LOS ANGELES – UCLA (5-6) concludes its nonconference slate on Saturday (Dec. 28) when it hosts the Cal Poly Mustangs (6-6) in a double-header with the Bruins' men's team. The women will tip-off at Noon, while the men's game vs. Alabama is slated for a 7:00 p.m. tip. The Bruin women will open Pac-12 play on Dec. 30 with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off with cross-town rival USC on Dad's and Daughter's Day on the Pac-12 Networks.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion
Arena Capacity: 13,800
Dates: Dec. 28, 2013
Times: 12:00 p.m. (PT)
Streaming: UCLA Live Stream
Listen Online: www.uclabruins.com
Internet Audio: Dave Marcus (play-by-play)
UCLA VS. CAL POLY
This is just the seventh meeting overall between UCLA and Cal Poly with the Bruins leading the series 6-0. The Bruins are 3-0 against the Mustangs in San Luis Obispo and in Los Angeles. The two teams met a total of four times from 1975-76 and then the series was dormant until 2007. The Bruins posted a 107-83 victory on Nov. 20, 2007 in Los Angeles and a 57-48 win on the road on Nov. 26, 2008. In the 2007 encounter, freshman guard Darxia Morris scored a collegiate-best 21 points off the bench to lead five UCLA players in double figures. She was joined by senior forward Lindsey Pluimer (18 points, eight rebounds), freshman forward Nina Earl (17 points), freshman guard Doreena Campbell (12 points, six assists, six rebounds) and freshman center Regina Rogers (10 points). In the 2008 road win, the Bruins utilized a full court press to break open a close game and went on to take a 28-19 lead into the locker at halftime. UCLA led 7-6 at the 15:36 mark before extending their defense. The Bruins then hit six of their next nine shots from the field, most on layups after steals, to take a 21-12 lead with 7:18 on the clock. Both teams scored 29 points in the second half. Sophomore forward Nina Earl was the only Bruins to score in double figures with 12 points. Senior guard Tierra Henderson led UCLA with a career-best nine rebounds. Atonye Nyingifa was a freshman on that squad and had four points, three rebounds, two steals and one block in 18 minutes at Cal Poly.
USC IS DAD'S AND DAUGHTER'S DAY
The Bruins open Pac-12 play on Monday, Dec. 30 with cross-town rival USC at 7:00 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks in Pauley Pavilion. Each Dad's and Daughter's Day ticket package is $15.00 and you get one general admission game ticket to sit along the sideline in the 100 section numbered rows. You will also receive your exclusive Dad's & Daughter's shirt. Shirts will be available in several youth sizes in addition to adult sizes. Shirts can be picked up inside Pauley Pavilion starting at 6pm through halftime. You will also receive a voucher for a hot dog and 16 oz. soft drink at any "UCLA Homestand" location in Pauley Pavilion. You will be able to treasure the event with a photo of your group taken in front of a UCLA backdrop. Photos will be available for download on UCLA Women's Basketball Facebook page. There is one additional activity, which is a postgame "Meet the Team" Autograph Session. Please click here
for more information on Dad's and Daughter's Day.
ON THE TUBE
This year UCLA will have the distinction of having the first televised conference game when they host USC on Dec. 30, 2013 (7:00 p.m.) and the last televised conference game on March 2, 2014 when they visit Utah (1:00 p.m.). The Bruins will be making a total of 18 television appearances, the most in school history, during the 2013-14 regular season.
UCLA was selected to finish fifth in both the Pac-12 conference’s preseason coaches and media polls. Stanford was picked to finish first, followed by California, Colorado and Washington. After the Bruins, USC was selected to finish sixth, followed by Utah and Oregon State.
The Bruins can boast of having one of the toughest schedules in the country as four of the first 11 games were against teams ranked in the top 12 (at #12/17 Nebraska, vs. #12/14 North Carolina, vs. #10/13 Oklahoma and at #4/5 Notre Dame).
In the Bruins’ 78-68 setback to No. 12 North Carolina, UCLA had three players record double-doubles (Atonye Nyingifa - 18 pts., 11 rebs.; Nirra Fields - 12 pts., 10 rebs.; Lauren Holiday - 10 pts., 11 rebs.). They became the first trio of Bruins to record a double-double in the same game in over 23 years. In a 79-65 home win over Oregon on Feb. 23, 1990, Sandra VanEmbricqs (22 pts., 14 rebs.), Michele Wooton (17 pts., 10 rebs.) and Rehema Stephens (12 pts., 10 rebs.) were the last to pull off that feat.
UCLA forward Atonye Nyingifa (Torrance, Calif.) established or tied six career-highs in leading the Bruins to an 82-76 upset win over No. 10/13 Oklahoma at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 24 and was named Pac-12 Player of the Week. Nyingifa tied her career-best with a game-high 28 points with career-bests in free throws made (12) and free throws attempted (15). She completed her second straight double-double against a ranked team with a career-high 16 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. The sixth-year senior also handed out a career-high six assists, added three steals and one block against the Sooners. The win over Oklahoma was UCLA’s 700th victory in program history.
In UCLA’s 82-78 home win over Pepperdine (Nov. 11), the Bruins had three players score 20 or more points in the same game (Thea Lemberger 25 pts., Atonye Nyingifa 24 pts., Nirra Fields 20 pts.). It marked the first time since a 91-58 home win over Oregon State on Jan. 31, 2004 (Noelle Quinn 24 pts., Nikki Blue 23 pts., Lisa Willis 21 pts.) that that feat has been matched.
The Bruins have already lost two key players for the season as they will be without sophomore guard Kari Korver (4.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg) and junior forward Kacy Swain (3.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg). Both suffered torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) within a week of each other. Korver also had a tear in her lateral meniscus.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
UCLA ranks in the Top 100 in the country as a team in two statistical categories, coming in at No. 58 in turnovers per game (14.7) and No. 80 in turnover margin (2.55). Two players rank in the Top 100 in the country as senior forward Atonye Nyingifa ranks No. 80 in steals (2.36 spg) and freshman guard Nirra Fields ranks No. 98 (2.27 spg).
Head Coach Cori Close enters her third year with the Bruins after guiding UCLA to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year and a Pac-12 Tournament runner-up finish. She sports an overall record of 45-30 (.600).