guard Markel Walker and 5-4 point guard Mariah Williams, to letters-of-intent during the early period in November. The class is rated as the nation's 14th-best according to ESPN HoopGurlz.

Walker, rated as the No. 4 high school player in the country on the ESPNU HoopGurlz list for the nation's top 100, averaged 16.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game last season for Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, PA. She was the 2007-08 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania.

Williams, an All-State selection as a junior, attends Aurora, CO Regis Jesuit High School. She averaged 11.5 points, 4.2 assists and 3.3 steals per game last season while shooting 60% from the field and 43% from three-point range.

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