UCLA Hosts California & No. 2 Stanford

Jan. 6, 2010

GAME #14 DATE: Fri., Jan. 8, 2010
OPPONENT: California (6-6, 0-1)
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 7:05 p.m. Pacific
AUDIO: 1150 am /uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus/Michael Sondheimer

GAME #15 DATE: Sun., Jan. 10, 2010
OPPONENT: #2 Stanford (11-1, 1-0)
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 2:05 p.m.
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus/Michael Sondheimer

Bruins Host Cal On Friday, Stanford on Sunday
UCLA (9-4, 2-0) owns the longest current win streak in the Pac-10 at four games after sweeping the Arizona schools on the road last weekend. The Bruins now return home to Pauley Pavilion on Friday to play host to California (6-6, 0-1) at 7:05 p.m. On Sunday, UCLA welcomes #2-ranked Stanford (11-1, 1-0) to Pauley for a 2 p.m. date.

About The Opponents
The Bruins host Cal (6-6) on Friday night. UCLA leads the overall series 40-14 after the teams split last season's pair of games. The teams have also split the last eight meetings in the series, but Cal has won four of the last five. Pre-season all-conference pick Alexis Gray-Lawson leads Cal at 13.8 ppg. Four of Cal's losses have come to top-10 ranked teams from #2 Stanford, #5 Baylor, #6 Ohio State, and #10 Texas A&M.

Second-ranked Stanford (11-1, game at USC on Fri.) comes to Pauley on Sunday. The Cardinal owns a 43-22 edge in the overall series. Stanford has captured the last five meetings. The last Bruin win in the series came on Jan. 4, 2008 in Pauley, a 69-56 decision over the then-No. 2-ranked Cardinal.

Stanford is led by sophomore Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who averages 18.8 ppg (leads the Pac-10) and 9.4 rpg (4th in Pac-10). The Cardinal enters the week ranked 11th in the nation in scoring (79.9). The lone Cardinal loss came at top-ranked UConn, 80-68.

Ranked Bruins
The Bruin team was listed in the top-50 of the latest NCAA national rankings (from Jan. 3) in five categories --- 20th in scoring defense (54.1), 25th in rebound margin (+8.1), 42nd in scoring margin (+13.5), 42nd in Assist/Turnover ratio (0.94), 44th in fg% defense (.357). (Note-332 teams ranked)

Senior guard Erica Tukiainen was ranked eighth in the country in three-point shooting % (50.0%). Freshman forward Markel Walker was 85th in rebounding with a 8.5/g mark.

The Bruins have opened the season by holding all 13 opponents to 61 points or less. The last time a UCLA team has opened the season with a stingier defense was in the 1974-75 campaign, during which it held the first 18 opponents to 61 points or less. That is also the last time a Bruin team has held teams to 61 points or less over any 13-game stretch.

In addition, the Bruins have also held the last 18 opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field. In coach Caldwell's two seasons at the helm, her Bruin teams have held 25 opponents to 60 points or less and eight opponents to 50 points or less.

Upcoming Promotions
Women's Basketball Team Day promotions, with $3 floor tickets, continue on Jan. 8 and Jan. 10.

On Jan. 8, in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, participants will be able to attend a meet & greet with members of the UCLA women's sports teams before the game against Cal.

On Jan. 10, enjoy the ultimate movie experience after the Stanford contest by watching the Pixar movie 'UP' on the Bruin video board from your seat in Pauley Pavilion. (see Team Day page on uclabruins.com for more info.)

Jan. 10 is also Dads and Daughters Day --- for $20 receive 2 game tickets; 2 UCLA Dad and Daughter T-shirts; 2 Dad and Daughter photos; 2 admissions to a pre-game event which includes lunch, carnival games, prizes and more. Visit uclabruins.com for more info.

A Look On the Other Side
The combined record of the four teams the Bruins have lost to this season is 41-11 (Tennessee 12-1, Illinois State 7-5, Kansas 10-3, Texas Tech 12-2. Records as of 1/4).

Last Year vs. Cal/Stanford
Mar. 1 in Pauley --- The Bruins limited the Golden Bears to just one basket in the final 7:39 of the contest and handed then-No. 4-ranked Cal a 71-56 defeat. Erica Tukiainen led UCLA with 25 points.

Jan. 29 at Berkeley --- Cal used 65% (13-20 fg) second-half shooting to help erase a 23-22 Bruin halftime lead and earn a 64-48 win. Doreena Campbell had 13 points to pace UCLA.

Feb. 27 in Pauley --- After slicing a 14-point second half Stanford advantage in half, the Bruins were held without a basket for almost seven minutes of play, and the Cardinal came away with a 69-58 win. Darxia Morris had 18 points.

Feb. 1 at Stanford --- The Cardinal connected on 17 of 29 second half field goals to help build on a two-point halftime lead and came away with a 68-51 win. Campbell led UCLA with 11 points.

Arizona State Recap (Game 13)
UCLA led from start to finish, forced 27 ASU turnovers, and used 24 points from Markel Walker and 21 from Jasmine Dixon to run past #19/17-ranked Arizona State. The win completed the first sweep of the Arizona schools since the 1999-2000 season. It was UCLA's first win over ASU in Tempe since Jan. 2003 and snapped a seven-game Sun Devil win streak in the series.

Arizona Recap (Game 12)
UCLA used Doreena Campbell's 16 second-half points to help rally past Arizona 67-58 in the Pac-10 opener. UCLA trailed 28-23 at the half and used a decisive 12-0 run a little over midway through the second half to move past the Wildcats. Darxia Morris added 18 points for the Bruins.

Home Sweet Home
Under second-year head coach Nikki Caldwell, the Bruins have posted a 17-4 record (.810) on their home court of Pauley Pavilion.

Center Court Club Road Trip
The Center Court Club, UCLA women's basketball's booster group, is putting together a bus trip to Berkeley for the Feb. 6 game against California. The deadline to sign up is Jan. 9. For more information and/or to sign up, click here.

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