Dec. 3, 2004
No. 25 UCLA Women's Basketball Hosts No. 14 Purdue Sunday
UCLA Hosts Purdue Sunday at Noon -- The Bruins will conclude a string of four-straight games against teams which advanced to the post-season a year ago with a contest against Purdue on Sunday at Noon. (Texas and Purdue were in the NCAA tournament, Clemson and Pepperdine played in the NWIT).
UCLA (4-1) won its fourth straight game on Thursday night at Pepperdine by a score of 74-61. Freshman Lindsey Pluimer led the way for UCLA with 22 points. Noelle Quinn had her fourth straight twenty-point effort in a row this season with an even 20 points versus the Waves.
The Bruins scored a 63-60 upset victory over then-No. 4-ranked Texas on Nov. 28 in Pauley Pavilion. In the showcase between five Wooden Pre-Season All-Americans and Naismith Trophy candidates (UCLA guards Nikki Blue and Noelle Quinn and Texas guard Jamie Carey and forwards Tiffany Jackson and Heather Schreiber), Quinn and Blue came out victorious, with Quinn scoring a game-high 27 points to go along with 11 rebounds, and Blue guiding the offense and totaling 13 points, five boards and four assists.
Listen Live -- Sunday's contest will be broadcast live on the internet at uclabruins.com. Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer will call the action. The game on Sunday will be televised by Fox Sports Net. Bill Macdonald and Krista Blunk will call the game.
UCLA Toy Drive -- UCLA will be conducting a toy drive in conjunction with Sunday's game against Purdue. Fans who bring in an unwrapped toy will be given a complimentary general admission ticket to the game (one ticket per person). The toys will be donated to the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA.
Scouting The Boilermakers -- Purdue is off to a 3-1 start this season (will play at UCSB on Friday) before playing the Bruins on Sunday. Six-two sophomore forward Erin Lawless entered the week leading the Boilermakers with a 15.0 point scoring average, and seven players entered the week averaging at least 7.0 points per game. 6-1 sophomore guard Katie Gearlds (10.3 ppg) was the Big 10 Freshman of the Year last season. Houston snapped the Boilers' 67-game home win streak against unranked, non-conference opponents in the regular season with a 63-60 win on Nov. 30. Purdue has been to the Final Four three times -- 1994, 1999, 2001 -- winning the championship in 1999 and losing in the championship game in 2001 to Notre Dame.
The Series With Purdue -- Purdue won the first ever game between the two teams last season, 58-57, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. A three-point basket by Purdue senior Beth Jones with 1.8 seconds remaining provided the winning margin after a pair of free throws by Lisa Willis had put UCLA in the lead by a 57-55 score with 8.6 seconds remaining.
Bruin Notes -- Nikki Blue needs 29 points to become the 16th Bruin to reach the 1,000-point mark for their career ... A Bruin win over Purdue and a 5-1 season start would be UCLA's best beginning to a season since the 1982-83 team won its first five games of the year ... The 1980-81 UCLA team won its first 12 games ... TCU (65) is the only opponent to score more than 61 points this season against the Bruins ... Texas (.408) is the only team to shoot over .367 this season against the Bruins ... UCLA is 11-13 all-time versus teams from the Big 10 conference.
Bruins Crash Waves in Malibu -- Freshman forward Lindsey Pluimer scored 22 points, and sophomore Noelle Quinn added 20, her fourth straight game with at least 20 points, to pace the Bruins to a 74-61 win at Pepperdine. UCLA led from start to finish and pulled away from the Waves midway through the second half. UCLA led 29-27 at the half but managed to build that advantage up to 58-39 at the 9:48 mark of the second half.
Bruins Deal No. 4 Texas 63-60 Loss -- The Bruins rallied from a 17-point first half deficit to hand No. 4 Texas a 63-60 loss in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA, which missed 15 of its first 16 shots in the contest, trailed 31-14 at the 2:33 mark of the first half. The Bruin narrowed the gap to 33-25 at the half and tied the game at 43-all with 9:53 to play. Neither team led by more than four points the rest of the way. A basket by Noelle Quinn made it 61-60 Bruins with 13 seconds remaining. Texas missed a pair of free throws with six seconds to go, and Quinn grabbed the rebound and was fouled. The Bruin sophomore hit both chances from the line to make it 63-60 with five seconds to play. Texas missed a three-point shot just before the buzzer sounded.
Bruins Use Texas Win to Bounce Back into Top 25 -- UCLA moved into the Associated Press rankings this week (Nov. 29), checking in at No. 25. This is the first time UCLA has 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.
Blue, Quinn Earn National Honors -- Guards Nikki Blue and Noelle Quinn have been 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.
Bruins in the Pre-Season Polls -- UCLA was ranked No. 22 by Lindy's Magazine and No. 25 by Street and Smith's, which also chose Noelle Quinn as a high honorable mention All-American and Nikki Blue as an honorable mention All-American. The Bruins opened as the "26th" team in both the AP and the USA Today pre-season polls.
Coaches and Media Pick Bruins To Finish Third In Pac-10 -- The Pac-10 women's basketball coaches picked UCLA to finish third in the conference, with one first-place vote, in the annual pre-season poll. Stanford, with eight first-place votes, was the solid choice to finish first. The Cardinal were followed by Arizona (one first-place votes), UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon, Washington, USC, California, Oregon State and Washington State.
Player Bio Updates #00 Ortal Oren -- Scored six in the win at Pepperdine ... Had four points and career-high four assists in win over Clemson ... Scored nine in the win over 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 ... Had a career-best of 11 points against Fresno State. Career Highs: Points - 11 v. Fresno St., 12-21-03; Rebounds - 4, v. Michigan St., 12-19-03; Assists - 2, last v. Gardner-Webb, 11-21-04; Steals - 3, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.
#3 Shaina Zaidi -- Had four points in win over Clemson ... Scored career-best five points in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Had 10 points in the exhibition game against West Coast All-Stars ... Saw action in nine games last season and had a best of three points against Oregon State. Career Highs: Points - 5 v. Gardner-Webb, 11-21-04; Assists - 3 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Rebs. - 1, last v. Clemson, 11-24-04.
#5 Stephanetta Bingley -- Saw her first action 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 ... Scored 13 points against both Fresno State and Cal State Northridge ... 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 -- Entered the week ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in rebounding ...Has made at least one three-pointer in the last three games ... Totaled a game-high 22 points and pulled down five rebounds in the win at Pepperdine ... Had seven points and five rebounds in win over Texas ... Totaled season-high 13 points and five rebounds in win over Clemson ... Had eight points and seven rebounds in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Led the Bruins with nine boards and three blocks against TCU ... Had 10 points and 12 rebounds in the exhibition win over West Coast All-Stars ... Totaled 12 points and 11 rebounds against Love & Basketball ...McDonald's, Parade Magazine and Street and Smith's High School All-American selection ... Led her San Clemente High School team to four straight CIF Southern Section I-A titles ... Named to the first-team all-state squad by Cal-Hi Sports ... Three-time CIF Southern Section I-A Player of the Year ... Averaged 24.6 points, 4.3 assists, 2.7 steals, 4.8 blocks and 10.3 rebounds as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 22, at Pepperdine, 12-2-04; Rebs. - 9, v. TCU, 11-19-04; Blocks - 3 v. TCU, 11-19-04; Steals - 3, v. TCU, 11-19-04.
#20 Lauren Pedersen -- Had five points and three assists in win over Clemson ... Scored five points in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Had three rebounds against TCU ... Had six points in the win over West Coast All-Stars ...Second-team all-state selection by Cal-Hi Sports ... CIF Southern Section Division II-A Player of the Year in 2004 at Brea Olinda High School ... Helped her team to the CIF Southern Section Division II-A championship as a senior ... Averaged 14.7 points as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 5, last v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Rebs. - 3, v. TCU, 11-19-04; Assists - 3 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Steals - 2 v. Clemson, 11-24-04. #21 Brittany Ringel -- Starter at outside hitter on the volleyball team ... Expected to join the basketball squad in December following the completion of the volleyball season.
#22 Consuelo Lezcano -- Had two points versus Texas ... Pulled down four boards against Clemson ... Had three points and career-best five rebounds in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Had four points in the loss to TCU ...Saw action in eight games last season ... Averaged 2.0 points and 0.5 rebounds a year ago ... Had a best of six points vs. Oregon State. Career Highs: Points - 6, last at Cal, 2-19-04; Rebs. - 5, v. Gardner-Webb, 11-19-04; Blocks - 1 v., Gardner-Webb, 11-19-04.
#31 Amanda Livingston -- Pulled down a career-best eight rebounds (seven offensive) at Pepperdine ... Had five rebounds in win over Texas ...Grabbed four rebounds in win over Clemson ... Scored 12 points and had career-best five assists in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Had 10 points and three assists in the loss to TCU ...Saw action in all 30 games last year ... Had bests of 13 points and five rebounds at Arizona State ...Had 12 points at Washington State ... Averaged 4.0 points and 2.2 rebounds last season. Career Highs: Points - 13 at Ariz. St., 1-15-04; Rebs. - 8 at Pepperdine, 12-2-04; Assists - 5 v. Gardner-Webb, 11-21-04; Steals - 4 at Ariz. St., 1-15-04; Blks. - 2 at Purdue, 12-13-03.
#32 Nikki Blue -- Handed out four assists and scored six points in 29 minutes of action at Pepperdine ... Totaled 13 points, five rebounds and four assists in the win over Texas (played all 40 minutes) ... Handed out four assists and scored seven points against Clemson in 21 minutes of action ... Had four assists and three steals in the win over Gardner-Webb (22 minutes) ... Had seven assists versus TCU (32 minutes) ...Sat out the exhibition game against West Coast All-Stars due to an ankle injury suffered in the second week of pre-season practice ... Limited to nine minutes against Love & Basketball due to the injury ...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 ... Scored a school NCAA tournament best 33 points against Minnesota ... Ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring, 12th in rebounding, third in assists, second in steals and sixth in assist/turnover ratio. Career Highs: Points - 35 at Washington, 2-1-03; Rebs. - 12 v. Sacramento St., 11-24-02; Assists - 11 v. Arizona, 2-12-04; Steals - 8 v. Oregon, 3-8-03.
#40 Lisa Willis -- Had 14 points and seven boards at Pepperdine ... Had eight points in the win over Texas ... Totaled 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and eight steals (ties career high) against Clemson ... Had 16 points and eight rebounds in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Registered a team-high 15 points in the opener 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 in the nation ... Set a school record with 70 made three-point shots ... Honorable mention All-Pac-10 ... Ranked first in the Pac-10 in steals and three-point shots made, seventh in three-point shooting percentage and defensive rebounds, 10th in scoring and 15th in rebounding. Career Highs: Points - 31 at Cal, 2-19-04; Rebs. - 9, last v. Ariz. St., 2-14-04; Assists - 6, last v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Steals - 8, last v. Clemson, 11-24-04.
#44 Emma Tautolo -- Scored four in the win at Pepperdine ... Had four rebounds in the win over Texas ... Had four points in win over Clemson ... Had three points in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Scored two points against TCU ...Appeared in 24 games last season ... Averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds ... Had career-best of 10 points in the win over Illinois 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 -- Had her fourth straight twenty-point outing in the win at Pepperdine with 20 points (she had six in a row at one point last season and now has 11 overall for her career) ... Has scored in double digits in the last 26 straight games ... Tied for the team lead with eight rebounds against the Waves ... Has scored at total of 14 points from the free throw line in the last two games ... Pac-10 Player of the Week and UCLABruins.com/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for Nov. 22-28 ... Had 27 points in the win over Texas and her first double-double of the season with 11 rebounds ... 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 ... Scored 23 points against Clemson ... Added seven steals and three assists in win over the Tigers ... Named to the All-Miami Jam team ... Led the Bruins with team-high totals of 20 points, six assists and nine rebounds against Gardner-Webb ...Had 14 points against TCU despite suffering from dehydration ... Totaled 22 points in the win over West Coast All-Stars ... Led all players with 18 points against Love & Basketball ...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-conference selection ... Ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring, fifth in rebounding; ninth in assists and offensive rebounding, fourth in steals and defensive rebounds and seventh in assists/turnover ratio ... Set a freshman school record with six straight 20-point games ... Recorded the fourth triple-double in school history with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at California. Career Highs: Points - 31 v. Arizona, 2-12-04; Rebs. - 15, v. Oregon 1-29-04; Assists - 10, at Cal 2-19-04; Steals - 7 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Blks. - 1, last v. Texas, 11-28-04.
# 54 Sissy Pickett -- Had two points and four rebounds in win over Clemson ... Had four points and two rebounds in the win over Gardner-Webb ... Played in the opener against TCU, but did not score ...Saw action in 11 games last season ... Averaged 1.5 points and 0.5 rebounds ... Had six points in the win over Cal State Northridge ... Career 77% free throw shooter. 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 -- Entering 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.