Dec. 1, 2008
DATE: Dec. 3, 2008
OPPONENT: CSU Bakersfield
SITE: Pauley Pavilion (12,809)
TIP-OFF: 7 p.m.
TALENT: Dave Marcus, Mike Sondheimer, Tracy Murray
UCLA TICKETS: $12 adults/ $10 youth (Reserved), $8 adults/ $6 youth (GA); UCLA students free w/ ticket from CTO (310-UCLA-WIN)
Bruins Host CSU Bakersfield
UCLA, now 4-1 on the season after a 96-53 win over Cal State Northridge on Sunday, continues a four-game homestand with a contest against CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are off to their best start to a season since opening the 2004-05 campaign 6-1.
Bakersfield, which is 3-2 on the year, has four players who are averaging double-figures, led by Christin Kepenikian (19.0) and Kelley Tarver (16.6). The Roadrunners are averaging 77.4 points per game. The Bruins and Roadrunners have one common opponent in Cal State Northridge, who both teams beat (UCLA by a 96-53 count and Bakersfield by a 74-59 advantage). Wednesday's game will mark the first contest between UCLA and CSU Bakersfield.
Also on tap this week is a Sunday, Dec.7 home contest with Nevada. Game time is set for 2 pm.
Game 5: CSUN Recap
UCLA cruised to a 43-point victory, its largest since a 106-43 win over Sacramento State on Nov. 24, 2002, with a 96-53 win on Sunday over Cal State Northridge. The Bruins, who had a season-high 22 steals, forced a season-high 32 turnovers and converted those turnovers into 39 points. The Bruins also won the battle of the boards for the fifth consecutive game, 54-36. Erica Tukiainen led the Bruins with a career-high 16 points. Christina Nzekwe also recorded a career-high in points with 11.
Game 4: Cal Poly Recap
UCLA earned its first road win of the season on Wednesday with a 57-48 win at Cal Poly. The Bruins utilized a full court press in the first half to break open a close game and went on to take a 28-19 lead into the locker room at halftime. UCLA opened the second half with a 12-4 burst to increase a nine-point halftime lead to 40-23 with 15:30 on the clock and maintained a double-digit lead until the final seconds of the contest. Nina Earl led the Bruins with 12 points, and Tierra Henderson contributed a career-high nine rebounds.
Shot of A Lifetime
At every home game, one lucky fan will have an opportunity to win an escalating prize of at least $100,000 at every UCLA women's basketball home game in the halftime contest "Shot of a Lifetime".
Fans can sign up to participate prior to tipoff inside Gate 16 of Pauley Pavilion, and one contestant will be chosen at random. That lucky fan will have 25 seconds to make (in order) a shot from behind the left elbow, a shot from behind the right elbow, a three-pointer from the top of the key, and a half-court shot. The grand prize for making these four shots in the time limit is at least $100,000. For every game that does not have a winner, the prize value will increase by $10,000. If no one has won the grand prize by the final home game of the season, that game's participant will be shooting for a quarter of a million dollars. The prize is currently at $130,000.
Free Tickets, Full Ride
UCLA students will have an opportunity to win a full $21,000 UCLA scholarship in a promotion called "Free Tickets, Full Ride". By attending any of the first 10 regular season women's basketball home games, current UCLA students will accumulate points towards a chance at the scholarship prize. For every game they attend, students will receive 10 points. Attending the Dec. 21 game vs. Kansas and the Jan. 11 game vs. USC will double their cumulative point total. At halftime of the USC game, one student will be randomly drawn as the winner. The more games you attend, the more chances you have to win.
Game Promotions - Dec. 2
A limited amount of free game program posters will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. This week's program posters feature Bruin sophomores Christina Nzekwe, Candice Brown and Darxia Morris.
Bruins Bang Boards
In each of the first five games of the 2008-09 campaign, the Bruins have won the battle on the boards, outrebounding their opponents by an average of 48.8 to 30.4. The Bruins have had three 50+ rebounding games, with 54 against both Cal State Northridge and Cal State Fullerton and 50 vs. Pepperdine. Senior Chinyere Ibekwe has led UCLA in rebounding in four of the team's five games, posting two double-digit totals (14 vs. CSUF and a career-high 15 vs. CSUN). UCLA leads the nation in rebound margin (+18.4) and the Pac-10 in rebounding average (48.8). UCLA is also the conference leader in offensive rebounding at 20.8 per contest. Ibekwe ranks second in the conference in rebounding with an average of 10.8. Against Cal State Fullerton, UCLA outrebounded its opponent by a margin of 33 boards and totaled 25 offensive rebounds, four more than Fullerton's total rebound count of 21.
UCLA has held its opponents to an average of 62.1 points per game. The Bruins have kept opponents to 55 points or less in three of their last four games, with a low of 48 by Cal Poly. The last two Bruin opponents - Cal Poly and CSUN - were held to an average of 50.5 points and 32.7% shooting from the field. Against Northridge, the Bruins recorded season-bests of 22 steals and 32 forced turnovers.
Sharing the Scoring
In five games, the Bruins have had five different scoring leaders. Sharing the honors of high scorer have been Moniquee Alexander (12 vs. CSUF), Chinyere Ibekwe (15 vs. Pepperdine), Doreena Campbell (25 at Maryland), Nina Earl (12 at Cal Poly) and Erica Tukiainen (16 vs. CSUN). The Bruins have had two games in which all active players have scored, including Sunday's game vs. CSUN in which all 12 players on the roster got on the scoreboard.
Pac-10 Ranked Bruins
In games through Nov. 30, Chinyere Ibekwe ranks second in the Pac-10 conference in rebounding with an 10.8 mark and first in offensive rebounds with a 4.6 average.She is third in defensive rebounding at 6.2. Doreena Campbell is third in assists (4.2), tied for fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.8) and third in FT shooting percentage (.938). Nina Earl ranks 10th in FG shooting percentage (.536), and Tierra Henderson is tied for 10th in steals (1.8)
As a team, the Bruins continue to lead the Conference in rebounding (48.8), rebound margin (+18.4) and offensive rebounds (20.8).
Coach Nikki Caldwell
On April 17, 2008, UCLA announced the hiring of Nikki Caldwell as head women's basketball coach. Caldwell joined the Bruins after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee for the past six seasons, including the last two National Championship campaigns in 2007 and 2008. In her previous 14 seasons as a collegiate player (1991-1994 at Tennessee) and as an assistant coach (Tennessee 1999, Virginia 2000-02, Tennessee 2003-08), Caldwell's teams have posted an amazing 404-76 record and appeared in the NCAA Tournament each season, while winning three national championships.
The Bruins are in the midst of a four-game homestand starting on Nov. 30 against Cal State Northridge and including CSU Bakersfield (Dec. 3), Nevada (Dec. 7) and San Diego (Dec. 14). UCLA ends the month of December with road games at Rice (Dec. 17) and at Texas Tech (Dec. 29) sandwiched around a nationally televised home date with Kansas (Dec. 21).
The Bruins will face a schedule that features seven teams which advanced to post-season play last season. Five appeared in the NCAA Tournament (Maryland, San Diego, Stanford, Arizona State, Cal), and two played in the Women's NIT (Texas Tech, Kansas).
Bruins Sign Two For '09-10
Head coach Nikki Caldwell and staff signed two high school standouts, 6-1 forward/guard Markel Walker and 5-4 point guard Mariah Williams, to letters-of-intent during the early period in November.
Walker, rated as the No. 4 high school player in the country on the ESPNU HoopGurlz list for the nation's top 100, averaged 16.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game last season for Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, PA. She was the 2007-08 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania.
Williams, an All-State selection as a junior, attends Aurora, CO Regis Jesuit High School. She averaged 11.5 points, 4.2 assists and 3.3 steals per game last season while shooting 60% from the field and 43% from three-point range.