Feb. 14, 2005
UCLA Hosts California on Friday / Stanford on Sunday - UCLA (15-9,9-6 in the Pac-10) closes out its home schedule with games on Friday with California (3-11, 9-14) and Sunday against Stanford (13-1, 22-2). Next week the Bruins conclude the regular season with a game at the Sports Arena against USC at 3 pm.
On Air - This week's games will be radio broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer will call the action. The Sunday contest will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net beginning at 11 a.m. The USC game on Feb. 26 will also be televised by Fox Sports Net.
Willis Joins 1,000-Point Club - Junior guard Lisa Willis became the 21st player in UCLA women's basketball history to record 1,000 career points. Willis joined the club during the first half of the game at Arizona. She is the second active member of the 1,000-point club, joining classmate Nikki Blue, who entered the club in the game at Fresno State earlier this season.
Bruin Notes - In the eight games without Noelle Quinn in the lineup, Nikki Blue, Lisa Willis, and Amanda Livingston have each stepped up their scoring averages (Blue - 21.9/175 pts. without Quinn vs. 11.9 ppg with Quinn); (Willis - 17.3/138 pts. vs. 14.6 ppg); (Livingston - 12.5/100 pts. vs. 6.5 ppg) ... With 16 points at Arizona, Lisa Willis became the 21st Bruin to reach the 1,000-point mark ... Nikki Blue has averaged 20.1 points, 7.4 assists, 4.5 steals per game over the last 11 contests (221 pt/ 81 a/ 49 s) ... UCLA has won 11-straight games in which it has led at the half (only loss to TCU) ... At Arizona, UCLA lost its first game of the year during which it outshot and outrebounded its opponent ... Willis ranked in the Top 25 nationally last week in 3-point field goals per game (24th) and steals (6th) ... Blue was ranked 11th nationally in steals and 17th in assists per game ... Blue's 14 made free throws at Stanford were one shy of the school mark of 15 made by Maylana Martin in 1999 ... Willis moved into the top-10 on the all-time school steals list with five at Stanford; she is currently sixth (246); Blue is ranked seventh (242) ... 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 ... Willis' seven made threes at Stanford were a career-high and tied for the most in the Pac-10 this year ... The 5-0 Bruin start in the Pac-10 was UCLA's best since the 2002-03 team opened 6-0 ... A 6-1 season start was UCLA's best beginning to a season since the 1980-81 UCLA team won its first 12 games ... Quinn had a streak of 35 consecutive double figure scoring games stopped versus ASU (8 points) ... Willis moved atop the school's all-time list for career three-pointers during the home win over Oregon State ... 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 California - UCLA leads the series, which dates back to 1978, by a margin of 35-9. The Bruins won the first meeting of the season in Berkeley by a score of 85-70 and have now won the last four games in the series. Amanda Livingston scored a career-best 23 points to power the Bruins to that win. Nikki Blue added 20 points and had 14 assists. UCLA swept both meetings last season, winning 67-66 at home in January (on a last-second shot by Blue) and 97-69 at Berkeley in February (behind 31 points from Lisa Willis and a triple-double by Noelle Quinn - 21 pts., 10 rebs., 10 assists).
The Series With Stanford - Stanford, which won the first game of this season, 100-71, leads the series by a 34-19 margin. Nikki Blue scored 26 points in that contest and Lisa Willis added 25. Last season, Stanford won all three meetings. The Cardinal won the first meeting a year ago in Pauley in overtime, 78-71, in January. Stanford won the rematch in Maples Pavilion, 63-54, in February. The Cardinal knocked the Bruins out of the Pac-10 tournament (semifinals) in March with a 70-66 decision. UCLA's last win in the series came March 3, 2000 in Pauley by a 64-61 score.
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.
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: Feb. 12 - UCLA at Arizona State - ASU, which shot 53% for the game, grabbed the early lead and was never headed on its way to an 80-59 win over the Bruins. Nikki Blue scored 32 points, but it was not enough for the Bruins, who trailed by double digits for the entire second half.
Feb. 10 - UCLA at Arizona - A last-second half-court shot by Nikki Blue hit the rim twice and caromed out as Arizona squeaked out a 76-73 victory at McKale Center. Lisa Willis' three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining tied the game, but she was called for a foul at the defensive end, allowing the Wildcats to shoot free throws. Dee-Dee Wheeler made the first of two, and Arizona grabbed the rebound on her miss and was fouled. Natalie Jones hit both free throws for the winning margin. Blue led UCLA with 20 points and nine assists. Willis and Amanda Livingston added 16 each. The Bruins committed a season-high 25 turnovers in the game.
Player Bio Updates
#00 Ortal Oren - Has scored in 22 of the 24 games in which she has played ... Scored six in home win over WSU ... Had three big free throws (six points in all) and a key rebound in the last three minutes of the win over Washington ... Scored six and added four assists at Oregon State ... Had seven points at Oregon ... 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. Career Highs: Points - 11 v. Fresno St., 12-21-03; Rebounds - 5, last at Cal, 1-22-05; Assists - 4, last at Oregon St., 1-29-05; Steals - 3, last vs. Wash. St., 1-5-03.
#3 Shaina Zaidi - Has appeared in 12 games this season ... Played a season-high 12 minutes at ASU ... Scored four at Cal ... Played 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 vs. Clemson ... Scored five against Gardner-Webb ... Had 10 points against West Coast All-Stars. 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 - Redshirting the season after undergoing knee surgery during each of her first two years 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 eight of the 15 conference games ... Led the team with five boards at ASU ... Tied for team-high honors with eight rebounds and also scored nine points at Arizona ... Had eight points and a career-best three blocks in home win over WSU ... Had 21 points, including UCLA's first 10 points of the game, and tied for team-high honors with eight rebounds in home win over Washington ... Totaled 11 points and six rebounds at Oregon St. ... 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 ... Three-time CIF So. Sect. 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, last vs. Wash. State, 2-6-05; Steals - 3, last at Cal, 1-22-05.
#20 Lauren Pedersen - Averaging 23.0 minutes per game (230) over the last 10 contests; starter in the last seven games ... Has 39 points and 30 boards in the last eight games ... Had six points and four boards at ASU ... Had a career-best seven rebounds in the home win over WSU ... Tied her career-best with three assists in home win over Washington ... Had five points, five rebounds (tied career high) at Oregon St. ... Had six points, five boards as a starter at Oregon ... Had nine points (tied career-high) and four rebounds in her first career start at Cal ... Scored three at Stanford ... Scored three vs. ASU ... Had three points in win at WSU ... Scored five in home win over Oregon ... Had nine points to go along with four rebounds, three steals in home win over Oregon St. ... Scored eight at Ohio St. ... Had four boards at Illinois ... Had three points, two steals versus Purdue ... Registered five points, three assists vs. Clemson ... Scored five vs. Gardner-Webb ... '04 CIF Southern Section Div. II-A Player of the Year, averaging 14.7 points per game ... CIF So. Sect. Div. II-A champs as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 9, last at Cal, 1-22-05; Rebs. - 7 vs. Wash. State, 2-6-05; Assists - 3, last v. Washington, 2-3-05; Steals - 3 v. Oregon St., 1-2-05.
#21 Brittany Ringel - Has seen action in three games ... Scored first collegiate points in home win over Oregon St. and grabbed a rebound at Washington State ... Recorded two points and a rebound at Oregon State ... Starter at outside hitter on the volleyball team ... Rejoined the basketball squad Dec. 13, 2004 ... UCLA lost in the NCAA Regional volleyball final on Dec. 11.
#22 Consuelo Lezcano - Recorded two points, two rebounds at Arizona ... Scored two at home vs. UW ... Had two points, two boards at Oregon St. ... Scored two points at both Cal and Stanford ... Scored two vs. ASU ... Scored six at UW ... Totaled 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 vs. Texas ... Had four boards against Clemson ... Had three points, five boards vs. Gardner-Webb ... Scored four vs. TCU. Career Highs: Points - 9 at Wash. State, 1-7-05; Rebs. - 5, last at Wash. State, 1-7-05; Blocks - 1, last vs Arizona St., 2-12-05.
#31 Amanda Livingston - Had a six-game double figure scoring streak stopped at ASU (three pts.) ... Has hit 40 of her last 73 (.548) shots from floor and is averaging 13.9 points in last seven games (97) ... Ranked 3rd in Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (2.63) and 7th in field goal percentage (.497) ... Recorded 16 points, on 7-11 shooting, seven boards at Arizona ... Scored 11 in home win over WSU ... Scored 17 before fouling out at home vs. Washington ... Had 12 points and eight rebounds at Oregon St. ... Scored 15 at Oregon ... Scored career-high 23 at Cal and shot 10-14 from the field, including 7-7 in second half ... Had three points, two assists at Stanford while battling foul trouble ... Had six points, five boards vs. Arizona ... Pulled down 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, six rebounds vs. 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 vs. Texas ... Scored 12 and had career-best five assists vs. Gardner-Webb ... Had 10 points, three assists vs. TCU. 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 - Averaging 21.9 points (175) and 8.0 assists (64) in her last eight games ... Has scored in double figures in her last 11 games and 20 points or more in her last four games ... Has had more assists than turnovers in 20 of her 23 games played this season ... Led UCLA with 32 points at ASU ... Led UCLA with 20 points, nine assists and three steals at Arizona ... Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week and UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week (1/31-2/7) for her performance vs. Washington schools ... Had team-high totals of 22 points, seven assists and six steals (tied) in home win over WSU ... Recorded a team-high 23 points, eight assists, eight steals (tied career-high) in home win over Washington ... Totaled 17 points, 10 assists, six steals at Oregon St. ... Had 15 points, five steals, six rebounds and nine assists at Oregon ... Had 20 points and a career-high 14 assists (fifth-best mark in school history) at Cal ... Scored 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 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 Illinois game ... Led Bruins with 17 points at Illinois ... Became 20th Bruin to reach 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, six assists vs. Purdue ... Totaled 13 points, five rebounds 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 All-Pac-10 first-team in 2004 for 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, last v. Washington, 2-3-05.
#40 Lisa Willis - UCLA's all-time three-point shot leader ... Had six assists, six steals and scored 13 at ASU ... Joined the 1,000-point club at Arizona with 16 points and also had a team-high tying eight rebounds ... Recorded third career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in home win over WSU ... Scored 17 and tied for team-high honors with eight rebounds in home win over Washington ... Had her second career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds (career-high) at Oregon St. ... Led team with 24 points at Oregon ... Had 14 points, seven boards, five assists 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 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 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, 10 boards (first career double-double) and seven assists at Fresno ... Totaled 14 points, four steals against Purdue ... Moved into first on 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. Career Highs: Points - 31 at Cal, 2-19-04; Rebs. - 12 at Oregon St., 1-29-05; Assists - 7 at Fresno St., 12-4-04; Steals - 8, last v. Clemson, 11-24-04.
#44 Emma Tautolo - Scored two points at both ASU and at Arizona ... Had two boards in home win over Washington ...Scored four at Oregon St. ... 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 vs. Clemson ... Had three points vs. Gardner-Webb. 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 missed the last eight games ... 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 ... Had 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 12 games this season ... Scored two points at Oregon St. ... 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 vs. Gardner-Webb ... Played in opener against TCU but did not score. 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.
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. This year, she is averaging close to 24 points per game.
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.