Nov. 20, 2008
DATE: Nov. 23, 2008
OPPONENT: #11 Maryland
SITE: Comcast Center (17,950)
TIP-OFF: 2 p.m. ET
TALENT: Dave Marcus (play-by-play)
Bruins At Maryland
The Bruins, now 2-0 on the season after a 66-55 win over Pepperdine on Tuesday, Nov. 18, will travel across the country for a Sunday matchup against 11th (AP)/16th(ESPN/USA Today)-ranked Maryland. The game is slated for a 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT start.
Maryland was picked #3 (AP) and #5 (ESPN/USA Today) in the pre-season rankings. However, the Terps fell to #11 in this week's AP poll after dropping a season-opening game at TCU on Nov. 14 by a score of 80-68. Maryland followed that game up with a 73-46 win over Delaware State on Sun. Nov. 16 and will play host to James Madison on Thursday Nov. 20 before entertaining the Bruins on Sunday.
Maryland leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 4-2 count. This is just the second meeting to be played in College Park, MD. The Terrapins won that game, played on Jan. 4, 1978, by a score of 92-88. Two months later, UCLA would gain a measure of revenge with a 90-74 decision in the AIAW National Championship game played in Pauley Pavilon.
In last year's topsy-turvy contest played in Pauley Pavilion, Maryland jumped out to a 13-point first half lead over UCLA and led 35-28 at the half. The Bruins exploded out of the locker room and enjoyed as much as a 16-point second half lead. Maryland countered with a 14-0 run to get back in the game and held off the Bruins down the stretch for a 79-75 win. Doreena Campbell had 15 points for the Bruins and shot 3-for-4 from the three-point line. Kristi Toliver led Maryland with 22 points and eight assists, and Marissa Coleman added 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Maryland finished with a 33-4 record last season and lost to Stanford in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament. The Terps finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with a 13-1 mark.
Two Bruin players have area connections. Chinyere Ibekwe's brother, Ekene, played basketball at Maryland from 2004-07. Doreena Campbell played her high school basketball at Thomas A. Edison HS in nearby Alexandria, VA.
Homecoming For Campbell
Sophomore guard Doreena Campbell will be playing in front of family and friends on Sunday at Maryland. The Bruin guard from Alexandria, VA led Thomas A. Edison HS to a four-year record of 104-9, four district titles, two regional titles and a state runner-up finish during her prep career.
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 $120,000.
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 2: Pepperdine Recap
UCLA used a 15-point, 15-rebound effort from senior center Chinyere Ibekwe to help hold off Pepperdine, 66-55, on Nov. 18 in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA led 30-27 at the half and built the margin up to 10 at 46-36 with 9:09 remaining. Pepperdine closed to within five points on a couple of occasions before the Bruins pulled away down the stretch. Nina Earl came off the bench to join Ibekwe in double figure points with 14. UCLA controlled the boards by a 50-28 margin.
Game 1: Fullerton Recap
UCLA used a 54-21 rebounding advantage to pull away from Cal State Fullerton and earn a 78-62 win in the season-opener on Nov. 16. UCLA led 35-34 at the half but was able to get some separation by scoring the first seven points of the second half. The Titans never got closer than six points the rest of the way. UCLA controlled the boards by a 30-10 margin the second half. Moniquee Alexander led the way for UCLA with a career-high 12 points, and Chinyere Ibekwe added a career-best 14 rebounds. Tierra Henderson chipped in 10 points and a career-high tying eight boards. All 11 Bruins who played in the contest scored in the win.
Bruins Bang Boards
In its first four games of the 2008-09 campaign (two exhibitions, two regular season game), the Bruins have been crashing the boards with authority, averaging 51.3 rebounds per game. The Bruins had 50 boards in the win over Pepperdine. Senior Chinyere Ibekwe led the team with a career-best 15 rebounds. UCLA totaled 54 rebounds against Cal State Fullerton, outrebounding its opponent by a margin of 33 boards. UCLA had 25 offensive rebounds, four more than Fullerton's total rebound count of 21. Ibekwe led the team with 14 rebounds and currently leads the conference in rebounding with an average of 14.5 rpg.
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.
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.
UCLA remains on the road with a Wednesday, Nov. 26 game at Cal Poly. The Bruins then begin 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).