Jan. 25, 2005
UCLA Returns To Road on Thursday at Oregon -- UCLA (12-6,6-3 in the Pac-10) will play at Oregon (12-6, 5-4) on Thursday at 7 p.m. to begin the second-half of play in the Pac-10 Conference. The Bruins will play at Oregon State (5-13, 1-8) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in a game which will be televised on Fox Sports Net West. The trip to the Oregon schools is the second leg of a stretch during which the Bruins play six of eight games on the road. The Bruins host the Washington schools next week before heading to Arizona.
Quick Recap -- The Bruins used a career-best 23 points from Amanda Livingston to help best Cal in Berkeley by a score of 85-70 on Jan. 22. Nikki Blue added 20 points and a career-high 14 assists. On Jan. 20, UCLA played its first game without leading scorer and rebounder Noelle Quinn and dropped a 100-75 decision to No. 5/3 Stanford at Maples Pavilion. Blue scored a season-high 26 points, and Lisa Willis matched her season-best with 25 points, but it wasn't enough to slow the Cardinal. Lindsey Pluimer had 10 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.
On Air -- Both games in Oregon will be radio broadcast live on the internet at uclabruins.com. Dave Marcus will call the action. The Oregon State contest will be televised by Fox Sports Northwest and carried in the Los Angeles area by Fox Sports Net West.
Quinn Listed Among Top 20 On Wooden Award List -- Sophomore guard Noelle Quinn was named to the Midseason Top 20 list for the John R. Wooden Award. Quinn, UCLA's leading scorer (16.9 ppg) and rebounder (7.1 rpg) is expected to be out of action for up to six weeks after undergoing successful arthroscopic surgery on her left knee on Jan. 19 for cartilage damage (torn meniscus), She injured her knee while driving to make a basket in the lane during the first half of the Jan. 16 game versus Arizona.
Bruin Notes -- Lisa Willis has hit 15 of 30 three-point shots in the last three games ... Willis moved into 10th on the all-time school steals list with five at Stanford; she now has 219 in her career and is five away from No. 9 Erica Gomez (224) ... Willis' seven made threes at Stanford were a career-high and tied for the most in the Pac-10 this year ...Willis ranks in the Top 25 nationally in 3-point field goals per game (21st) and steals (11th) ...Willis has averaged 18.0 points per game over the last six games (108 total) ...Nikki Blue has averaged 18.8 points per game over the last five contests (94 total) and is UCLA's leading scorer in Pac-10 play at 15.8 ppg... Blue's 14 made free throws at Stanford were one shy of the school mark of 15 held by Maylana Martin (1999) ...Blue's 14 assists at Cal were the fifth-highest total ever by a Bruin in a game and moved her into the school's career Top 10 list in the category with 347, six away from No. 9 Denise Curry ...Lindsey Pluimer has had at least a share of the team rebounding lead in the last three games ...The Bruins had held the first five conference opponents to .333 or less shooting from the field before ASU shot .378 on Jan. 14 ... UCLA's .465 shooting effort at Cal was its third-highest percentage of the year ...UCLA is 6-0 in the Pac-10 when it has outshot and outrebounded the opponent and 0-3 when it has been outshot and outrebounded ... The 5-0 Bruin start in the Pac-10 was UCLA's best since the 2002-03 team opened 6-0 ... The Pac-10 championship squad won the first nine games of the conference season in 1998-99 ... A 6-1 season start was UCLA's best beginning to a season since the 1980-81 UCLA team won its first 12 games ... Noelle Quinn had a streak of 35 consecutive double figure scoring games stopped versus ASU (8 points) ... Lisa Willis moved atop the school's all-time list for career three-pointers during the home win over Oregon State ...Nikki Blue became the 20th Bruin to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career during the second half of the Fresno State contest ... The Bruins own a 14-0 record when Quinn scores at least 20 points in a game ...Three players have more steals than turnovers (Willis, Quinn, Lauren Pedersen).
The Series With Oregon -- UCLA leads the series, which dates back to 1980, 21-20. The Bruins have won five of the last six meetings and the last two played in Eugene. The Bruins used an 11-1 run in the early stages of the second half to help pave the way for a 70-54 win over Oregon in the first meeting of this season in Pauley. Blue led four Bruins in double figures with 16 points. Quinn, who scored 15 points, and Blue each grabbed team-high totals of nine rebounds. Last year, Oregon posted a 61-55 win on January 29, 2004 in Pauley. Willis had 20 points for the Bruins. The Bruins won the earlier meeting (Jan. 4, 2004) in Eugene by a score of 63-57 behind 22 points off the bench from Gennifer Arranaga.
The Series With Oregon State -- UCLA leads the series, which dates back to 1976, by a margin of 28-16. The Bruins have won four of the last five meetings overall. However, UCLA has lost four of the last five meetings played at Corvallis. In the first meeting of this season, the Bruins broke open a close game with surges at the end of the first half and again at the beginning of the second half. Quinn led UCLA with 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight steals. The teams split two games last season. UCLA won in Pauley by a score of 91-58 in late January 2004. That victory ignited a six-game winning streak which helped to propel the Bruins into the NCAA tournament. Quinn (24), Blue (23) and Willis (21) gave the Bruins three players with 20 points in the same game for the first time since March of 2001. The Beavers bested the Bruins, 82-68, on January 2, 2004 in Corvallis. Blue led UCLA with 25 points.
Bruins In The Rankings -- The Bruins dropped out of the Associated Press poll for Jan. 24, after falling out of the ESPN/USA Today poll the previous week (Jan. 17). UCLA moved into the AP rankings at No. 25 on Nov. 29 after defeating Texas, and debuted at No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today poll on Dec. 6 after the Purdue win. It was the first time UCLA had been ranked in the AP poll since the week of Feb. 21, 2000, when the Bruins were ranked No. 22 after defeating No. 15 Arizona. UCLA was ranked as high as fourth in the 1999-2000 season.
Coaches and Media Pick Bruins To Finish Third In Pac-10 -- The Pac-10 women's basketball coaches picked UCLA to finish third, with one first-place vote, in the pre-season poll. Stanford, with eight first-place votes, was the choice to finish first. Next was Arizona (one first-place vote), UCLA, Arizona St., Oregon, Washington, USC, California, Oregon St. and Washington St. The Pac-10 media also selected UCLA to finish third (122 points). Stanford, with eight first-place votes and Arizona, with seven first-place votes, were picked to repeat as co-champions with 140 each. Arizona State was fourth, followed by Washington, Oregon, USC, Oregon St., Cal and Wash. St.
Blue, Quinn Earn National Honors -- Guards Nikki Blue and Noelle Quinn were selected to several pre-season watch lists for national honors, including the pre-season Naismith Award list, the Wade Trophy Watch List and the Wooden Award All-America Watch List. Blue and Quinn were also named to the pre-season All-Pac-10 Conference team. Blue received honorable mention honors in the AP Pre-Season All-America list and first-team acclaim from Women's Basketball News Service.
Game Recaps: Jan. 22 - UCLA at California -- UCLA used a career-high 23-point effort from Amanda Livingston to help down Cal, 85-70. The Bruins outscored the Golden Bears 11-0 midway through the second half to break open a close game. Nikki Blue added 20 points and handed out a career-high 14 assists, the fifth-best mark in Bruin history.
Jan. 20 - UCLA at No. 5/3 Stanford -- Nikki Blue scored 26 points, and Lisa Willis added 25, but it was not enough, and Stanford dropped the Bruins, 100-75. The Cardinal jumped out to a 46-31 lead at the half and used a 17-2 run in the second half to put it away. Lindsey Pluimer recorded her first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Player Bio Updates
#00 Ortal Oren -- Has scored in 16 of the 18 games in which she has played ... Had five points and a career-high tying five boards at Cal ... Made her second career start at Stanford and scored six points ...Had four points and four rebounds vs. Arizona ... Totaled three points, two rebounds at UW ... Had two assists at WSU ... Handed out three assists in home win over Oregon ... Had four points, five boards in home win over Oregon St. ... Made first career start at Ohio St. ...Had four points in both the Illinois and Fresno St. games ... Scored three vs. Purdue ... Scored six at Pepperdine ... Had four points and career-high four assists vs. Clemson ... Scored nine against Gardner-Webb ... Had eight points in the opener against TCU ... Saw action in 28 games last season and averaged 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds. Career Highs: Points - 11 v. Fresno St., 12-21-03; Rebounds - 5, last at Cal, 1-22-05; Assists - 4 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Steals - 3, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.
#3 Shaina Zaidi -- Has appeared in eight games this season ...Scored four points at Cal ... Played a season-high nine minutes at Stanford ... Scored a career-best five points at WSU ...Had two points, three boards in home win over Oregon St. ... Scored four versus Clemson ... Scored five in win over Gardner-Webb ... Had 10 points against West Coast All-Stars ... Saw action in nine games last season. Career Highs: Points - 5, last at Washington State, 1-7-05; Assists - 3 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Rebs. - 3, v. Oregon St., 1-2-05.
#5 Stephanetta Bingley -- Has yet to appear in a regular season game ... Saw her first action as a Bruin in the exhibition game against the West Coast All-Stars ... Walked on to the team during the pre-season and will provide additional depth in the Bruin backcourt.
#11 Julia Pitts -- Expected to redshirt after undergoing knee surgery during each of her first two seasons as a Bruin ... Saw action in 18 games and was a starter in nine games last season ... Averaged 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game ... Her season came to an early end when she had knee surgery on Feb. 12, 2004 to repair torn meniscus in her left knee.
#14 Lindsey Pluimer -- Has scored in double figures in six of the nine conference games ...Led UCLA with nine rebounds and scored eight points at Cal ...Recorded her first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds at Stanford ...Had eight points and a team-high tying seven boards vs. Arizona ...Scored two versus ASU to snap a six-game double-digit scoring streak ...Totaled 14 points, seven rebounds at UW ... Had 10 points and led team in rebounds with seven at WSU ... Totaled 13 points before fouling out against Oregon ... Had 10 points, six boards in home win over Oregon St. ...Scored 12 points, including a pair of threes, in win over USC ... Led Bruins with 16 points, nine rebounds at Ohio St. ...Had five points, four boards at Illinois ...Had eight points, five boards at Fresno ...Recorded 12 points, three steals, six rebounds vs. Purdue ... Scored game-high 22 points and pulled down five boards at Pepperdine ... Had seven points, five rebounds in Texas win ... Totaled 13 points, five rebounds in Clemson win ... Had eight points, seven rebounds versus Gardner-Webb ... Led Bruins with nine boards, three blocks against TCU ...McDonald's and Parade Magazine HS All-American selection ... Led San Clemente HS to four straight CIF Southern Section I-A titles ... Named first-team all-state by Cal-Hi Sports ... Three-time CIF Southern Section I-A Player of the Year ... Averaged 24.6 points and 10.3 rebounds as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 22, at Pepperdine, 12-2-04; Rebs. - 10 at Stanford, 1-20-05; Blocks - 3 v. TCU, 11-19-04; Steals - 3, last at Cal, 1-22-05.
#20 Lauren Pedersen -- Averaging 18.5 minutes per game (74) over the last four contests ...Has scored 42 points in the last 10 games ... Had nine points and four rebounds (both totals tie career-highs) in her first career start at Cal ... Scored three at Stanford ...Hit two free throws in the Arizona game ...Scored three vs. ASU ...Had three points in win at WSU ... Scored five in home win over Oregon ... Had career-best totals of nine points, four rebounds (tied) and three steals in home win over Oregon St. ... Scored eight points (3-4 fg shooting) at Ohio St. ...Recorded four boards at Illinois ...Had three points, two steals versus Purdue ... Registered five points and three assists against Clemson ... Scored five versus Gardner-Webb ... '04 CIF Southern Section Div. II-A Player of the Year ... CIF Southern Section Div. II-A champs as senior ... Averaged 14.7 points as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 9, last at Cal, 1-22-05; Rebs. - 4, last at Cal,1-22-05; Assists - 3 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Steals - 3 v. Oregon St., 1-2-05.
#21 Brittany Ringel -- Has seen action in two games ... Scored first collegiate points in home win over Oregon St. and grabbed a rebound at Washington State ... Starter at outside hitter on the volleyball team ... Rejoined the basketball squad Dec. 13, 2004 ... The Bruins lost in the NCAA Regional volleyball final on Dec. 11.
#22 Consuelo Lezcano -- Had two points at both Cal at Stanford ... Scored two points vs. ASU ... Scored six points at UW ...Totaled a career-best nine points, five boards (tied career-best) and one block at WSU ... Had two points (her first basket of the season) and a block in home win over Oregon St. ... Scored two in win over Texas ... Four boards against Clemson ... Had three points, five boards versus Gardner-Webb ... Scored four against TCU ...Saw action in eight games last season. Career Highs: Points - 9 at Washington State, 1-7-05; Rebs. - 5, last at Washington State, 1-7-05; Blocks - 1, last at Wash. St., 1-2-05.
#31 Amanda Livingston -- Scored a career-high 23 points at Cal and shot 10-14 from the field, including 7-7 in the second half ... Had three points, two assists at Stanford while battling foul trouble ... Had six points, five boards vs. Arizona ... Pulled down a career-high 10 boards vs. ASU ... Fouled out with six points at UW ... Had 11 points with four rebounds, three steals at WSU ...Totaled six points, three rebounds and a block in home win over Oregon St. ... Had six points and six rebounds versus USC ...Recorded eight points, two blocks, three steals at Ohio St. ...Scored eight points with a career-high three blocks at Illinois ...Had 13 points, hitting her first five shots, in Fresno St. win ... Had four boards against Purdue... Pulled down eight rebounds at Pepperdine ... Had five rebounds versus Texas ... Scored 12 and had career-best five assists versus Gardner-Webb ... Had 10 points, three assists against TCU ...Saw action in all 30 games last year. Career Highs: Points - 23, at Cal, 1-22-05; Rebs. - 10 v. ASU, 1/14/05; Assists - 5 v. Gardner-Webb, 11-21-04; Steals - 4 at Ariz. St., 1-15-04; Blks. - 3 at Illinois, 12-19-04.
#32 Nikki Blue -- Has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 12 games in which she has played ... Has had more turnovers than assists in only two of her 17 games played this season ... Had 20 points and a career-high 14 assists (fifth-best mark in school history) at Cal ... Scored a season-high 26 points at Stanford ...Totaled 19 points, six assists vs. Arizona ... Had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven steals vs. ASU ... Totaled 15 points, seven assists, nine rebounds at UW ... Had eight points, six assists at WSU ... Had 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals in home win over Oregon ... Totaled 11 points, six boards, eight assists and two blocks in home win over Oregon St. ... Had 15 points, seven rebounds versus USC ... Sat out Ohio St. game for precautionary reasons after suffering from concussion-like symptoms following a blow to the head in the Illinois game ...Led Bruins with 17 points at Illinois ...Became 20th Bruin to reach the 1,000-point mark in second half at Fresno State on her way to a 22-point, eight rebound, six assist night ... Had 11 points, seven steals and six assists vs. Purdue ... Totaled 13 points, five rebounds and four assists vs. Texas ... Handed out seven assists vs. TCU ...Sat out game against West Coast All-Stars due to an ankle injury suffered in the second week of pre-season practice ...Starter in all 29 games last season ... Named to the pre-season Wooden Award All-American and Wade Trophy Watch Lists ...Earned honorable mention pre-season All-America acclaim from AP and Street & Smith's Magazine ...Selected to the All-Pac-10 first-team in 2004 for the second straight season. Career Highs: Points - 35 at Washington, 2-1-03; Rebs. - 12 v. Sacramento St., 11-24-02; Assists - 14 at Cal, 1-22-05; Steals - 8 v. Oregon, 3-8-03.
#40 Lisa Willis -- UCLA's all-time three-point shot leader ... Had 14 points, seven boards, five assists and four steals at Cal ... Scored 25 points, with a personal-best seven three-pointers, at Stanford to go along with five steals, which moved her into the all-time school top 10 in that category ...Had a team-high 24 points and seven boards vs. Arizona ... Had 10 points, four steals vs. ASU ... Registered 10 points, seven rebounds at UW ... Poured in 25 with five threes at WSU ... Totaled 11 points, eight rebounds and a career-best three blocks in the home win over Oregon ... Had eight points and moved into first place on the all-time school list for made three-pointers in home win over Oregon St. ... Had 13 points and team-best tying nine boards in home USC win ...Contributed 15 points, six boards at Ohio St. ...Scored 15 at Illinois ...Had 18 points and career-high totals of 10 boards (her first career double-double) and seven assists at Fresno ... Totaled 14 points, four steals against Purdue ... Moved into first on the all-time school list in three-pointers attempted against Purdue ... Had 14 points, seven boards at Pepperdine ... Battled foul trouble to score eight vs. Texas ... Totaled 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists, eight steals (tied career high) against Clemson ... Had 16 points, eight rebounds vs. Gardner-Webb ... Had team-high 15 points against TCU ...Only player to start all 30 games last season ... Her season total of 100 steals ranked third on the all-time school list ... Her average of 3.3 steals ranked 11th nationally ... Set school record with 70 made three-pointers ... Hon. mention All-Pac-10 ... Ranked first in the Pac-10 in steals and three-point shots made. Career Highs: Points - 31 at Cal, 2-19-04; Rebs. - 10 at Fresno St., 12-4-04; Assists - 7 at Fresno St., 12-4-04; Steals - 8, last v. Clemson, 11-24-04.
#44 Emma Tautolo -- Had two points, four boards at WSU ...Had four points, four rebounds in home win over Oregon ... Had four points at Fresno St. ... Scored four at Pepperdine ... Grabbed four rebounds vs. Texas ... Scored four against Clemson ... Had three points vs. Gardner-Webb ...Appeared in 24 games last season. Career Highs: Points - 10 v. Illinois, 11-30-03; Rebs. - 6 at CSUN, 12-17-03; Assists - 3 at CSUN, 12-17-03; Steals - 2 at Wash. St., 2-7-04.
#45 Noelle Quinn -- Underwent arthroscopic knee surgery for torn meniscus cartilage in her left knee on Jan. 19 and could be out up to six weeks ... Had 33 steals in her last nine games ... Had 10 points, six boards, four assists and four steals versus Arizona, but injured her knee with about five minutes left in the first half ... Scored eight points vs. ASU snapping a streak of 35 straight games in double figures ... Scored team-high 18 points at UW ... Had 10 points, six assists at WSU ...Totaled 15 points, nine rebounds in home win over Oregon ... Recorded 11th career double-double with 20 points (has 14 overall 20-point games for her career) and 12 rebounds in home win over Oregon St. ... Also had six assists and a career-best eight steals ...Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week (third time in current season, fifth time in her career) for her play versus the Oregon schools Dec. 30-Jan. 5 ... Had team-high totals of 16 points, nine rebounds (tied), four assists and four steals versus USC ... Scored 11 points with four assists at Ohio St. ...Had her six-game streak of scoring 20 points or more snapped at Illinois after scoring 14 ... Led UCLA in rebounding (seven) and steals (six) at Illinois ...Had sixth straight 20-point outing (she also had six in a row last season) with 21 points at Fresno St. and had a team-high 12 rebounds against the Bulldogs ... Scored 23 vs. Purdue and led team in rebounding with seven ...Scored 20 at Pepperdine and tied for team lead with eight rebounds ...U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week (Nov. 29-Dec. 5) for the second straight week ... Pac-10 Player of the Week and UCLABruins.com/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for Nov. 22-28 ... Had 27 points and 11 rebounds vs. Texas ... Her basket with 13 seconds remaining gave UCLA a 61-60 lead over Texas and her two free throws with five seconds to play made it 63-60 ... Had 23 points and seven steals vs. Clemson ... Named all-tournament at the Miami Jam ... Led Bruins with team-high totals of 20 points, six assists and nine rebounds against Gardner-Webb ...Had 14 points against TCU ... Named to the pre-season Wooden Award All-American and Wade Trophy Watch Lists ...Earned High Honorable Mention pre-season All-America acclaim from Street & Smith's Magazine ...Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and first-team all-league ... Set freshman school record with six straight 20-point games ... Recorded fourth triple-double in school history with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at Cal. Career Highs: Points - 31 v. Arizona, 2-12-04; Rebs. - 15, v. Oregon 1-29-04; Assists - 10, at Cal 2-19-04; Steals - 8 v. Oregon St., 1-2-05; Blks. - 1, last v. Arizona, 1-16-05.
# 54 Sissy Pickett -- Has seen action in nine games this season ... Had four points, two rebounds at WSU ...Had three boards in home win over Oregon St. ... Had two points, four rebounds vs. Clemson ... Had four points, two rebounds against Gardner-Webb ... Played in opener against TCU, but did not score ...Saw action in 11 games last season. Career Highs: Points - 13, v. Wash. St., 2-1-02; Rebs. - 6, at Ariz, 2-14-02; Steals - 2, v. Wash. St., 2-1-02.
Head Coach Kathy Olivier -- In her 12th season as UCLA head coach, Kathy Olivier has energized the program to reflect her own positive, upbeat and outgoing personality. The former standout player at Cal State Fullerton and UNLV has helped to produce two Pac-10 Players of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshman Players of the Year and a Pac-10 team championship. She is the only current Pac-10 coach to have as many as three freshmen named first-team All-Conference performers. From 1998-2000, she guided UCLA to a school-best three-straight NCAA tournament appearances and had the Bruins in the NCAA tournament again last season. Her teams have finished among the top four in the Pac-10 conference in five of the last seven seasons.
Interest in UCLA women's basketball has taken off to new levels under coach Olivier. The only six regular season crowds in school history of over 7,000 fans have come out to support the Bruins during her tenure. Her 2000 squad attracted a school record average of over 3,700 fans per game. Her 1999 Pac-10 championship squad drew a school record crowd of 9,530 for a home win over USC.
While her teams favor a running style on offense, defense has always been an Olivier strong point. Six of the all-time school top 10 marks for lowest opponent field goal percentages belong to Olivier-coached squads.
Trebilcock To Join Bruins In 2005-06 -- Guard Ashlee Trebilcock of Newhall, CA (Hart HS) has signed a national letter-of-intent and will join the Bruins in the 2005-06 season. A 5-9 guard, Trebilcock is considered by some publications to be one of the Top 25 recruits in the nation. She led her team to the Foothill League championship in 2004 and to the final game of the CIF Southern Section Div. I championship, where she scored a career-high 34 points. She is a two-time Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year and attended the Nike All-America camp in 2003 and the USA Junior Olympic tryouts in 2004. As a junior at Hart HS, she averaged 21.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and handed out 94 assists. As a sophomore, she averaged 16.7 points.