Jan. 20, 2009
GAME #17 DATE: Jan. 22, 2009
OPPONENT: Washington State
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 7:00 p.m.
TALENT: Dave Marcus, Mike Sondheimer, Tracy Murray
GAME #18 DATE: Jan. 24, 2009
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 2:00 p.m.
TALENT: Dave Marcus, Mike Sondheimer, Tracy Murray
TICKETS: $12 adults/$10 youth (Reserved), $8 adults/$6 youth (GA); UCLA students free. UCLA Central Ticket Office (310-UCLA-WIN)
UCLA Hosts Washington Schools
UCLA (12-4, 3-2 in the Pac-10) will host Washington State (8-8, 1-4) on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 pm and Washington (5-10, 1-4) on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 pm.
The Bruins are coming off a split in the desert after losing to Arizona State, 68-44, and defeating Arizona, 48-38. Doreena Campbell was the only Bruin in double-figures in both games, scoring 13 and 17 points, respectively. UCLA's defense held Arizona to just 23.4% shooting from the field in the game, and 8.7% shooting in the second half.
Washington State earned its first conference win of the season last weekend against Oregon State, 65-52. Ebonee Coates tied the Cougar school record for single-game blocks with six against the Beavers. Freshman Jazmine Perkins, who scored 21 against Oregon State, leads the Cougars in scoring with a 14.6 points per game average.
Washington is on a four-game losing streak since winning its conference opener against Washington State. The Huskies were outscored in those four games, 318-179. Sami Whitcomb and Laura McLellan lead the squad in scoring with a 10.5 points per game average. Washington head coach Tia Jackson was an assistant coach at UCLA from 2000-05.
The Series With WSU
UCLA leads the series with Washington State by a 39-6 count. The Bruins have won the last 16 meetings, with Washington State's last victory coming Jan. 6, 2001 in Pullman. The Cougars have never defeated the Bruins at UCLA, going 19-0 in Pauley Pavilion and 3-0 in the Wooden Center. UCLA won both contests last year, 76-56 on Jan. 12 in Pullman and 68-56 on Feb. 8 in Pauley Pavilion. In the game at Pullman, the Bruins cruised to victory after jumping out to a 56-23 halftime lead. Nina Earl led four Bruins in double-figures with 15 points. The game at Pauley Pavilion was closer, as the Bruins led by just three at the half but broke free in the second half with a 10-2 run. Earl grabbed nine rebounds and scored eight points in the contest.
The Series With Washington
Washington leads the series with UCLA, 26-20, but the Bruins have won the last three overall and the last six played in Pauley Pavilion. Washington's last win in Pauley Pavilion came on Feb. 3, 2002, 68-48. UCLA earned the season sweep a year ago with a 59-57 win in Seattle on Jan. 10 and a 75-68 win in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. Christina Nzekwe had a solid game for the Bruins in her hometown of Seattle, scoring seven points with eight rebounds and four steals. In the home game, Doreena Campbell had 13 points, six assists and four steals, and Tierra Henderson added 11 points off the bench.
UCLA Amongst Nation's Best
In the latest NCAA rankings (Jan. 18), the Bruins are third in rebound margin (+11.8). UCLA is also 23rd in steals (11.3 average). Sophomore Doreena Campbell ranks 32nd nationally in free throw percentage, shooting 87% for the year.
Bruins Bang Boards
UCLA has been exceptional on the rebounding front, beginning the week with an average of 44.3 rebounds per game to lead the Pac-10 Conference. UCLA also started the week leading the Pac-10 and was third in the nation in rebound margin with a +11.8 mark. The Bruins rank first in the conference in offensive rebounds with 18.8 per contest.
The Bruins won the battle on the boards in the first nine games and versus 14 of their first 15 opponents. UCLA has recorded 50+ rebounds in seven of the 16 games, including a season-best 55 against USC on Jan. 11.
Senior Chinyere Ibekwe has led UCLA in rebounding in nine of the team's 16 games, posting five double-digit totals (14 vs. CSUF, a career-high 15 vs. CSUN, 12 vs. Nevada, 12 at Rice, 10 v. USC). She began the week tied for third in the conference in rebounding (her sister Ify Ibekwe from Arizona was the Pac-10 leader) with an average of 8.1.
UCLA's 50+ Rebound Games
Total (Off-Def) - Opponent
54 (25-29) - vs. CSUF (11/16/08)
50 (18-32) - vs. Pepperdine (11/18/08)
54 (26-28) - vs. CSUN (11/30/08)
54 (29-25) - vs. CSUB (12/3/08)
54 (21-33) - vs. Nevada (12/7/08)
53 (21-32) - at Rice (12/17/08)
55 (23-32) - vs. USC (1/11/09)
UCLA has held its opponents to an average of 60.9 points per game this season and is coming off a game against Arizona in which the defense allowed a season-low 38 points. It was the fewest points allowed by a Bruin team since UCLA defeated Northern Arizona 77-37 on Nov. 28, 1987.
ASU became just the fifth team to score more than 64 points against the Bruins this season, and UCLA has gone 1-4 in those games --- USC was the first win (87-75), and the Bruins have lost at Arizona State (68-44), to Oregon (73-56), at Maryland (88-65), and at Texas Tech (72-62).
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.
Sharing the Scoring Load
In 16 games, the Bruins have had seven different scoring leaders. Sharing the honors of high scorer have been Moniquee Alexander (12 v. Fullerton), Doreena Campbell (17 at Arizona, 13 at Arizona State, 20 v. USC, 12 v. Oregon, 16 at Rice, 18 v. San Diego, 25 at Maryland), Nina Earl (15 v. Oregon State, 12 v. Kansas, tied with Nzekwe; 12 at Cal Poly), Chinyere Ibekwe (15 v. Pepperdine), Darxia Morris (10 v. Nevada), Christina Nzekwe (12 v. Kansas, tied with Earl; 13 v. CSUB, tied with Campbell), Erica Tukiainen (16 v. Texas Tech, 16 v. CSUN). The Bruins have had four games in which all active players have scored.
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 the Elite Eight season of 1998-99.
Home Sweet Home
The Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion this weekend, where they are 9-1 on the year. Since going 13-3 at home in 1998-99, UCLA has won more than nine home games in Pauley three times (10 in 2005-06; 11 in 2003-04; 10 in 1999-00). UCLA has compiled a double-figure win total for a season in Pauley six times since winning 12 games in the 1984-85 campaign (note: from 1986 to 1997 UCLA did play some home games in the Wooden Center and had double digit "home" win totals in five of those seasons).
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 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 $200,000.
For all Pac-10 home games, UCLA is offering a Family Four Pack ticket deal. Fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for just $44. To order tickets, visit the UCLA Central Ticket Office or call 310-UCLA-WIN.
Pac-10 Ranked Bruins
In games through Jan. 18, Chinyere Ibekwe ranks tied for third in the Pac-10 conference in rebounding with an 8.1 mark and ranks fourth in offensive rebounds with a 3.3 average and fifth in defensive rebounding (4.8). She is also ninth in blocked shots (0.9) and 11th in field goal percentage (.477).
Doreena Campbell ranks 10th in scoring (12.4), fifth in assists (3.8), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and second in FT shooting percentage (.870).
Christina Nzekwe ranks eighth in steals (1.6), 11th in offensive rebounding (2.4), and 20th in rebounding (5.0).
Darxia Morris ranks ninth in assists (3.1) and 11th in assist/turnover ratio (0.9).
Nina Earl is tied for 12th in steals (1.5) and ranks 15th in fg percentage (.454).
Moniquee Alexander ranks tied for 14th in offensive rebounds (2.3).
As a team, the Bruins begin the week first in rebounding (44.3), rebound margin (+11.8), offensive rebounds (18.8) and steals (11.3). UCLA is also third in three-point fg percentage (.288); fourth in scoring (70.6) and blocked shots (3.2); and fifth in scoring defense (60.9), scoring margin (+9.6), fg percentage defense (.389), 3-pt. fg percentage (.324), and rebound defense (32.6).
Game 16: Arizona Recap
UCLA held Arizona to a paltry 23.4% shooting from the field in the game and 8.7% shooting in the second half en route to a 48-38 victory in Tucson. The Wildcats stayed in the game thanks to free throws, shooting 25 foul shots to UCLA's six, but the Bruins broke free with 1:46 left in the game on a Doreena Campbell three-pointer that gave UCLA a nine-point lead. Campbell led all players with 17 points and tied for the team lead with first-time starter Atonye Nyingifa with seven rebounds.
Game 15: ASU Recap
Arizona State held the Bruins to a season-low 44 pionts and captured a 68-44 decision in UCLA's first conference road game of the season. ASU jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the game. The Bruins cut the gap to 13-10, but could not get the lead and trailed 33-18 at the half. Doreena Campbell led the Bruins in scoring (13) and rebounding (6).
Campbell Honored As Pac-10 Player Of The Week Jan. 12
Sophomore guard Doreena Campbell picked up her first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor after leading UCLA to an 87-75 win over USC on Jan. 11. Campbell led the Bruins in scoring with 20 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in the win. She also had four assists and one steal. Campbell was also named the UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.
Dixon Transfers To UCLA
Former McDonald's All-American Jasmine Dixon has transferred from Rutgers to UCLA and will be eligible to compete for the Bruins after the completion of the 2009 Fall Quarter.
Dixon, a 5-11 guard from Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Poly HS), played in five games for Rutgers this season and averaged 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds. She had been one of the nation's most highly-honored high school players in her senior season of 2008. She was named first-team prep All-American by Parade Magazine, USA Today, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, EA Sports and ESPN HoopGurlz. In addition, Dixon was tabbed as the 2008 Gatorade California Player of the Year and the LA Times Girls' Basketball Player of the Year. She was listed as the sixth-best player in the nation by All-Star Girls Report and was rated the seventh-best guard and the 26th-best player overall in the class of 2008 by HoopGurlz.com. She went on to play in the 2008 McDonald's All-American game.
Dixon helped lead Long Beach Poly HS to three straight California Division I State titles. She averaged 14.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 3.2 assists per game in her senior season. The new Bruin was named the Southern Section Division I-AA Player of the Year by the Southern California Interscholastic Coaches Association and was twice named the California Federation Division I Player of the Year.
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. The class is rated as the nation's 14th-best according to ESPN HoopGurlz.
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.
UCLA is in the midst of a stretch, which began with the ASU contest last Thursday, in which it will play five of seven conference games on the road. After hosting the Washington schools this week, the Bruins head to the Bay Area and then across town to play at USC.
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).
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.