UCLA Meets Utah On Saturday

Nov. 20, 2009

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GAME #4 DATE: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009
OPPONENT: Utah (1-1)
SITE: Viejas Arena
TIP-OFF: 8:30 pm (30 min. after 1st game)
TV: the mtn.
TALENT: Tracy Warren, Andrea Lloyd
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus

Bruins Play Utah in San Diego DH on Sat.
The Bruins (2-1) will square off against the University of Utah on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. (the game will start 30 min. after the conclusion of the first game) in the second game of a women's basketball doubleheader hosted by San Diego State University. Arizona meets San Diego State in the opening game at 6:30 p.m. Utah is 1-1 after beating Minnesota, 60-59, on Tuesday night in SLC.

About The Opponent
Utah, 1-1, lost its season-opener at Utah State, 67-58 and won at home versus Minnesota on Tuesday. Senior forward Kaylee Whipple, a three-time all-conference selection, averaged 17.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg a year ago. After two games this season, she is at 19.0, 6.0.

Utah leads the series with the Bruins by a 3-1 margin. The teams last met in Salt Lake City on Dec. 1, 2001, a 89-42 Ute win. The Utes were 23-10 last season and advanced to the NCAA tournament, where they lost to Maryland in the second round.

Hawaii Recap
UCLA opened up its home schedule with a 98-52 win against the University of Hawaii. The Bruins made eight of their first 12 shots and never looked back, shooting 52.5% from the field and 63.2% from beyond the arc. Erica Tukiainen led all scorers in the contest with 24 points, including six three-point shots. The Bruin team converted 12 of 19 three-point shots for the game to match the school record for most made threes in a game (also 12 v. Baylor, 12/19/02). Freshman Markel Walker finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and eight steals.

Threes Are Wild
UCLA has made 22 threes so far this season in its first three games. Last season, the Bruins did not reach that figure until game nine.Erica Tukiainen has 13 of the Bruin three-point shots and did not reach that total a year ago until game 17 of the season. Tukiainen has made 13 of her 18 three-point attempts this season and is now shooting 39.7% (67-169) for her career from beyond the arc.

Iowa Challenge Recap
UCLA opened the Iowa Hawkeye Challenge with a 61-55 loss to Illinois State, a team which won the Missouri Valley Conference championship a year ago. The Bruins rebounded on day two of the Challenge behind 21 points from Erica Tukiainen for a 77-51 win over Santa Clara. The Bruin senior was named to the all-tournament team.

UCLA shot just 25% in the first half (29.9% for the game) against Illinois State and fell behind 27-23 at the break. ISU built its lead up to as many as 11 points in the second half before UCLA battled back to tie the game at 53-all with 1:48 to play. The Redbirds connected on 18 of 22 second-half free throws, including five of six in the last minute of play to ice the game. Darxia Morris led UCLA with 12 points. Markel Walker had 10 points and nine rebounds in her first collegiate game.

UCLA outscored Santa Clara 13-4 at the end of the first half to take a 37-25 lead at intermission and then put together a 12-0 run in the early stages of the second half to seal the win. Erica Tukiainen made three three-point shots in the final 40 seconds of the initial half and nailed two more threes during the second-half run. She finished with 21 points and a career-best five made threes.

Pre-Season Prognostications - No. 4
The Pac-10 women's basketball coaches picked UCLA to finish fourth in the conference in the annual pre-season poll. Stanford was picked to finish first. The Cardinal (81 points) were followed by Cal (67), Arizona State (64), UCLA (63), USC (48), Washington State (33), Oregon State (29), Oregon (23), Arizona (22), and Washington (20).

The Pac-10 media seconded the coaches vote by placing the Bruins fourth in their pre-season poll. Stanford, with 210 points, was the media's choice to finish in the top spot in the league. Following in second place was Arizona State (175), Cal (170), UCLA (158), USC (124), Oregon State (84), Washington State (81), Oregon (64), Arizona (57), and Washington (32).

Campbell All-Pac-10 Pick
Doreena Campbell, UCLA's leading returning scorer, was selected by the media to the pre-season All-Pac-10 squad. She was joined by Stanford's Jayne Appel, Cal's Alexis Gray-Lawson, Arizona's Ify Ibekwe, and Stanford's Jeanette Pohlen.

Looking Ahead
UCLA will be at home on Nov. 25 to host Princeton in Pauley at 7 p.m. The Tigers are 2-0 on the season, with a game Saturday against Delaware. They feature five players from the state of California on the roster. Princeton was 14-14 last season and finished third in the Ivy League.

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