UCLA Hosts Princeton Wednesday Night
Nov. 24, 2009
*GAME #5 DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009
OPPONENT: Princeton (3-0)
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 7:05 pm
TALENT: Dave Marcus, Mike Sondheimer
*GAME #6 DATE: Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009
OPPONENT: #6 Tennessee (3-0)
SITE: Thompson-Boling Arena
TIP-OFF: 3:00 pm Eastern/Noon Pacific
TV: Fox Sports South (live; replay on FS Prime Ticket on Nov. 29, 6 pm)
TALENT: Randy Smith, Debbie Antonelli
TALENT: Dave Marcus
Bruins Host Princeton; Travel To #6 Tennessee
The Bruins (3-1) will square off against Princeton (3-0) at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins will then travel across the country to play on Saturday at sixth-ranked Tennessee (3-0). The game in Knoxville will start at 3 p.m. Eastern/ Noon Pacific and will be televised on Fox Sports South. A replay is scheduled to be shown in the Los Angeles area on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. on FS Prime Ticket.
About The Opponents
The Tigers own a 3-0 record and are coming off a 68-59 win over Delaware on Saturday. They feature five players from the state of California on the roster. Niveen Rasheed, a freshman guard from Danville, CA/Monte Vista HS, leads three Tigers in double digits with a 16.7 ppg mark. Princeton was 14-14 last season and finished third in the Ivy League.
Tennessee, ranked sixth nationally by Associated Press, is 3-0, with a game pending on Wednesday at #24 Middle Tennessee State. The Lady Vols have wins this season over #8 Baylor, Texas Tech and #15 Virginia. Six-two sophomore guard/forward Shekinna Stricklen tops three Lady Vols in double digits with a 20.3 ppg average.
Coaches Homeward Bound
Three-fourths of the coaching staff will be homeward bound this weekend when the Bruins visit Tennessee. Head coach Nikki Caldwell and assistant coaches Tasha Butts and Tony Perotti are all Tennessee alumni and were all part of the Tennessee women's basketball program.
Caldwell, who was raised in Oak Ridge, TN, was a player and coach at the University of Tennessee. She played under head coach Pat Summitt from 1991-94 and won a NCAA Championship in 1991. She also won NCAA titles with the Lady Vols as an assistant coach in 2007 and 2008.
Butts played at Tennessee from 2000-04 and helped the Lady Vols to a 124-17 overall and 55-1 conference record in her four seasons. She played in the national championship games in both her junior and senior seasons.
Perotti is a 1999 Tennessee graduate and was a practice player for the Lady Vols for two seasons. He also worked at the university as a summer camp coach and office assistant.
UCLA held Utah to just 33 points and posted a 69-33 victory late Saturday night in San Diego. The Bruins jumped out to a 16-0 lead. Utah did not score its first points until a free throw by Diana Rolniak with 14:37 left in the half, and the Utes did not hit a field goal until hitting a 3-pointer with 13:20 left. The Bruins took a 33-17 lead into the locker room at the break. The second half was more of the same, with UCLA outscoring the Utes 10-2 to start the half and holding Utah to just two points in the final six minutes of the contest.
UCLA's Markel Walker and Darxia Morris led all players with 10 points apiece. Erica Tukiainen continued her hot shooting, hitting 3-for-4 from beyond the arc and scoring nine points. Doreena Campbell also had nine points, along with six assists and six rebounds. Walker tied for game-high honors in rebounding with seven.
The 33 points scored were the fewest by a UCLA opponent since the 1984-85 team defeated UC Santa Barbara, 94-31, on Dec. 15, 1984.
Threes Are Wild
UCLA has made 29 threes so far this season in its first four games. Last season, the Bruins did not reach that figure until game 11.Erica Tukiainen has 16 of the Bruin three-point shots and has made 16 of her 22 (72.7%) three-point attempts this season. She is now shooting 40.5% (70-173) for her career from beyond the arc. Her 70 career three-point shots rank as the 10th best total in school history.
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 with 24 points, including a career-best 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.