Feb. 9, 2013
Sunday, Feb. 10
12:00 p.m. PT
No. 17 UCLA (18-4, 9-2) at Washington State (9-13, 5-6)
The No. 17 UCLA Bruins (18-4, 9-2 Pac-12) puts its five-game winning streak on the line at Washington State (9-13, 5-6 Pac-12) on Sunday at Noon at Beasley Coliseum. The game and can be heard here on uclabruins.com and will be streamed live on Pac-12.com.
After posting double-digit wins over No. 22 Colorado (62-46) and Utah (70-42) at home last week, the UCLA Bruins moved up one spot to No. 17 in the AP Top 25 Poll and two spots to No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. UCLA held steady at No. 15 in the NCAA Women's Basketball RPI (NCAA.com). The Bruins have been ranked at least one week in both polls in each of the past four seasons.
UCLA enters Sunday's game with an 18-4 overall record and 9-2 in Pac-12 play, after beating the University of Washington, 65-61 in Seattle to post its fifth straight win. The Bruins are ranked No. 17 in both national polls this week. UCLA and WSU each claimed home wins last season but the Bruins lead the all-time series 47-7 after beating WSU 78-52 Jan. 11 in Los Angeles. Alyssia Brewer now leads the team in scoring at 11.5 ppg and is tied with Markel Walker for the team lead in rebounding at 8.0 rpg after her 20-point, 12-rebound effort against the Huskies on Friday. UCLA enters Sunday leading the Pac-12 in assists (16.3 apg) and steals (11.3 spg) and is third in scoring at 69.9 ppg.
In last year's game at Washington State, the Cougars had four players score in double-figures for WSU, which knocked off UCLA 76-65 at Beasley Coliseum last March. Washington State posted its first win over the Bruins since 2001 after dropping the previous 23 meetings. Sage Romberg had 13 points while Carly Noyes added 12. Romberg hit all three of her three-point attempts while the Cougs matched a season-high with 10 made threes. Washington State finished the game shooting 41.0 percent and forced a conference season-best 27 turnovers. The Cougars scored 27 points off of turnovers and saw its bench outscore the UCLA bench 24-12. Markel Walker led the Bruins with 18 points and nine rebounds.
UCLA IN STATISTICAL RANKINGS
UCLA is 3rd in the Pac-12 in scoring (69.9 ppg) and is 3rd in the Pac-12 and 22nd in the country in rebounding margin (+8.7). The Bruins lead the Pac-12 and rank 24th in the nation in assists (16.3) and also leads the league in steals (11.3). UCLA is also 2nd in the Pac-12 in rebounds per game (44.5) and 2nd in offensive rebounds (16.5).
CLOSE CALLS ... BRUINS IN OVERTIME
The UCLA Bruins improved to 3-0 under Head Coach Cori Close in overtime games in her two seasons with last week's 53-52 win in overtime at St. John's (Dec. 16). Last season, the Bruins posted back-to-back overtime wins at Colorado (62-54 on Jan. 29, 2012) and at home versus Washington (79-73 on Feb. 2, 2012).
Alyssia Brewer has seven double-doubles in her first 21 games, which ranks fifth in the Pac-12. Markel Walker has five double-doubles this season, which ranks eighth in the Pac-12. Additionally, the two Bruins have had double-doubles in the same game three times this season. Walker had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the 86-66 win over Loyola Marymount (Dec. 2) while Brewer had 14 points and 11 rebounds against the Lions. Walker later had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the 76-62 win over Saint Mary's (Dec. 15) as Brewer chipped in 12 points and 10 boards against the Gaels. In the loss to Cal State Northridge (Dec. 20), Brewer had 14 points and 12 rebounds with Walker adding 12 points and 12 boards.
MISSING IN ACTION
Only three of the 13 Bruins have played in all 22 games this season and nobody has started in all of those contests, forcing Head Coach Cori Close to go with 10 different starting lineups. Alyssia Brewer missed most (only played three minutes) of the Pepperdine game (Dec. 28) and missed the entire Saint Joseph's game (Dec. 31) with a right ankle sprain. Most recently, Alyssia Brewer, but they have only been on the court at the same time for a total of 65:37.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT MOVES TO SEATTLE
With its new partnership with Force 10 Sports Marketing, LLC, the Seattle Sports Commission and Seattle Center, the Pac-12 Conference will bring the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament to KeyArena in Seattle in 2013. The new agreement, which runs through 2015, moves the tournament to the first full week in March to strengthen television windows and maximize national exposure. ESPN2 will televise the championship game, while all other games will be carried nationally on the Pac-12 Networks.