Jan. 6, 2005
No. 22/23 UCLA Back on the Road -- No. 22 (AP)/23 (ESPN/USA Today) UCLA (9-3, 3-0 in the Pac-10) takes to the road after concluding its season-opening three-game Pac-10 Conference homestand with a 3-0 record which put them alone atop the Pac-10 standings. The Bruins travel to play at Washington State (4-9, 0-4) on Friday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. and at Washington (6-8, 2-2) on Sunday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m.
Quinn Named Conf. Player of Week -- Bruin sophomore guard Noelle Quinn was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week (Dec. 30-Jan.5) for her play in the wins over the Oregon schools. It was the third time this season the conference has recognized Quinn and the fifth time in her career. Quinn averaged 17.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals, 3.5 assists and 1.0 blocks for the two wins. She totaled 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight steals (tied for the eighth-best total in school history) in the win over Oregon State. She had 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds in the win over Oregon.
Quick Recap -- The Bruins used an 11-1 run in the early stages of the second half to take a 40-31 lead and went on to post a 70-54 decision over Oregon on Jan. 4. Nikki Blue led four Bruins in double figures with 16 points. UCLA 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. Bruins In The Rankings -- The Bruins checked in at the No. 22 spot on the Associated Press poll (Jan. 3) and at No. 23 on the ESPN/USA Today poll. 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.
Listen Live -- The games will be internet broadcast. Dave Marcus will call the action.
UCLA Probable Starters -- No. Name Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG 32 Nikki Blue G 5-8 Jr. 11.4 4.8 40 Lisa Willis G 5-11 Jr. 13.8 6.2 45 Noelle Quinn G 6-0 So. 18.7 7.7 31 Amanda Livingston F 6-1 So. 6.4 4.0 14 Lindsey Pluimer F 6-3 Fr. 10.8 5.8
Off the Bench -- 00 Ortal Oren G 5-9 Jr. 4.0 1.6 3 Shaina Zaidi G 5-8 So. 2.2 0.8 21 Brittany Ringel F 6-1 Jr.R 1.0 0.0 22 Consuelo Lezcano F/C 6-4 So. 1.1 1.2 44 Emma Tautolo F 6-2 Jr. 1.9 1.3 54 Sissy Pickett C 6-7 Sr. 0.9 1.4 20 Lauren Pedersen G 5-10 Fr. 3.1 1.3 5 Stephanetta Bingley G 5-2 So. -- --
Bruin Notes -- The Bruins have won 10-straight home games (6-0 this season) over the past two seasons (the last time the Bruins won 10 or more games at home was in the last 6 games of the 1989-90 season and the first four games of 1990-91) ...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 33 consecutive games ... Lisa Willis set a new school record for career three-pointers during the 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 ... Blue ranks second in the Pac-10 in assists (4.91) ... The Bruins own a 14-0 record when Quinn scores at least 20 points in a game and have lost three times in the five games this season in which she was held to less-than 20 ... Quinn is second in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.7) and steals (3.25), fourth in rebounding (7.7) and fifth in assists (3.58) ... Willis is first in the Pac-10 in steals (3.42) and is tied for second in three-point field goals made (2.08) ... Willis is shooting .880 for the season (22-25) from the free throw line ... Amanda Livingston has blocked seven shots in her last five 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 Cougars -- WSU is led in scoring by sophomore guard Adrienne Ferguson (10.8 ppg) and sophomore forward Kate Benz ( 10.9 ppg). The Cougars are among the best teams in the league in free throw shooting (71 %-second). Benz ranks first in the league in rebounding (9.1).
The Series With Washington St. -- UCLA leads the series, which dates back to 1987,30-6. The Bruins have won the last seven meetings, including the most recent matchup, 78-57, at WSU last season. Quinn led the Bruins in that one with 21 points. UCLA won the first meeting of last season in Pauley, 78-58, behind 22 points from Willis and 20 from Quinn. WSU's last win came in Pullman on Jan. 6, 2001.
Scouting the Huskies -- Sophomore forward Jill Bell ranks among the leaders in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.4-sixth) and blocked shots (1.4-third). The Huskies feature a balanced offensive attack with seven players averaging at least six points per game. Junior guard Kristen O'Neill led the pack at 9.3 per game.
The Series With Washington -- Washington leads the series, which dates back to 1985, by a margin of 24-14. The Bruins won both meetings last season, their first sweep of the Huskies since the 2000 season. Lisa Willis scored 19 and Noelle Quinn added 17 as the Bruins won the first meeting a year ago by a 65-60 score in Pauley. In Seattle, the Bruins rallied from a 54-47 deficit with 3:55 to play by going on a 12-0 run, seven by Willis. Quinn finished with 25 points and Willis totaled 13.
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.
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.
Player Bio Updates #00 Ortal Oren -- Has scored in 11 of the 12 games in which she has played ... Handed out three assists in home win over Oregon ... Had four points and a career-high five rebounds in home win over Oregon St. ... Made her first career start at Ohio St. ...Had four points in both the Illinois and Fresno St. games ... Had three points in win over No. 14 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, v. Oregon St., 1-2-05; Assists - 4 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Steals - 3, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.
#3 Shaina Zaidi -- Has appeared in five games this season ...Had two points and three boards in home win over Oregon St. ... Had four points in the Clemson win ... Scored career-best five points in win over Gardner-Webb ... Had 10 points in exhibition game against West Coast All-Stars ... Saw action in nine games last season. Career Highs: Points - 5 v. Gardner-Webb, 11-21-04; 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 the last four games (seven overall) ...Totaled 13 points before fouling out against Oregon ... Had 10 points and six boards in home win over Oregon St. ...Scored 12 points, including a pair of threes, and four boards in the win over USC ... Led the Bruins with 16 points and a career-high tying nine rebounds (five offensive) at Ohio St. ...Scored five points with four boards at Illinois ...Had eight points and five rebounds at Fresno St. ...Recorded 12 points, three steals and six rebounds in Purdue win ... Scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down five rebounds at Pepperdine ... Had seven points and five rebounds in Texas win ... Totaled 13 points and five rebounds in Clemson win ... Had eight points and seven rebounds versus Gardner-Webb ... Led Bruins with nine boards and three blocks against TCU ...McDonald's, Parade Magazine and Street and Smith's HS All-American selection ... Led her San Clemente HS team 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, 4.8 blocks and 10.3 rebounds as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 22, at Pepperdine, 12-2-04; Rebs. - 9, last at Ohio St., 12-21-04; Blocks - 3 v. TCU, 11-19-04; Steals - 3, last v. Purdue, 12-5-04.
#20 Lauren Pedersen -- Has scored 22 points in the last four games ... Scored five in the home win over Oregon ... Had career-best totals of nine points, four rebounds (tied) and three steals in the home win over Oregon St. ... Scored eight points (3-4 fg shooting) at Ohio State ...Recorded a collegiate-best four rebounds at Illinois ...Had three points and two steals versus Purdue ... Registered five points and three assists against Clemson ... Scored five versus Gardner-Webb ... Grabbed three rebounds against TCU ...Second-team all-state selection by Cal-Hi Sports ... CIF Southern Section Div. II-A Player of the Year in 2004 at Brea Olinda HS ... Helped team to CIF Southern Section Div. II-A championship as a senior ... Averaged 14.7 points as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 9 v. Oregon St., 1-2-05; Rebs. - 4, last v. Oregon St., 1-2-05; Assists - 3 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Steals - 3 v. Oregon St., 1-2-05.
#21 Brittany Ringel -- Scored her first collegiate points in the home win over Oregon St. ... Starter at outside hitter on the volleyball team ... Rejoined the basketball squad Dec. 13, 2004 ... The Bruin team lost in the NCAA Regional volleyball final in Seattle on Dec. 11.
#22 Consuelo Lezcano -- Had two points (her first basket of the season) and a blocked shot in the home win over Oregon St. ... Scored two in the win over Texas ... Pulled down four boards against Clemson ... Had three points and career-best five rebounds versus Gardner-Webb ... Had four points against TCU ...Saw action in eight games last season ... Averaged 2.0 points and 0.5 rebounds a year ago. Career Highs: Points - 6, last at Cal, 2-19-04; Rebs. - 5, v. Gardner-Webb, 11-19-04; Blocks - 1, last v. Oregon St., 1-2-05.
#31 Amanda Livingston -- 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, three rebounds, two blocked shots and three steals at Ohio St. ...Scored eight points with a career-high three blocked shots at Illinois ...Tied her career-high with 13 points, hitting her first five shots from the field, in Fresno St. win ... Had four boards against Purdue... Pulled down a career-best eight rebounds (seven offensive) at Pepperdine ... Had five rebounds versus Texas ...Grabbed four boards against Clemson ... Scored 12 and had a career-best five assists versus Gardner-Webb ... Had 10 points and three assists against TCU ...Saw action in all 30 games last year. Career Highs: Points - 13, last at Fresno St., 12-11-04; Rebs. - 8 at Pepperdine, 12-2-04; Assists - 5 v. Gardner-Webb, 11-21-04; Steals - 4 at Ariz. St., 1-15-04; Blks. - 3 at Illinois, 12-19-04.
#32 Nikki Blue -- Has scored in double figures in the last six games in which she has played ... Has had more turnovers than assists in only one of her 11 games played this season ... 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 and seven rebounds versus USC ... Sat out the Ohio St. game for precautionary reasons after suffering from concussion-like symptoms following a blow to the head in the Illinois game ...Led the Bruins with 17 points and four assists at Illinois ...Became the 20th Bruin to reach the 1,000 point mark in the 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 versus No. 14 Purdue ... Handed out four assists and scored six points at Pepperdine ... Totaled 13 points, five rebounds and four assists versus Texas ... Handed out four assists and scored seven against Clemson ... Had four assists and three steals versus Gardner-Webb ... Handed out seven assists versus TCU ...Sat out the exhibition 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 ... Scored a school NCAA tournament best 33 points against Minnesota last season ... Ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring, 12th in rebounding, third in assists, second in steals and sixth in assist/turnover ratio last season. 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 -- Has made 14 of her last 15 free throws ...Totaled 11 points, eight rebounds and a career-best three blocked shots in home win over Oregon ... Had eight points and moved into first place on the all-time school list for made three-pointers in the home win over Oregon St. ... Had 13 points and a game-high tying nine rebounds in USC win ...Contributed 15 points and six rebounds at Ohio St. ...Scored 15 with six rebounds and four steals 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 and three assists against Purdue ... Moved into first on the all-time school list in three-point shots attempted against Purdue ... Had 14 points and seven boards at Pepperdine ... Battled foul trouble to score eight points in versus Texas ... Totaled 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and eight steals (tied career high) against Clemson ... Had 16 points and eight rebounds versus 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 ... Hon. 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. - 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 four points and four rebounds in home win over Oregon ... Had four points at Fresno St. ... Scored two points against Purdue and four at Pepperdine ... Grabbed four rebounds versus Texas ... Had four points against Clemson ... Had three points versus Gardner-Webb ... Scored two against TCU ...Appeared in 24 games last season ... Averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds. 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 -- Has 20 steals in her last five games ... Totaled 15 points and nine rebounds in home win over Oregon ... Recorded her 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 this 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 a six-game streak of scoring 20 points or more snapped at Illinois after scoring 14 ... Led UCLA in rebounding (seven) and steals (six) in the Illinois game ...Had her 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 in the win over Purdue and led the 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 in Texas win ... 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 against Clemson ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Miami Jam ... Led the 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-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 - 8 v. Oregon St., 1-2-05; Blks. - 1, last v. Oregon St., 1-2-05.
# 54 Sissy Pickett -- Has seen action in seven games this season ... Had three boards in home win over Oregon St. ... Had two points and four rebounds versus Clemson ... Had four points and two rebounds against 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 ... 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 -- 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.