UCLA At Oregon In Nationally-Televised Game Saturday
Feb. 26, 2010
***GAME #27: Sat., Feb. 27, 2010
SITE: MacArthur Court
TIP-OFF: 2:00 p.m.
TALENT: Jim Watson and Mary Murphy
TALENT: Dave Marcus
***GAME #28: Thu., Mar 4, 2010
OPPONENT: Arizona State
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 7:00 p.m.
TALENT: Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer
Bruins Head to Oregon
UCLA (19-7, 12-3) has now won nine of its last 10 games (five in a row, which matches the longest streak this season - the Bruins won seven in a row last season) after posting a 74-53 win in Corvallis on Thursday. UCLA will play at Oregon (16-11, 7-8) on Saturday at 2 p.m. on FSN in the Pac-10 TV Game of the Week.
Strong Pac-10 Start
UCLA's 12 -3 start to the conference schedule is its best in the Pac-10 since the 1998-99 team won 13 of its first 15 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 with 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 six conference road wins to date are the most since the Bruins captured seven roadies in the 1998-99 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). UCLA has swept all three Pac-10 road series twice in school history (1991-92 and 1987-88).
About The Opponents
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.
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).
This And That ...
The Bruins are 15-0 this season when scoring at least 64 points in a game and have won their last 18 straight games under Coach Caldwell when hitting the 64-point mark ... UCLA is 15-4 this season since transfer Jasmine Dixon made her UCLA debut on Dec. 15 ... The Bruins shot 55.2% at Oregon State and have now shot better than 50% in the last three contests and in nine games this seasona, all wins ... UCLA has finished with more than 12 Pac-10 conference wins in two seasons--- 1998-99 (15 - T1st), in 1997-98 (14 - T2nd) when Maylana Martin was the leading scorer on both teams, averaging ove 18 ppg... UCLA has finished with 20 wins or more in four seasons since Pac-10 play began in 1986-87--- 2005-06 (21), 1998-99 (26), 1997-98 (20), 1991-92 (21) and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons --- note: UCLA also had 20-win seasons in 1984-85 (20), 1980-81(29), 1978-79 (24), 1977-78 (27), 1976-77 (20).
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 Bruins have opened the season by holding opponents in 24 of 26 games to 70 points or less, 23 opponents to 65 points or less and 19 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 31 opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field. Opponents this season are shooting .364 against the Bruins. Eighteen opponents have shot less than 40% this season and just one has shot over 44% (at UW - 46%). Opponents are scoring 56.0 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 33 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 116-40 (74% --Stanford 26-1, @Tennessee 25-2, Illinois State 20-5, @Kansas 15-11, Texas Tech 16-10, @USC 14-11. Records as of 2/25). The seven losses have been by a combined total of 58 points (average of 8.3 points).
Crowd Takes The Fifth
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 Blast Beavers (game 26)
UCLA jumped out to an early lead and went on to a 74-53 win at Oregon State. The Bruins held OSU to one basket over an almost 10 minutes stretch late in the first half and enjoyed a 43-21 margin at the break. Markel Walker scored a game-high 19 points. Jasmine Dixon added 17 points.
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).