Dec. 1, 2004
UCLA Travels Down The Coast To Visit Pepperdine -- The Bruins are in the midst of four-straight games against teams which advanced to the post-season a year ago. (Texas and Purdue were in the NCAA tournament, Clemson and Pepperdine played in the NWIT). UCLA (3-1) will travel to Malibu on Thursday, Dec. 2 to play at Pepperdine (1-3) at Firestone Fieldhouse at 7:00 pm and then returns home on Sunday, Dec. 5 to host Purdue at Noon.
The Bruins are coming off 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 -- Both games this week will be broadcast live on the internet at uclabruins.com. Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer will call the action. The Purdue game on Sunday will be televised by Fox Sports Net. Bill Macdonald and Krista Blunk will call the game for Fox Sports Net.
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 Waves -- Pepperdine opens the week with a 1-3 record (losses to Fresno State, Kansas State and Montana; win over Cal State Fullerton). Pepperdine finished last season with a 17-13 record and lost in the first round of the WNIT to Washington. Pepperdine is led by 6-3 forward Jennifer Lacy (16.8p, 8.8r). Julie Rousseau is in her first season as head coach.
The Series With Pepperdine -- UCLA leads the series with Pepperdine by an 11-2 margin. The Waves have won the last two meetings - 88-67 in 2002 at Pepperdine and 78-56 in 2000 at Pauley Pavilion. In the 2002 game, then-freshman Nikki Blue scored 14 points with eight boards and four steals.
Scouting The Boilermakers -- Purdue is off to a 3-1 start this season and will travel to UCSB on Dec. 3 before playing the Bruins on Sunday. Six-two forward Erin Lawless leads the Boilermakers with a 15.0 point scoring average, and seven players entered the week averaging at least 7.0 points per game.
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.
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 Win 83-52 Decision over Tigers -- Noelle Quinn scored 23 points to pace the Bruins to a 83-52 win over Clemson on Nov. 24. UCLA used a 17-3 run toward the end of the first half on the way to taking a 42-20 halftime lead. The Bruins enjoyed at least a 20-point lead for the rest of the contest. Lisa Willis added 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and eight steals. Lindsey Pluimer was also in double digits with 13 points.
Bruins Split At Miami Jam in Florida -- UCLA dropped its opening game of the season, 65-60, to TCU in the first round of the Miami, FL Jam on Nov. 19. The Bruins were held scoreless for over seven minutes in the second half and fell behind 55-40 with 10:29 to play. UCLA, who led by a point at the half, got as close as four points in the final seconds of play, but could not recapture the lead. Lisa Willis led the way for the Bruins with 15 points. Noelle Quinn, who was suffering from dehydration during the game, added 14.
UCLA bounced back with an 89-48 win over Gardner-Webb in the second round of the Miami Jam. UCLA grabbed the lead early and enjoyed a 43-24 advantage at halftime. Quinn poured in 20 points on 9-12 shooting to pace the Bruins. Willis added 16, and Amanda Livingston had 12 points.
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.
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).
San Jose to Host Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament -- The 2004-05 season will conclude with the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament to be played once again this season at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA on March 4-7. All conference schools will participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA tournament. The team that finishes the regular season atop the Pac-10 standings, based on the results of the double round robin play, is the conference champion.
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.