UCLA Heads to Oregon on Final Pac-10 Road Trip

Feb. 23, 2010

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***GAME #26: Thu., Feb. 25, 2010
OPPONENT: Oregon State
SITE: Gill Coliseum
TIP-OFF: 7:00 p.m.
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus

***GAME #27: Sat., Feb. 27, 2010
SITE: MacArthur Court
TIP-OFF: 2:00 p.m.
TALENT: Jim Watson and Mary Murphy
AUDIO: uclabruins.com
TALENT: Dave Marcus

UCLA (18-7, 11-3) has now won eight of its last nine games (four in a row) after completing a sweep of the Washington schools last week. The Bruins begin their final Pac-10 road trip of the season with a 7 p.m. game at Oregon State (9-16, 1-13) on Thursday. UCLA will play at Oregon (16-10, 7-7) on Saturday at 2 p.m. on FSN in the Pac-10 TV Game of the Week.

Strong Pac-10 Start
UCLA's 11-3 start to the conference schedule is its best in the Pac-10 since the 1998-99 team won 12 of its first 14 conference games on the way to a 15-3 finish.The Bruins' 7-2 first half Pac-10 start was the team's best since it began the 1999-00 conference season with six consecutive wins and also finished 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 with seven or more wins (7-2 in 1999-00; 9-0 in 1998-99; 7-2 in 1997-98; 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).

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 five conference road wins to date are the most since the Bruins also 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). The 1998-99 campaign is also the last time the Bruins have won as many as six conference road contests. UCLA has swept all three Pac-10 road series twice in school history (1991-92 and 1987-88).

About The OpponentS
UCLA leads the series with Oregon State 37-18 and has captured six of the last seven meetings. The lone Bruin loss in that stretch came last season in Corvallis, a 61-58 Beaver win.
The Bruins hold a 27-24 edge in the series with Oregon. The teams have split the last four meetings. UCLA won last season's meeting in Eugene on Darxia Morris' 40-foot buzzer-beater, 70-69. UO leads the conference in scoring, three-point percentage, and three-pointers made per game. Guards Taylor Lilley (third at 17.5 ppg) and Micaela Cocks (eighth at 15.1) are among the Pac-10 scoring leaders.

Jan. 30, 2010 in Pauley --- The Bruins held Oregon State scoreless from the field for over six-and-a-half minutes in the first half and turned a 10-9 deficit into a 24-12 lead during the stretch on the way to a 70-44 win. UCLA ended the half with a 31-14 lead and outscored OSU 17-4 to start the second half and put the game away. Markel Walker led UCLA with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Bruins forced 29 OSU turnovers in the contest.

Last Time Vs. THE DUCKS
Jan. 28, 2010 in Pauley --- 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. The Bruins handed out a season-high tying 25 assists in the matchup.

EIGHT in Top 50 In NCAA Stats
The Bruin team began the week listed in the Top 50 of the latest NCAA national rankings (from Feb. 21) in eight categories - 17th in rebound margin (6.8), 26th in scoring defense (56.2), 32nd in scoring margin (11.8), 33rd in fg% defense (36.1), 36th in three-point fg defene (28.5), 39th in field goal% (43.5), 45th in steals (10.2), 49th in turnover margin (2.8). (Note-332 teams ranked).

The Bruins are 14-0 this season when scoring at least 64 points in a game and have won their last 17 straight games under Coach Caldwell when hitting the 64-point mark ... UCLA is 14-4 this season since transfer Jasmine Dixon made her UCLA debut on Dec. 15 ... The Bruins shot over 50% against both Washington schools last week, the seventh and eighth games this season in which the squad has shot at least 50% in a game, all wins.

The Bruins have opened the season by holding opponents in 23 of 25 games to 70 points or less, 22 opponents to 65 points or less and 18 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 30 opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field. Opponents this season are shooting .361 against the Bruins. Eighteen opponents have shot less than 40% this season and just one has shot over 43% (at UW - 46%). Opponents are scoring 56.2 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.
The 21.7 fg% shot by Cal (2/6) was an opponent season-low and the fourth time this season the Bruins have held an opponent to less than 30% shooting (at Cal, at WSU, Cal, Utah).
In Coach Caldwell's two seasons at the helm, her Bruin teams have held 32 opponents to 60 points or less, 11 opponents to 50 points or less and four to 40 points or less. UCLA has held two opponents to sub-40 scoring games this season - Cal with 32 and Utah with 33.

A Look On the Other Side
The combined record of the six teams the Bruins have lost to this season is 114-39 (75% --Stanford 25-1, @Tennessee 24-2, Illinois State 20-5, @Kansas 15-10, Texas Tech 16-10, @USC 14-11. Records as of 2/22). The seven losses have been by a combined total of 58 points (average of 8.3 points).

The Votes Are in
The Bruins have received votes in the two major Top-25 polls in each of the last two weeks (2/15-2/22). For those counting, UCLA tallied 23 votes in the USA Today/ ESPN Coaches Poll (26th) and 14 votes in the AP Poll (31st).

The attendance at this year's USC game of 8,006 ranked as the fifth-largest in UCLA women's history and the fourth time the Bruins have drawn at least 8,000 fans for a game with USC.

Bruins Take DoWN Cougars (game 25)
UCLA went on a 15-4 run midway through the first half to break the game open and raced past Washington State 93-58. Rebekah Gardner led six Bruins in double digits with a career-high 19 points. Jasmine Dixon turned in her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds.

Under second-year head coach Nikki Caldwell, the Bruins have posted an 23-5 record (.821) on their home court of Pauley Pavilion. Three of those five losses have been by four points or less.

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).

Dixon For 20
Sophomore Jasmine Dixon tallied 20 points in the win over Oregon earlier this season in Pauley, her third-straight game of 20 or more points at the time. Noelle Quinn (now with the Sparks) 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 12 of the last 14 games. The Bruins own a record of 14-4 in her 18 games.

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