Bruins Host Arizona on Sat. at 12:30

March 5, 2010

***GAME #29: Sat., Mar 6, 2010
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 12:30 p.m.
AUDIO: 1150 am /
TALENT: Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer

***GAME #30: Fri., Mar 12, 2010
OPPONENT: winner of #7-10 game
SITE: Galen Center
TIP-OFF: 7:15 p.m.
TALENT: Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer

UCLA (21-7, 14-3) has now won 11 of its last 12 games and a season-high seven in a row (the Bruins also had a seven-game win streak last year and the last time it had a longer streak was in 1998-99,10 in a row). On Thursday, UCLA completed a regular season sweep of Arizona State for the first time since the 2002-03 season, winning 63-59 behind 14 points from Jasmine Dixon.

UCLA will host Arizona (13-15, 6-11) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion for Senior Day. Arizona dropped a 55-53 decision at USC on Thursday.

The Votes Are in - No. 25 Bruins
The Bruins have received votes in the two major Top-25 polls in each of the last three weeks (2/15-3/1). For those counting, UCLA was tabbed as the No. 25 team in the ESPN/ USA Today Coaches Poll and received 27 votes in this week's AP Poll (28th place). This is UCLA's first listing in a poll since it was ranked No. 19 in the Nov. 20, 2006 ESPN/USA Today poll.

UCLA CLINCHES 2nd in Pac-10
UCLA has clinched second-place in the Pac-10 regular season standings and will play its first game in the Conference Tournament at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, March 12 over at the Galen Center.

The Bruins, the #2 seed in the tournament, will face the winner of the #7 seed-#10 seed game to be played on Thursday, March 11th at 6 p.m. The #2 seed is UCLA's highest ever for the tournament, which began in 2001-02.

The second-place finish is UCLA's best since it captured a share of first-place in the 1998-99 season, which is the Bruins' lone Pac-10 title. UCLA has finished second (tied) in the Pac-10 conference, once before, in 1997-98.

UCLA's 14-3 record in conference play is its best in the Pac-10 since the 1998-99 team captured a share of first place with a 15-3 finish.
The Bruins are now 7-1 in the second-half of Pac-10 conference play. UCLA has won as many as seven Pac-10 second-half games on three previous 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 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.

Under second-year head coach Nikki Caldwell, the Bruins have posted an 24-5 record (.828) on their home court of Pauley Pavilion. Three of those five losses have been by four points or less.

About The OpponentS
The Bruins own a 44-19 advantage in the series with the Wildcats. UCLA has won the last five meetings. The 'Cats feature one of the nation's top freshman scorers in guard Davellyn White (16.0 - sixth in Pac-10) and the Pac-10's top rebounder in Ify Ibekwe (11.4 rpg).

Jan. 1, 2010 in Tucson, AZ --- UCLA used Doreena Campbell's 16 second-half points to help rally past Arizona 67-58 in the Pac-10 opener. The Bruins trailed 28-23 at the half after the Wildcats put together a 19-0 run. UCLA then utilized a decisive 12-0 run of its own, a little over midway through the second half. Darxia Morris added 18 points for the Bruins.

Dixon SEES 30/20
Sophomore Jasmine Dixon tallied 31 points and 20 rebounds in the win at Oregon (2/27). Only one other time in UCLA women's history has a player reached the 30/20 levels - Natalie Williams with 32/25 in a 1994 game against Arizona State.Dixon's 20 points in the win over Oregon earlier this season in Pauley was 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 15 of the last 17 games. The Bruins own a record of 17-4 in her 21 games.

Nine in Top 55 In NCAA Stats
The Bruin team began the week listed in the Top 55 of the latest NCAA national rankings (from Feb. 28) in nine categories - 13th in rebound margin (7.3), 28th in field goal% (44.1), 30th in scoring margin (12.3), 31st in steals/g (10.6), 32nd in scoring defense (56.7), 43rd in fg% defense (36.6), 44th in turnover ratio (3.0), 54th in 3-point fg defense (29.3), 55th in assists/g (14.8). (Note-332 teams ranked).

The Bruins are 16-0 this season when scoring at least 64 points and have won their last 19 straight games under Coach Nikki Caldwell when hitting the 64-point mark ... UCLA is 17-4 since transfer Jasmine Dixon made her UCLA debut on Dec. 15... The Bruins shot 51.0% vs. Ariz. St. and have now shot better than 50% in 10 games this season, all wins ... Bruins are shooting 55% over last five games (153-277) ... The Bruins are 31-3 in the Caldwell era in games in which they have held opponent to 60 points or less ... UCLA has finished with more than 14 Pac-10 conference wins once--- 1998-99 (15 - T1st) when Maylana Martin was the leading scorer... UCLA has finished with 20 wins or more in four previous 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).

Defensive Dandies
The Bruins have held opponents in 25 of 28 games to 70 points or less, 24 opponents to 65 points or less and 20 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 limited the last 33 opponents to less than 50% shooting. Opponents are shooting .365 against the Bruins. Nineteen opponents have shot less than 40% this season and just one has shot over 44% (at UW - 46%). Opponents are scoring 56.8 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 34 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 126-41 (76% --Stanford 27-1, @Tennessee 28-2, Illinois State 22-5, @Kansas 15-12, Texas Tech 17-10, @USC 17-11. Records as of 3/4). The seven losses have been by a combined total of 58 points (average of 8.3 points).

Road Warriors
The sweep of the Oregon schools marked the third time in school history that UCLA has swept three Pac-10 road series (at Arizona, at Washington, at Oregon schools, (also 1991-92 and 1987-88). The wins improved the Bruin conference road win total to seven on the year. That matches the most games a Bruin team has ever won on the road in Pac-10 play (also in 1998-99, 1997-98).

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.

DIXON Honored
Forward Jasmine Dixon was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week (2/22) for her performance against the Oregon schools. The sophomore transfer recorded a 31-point, 20-rebound effort at Oregon to help the Bruins overcome a 16-point second-half deficit and take home a 91-75 win. It was the second game in UCLA history in which a Bruin player has reached the 30 point /20 rebound levels in a game -- Natalie Williams scored 32 and grabbed 25 boards versus Arizona State in 1994. Earlier in the week, Dixon added a 17 -point, five steal performance at Oregon State, in which she played just 16 minutes due to foul trouble.

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