LOS ANGELES – UCLA (12-14, 6-8) wraps up its home regular season this week when its hosts a pair of nationally-ranked teams from the Bay Area. The Bruins open with No. 18/19 California (18-7, 10-4) in Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 21. The game will tip-off at 8:06 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks and will serve as UCLA’s “Play4Kay” game. The Bruins will then host No. 4/5 Stanford on “Senior Night” on Feb. 23 with a 4:06 p.m. tip-off on the Pac-12 Networks.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion
Arena Capacity: 13,800
Date: Feb. 21, 2014
Time: 8:06 p.m. (PT)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Talent: Anne Marie Anderson (play-by-play), Tammy Blackburn (analyst)
Radio: KTLK - AM1150
Online Audio: www.uclabruins.com
Talent: Dave Marcus (play-by-play), Angel Gray (analyst)
UCLA VS. CALIFORNIA
This is the 66th meeting between UCLA and California with the Bruins dominating the series 47-18. California swept the regular season meetings a year ago. The Bruins have won eight of the last 12 against the Golden Bears, including a stunning Pac-12 Tournament semifinal win over 5th-ranked California last year. In this year’s earlier meeting, the Bruins had no answer for Reshanda Gray, who scored 32 points and had 15 rebounds to lead the #16/19 California Golden Bears to a 69-53 win in Haas Pavilion (Jan. 26). The Bruins led by as many as four points (29-25) with under three minutes to go in the first half. But California closed out the half with a 12-2 run to take a 37-31 lead into the break. Cal took control in the second half, leading by as many as 20 points with the Bruins never threatening. Brittany Boyd had a solid all-around game for Cal with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. She and Gray were the only Golden Bears to reach double figures. Sophomore Nirra Fields scored a Pac-12-high 26 points to lead UCLA and was the only Bruin to reach double figures. She also had her third double-double of the year with a team-high 10 rebounds. Atonye Nyingifa saw her 10-game streak of scoring in double figures come to an end with eight points and was held to a Pac-12-low three rebounds. Corinne Costa had eight points, six blocks and three rebounds for the Bruins, but fouled out of her fourth game of the year.
PINK GAME INFORMATION
The Bruins' game against California on Friday is UCLA Women's Basketball's 8th Annual Play4Kay breast cancer awareness game. The game will promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds for the UCLA Breast Centers and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Bruins will be wearing pink uniforms and we encourage fans to wear pink as well!
Tickets are $2 with the offer code PLAY4KAY. Purchase tickets online, over the phone at 310-UCLA-WIN or at the box office on gameday.
Gameday festivities include:
- Pink T-Shirt giveaways for the first 1,000 fans
- Pink-themed raffle baskets. Purchase $1 raffle tickets at the game. All proceeds go to support breast cancer research and care.
- Halftime Pink Bear Toss with doctors from the UCLA Breast Centers.
If you'd like to further support the cause, we encourage you to:
- Donate to UCLA Women's Basketball's Play4Kay Team Page here.
- Bid on game worn pink jerseys on uclabruins.com's auction page on the online store. Jersey auctions will begin next week.
UCLA has lost three key players for the season as the Bruins will be without redshirt freshman Lauren Holiday (3.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg) for the remainder of the year, as announced by Head Coach Cori Close last week. Holiday sustained a head injury at the end of the first half of the USC game (Dec. 30). She joins sophomore guard Kari Korver (4.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg) and junior forward Kacy Swain (3.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg) as players lost for the year. Both of them suffered torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) within a week of each other. Korver also had a tear in her lateral meniscus. Freshman forward Paulina Hersler has yet to play this season due to a knee injury she sustained in Sweden before arriving in the United States.
NYINGIFA CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Atonye Nyingifa became UCLA’s all-time leader in games played at USC (Feb. 8) and now has 133. That mark also ranks tied for 5th on the NCAA active career list. She is currently 14th on the Bruins’ career scoring list with 1,500 points (behind Necie Thompson - 1981-83 - 1,536), which ranks 55th on the NCAA active career list and 5th in the Pac-12. She is 6th in career rebounds (888, ranks 4th on the Pac-12 active career list and 23rd on the NCAA active list). She needs 38 to pass Markel Walker (925, 2010-2013) for 5th. She is 5th in free throws made (353), which ranks 35th on the NCAA active career charts and 6th in free throws attempted (511), which ranks 45th on the NCAA active career chart.
ON THE TUBE
This year UCLA has the distinction of having the first televised conference game when they hosted USC (Dec. 30) and the last televised conference game on March 2, 2014 when they visit Utah (1:00 p.m.). The Bruins will be making a total of 18 television appearances, the most in school history, during the 2013-14 regular season.
UCLA was selected to finish fifth in both the Pac-12 conference’s preseason coaches and media polls. Stanford was picked to finish first, followed by California, Colorado and Washington. After the Bruins, USC was selected to finish sixth, followed by Utah and Oregon State.
The Bruins can boast of having one of the toughest schedules in the country as four of its nonconference games were against teams ranked in the top 12 (at #12/17 Nebraska, vs. #12/14 North Carolina, vs. #10/13 Oklahoma and at #4/5 Notre Dame). The Bruins’ nonconference strength of schedule ranked No. 3 in the country (tops in the Pac-12) and helped the Bruins to a No. 26 overall ranking in the RPI. Ten of the Bruins’ 12 nonconference opponents have a winning record and UCLA’s nonconference opponents are a combined 196-101 for a .660 winning percentage (Nebraska 19-5; Pepperdine 5-20; North Carolina 20-6; Oklahoma 16-11; James Madison 21-4; Grand Canyon 16-7; NC State 22-4; Notre Dame 25-0; San Diego State 9-14; Minnesota 17-9; Auburn 14-11 and Cal Poly 14-10).
BRUINS AND THE McDONALD'S ALL-AMERICAN GAME
Three Bruin signees, Recee’ Caldwell, Jordin Canada and Lajahna Drummer, were named to the 12-woman roster to represent the West in the 13th edition of the McDonald’s High School All-American Game. The three give UCLA the most players in the 2014 game and are the most to play in one game in school history. The three players are part of the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for the Bruins which consists of Canada (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward HS), Caldwell (San Antonio, Texas/FEAST), Drummer (Inglewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly), Kelli Hayes (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) and Monique Billings (Corona, Calif./Santiago HS). The trio increases UCLA’s all-time roster in the McDonald’s All-American Game to 10 Bruins since its inception in 2002. Other Bruin alumni to play in the game are Nikki Blue (2002), Noelle Quinn (2003), Lindsey Pluimer (2004), Jasmine Dixon (2008), Alyssia Brewer (2008), Markel Walker (2009) and Nirra Fields (2012).
BRUINS IN NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS
UCLA ranks in the Top 100 in the country (out of 343 D-I teams) in four statistical categories, coming in at No. 44 in turnovers per game (13.8), No. 54 in turnover margin (2.88), No. 67 in blocks per game (4.1) and No. 95 in personal fouls per game (17.8). Two players rank in the Top 100 in the country as senior forward Atonye Nyingifa ranks No. 20 in double-doubles with 13 on the year (ranks third in the Pac-12), No. 30 in total points (495), No. 59 in steals per game (2.3 spg), No. 56 in points per game (19.0 ppg) and No. 79 in rebounds per game (9.0 rpg). Sophomore guard Nirra Fields ranks No. 85 in total points (441).
Head Coach Cori Close enters her third year with the Bruins after guiding UCLA to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year and a Pac-12 Tournament runner-up finish. She sports an overall record of 52-38 (.578).