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Word From Westwood - Dec. 12, 2012
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  12/12/2012

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Dec. 11, 2012

The end of the fall quarter is upon us in Westwood, and our nearly 700 student-athletes are engaged in writing final papers and/or taking final exams.

As such, there are very few UCLA sporting events this week. That's not to say there is no news in the department, however ...


Basketball Teams Sweep Reliant Stadium Doubleheader
Both UCLA basketball teams defeated their counterparts from the University of Texas in a doubleheader at Reliant Stadium last Saturday afternoon.

The #17-ranked women's team (5-1) held the #12-ranked Longhorns to 24-percent shooting from the field and a season-low for points in a 62-42 win. Senior Alyssia Brewer contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds in the game and was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week.

The men's team, meanwhile, overcame an eight-point deficit in the final three-plus minutes and beat Texas, 65-63. Freshman guard Jordan Adams led all scorers with 18 points, including seven in the final three minutes, as the team improved its record to 6-3.

Coach Cori Close and the women's team return to the road this week for a pair of games in the St. John's (NY) Chartwells Holiday Classic, one Saturday and one Sunday. Meanwhile, Ben Howland's Bruins will host Prairie View A&M at 6 pm in New Pauley this Saturday.

Women's Basketball Team Partners with Samaritan's Feet for Shoe Drive
The UCLA women's basketball team took time off from its busy schedule Monday to give back to the community. The Bruins partnered with Samaritan's Feet for the second consecutive year to conduct a shoe drive, this one benefiting more than 150 middle school children at Lifeline Charter School in Compton.

The new shoes were donated by Bruin fans during the shoe drive on December 2, before the Loyola Marymount game. In addition, some shoes were purchased with the money donated either at the door of Pauley Pavilion, via text, or online on the Samaritan's Feet Website.

In addition, the Philadelphia 76ers' Jrue Holiday, the older brother of current UCLA freshman Lauren Holiday and a former UCLA men's player, donated 75 pairs of shoes to help the Bruins reach their goal of 200 pairs of new shoes for donation.

For a complete photo gallery, please click here.

Tickets in UCLA Sections for Holiday Bowl Sold Out
Due to the tremendous support of UCLA football season ticket holders and Wooden Athletic Fund donors, UCLA's institutional allotment of 11,000 tickets for the December 27 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl against Baylor is sold out.

Tickets can still be purchased through the Holiday Bowl. Visit the Bowl Central page on uclabruins.com regularly for the most updated information on tickets, parking, hospitality, transportation and hotels as it becomes available.

Football Games at Rose Bowl See Sharp Attendance Increase in 2012
Just as the Bruin Family has supported the football team's appearance in the Holiday Bowl, they did so all year long at the Rose Bowl Stadium in 2012.

According to an article recently published in the Birmingham News, UCLA Football enjoyed the nation's second-highest percentage increase in average attendance in the country, drawing an average of 68,481 fans to each home game, a 21-percent increase from the 2011 campaign.

It was also the largest average attendance at UCLA home games since 2008. A hearty thank you to all the fans that attended games in 2012 and remember that the 2013 season is closer than you think ...

Holiday Ball

2012 Holiday Ball on the Docket for Dec. 26
The Wooden Athletic Fund is teaming up with UCLA alums Bill Walton, Eric Karros and Jeff Moorad to host the 2012 Holiday Ball at the San Diego Hall of Champions on December 26 from 7:00-11:00 pm.

The celebration is open to all UCLA fans and will be the one place for Bruin fans to celebrate a great 2012 regular season and celebrate with one another on the eve of the Holiday Bowl.

It will be similar in structure to the Revelry Before the Rivalry held prior to the USC game each season and will feature live music, food and drink, an exclusive silent auction and dancing.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 310-206-3302 or visit woodentathleticfund.com/billwalton.

Bruin Bash Tailgate Party at Qualcomm on Game Day
Tickets are also on sale for the Bruin Bash, UCLA's Official Pre-Game Tailgate Party, which will be held on-site at Qualcomm Stadium (Lot H-2) prior to UCLA and Baylor meeting in the Holiday Bowl.

Fans attending the tailgate will have the chance to enjoy food and drink while they listen to and watch the UCLA IMG Sports Network pregame show broadcast LIVE from the party with hosts Wayne Cook and Matt Stevens. In addition, there will be special appearances by the UCLA Band and Spirit Squad.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Bruin Bash, please click here.

Donations Help Offset Costs of UCLA Student Tickets
As you may have read last week, several donors to UCLA's Wooden Athletic Fund made additional donations last week to ensure that the first 650 tickets purchased by UCLA students for the Holiday Bowl were discounted from their $65 face value to $25.

As a result, the presence of the Den at Qualcomm Stadium will be felt just as much as it was at home games at the Rose Bowl, where the tremendous, enthusiastic support wreaked havoc on opponents throughout the season.

"I'm so excited and thankful that some donors stepped up and reduced student ticket prices for the Holiday Bowl so that many of us can go down to San Diego for what should be an exciting conclusion to a great football season," said sophomore Communications Studies major Kristi Pettit.

The latest contributions come on the heels of a recent announcement that the Wooden Athletic Fund, UCLA Athletics' general fund, has set numerous fundraising records in 2012, thanks to the generosity of nearly 5,000 UCLA alumni, fans and friends. With the 2012 giving year coming to an end at the conclusion of calendar year, the WAF has already received more than $11 million in cash contributions.

Jonathan Ogden Enters College Football Hall of Fame
Former UCLA and NFL standout Jonathan Ogden last week became the 14th Bruin to be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame when he was honored, along with an all-star cast of college greats, at New York's famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Ogden is the third UCLA player chosen for induction in the last five years, joining Randy Cross (2010) and Troy Aikman (2008). The other eight UCLA players also in the Hall are Bill Kilmer (1999); Jerry Robinson (1996); Kenny Easley (1991); Gary Beban (1988); Al Sparlis (1983); Tom Fears (1976); Donn Moomaw (1973); and Kenny Washington (1956). The three UCLA coaches in the hall are Terry Donahue (2000); Red Sanders (1996) and Tommy Prothro (1991).

Ogden was a four-year starter (41 career starts) at offensive tackle for UCLA in the 1992-95 seasons under Hall of Fame head coach Terry Donahue. He won the 1995 Outland Trophy, was runner-up for the Lombardi Award and earned consensus All-America honors that season. His #79 jersey was retired in February of 1997, just the eighth player in school history to receive that honor. He was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

Thoughts from the Athletic Director

On my way home from New York (where I had been to celebrate the induction of Bruin great, Jonathan Ogden's into the College Football Hall of Fame), I spent a day in Houston for UCLA Basketball's doubleheader match-up against the Texas Longhorns at Reliant Stadium.

The first game featured the #17-ranked Bruins, led by Cori Close, who put the clamps on the #12-ranked Longhorns with a convincing 20-point win, their second of the young season over a ranked Big XII team. This victory further punctuated the fact that Coach Close and her staff have built this team on talent, hard work and character, and they have been winning with an entertaining style of basketball, whether going inside or outside on the attack or running the floor at a fast pace. There are still some home games at Pauley in December before Pac-12 play begins in January, so come out and cheer on the nationally-ranked Bruins over the holiday break.

In the following men's game in Houston, both UCLA and Texas struggled at times until the last few minutes when Ben Howland's young team displayed passion, energy and hustle and garnered a much-needed win against a BCS conference school. The ability to fight through adversity and come back and close a tight game is both a confidence booster and a lesson for our Bruin men, that basketball is, indeed, a 40-minute game. Any win is a good one, especially one on the road at a neutral site against a BCS conference opponent, which can pay dividends come NCAA Tournament time.

The coaches and players continue to work hard every day to improve and to be consistent in both their play and effort, and I am hopeful we have turned a corner. Coach Howland, his assistants and our student-athletes are well aware of our high expectations at UCLA every time we step on the court, and our expectations for this season, despite our youth, are the same that they were before tip-off against Indiana State on November 9. We want to compete for a Pac-12 title and make a run in the postseason. Certainly, we need to get better, and continued support from our fans can help us get there.

As I mentioned earlier, we have several men's and women's games in Pauley before year's end and I hope you have the chance to root on both of these teams.

Have a wonderful Holiday season.

Go Bruins!

Dan Guerrero
UCLA Athletic Director

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