UCLA Travels to No. 2 Stanford Thursday, Cal Saturday

Feb. 2, 2010

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***GAME #21: Thu., Feb. 4, 2010
OPPONENT: Stanford
SITE: Maples Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 7:00 p.m.
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus

***GAME #22: Sat., Feb. 6, 2010
OPPONENT: California
SITE: Haas Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 2:00 p.m.
TV: Comcast Bay Area
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus

Bruins Head To Bay Area
UCLA (14-6, 7-2) will battle No. 2-ranked Stanford (19-1, 9-0) on Thursday night in Maples Pavilion and California (11-9, 5-4) on Saturday afternoon before returning to host three straight games in Pauley Pavilion, beginning with USC on Feb. 13. The Bruins won their fourth-straight game last Saturday in a 70-44 win over Oregon State.

Barefoot For Barefeet
On Saturday at Cal, UCLA head coach Nikki Caldwell and her staff will take part in the 'Barefoot for Barefeet' Coaches Initiative to raise awareness and money to purchase shoes for the impoverished children affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti. The staffs of both UCLA and Cal teams will coach the game in their bare feet to help call attention to the millions of children in the world who are at risk of disease, infection and death due to not owning a pair of shoes.

Those who want to help provide shoes to children in need can text the word 'SHOES' to the number 85944, and $5 will be donated to Samaritan's Feet through their next month's cell phone bill. Samaritan's Feet, the humanitarian relief organization that created the initiative, will purchase and ship the shoes directly to Haiti.

Strong Pac-10 Start
The 7-2 Pac-10 start is UCLA's best since it began the 1999-00 conference season with six consecutive wins and also 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 previous 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).

Road Warriors
The sweep of the Washington schools 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 to date 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, and 1997-98, when it also swept two road series).

About The Opponents
Stanford is ranked second in the nation and has won its last 10 outings since losing at top-ranked UConn on Dec. 23.The Cardinal leads the series 44-22 and has won the last six meetings. UCLA's last win against Stanford came on Jan. 4, 2008 at home, but it has been 11 years since its last win at Stanford on Jan. 16, 1999.

Cal had its five-game win streak stopped on a last-second shot by Arizona State last Saturday. UCLA leads the series with Cal, 41-14, and has won the last two meetings. The last Bruin win in Berkeley came on Jan. 22, 2005.

Top 56 Nationally In 10 Stats
The Bruin team began the week listed in the Top 56 of the latest NCAA national rankings (from Jan. 31) in 10 categories - 31st in scoring defense (56.5), T31st in rebounding margin (6.0), 40th in scoring margin (11.6), 40th in FG % defense (36.1), 44th in assist/to margin (0.90), 45th in FG% (43.5), 47th in 3-Pt. % (35.7), 52nd in 3-Pt. FG% defense (.289), 53rd in turnover margin (3.1), 56th in assists/g (15.0). (Note-332 teams ranked).

The Bruins have opened the season by holding 19 of 20 opponents to 70 points or less, 18 to 65 points or less and 14 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 25 opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field. Opponents this season are shooting .361 against the Bruins, the second-lowest mark in the Pac-10. Sixteen opponents have shot less than 40% against the Bruins this season and just one has shot over 43% this year (at UW - 46%). Opponents are scoring 56.5 ppg. Both opponent marks - shooting % and scoring defense - approach or would set 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 28 opponents to 60 points or less and 10 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 90-29 (76% --Stanford 19-1, @Tennessee 18-2, Illinois State 14-5, @Kansas 13-7, Texas Tech 13-7, @USC 13-7. Records as of 2/1). The six losses have been by a combined total of 37 points.

Last Time Vs. Bay Area Teams
Stanford Jan. 10, 2010 in Pauley --- UCLA erased all but two points off a 20-point first half lead by Stanford, but the Cardinal held on for a 65-61 win. Stanford enjoyed a 34-14 lead in the final minute of the first half before the Bruins scored the last four points prior to the break and then rattled off the first seven of the second half to climb back in the game. UCLA closed to within two points on a couple of occasions in the final two minutes of the contest, but Stanford free throws held off the home team down the stretch. Doreena Campbell led the Bruins with 17 points.

Cal Jan. 8, 2010 in Pauley --- UCLA ran off 11 unanswered second-half points to break open a close game and went on to deal California a 57-46 setback. The Bruins owned a 22-21 lead at the half, but Cal quickly took the lead at the start of the second half. After the Golden Bears went up 30-28 with 15:10 to play, UCLA rattled off 11 straight points to take a 39-30 lead with 8:43 remaining. Jasmine Dixon led UCLA with 13 points.

Walker Honored
Forward Markel Walker has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (2/1) for her performance last week against the Oregon schools. The freshman recorded a pair of double-doubles as UCLA swept both games. She had 17 points, a career-high tying 14 rebounds and a career-best eight assists for the Bruins in a 104-80 win over the Ducks. Walker led all players with 16 points and had 10 rebounds in a 70-44 victory over the Beavers. She shot 12-21 from the field over the two games and was 9-10 from the free throw line. Walker now has a team-high six double-doubles on the year, the most by a Bruin player since Noelle Quinn had 10 in 2005-06.

Dixon For 20
Sophomore Jasmine Dixon tallied 20 points in the win over Oregon last 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 (six straight in 2005-06).

Great Starts
For the second year in a row, and just the fourth time in school history, the Bruins have achieved the 14-victory plateau by Feb. 1 on the calendar. The only other times were in 1998-99 (17) and 1980-81 (19).

Making the Grade
Five Bruins were named to the 2009 Fall Quarter UCLA Athletic Director's Honor Roll (3.0 or better gpa; at least 12 graded units) - Atonye Nyingifa, Erica Tukiainen, Allison Taka, Markel Walker, Mariah Williams.Taka was named to the first-team All-Pac-10 Academic team following the 2008-09 season. Tukiainen was a second-team all-conference academic team selection. Six members of the Bruin squad made the UCLA Athletic Director's honor roll during the 2008-09 academic year - Moniquee Alexander, Doreena Campbell, Rebekah Gardner, Darxia Morris, Allison Taka and Erica Tukiainen.

Giving Back
Before its Jan. 30 game against Oregon State, UCLA hosted a shoe drive in conjunction with Sport Chalet's partnership with Soles 4 Souls, who have committed to providing 1 million pairs of shoes to aid in the recovery and building process in Haiti. Bruin fans, as well as the entire Bruin team, donated an approximate total of 750 pairs of shoes to the cause. Other UCLA student-athletes assisted in collecting the shoe donations at the game.

Head coach Nikki Caldwell and Tennessee Assoc. Head Coach Holly Warlick have teamed up to battle cancer with their Champions for a Cause initiative. Since its inception in 2007, Champions for a Cause has raised and donated tens-of-thousands of dollars to help support the fight against breast cancer through a number of signature events: Cruisin' For A Cause - a long haul motorcycle ride, Links For The Cure - a women's golf tournament, and b3 - bikes, basketball & breast cancer.

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