Nov. 29, 2011
Wednesday, Nov. 30
7 p.m. - San Diego State at UCLA
Radio: AM 1150
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio | Video
BRUINS HOST AZTECS
After a three-game road trip, the Bruins (3-2) are back home on Wednesday as they entertain San Diego State (4-1) at 7 p.m. at the John Wooden Center. The game will be broadcast live on AM 1150 Radio in the Los Angeles area. Free audio and video will also be available at UCLABruins.com with Dave Marcus, Tracy Murray and Michael Sondheimer at the call.
The Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak with a 68-48 victory over Colgate on Saturday in the consolation game of the Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic at Cal State Northridge. Senior Rebekah Gardner led the Bruins in scoring for the fourth-straight contest and had her second-career double-double with 21 points (tied a career high in points on 9-of-21 shooting) and 10 rebounds (tied career high), including eight on the offensive end. Junior Atonye Nyingifa posted her third double-double of the year (sixth career) with 19 points (career high) and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Rhema Gardner was also in double figures in rebounds with a personal-best 10 to go with six points, while fellow sophomore Thea Lemberger had 11 points.
Through the first five games of the season, Gardner is tops on the team with 17.0 points per game, which is sixth among Pac-12 players. Her 7.6 rebounds per game ranks second on the squad and 13th in the conference, while her 2.2 steals per game is ninth. She is shooting a team-high .466 from the field, with 34 makes in 73 attempts. Gardner, who had 19 points against West Virginia last Friday, posted her first-career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 13, going 7-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. The senior was named to the Preseason WNIT and Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic All-Tournament teams.
Nyingifa is second on the squad with 13.4 ppg (13th in the Pac-12) and first with 9.8 rpg (T-3rd in the Pac-12). Her first two double-doubles of the season came in the Preseason WNIT, as she had 16 points and 12 rebounds against McNeese State (Nov. 11) and 16 points and a career-high 14 boards versus Tennessee Tech. She has four double-figure scoring games, including 10 against West Virginia.
Lemberger is third in ppg at 10.4, posting four double-figure scoring contests in five games. She had 10 against McNeese State, 12 versus Tennessee Tech, 11 at Baylor (Nov. 17) and 11 against Colgate. She is also second on the squad with five three-pointers and tied for first with 14 assists.
Off the bench, freshman Moriah Faulk has produced at least five points in all five games, including 10 against McNeese and Baylor and six in both contests last weekend. She is first on the squad with six three-pointers, including five in her last three games, and is averaging 7.4 ppg.
Rhema Gardner, along with her sister, Nyingifa and Lemberger, has also started all five games. She is averaging 7.0 ppg and 4.4 rpg. Gardner had a career-high 18 points against McNeese State.
Junior Mariah Williams has started three times this season and is tied for first with 14 assists. She had a team-best six against McNeese. Freshman Kacy Swain has started twice at Baylor and against West Virginia, but left the WVU contest with a concussion and is day-to-day. Swain had nine points off the bench against Tennessee Tech. Sophomore Corinne Costa leads the Bruins with eight blocks, notching three at Baylor.
Three Bruins, juniors Jackie Shepard (shoulder) and Markel Walker (thumb), and freshman Alexis Perry (shoulder), have yet to see action this season as they recover from off-season surgeries. Freshman walk-on Madeline Brooks made her collegiate debut against Colgate, playing four minutes and recording one offensive rebound. Senior Jasmine Dixon ruptured her Achilles tendon in September and is likely to miss the season, while senior transfer Alyssia Brewer will redshirt in '11-'12 and play her final season next year.
San Diego State owns wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (86-43, Nov. 14), #18 DePaul (82-74, Nov. 18), Hawai'i (71-44, Nov. 19) and Washington (63-51, Nov. 26). The Aztecs' lone loss came to Portland (59-58) on Nov. 20. SDSU returned eight letterwinners and two starters from last year's team which went 12-17 and finished sixth in the Mountain West Conference with a 6-10 record.
Junior Courtney Clements leads the team with 19.2 ppg and is the Aztecs' best shooter. She is hitting at a .479 clip from the field, .448 from beyond the arc and .833 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Kiyana Stamps is second on the team with 10.4 ppg. Beth Burns is in her 15th year at San Diego State and has a 247-173 record and a 328-238 mark in 20-plus seasons of coaching.
The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Aztecs 22-6 and won their third in a row with a 55-48 victory in the season opener last Nov. 12 at Viejas Arena. Jasmine Dixon had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Doreena Campbell added 12 points, seven boards and six assists. The Bruins are 10-2 at home against the Aztecs and 1-1 at the John Wooden Center (UCLA 81-56, 12/29/86; SDSU 77-52, 12/6/92, SDSU's last win in the series). UCLA won the last matchup in Westwood, an 82-61 triumph on Dec. 9, 1999 at Pauley Pavilion.