Bruin Women Play at Cal on Saturday
Feb. 5, 2010
***GAME #22: Sat., Feb. 6, 2010
SITE: Haas Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 2:00 p.m.
TV: Comcast Bay Area
TALENT: Dave Marcus
Bruins Head To Berkeley
UCLA (14-7, 7-3) will wrap up its Bay Area road trip on Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m. meeting at California (12-9, 6-4). The Bruins had a four-game winning streak snapped on Thursday in a 74-53 loss at No. 2 Stanford. Cal defeated USC, 61-55, behind 14 points/10 rebounds from DeNesha Stallworth.The Bruins will head home following the Cal game and get ready to play its next three games in Pauley, with USC, first-up, on Feb. 13.
Barefoot For Bare Feet
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 was 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).The Bruins have won as many as seven Pac-10 second-half games on three occasions, each a 7-2 record, and all three have helped put them into the NCAA Tournament (2005-06, 2003-04, 1997-98).
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 games a Bruin team has ever won on the road in Pac-10 play is seven (1998-99, 1997-98, when it also swept two road series).
About The Opponents
Cal had its five-game win streak stopped on a last-second shot by Arizona State last Saturday but came back to defeat USC on Thursday, 61-55. 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.
TEAM Stat Comparison (2/5)
Points 67.4 69.2
Points Allowed 57.3 62.9
Rebounds 39.4 42.1
FG % .429 .405
FT % .641 .649
3-Pt. /g 4.1 4.5
3-Pt. % .351 .287
Assists 14.7 11.2
Turnovers 16.6 16.0
Blocks 3.0 3.4
Steals 9.8 8.0
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 21 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 26 opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field. Opponents this season are shooting .363 against the Bruins. Sixteen opponents have shot less than 40% this season and just one has shot over 43% (at UW - 46%). Opponents are scoring 57.3 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 94-31 (75% --Stanford 20-1, @Tennessee 20-2, Illinois State 15-5, @Kansas 13-7, Texas Tech 13-8, @USC 13-8. Records as of 2/1). The seven losses have been by a combined total of 58 points.
Stanford Tops Bruins (game 21)
No. 2-ranked Stanford outscored the Bruins 13-4 to begin the second half and broke open a close game on the way to 74-53 win. Stanford led 36-32 at the half before going on the run. The Cardinal then led by double digits the balance of the game. Jasmine Dixon led the Bruins with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Last Time Vs. CAL
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.
Forward Markel Walker has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (1/25) 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 week, 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). Dixon has scored in double digits in nine of the last 10 games. The Bruins own a record of 10-4 in her 14 games.
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, in addition to last season (14), were in 1998-99 (17) and 1980-81 (19).
HOME SWEET HOME
Under second-year head coach Nikki Caldwell, the Bruins have posted an 20-5 record (.800) on their home court of Pauley Pavilion. Three of those five losses have been by four points or less.