Jan. 3, 2005
No. 22/24 UCLA Hosts Oregon Tuesday -- No. 22 (AP)/24 (ESPN/USA Today) UCLA (8-3, 2-0 in the Pac-10) will conclude its Pac-10 Conference homestand on Tuesday at 7 p.m. when Oregon (9-3, 2-1) comes to Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins will then travel to play at Washington State on Friday, Jan. 7 and at Washington on Sunday, Jan. 9.
Quick Recap -- The Bruins broke away from Oregon State at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half and scored a 73-45 win over the Beavers on Jan. 2. Noelle Quinn led the Bruins with 20 points and 12 rebounds. UCLA opened Pac-10 play with a 62-61 home win against USC on Dec. 28. The win tied the year-long 18-sport competition between the two schools for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy at 20-each. Quinn led the way for the Bruins with 16 points and nine rebounds. Lisa Willis also totaled nine rebounds and added 13 points, including a basket at the 2:35 mark which broke a 60-all tie.
Bruins In The Rankings -- The Bruins checked in at the No. 22 spot on the Associated Press poll (Jan. 3) and at No. 24 on the ESPN/USA Today poll for the week of Dec. 27. UCLA moved into the AP rankings at No. 25 on Nov. 29 after the win over No. 4 Texas, and debuted at No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today poll on Dec. 6 after the win over Purdue. 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.
Listen Live -- UCLA will broadcast the games on the internet. Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer will call the action.
Bruin Notes -- The Bruins have won nine-straight home games (5-0 this season) over the past two seasons ...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 has scored in double digits in the last 32 consecutive games ... Lisa Willis set a new school record for career three-pointers after hitting two in the win over Oregon State ...Willis, who passed DeDe Mosman in the record books, now has 138 and counting ...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 ... Blue ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists (4.90) ... The Bruins own a 14-0 record when Quinn scores at least 20 points in a game and have lost three times in the four games this season in which she was held to less-than 20 ... Quinn is first in the Pac-10 in scoring (19.0) and steals (3.45, tied with Lisa Willis), fourth in rebounding (7.5) and fifth in assists (3.82) ... Willis is tied for the lead in the Pac-10 in steals (3.45) and is tied for third in three-point field goals made (2.0) ... Willis is shooting .880 for the season (22-25) from the free throw line, fourth-best in the Pac-10 entering the week ... Amanda Livingston has blocked seven shots in her last four games ...Three players currently have more assists than turnovers this season (Quinn, Blue and Ortal Oren), and three have more steals than turnovers (Willis, Quinn, Lauren Pedersen).
Scouting the Ducks -- Oregon is 9-3 on the year and 2-1 in the Pac-10. The Ducks, who registered a 62-58 upset win over No. 5 Stanford last week, are ranked in the top five in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (3rd), scoring margin (4th), fg% (4th), 3-Pt. Fg% (4th), Fg % defense (.377), 3Pt. fg% defense (5th), rebounding defense (3rd), rebounding margin (4th), assists (2nd), defensive rebounds (3rd), and 3-Pt. Fg made (2nd). Post Cathrine Kraayeveld leads the Ducks and is fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring with a 16.1 mark. She also ranks second in rebounding (9.0) and second in blocked shots (1.67).
The Series With Oregon -- The series, which dates back to 1980, is tied at 20-each. The Ducks snapped a four-game UCLA series win streak with a 61-55 win in the last meeting between the two teams played on January 29, 2004 in Pauley. Lisa 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.
2004-05 Outlook -- Coach Kathy Olivier welcomes back 11 letterwinners, including three starters, and adds three talented newcomers. The Bruin "triple threat" returning starters are leading scorer and rebounder Noelle Quinn, assist leader and No. 2 scorer Nikki Blue, along with Pac-10 steals leader and No. 3 scorer Lisa Willis. Seven of the 11 letterwinners saw action in at least 18 games last season, including five players with starting experience from a year ago.
The team rebounded from a 4-6 Pac-10 start last season to capture seven of the last eight conference games and finish in a tie for third place. That third place finish marked the fifth time in the last seven seasons that the Bruins have wound up among the top four teams in the conference.
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 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 points each. Arizona State was fourth (100), followed by Washington (83), Oregon (78), USC (61), Oregon St. (45), California (34) and Washington St. (22).
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 and first-team acclaim from Women's Basketball News Service.
Game Recaps: Jan. 2 - Oregon State at UCLA -- The Bruins closed the first half and opened the second half with a strong effort and put away the Beavers, 73-45. Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 20 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and eight steals. Lisa Willis moved into first on the all-time school list for three-point shots during the contest.
Dec. 28 - USC at UCLA -- UCLA survived several last-second shots by the Trojans and captured a 62-61 win in the Pac-10 opener. UCLA led by as many as 14 in the first half before settling for a 27-25 lead at the break. The Bruins built the lead up to 10 points in the second half before USC rallied to tie things up at 58-all with five minutes to play. Lisa Willis's basket with 2:35 to play gave UCLA a 62-60 lead, and the Bruins hung on for the win. Willis finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 16 and also had nine boards.
Dec. 21 - UCLA at Ohio State -- Playing without point guard Nikki Blue, who sat out for precautionary reasons due to concussion-like symptoms, the No. 20/23 ranked Bruins lost at No. 10/7 Ohio State, 83-60. UCLA led 21-17 halfway through the first half, but the Buckeyes outscored the Bruins 23-5 to close the half, and the Bruins never recovered. Freshman Lindsey Pluimer led UCLA with 16 points and nine rebounds. Lisa Willis added 15 and tied the school record for career three-pointers.
Trebilcock To Join Bruins In 2005-06 -- Guard Ashlee Trebilcock of Newhall, CA (Hart HS) has signed a national letter-of-intent with UCLA 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 Division 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. In her sophomore year, she averaged 16.7 points.