Nov. 13, 2012
Wednesday, Nov. 14
7:05 p.m. (CT)/5:05 p.m. (PT) - UCLA at No. 11 Oklahoma
Gametracker | Audio
Talent: Dave Marcus, play-by-play
FS West and FCS Central
Talent: Bob Carpenter, play-by-play and Billy Tubbs, analyst
The UCLA Bruins hit the road for the first of only two true non-conference road games of the 2012-13 season this week when they travel to Norman, Okla., to face the 11th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Nov. 14, 2012.
UCLA also faces Texas at a neutral site (Reliant Stadium in Houston) on Dec. 8, 2012. The Bruins also travel to Queens, N.Y. for the St. John's Chartwells Holiday Classic (Dec. 15-16) where they will face Saint Mary's on Dec. 15 at Carnesecca Arena. The only other true non-conference road trip is an excursion to Pepperdine (Dec. 28).
UCLA will face Oklahoma for just the fourth time in program history. The Bruins won the first-ever meeting with the Sooners with an 82-63 win in Los Angeles on Jan. 8, 1982. But the Sooners have won the last two meetings. The only previous meeting in Norman, Okla., was won by the Sooners, 83-78, on Dec. 5, 2005. Oklahoma also won the last meeting in the series, a 77-68 win on Nov. 21, 2006, in Pauley Pavilion.
The Oklahoma/UCLA game will be televised live on FCS Central. UCLA fans wishing to see the game can find FCS Central on channel 301 on Verizon FIOS, channel 623 on DirecTV, channel 648 on AT&T U-verse and on channel 259 on Time Warner Cable (but you have to have the TWC Sports Pass). The game has also been picked up by FS West and will be televised live on FS West as well. For other information on the availability of FCS Central, please contact your local provider.
Senior forward Alyssia Brewer should have some fans at the game with No. 11 Oklahoma as she is from Tulsa, Okla. She graduated from Sapulpa High School in Sapulpa, Okla., which is about 111 miles from Norman, Okla.
This is the second straight year that UCLA has opened up its road slate at a Big 12 Conference member institution. Last year, the 22nd-ranked Bruins fell 83-50 at top-ranked Baylor in the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT on Nov. 17, 2011.
NOTES FROM UCLA'S SEASON OPENER
The UCLA women's basketball team opened the 2012-13 season with a 66-52 win over San Diego State on Nov. 10, in the first women's sporting event in New Pauley Pavilion.
Seniors Markel Walker and Alyssia Brewer each scored in double figures with 15 and 12 points, respectively, in the season opener for both teams. Freshman Kari Korver had 11 points off the bench, including three 3-pointers for the Bruins (1-0), who now lead the series between the schools, 22-6.
The Bruins struggled in the first half, shooting just 26.9 percent (7-for-26), but held the Aztecs to 19.4 percent (18-for-64). UCLA responded to shoot 50.0 percent (18-for-36) from the field in the second half while holding SDSU to 36.4 percent (12-for-33).
A night after the 13th-ranked UCLA men's team played the first game in the renovated arena, the women's team took its turn. Former UCLA stars Denise Curry and Ann Meyers Drysdale were on hand as part of a celebration marking the 40th anniversary of Title IX, along with former coach Billie Moore, who led UCLA's women to the AIAW national championship in 1978.
Nan Wooden, the daughter of the late Coach John R. Wooden, and former Olympic decathlon champion, Rafer Johnson, were on the bench as UCLA honorary coaches.
UCLA's veterans took over late in the second half, keying a 19-4 run that put the game out of reach and extended UCLA's lead to 58-41 with 3:58 remaining (was 39-37 with 12:07 to go). Kacy Swain scored five points, and Atonye Nyingifa, Jasmine Dixon and Markel Walker each scored four points during the run.
WELCOME TO WESTWOOD
UCLA's program has welcomed four newcomers for the 2012-13 season - three freshmen and one redshirt senior forward, Alyssia Brewer, who sat out the 2011-12 season after transferring from Tennessee. ESPN.com has ranked UCLA's incoming class as the nation's No. 12 recruiting class (featuring true freshmen Kari Korver, Lauren Holiday and Nirra Fields).
The Bruins return four starters from its 2011-12 team, but really has six players returning this year with starting credentials. Senior guard/forward Markel Walker (14.9 ppg. 11.0 rpg) started in 19 of 23 games last year. Redshirt junior forward Atonye Nyingifa (14.7 ppg, 8.9 rpg) started the first nine games last year before a knee injury sidelined her for the rest of the season. Junior guard Thea Lemberger (12.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg) started in 29 of 30 games a year ago. Senior guard Mariah Williams (4.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg) started in 28 of 30 games last year. Junior guard/forward Rhema Gardner (3.6 ppg and 4.5 rpg) started in 20 of 30 games last year. The sixth Bruin, redshirt senior forward, Jasmine Dixon, a 2010-11 honorable mention AP All-American, sat out the 2011-12 season after rupturing her Achilles tendon in a team workout in September of 2011.
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
In all, the Bruins will play seven different teams that made the NCAA Tournament a year ago and another seven squads that were selected for the NIT field. Additionally, UCLA could face another NCAA and a NIT squad in the St. John's Tournament field. The non-conference slate is one of the toughest in school history and rivals that of any school in 2012-13. The Bruins open the season with four straight NCAA Tournament teams, which started with the Aztecs in the season-opener. Then the Bruins head to Norman, Okla. for a road test at Oklahoma (Nov. 14), which lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year. The Bruins then return home to host Notre Dame on Nov. 23. The Fighting Irish lost to Baylor in the 2012 NCAA Championship game. Two days later, the Bruins are back on the hardwood hosting another NCAA Tournament team, Princeton (Nov. 25). After a non-conference game with a local foe, Loyola Marymount (Dec. 2), the Bruins will travel to Houston's Reliant Stadium with the men's team for a double-header against Texas. The Longhorns also made the NCAA Tournament last year. Then the Bruins travel to New York to compete in their only regular-season tournament (St. John's Chartwells Holiday Classic), hosted by St. John's on Dec. 15-16, which lost in the NCAA Regional Semifinals. The Bruins open the tournament with Saint Mary's, which made the NIT in 2012. The Bruins conclude their nonconference slate by hosting a pair of NIT teams from last year in Cal State Northridge (Dec. 20) and St. Joseph's (Dec. 31). Sandwiched between those two games is a local trip to Pepperdine (Dec. 28), before starting Pac-12 Conference play.