March 11, 2009
GAME #30 DATE: Friday, Mar. 13, 2009
OPPONENT: Oregon State
SITE: Galen Center
TIP-OFF: approx. 7:15 p.m.
TALENT: Dave Marcus, Mike Sondheimer, Tracy Murray
Bruins Set For Tournament Battle With Beavers
Fourth-seeded UCLA (18-11, 9-9 in the Pac-10) will open play in the Pac-10 Tournament on Friday night at approximately 7:15 pm against fifth-seeded Oregon State (19-10, 9-9). This year's event is being played at the Galen Center on the USC campus. The Bruins finished in a tie with Oregon State and USC for fourth place in the conference standings but, thanks to UCLA's win over Cal on Mar. 1, won the tie-breaker (record against higher-seeded teams) and received the fourth seed.
The fourth place Pac-10 finish was UCLA's eighth top-four conference finish in the last 12 seasons. Only Stanford (12) has more top-four finishes during that period. Arizona State also has eight.
UCLA concluded the regular season last Saturday with a 61-58 setback in Corvallis, OR against Oregon State. Bruin attempts to rally from a double-digit second-half deficit came up just short as Rebekah Gardner's three-point shot from the corner bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
UCLA's Pac-10 Tourney History
All-Time Record: 8-6
2007 - San Jose, CA
1st Rd. #7 UCLA 72 def. #10 Washington State 58
(Chinyere Ibekwe 7 pts., 9 reb.)
Quarterfinals #2 Arizona State 74 def. #7 UCLA 64 (Ibekwe 16 pts.)
2006 - San Jose, CA (Pac-10 Tournament Champs)
Quarterfinals #3 UCLA 80 def. #6 Cal 63
(Ibekwe 10 pts., 5-7 shooting)
Semifinals #3 UCLA 60 def. #2 Arizona State 59
(Ibekwe 4 pts.)
Championship #3 UCLA 85 def. #1 Stanford 76 ot
(Ibekwe 8 pts.)
2005 - San Jose, CA
Quarterfinals #3 Arizona State 73, #6 UCLA 71
2004 - San Jose, CA
Quarterfinals #4 UCLA 70 def. #5 Arizona State 50
Semifinals #1 Stanford 70 def. #4 UCLA 66
2003 - San Jose, CA
Quarterfinals #4 UCLA 71 def. #5 Oregon 58
Semifinals #1 Stanford 69 def. #4 UCLA 64
2002 - Eugene, OR
1st Rd. #8 UCLA 46 def. #9 Cal 42
Quarterfinals #1 Stanford 96 def. #8 UCLA 61
About The Beavers
Oregon State finished the regular season by winning its last four games overall (vs. UCLA, USC and Oregon, at UCSB) and its last five Pac-10 home games (UCLA, USC, Oregon, Washington State, Washington). Senior Brittney Davis (14.0) and sophomore Talisa Rhea (13.9) are one-two on the Beavers and four-five in the Pac-10 in scoring, while senior Tiffany Ducker is seventh in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.8). Davis and Rhea have combined to make 109 three-point shots this season.
The Series With Oregon State
UCLA leads the series by a 35-18 count after splitting the regular season meetings with each team winning on its home court. Last Saturday, the Bruins dropped a 61-58 decision in the regular season finale played in Corvallis. OSU held second-half leads of 11 points on six occasions, the last coming at the 4:39 mark. The Bruins then scored six straight points to narrow the margin to 58-53 with 3:28 to play. A pair of free throws by Darxia Morris closed the gap to three, at 61-58, with 1:29 left. Neither team scored after that. Rebekah Gardner's three-point shot attempt from the right corner bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded. Morris led UCLA with 16 points.
In the season's first matchup, UCLA scored a 60-53 come-from-behind win on Jan. 2 in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins rallied from a pair of 17-point first-half deficits to earn a seven-point win. The Beavers led 19-2 and 23-6 only to see the Bruins catch fire and run off 19 of the game's next 20 points over the final 7:07 of the half.UCLA connected on eight of its last nine shots to end the half with a 25-24 lead. After Oregon State closed to within 52-48 with 4:20 on the clock, Moniquee Alexander broke a scoring drought by both teams with a shot in the lane at the 1:24 mark to make it 54-48. The Bruins then secured the game from the free throw line.Nina Earl led UCLA with 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field and five steals. OSU's Alex Mitchell led all players with 24 points.
UCLA Amongst Nation's Best
In the latest NCAA rankings (Mar. 8), the Bruins are eighth in rebound margin (+9.0), 20th in steals (11.0 average), 77th in scoring average (67.4), 85th in scoring margin (6.1), and 88th in field goal % (.415). Doreena Campbell is 61st in free throw % (.817).
More Morris, Please
Sophomore guard Darxia has been on a tear the last four games, scoring season-highs of 18 points against both Stanford and California, adding 13 points, including a buzzer-beating, game-winning three at Oregon, and topping the team with 16 points at Oregon State. In these last four games, Morris is shooting 50.9% from the field (28-of-55) and averaging 16.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals.
Campbell Leads The Way
Sophomore guard Doreena Campbell has led the Bruins in scoring in 15 games this season, including a stretch of nine consecutive contests from Jan. 4-Feb. 8. Four of her five 20-point games this season have come against Pac-10 opponents (20 vs. USC at home, 20 vs. Washington at home, 20 at USC, 24 at Washington State).
She has streak of 14 straight made free throws snapped at Oregon (Mar. 5) and had a 12-game double-figure scoring streak snapped against Stanford (Feb. 27) when she scored four points.
In games through March 7, Campbell ranked in five Pac-10 categories - 10th in scoring (13.3), 5th in assists (3.8), 6th in FT% (.817), 9th in steals (1.5) and 5th in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
Tukiainen Bears Down Vs. Cal
Junior guard Erica Tukiainen had a career game against fourth-ranked California on Mar. 1, scoring a game-high and career-best 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting (including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc) to lead the Bruins to a 71-56 upset win. The 6-0 Tukiainen not only got the job done offensively, but she also stepped up defensively against 6-3 All-American post Devanei Hampton, holding her to 11 points and four rebounds.
Ibekwe Reaches 600/60
Senior Chinyere Ibekwe grabbed her 600th career rebound against Stanford (Feb. 27) and in doing so became just the eighth player in UCLA history to record 600 rebounds and 60 blocks for a career.
12 Players, 12 Starters
With Allison Taka's start at Washington, all 12 players on the Bruin roster have started at least one game this season. Only one other Pac-10 school (Washington) has every player on the roster with at least one start. Doreena Campbell and Erica Tukiainen have the most starts with 28 each, while Freshman Atonye Nyingifa has the longest streak of consecutive starts with 14.
Bruins Bang Boards
The Bruins won the battle on the boards in the first nine games of the season and in 22 of the 29 games overall. UCLA has recorded 50+ rebounds in seven of the 29 games, including a season-best 55 against USC on Jan. 11.
Senior Chinyere Ibekwe has led or tied for the team's top rebounding honors in 10 games, posting five double-digit totals (14 vs. CSUF, a career-high 15 vs. CSUN, 12 vs. Nevada, 12 at Rice, 10 v. USC).
UCLA has held opponents to 64 points or less 18 times this season and has a record of 15-3 in those contests.
Eight of the Bruins' 11 losses, including five on the road, have come when the opponent has scored more than 64 points. UCLA has gone 3-8 in games in which opponents have scored over 64, winning at Oregon (70-69), vs. Washington (74-66) and vs. USC (87-75) and losing to Stanford (58-69), Arizona St. (69-66), at USC (87-76), at Stanford (68-51), at Arizona St. (68-44), to Oregon (73-56), at Maryland (88-65), and at Texas Tech (72-62). Another loss this season came at Cal, when the Golden Bears scored exactly 64 in a 64-48 win.
Home Sweet Home
The Bruins finished the regular season with a 13-3 record in Pauley Pavilion this year. It is the most wins a UCLA team has posted in Pauley Pavilion since the 1998-99 team also went 13-3 and ties for the second-most ever by a Bruin team.
UCLA has won more than 13 home games in Pauley just once (16 in 1980-81; 13 in 1998-99; 13 in 1977-78). (note: from 1986 to 1997 UCLA did play some home games in the Wooden Center on campus but never won more than 11 home games).
This year's squad became just the third UCLA team to have won at least 14 games by Feb. 1 on the calendar --- the 1998-99 team won 17; the 1980-81 team won 19.
The Bruins won as many as nine pre-season non-conference games for the first time since 1986-87, the first year for Pac-10 Conference women's basketball. The best previous total during that stretch was eight wins in 1998-99.
The Bruins have held 13 opponents to less than 60 points this season. UCLA surrenders an average of 61.4 points per contest on the year, which would be the third-best mark in school history and the best since the 1976-77 team gave up 59.7 and the 1975-76 squad allowed 60.0.
The Bruins have recorded double-digit steal totals in 17 games this season and lead the Pac-10 with an average of 11.0 per game.
In beating Arizona (1/17) and Washington State (1/22) earlier this season, UCLA put together back-to-back contests in which it limited the opponent to under 50 points for the first time ever in Pac-10 play. The last time UCLA held consecutive opponents to less than 50 points was Dec. 2 and Dec 3, 1988 in games against LMU (61-46) and Northern Arizona (80-46).
On Jan. 17, the Bruins surrendered a season-low 38 points at Arizona. It was the fewest points allowed by a UCLA team since the Bruins defeated Northern Arizona 77-37 on Nov. 28, 1987.
When Rice scored 64 points in a meeting earlier this season in Houston, it snapped a streak of five straight opponents being held under the 60-point mark. The last time UCLA held more than five straight opponents to less than 60 points in a game was in the 1976-77 season, when the Bruins held five and six straight opponents to under 60 points in two different streaks.
Henderson Dismissed From Team
Tierra Henderson was dismissed from the team on Mar. 3 after repeated violations of team rules. The senior guard played in 20 games this season, starting 18, and averaged 6.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Making The Grade
Four members of the Bruin squad made the UCLA Athletic Director's honor roll (3.0 of better with at least 12 graded units) during the Fall 2008 quarter. Junior Allison Taka continues her streak of making the Director's Honor Roll in every quarter of her academic career. Junior Erica Tukiainen has received her sixth honor roll distinction, and junior Moniquee Alexander earned her first, Freshman Rebekah Gardner earned honors in her first quarter.