Feb. 7, 2013
Friday, Feb. 8
7:00 p.m. PT
No. 17 UCLA (17-4, 8-2) at Washington (16-5, 8-2)
No. 17 UCLA (17-4, 8-2 Pac-12) hits the road for the first time since Jan. 20 to face the Washington Huskies (16-5, 8-2 Pac-12) on Friday, Feb. 8. Tip-off slated for 7:00 p.m.
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.
This is the 56th meeting between UCLA and Washington with the Bruins leading the series 29-26. UCLA has won 10 of the last 12 overall meetings. Washington won the last meeting in Seattle, 67-59, on March 3, 2012. The Huskies led 31-25 at halftime and for the entire second half. Former Bruin Markel Walker had 20 points and 17 boards for UCLA. Markel Walker scored 11 and Alyssia Brewer and Thea Lemberger each scored 10. Jazmine Davis scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Huskies and Talia Walton added 18 points. Washington hung with UCLA for much of the game. The back-and-forth affair featured 11 lead changes in the game's first 30 minutes, and the Huskies held a 59-58 lead with 9:05 remaining. UCLA freshman Kari Korver then hit a long 3-pointer in front of her own bench to give her team the lead back and start a 14-4 run.
UCLA IN STATISTICAL RANKINGS
UCLA is 3rd in the Pac-12 in scoring (70.1 ppg) and is 3rd in the Pac-12 and 24th in the country in rebounding margin (+8.1). The Bruins lead the Pac-12 and rank 23rd in the nation in assists (16.4) and also leads the league in steals (11.7), which ranks 30th nationally. UCLA is also 3rd in the Pac-12 in rebounds per game (44.0) and 2nd in offensive rebounds (16.4).
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).
Markel Walker has five double-doubles this season, which ranks tied for seventh 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 21 games this season and nobody has started in all of those contests, forcing Head Coach Markel Walker missed the Arizona game (Jan. 25) with back spasms, but returned on Sunday for the Arizona State game (Jan. 27). The Bruins have already used 183 different combinations of players on the court this season. In a total of 845 minutes of game action, the leading combination on the floor in terms of minutes played together is Markel Walker and Alyssia Brewer, but they have only been on the court at the same time for a total of 61:42.