Bruins Host Oregon State on Sat. at 2 p.m.
Jan. 29, 2010
***GAME #20 DATE: Sat., Jan. 30, 2010
OPPONENT: Oregon State
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 2:05 p.m.
TALENT: Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer
***GAME #21 DATE: Thu., Feb. 4, 2010
OPPONENT: No. 2-ranked Stanford
SITE: Maples Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 7:00 p.m.
TALENT: Dave Marcus
Bruins HOME AGAIN SATURDAY
UCLA (13-6, 6-2) welcomes the Oregon State Beavers (9-9, 1-7) for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday in Pauley.
The Bruins won their third straight game by scoring a season-best point total in a 104-80 win over Oregon on Thursday. Jasmine Dixon led six Bruins in double-digit points with 20, her third straight game with at least 20. Markel Walker added 17 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and four steals.This was UCLA's first 100-point game since defeating CSU Bakersfield, 104-57 on Dec. 3, 2008. The Bruins had six players in double-figures for the first time since Dec. 20, 2006 vs. California.The Bruins head to the Bay Area next week before returning to host three straight games beginning with USC on Feb. 13.
The 6-2 conference start is UCLA's best since it opened the 2002-03 Pac-10 slate with six straight wins in a 6-3 start. The Bruins also began the 1999-00 conference season with six consecutive wins and finished the first half of Pac-10 play with a 7-2 mark. In 1998-99, UCLA opened with nine straight wins in Pac-10 play. The Bruins have had only three Pac-10 first half results (1999-00 7-2; 1998-99 9-0; 1997-98 7-2) with seven or more wins. (note -- first Pac-10 season was 1986-87).
The sweep of the Washington schools last weekend marked the second road sweep of the season for the Bruins, who also won both contests in Arizona. The last time UCLA swept two Pac-10 road series in the same season was in 1999-2000, also against the Washington and Arizona schools.
UCLA's four conference road wins are the most since UCLA captured five roadies in the 2002-03 campaign. The most a Bruin team has ever won on the road in Pac-10 play is seven (1998-99, 1997-98).
About The Opponent
Oregon State is the stingiest team in the Pac-10, ranking first in points allowed per game with a 56.9 average. However, the Beavers also own the lowest league scoring average at 59.7. Junior guard Talisa Rhea is third in the Pac-10 in scoring at 17.7 points per contest.
UCLA leads the series 36-18 and has won five of the last six meetings.
TEAM Stat Comparison (1/29)
Points 68.1 59.7
Points Allowed 57.1 56.9
Rebounds 40.1 39.3
FG % .431 .399
FT % .645 .635
3-Pt. /g 4.3 2.9
3-Pt. % .352 .277
Assists 14.7 11.1
Turnovers 16.7 17.0
Blocks 2.8 2.7
Steals 9.7 6.8
The Bruin team began the week listed in the Top 51 of the latest NCAA national rankings (from Jan. 24) in five categories - 23rd in scoring defense (55.8), 28th in FG% defense (.356), 40th in rebound margin (5.4), 48th in scoring margin (10.1) and 51st in three-point FG% (.356). (Note-332 teams ranked).
The Bruins have opened the season by holding 18/19 opponents to 70 points or less, 17 to 65 points or less and 13 to 60 points or less. UCLA held eight straight opponents to less than 60 points earlier this season, one shy of the school record stretch of nine set in the 1974-75 season.
In addition, the Bruins have also held the last 24 opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field. Opponents this season are shooting .359 against the Bruins, the second-lowest mark in the Pac-10. Fifteen opponents have shot less than 40% against the Bruins this season and just one has shot over 43% this year (UW - 46%). Opponents are scoring 57.1 ppg. Both opponent marks - shooting % and scoring defense - approaches or sets the school record totals of .355 in 1976-77 for shooting % and 59.7 ppg in 1976-77.
In coach Caldwell's two seasons at the helm, her Bruin teams have held 27 opponents to 60 points or less and nine opponents to 50 points or less.
A Look On the Other Side
The combined record of the six teams the Bruins have lost to this season is 88-27 (77% --Stanford 18-1, @Tennessee 18-2, Illinois State 14-5, @Kansas 12-7, Texas Tech 13-6, @USC 13-6. Records as of 1/28). The six losses have been by a combined total of 37 points.
LAST YEAR Vs. Oregon ST.
Jan. 2 in Pauley --- The Bruins rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit to earn a 60-53 win in the Pac-10 opener. UCLA fell behind 19-2 to start the contest, but closed the half on a 19-1 run to take a 25-24 lead at the break. The Bruins never surrendered the lead in the second half and surged to a 44-31 advantage with 12:16 to play. OSU crept back into the game, but Bruin free throws held off Beaver comeback plans. Nina Earl led UCLA with 15 points.
Mar. 7 in Corvallis --- UCLA dropped a 61-58 decision in the regular season finale. OSU held second-half leads of 11 points on six occasions, the last coming at the 4:39 mark. The Bruins then scored the next six points in the contest to narrow the margin to 58-53 with 3:28 to play. A pair of free throws by Darxia Morris closed the gap to 61-58 with 1:29 left. Neither team scored the rest of the way. A Rebekah Gardner three-point shot attempt from the corner bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded. Morris led UCLA with 16 points.
Mar. 13 in Galen Center --- UCLA picked a perfect time to win their first game of the season after trailing at the half, overcoming poor first-half shooting, to record a 62-56 win in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-10 Tournament. The Bruins took their first lead of the second half, 46-45, on a three-point shot by Rebekah Gardner with 5:53 to play. Atonye Nyingifa led UCLA with a career-high 18 points and career-high matching 10 rebounds.
OREGON Recap (Game 19)
The Bruins utilized a 16-2 second-half run to pull away from Oregon and post a 104-80 win. Jasmine Dixon led six Bruins in double figure points with 20. Markel Walker added 17 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists and four steals.
Sophomore Jasmine Dixon was honored for the second time this season as the UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week for Jan. 19-24. Dixon led UCLA to a weekend road sweep at the Washington schools, averaging 24.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting 75% from the field. She had career-highs in scoring in each game, totaling 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting at WSU and then upping that number at UW with 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field.
Dixon continued her fine play with 20 points in the win over Oregon on Thursday, her third straight game of 20 or more points. Noelle Quinn was the last Bruin to reach 20 points in three or more consecutive games. Quinn had six straight contests in which she recorded 20-or-more points in 2005-06.
HOME SWEET HOME
Under second-year head coach Nikki Caldwell, the Bruins have posted an 19-5 record (.792) on their home court of Pauley Pavilion. Three of those five losses have been by four points or less.