Feb. 28, 2009
GAME #27 DATE: Sunday, Mar. 1, 2009
OPPONENT: No. 4 California
SITE: Pauley Pavilion
TIP-OFF: 12:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Net
TALENT: Jim Watson, Ann Meyers-Drysdale
TALENT: Dave Marcus, Michael Sondheimer
TICKETS: $12 adults/$10 youth (Reserved); $8 adults/$6 youth (GA); UCLA students free
PROMO ITEM: Free team card to 1st 1,000
UCLA Hosts No. 4 Cal
The Bruins (16-10, 7-8 in the Pac-10) will play No. 4-ranked California (23-3, 14-1) on Sunday, Mar. 1 at 12 pm. The UCLA-Cal game, Senior Day for the Bruins, will be televised live nationally on FSN. After a 69-58 loss against No. 3/2 Stanford on Friday night, the Bruins will be playing Top 5 opponents in back-to-back games for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
About The Golden Bears
California had a 12-game win streak snapped by Stanford on Feb. 14 but got back on the winning track with big home wins last week over the Oregon schools (84-42 vs. Oregon and 62-40 vs. Oregon State). The Golden Bears added another win at USC, 66-64, on Friday to remain tied with Stanford atop the Pac-10 conference standings with a 14-1 mark.
Senior forward Ashley Walker is the leading scorer in the Pac-10 with a 20.0 points per game average. She is also ranked among the conference leaders in rebounding with an 8.4 average.
The Series With Cal
UCLA leads the series by a 39-14 count, but Cal has won the last four meetings, including the Jan. 29 matchup in Berkeley, 64-48. The Bruins jumped out to an 11-2 lead in that game and led at the half, 23-22. The Golden Bears, however, shot 65% in the second half to pull away. Doreena Campbell led the Bruins with 13 points before fouling out. Erica Tukiainen added 11.
The last time UCLA and Cal met in Los Angeles (Jan. 6, 2008), the Golden Bears won in overtime, 73-70. Darxia Morris, who finished with 14 points, keyed a second-half Bruin comeback from a seven-point halftime deficit by scoring six points in a 10-0 UCLA run midway through the half. However, she went down with a knee injury at the 5:39 mark and the Bruins managed just one field goal the balance of regulation play. Cal tied the score at the 1:45 mark at 65-all, and neither team scored down the stretch.
UCLA's last win in the series came on Dec. 20, 2006 in Pauley Pavilion, a 77-68 overtime victory.
Be Prepared For Overtime
The last three matchups between UCLA and California in Pauley Pavilion have resulted in overtime. Last season, on Jan. 6, Cal won by a score of 73-70 after tying the game with 1:45 to play on a pair of Ashley Walker free throws. In the 2006-07 season, the Bruins posted a 77-68 upset win over the then-No. 15 Golden Bears. Devanei Hampton had the tying basket in regulation, but UCLA outscored Cal 11-2 in extra time. In 2005-06, UCLA won 90-87 after a Lindsey Pluimer put-back tied the score with 12 seconds remaining in regulation.
UCLA Amongst Nation's Best
In the latest NCAA rankings (Feb. 22), the Bruins are eighth in rebound margin (+9.7), 21st in steals (11.1 average), 67th in scoring average (68.0), 68th in three-point fg % def (.294), 73rd in scoring margin (7.0), and 86th in field goal % (.414). Doreena Campbell is 68th in free throw % (.814).
UCLA will honor its two seniors, Tierra Henderson and Chinyere Ibekwe, in pre-game ceremonies on Sunday against Cal. Henderson and Ibekwe have played in a combined 232 career games with 106 combined starts. They were key contributors on UCLA's 2006 Pac-10 Tournament Championship team that advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament, and this season, Henderson leads the Bruins with a steals average of 1.8, while Ibekwe leads in rebounding with an average of 6.5.
Ibekwe Reaches 600/60
Senior Chinyere Ibekwe grabbed her 600th career rebound against Stanford on Friday and in doing so became just the eighth player in UCLA history to record 600 rebounds and 60 blocks for a career.
UCLA's 600 rebound/60 block performers
Player (Years) - Rebounds/Blocks
Denise Curry (1978-81) - 1,310/74
Natalie Williams (1991-94) - 1,137/97
Necie Thompson (1981-83) - 940/101
Maylana Martin (1997-2000) - 935/96
Ann Meyers (1975-78) - 819/101
Sandra VanEmbricqs (1987-90) - 811/95
Lindsey Pluimer (2005-08) - 737/93
Chinyere Ibekwe (2006-09) - 600/66
Campbell Leads The Way
Sophomore guard Doreena Campbell has led the Bruins in scoring in 14 games this season, including a stretch of nine consecutive games from Jan. 4-Feb. 8. Four of her five 20-point games this season have come against Pac-10 opponents (20 vs. USC at home, 20 vs. Washington at home, 20 at USC, 24 at Washington State). She had a 12-game double-figure scoring streak snapped on Friday against Stanford when she was held to four points.
In games through 2/27, Campbell ranked in five Pac-10 categories - 10th in scoring (13.3), 4th in assists (3.8), 6th in FT% (.818), 10th in steals (1.5) and 6th in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
Nyingifa Steps Up In Pac-10 Play
Freshman Atonye Nyingifa has stepped up her game in Pac-10 Conference play, averaging 7.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in conference games. Nyingifa leads the Bruins in Pac-10 games in rebounds (77) and steals (24) and is shooting 48.8% from the field and 78.8% from the free throw line. By contrast, she averaged 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in non-conference games. Last week, she recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with five steals at Washington. All three numbers were career-highs.
12 Players, 12 Starters
With Allison Taka's start at Washington last Friday, all 12 players on the Bruin roster have started at least one game this season. Only one other school in the Pac-10 (Washington) has every player on the roster with at least one start.
Home Sweet Home
The Bruins own a 12-3 record in Pauley Pavilion this year. It is the most wins a UCLA team has posted in Pauley Pavilion since the 1998-99 team went 13-3.
UCLA has won more than 12 home games in Pauley just three other seasons (13 in 1998-99; 12 in 1984-85; 16 in 1980-81; 13 in 1977-78). (note: from 1986 to 1997 UCLA did play some home games in the Wooden Center on campus but never won more than 11 home games).
Bruins Bang Boards
The Bruins won the battle on the boards in the first nine games of the season and versus 20 of the 26 opponents overall. UCLA has recorded 50+ rebounds in seven of the 26 games, including a season-best 55 against USC on Jan. 11.
Senior Chinyere Ibekwe has led UCLA in rebounding in nine games, posting five double-digit totals (14 vs. CSUF, a career-high 15 vs. CSUN, 12 vs. Nevada, 12 at Rice, 10 v. USC).
The home game against Stanford marked the 10th time this season an opponent has scored more than 64 points against the Bruins. Eight of UCLA's 10 losses, including five on the road, have come when the opponent has scored more than 64 points. UCLA has gone 2-8 in those games --- defeated Washington (74-66) and USC (87-75); and lost to Stanford (58-69), Arizona State (69-66), at USC (87-76), at Stanford (68-51), at Arizona State (68-44), to Oregon (73-56), at Maryland (88-65), and at Texas Tech (72-62). Another loss this season came at Cal, when the Golden Bears outscored the Bruins 64-48.
This year's squad became just the third UCLA team to have won at least 14 games by Feb. 1 on the calendar --- the 1998-99 team won 17; the 1980-81 team won 19.
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 1998-99.
The Bruins have held 12 opponents to less than 60 points this season. UCLA surrenders an average of 61.3 points per contest on the year, which would be the third-best mark in school history and the best since the 1976-77 team gave up 59.7 and the 1975-76 squad allowed 60.0.
In beating Arizona (1/17) and Washington State (1/22) earlier this season, UCLA put together back-to-back contests in which it limited the opponent to under 50 points for the first time ever in Pac-10 play. The last time UCLA held consecutive opponents to less than 50 points was Dec. 2 and Dec 3, 1988 in games against LMU (61-46) and Northern Arizona (80-46).
On Jan. 17, the Bruins surrendered a season-low 38 points at Arizona. It was the fewest points allowed by a UCLA team since the Bruins defeated Northern Arizona 77-37 on Nov. 28, 1987.
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.
Game 26: Stanford Recap
UCLA became the first team to score as many as 58 points against Stanford since a Jan. 4 contest against Arizona (a 70-61 Cardinal win), but it was not enough. After slicing a 14-point second-half Stanford advantage in half, the Bruins were held without a basket for almost seven minutes of action and the Cardinal pulled away for their 10th straight win.
A jump shot by Atonye Nyingifa cut the Stanford lead to eight, at 57-49, with 8:35 to play. A free throw by Nina Earl made it 57-50 with 8:02 remaining, but the Bruins would not score again until a Darxia Morris lay up with 1:39 on the clock made the score 66-52. Morris finished with a season-high 18 points to lead UCLA.
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.
Shot of A Lifetime - $250,000
At every home game this season, 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 tip-off 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 will be $250,000.
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.
2009-10 Season Ticket Deposits
Fans can now secure reserved, floor-level season tickets for the UCLA Women's Basketball 2009-10 season for just $25. To guarantee the best seats in Pauley Pavilion for next season, visit the UCLA Central Ticket Office at tickets.ucla.edu or 310-UCLA-WIN.