LOS ANGELES – The UCLA Bruins (1-2) host the No. 10/13 Oklahoma Sooners (4-1) on Nov. 24 in Pauley Pavilion. Tip-off is slated for 1:06 p.m. and will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. You can also listen to free audio on uclabruins.com. Don't forget to bring a pair of new or unused children's athletic shoes to receive a pair of free tickets to the game and help the Bruins with their 3rd Annual Samaritan's Feet Shoe Drive.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion
Arena Capacity: 13,800
Date: Nov. 24, 2013
Time: 1:06 p.m. (PT)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Talent: Ann Schatz (play-by-play), Kyndra de St. Aubin (analyst)
Listen Online: www.uclabruins.com
Internet Audio: Dave Marcus (play-by-play), Angel Gray (analyst)
PARKING AND TRAFFIC ADVISORY
Fans should note that the Sunset Blvd. exit from the 405 Freeway is closed until December. To access the north side of Pauley Pavilion, exit Wilshire Blvd. East, turn left on Veteran Blvd., then right on Sunset Blvd. From the south side of Pauley Pavilion, fans are encouraged to park in Lot 8 (west side of Westwood Blvd.). From the north side of Pauley Pavilion, fans can park in either Lot 4 or turn right to Charles E. Young Drive North and enter Lot 7. More information about parking at UCLA can be viewed by clicking here. Please note, Lot 6 has been demolished. For a campus map with parking locations click here.
UCLA VS. OKLAHOMA
UCLA will face Oklahoma for just the sixth time in program history, but the third time in the last two years. Last year, an unranked UCLA squad went into Norman, Okla., (Nov. 14) and beat the 11th-ranked Sooners, 86-80, behind Thea Lemberger’s 18 points. Alyssia Brewer had a successful return to her home state (Tulsa, Okla.) and added 15 points and 16 rebounds for UCLA. But sixth-seeded Oklahoma returned the favor, beating the third-seeded Bruins, 85-72, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio (Mar. 25). Atonye Nyingifa led five Bruins in double figures with 18 points and eight rebounds. But UCLA couldn’t contain the duo of Aaryn Ellenberg (27 points on 6-of-13 shooting from downtown) and Joanna McFarland (20 points, 16 rebounds). The Bruins won the first-ever meeting with the Sooners with an 82-63 win in Los Angeles on Jan. 8, 1982. But the Sooners won the next two meetings. Oklahoma won the last meeting in the series to take place in Pauley Pavilion, a 77-68 win on Nov. 21, 2006.
MORE GAME INFORMATION
The UCLA women’s basketball team has partnered with The Dream Center in Los Angeles for the Third Annual Samaritan’s Feet Shoe Drive. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unused children’s athletic shoes to Samaritan’s Feet Faith & Family Day on Sunday, Nov. 24 when UCLA hosts Oklahoma. On game day, fans will receive two complimentary admission tickets to the UCLA vs. Oklahoma game by donating a pair of shoes or with a $15 donation at the shoe drive tent along the north side of Pauley Pavilion. Our goal is to collect at least 500 pairs of shoes. Samaritan’s Feet is a global non-profit organization that brings shoes to the nearly 300 million people who go without shoes each day. Since partnering together in 2011, the UCLA women’s basketball team has held Samaritan’s Feet shoes drives the past two years and personally distributed the shoes to a community center in Philadelphia, Pa., and to a local school in Compton, Calif. On Monday, Dec. 16, the UCLA women’s basketball team along with Dream Center volunteers will go to Rosemont Elementary, a low income area school, to give away the shoes they collected from the drive. Additionally, shoes will be given to homeless and abused families living in the Dream Center, as well as some homeless young adults on skid row.
Additionally, once again the Family Fun Zone will be open at pregame and at halftime. The Fun Zone includes an inflatable obstacle course and other activities on the concourse. For more information click here.
UCLA is receiving votes this week in both the USA Today/Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25. The Bruins' 2013-14 schedule is loaded with nationally-ranked teams as a total of seven of them were in the pre-season Top 25. The Bruins have three on the schedule that were ranked in the Top 10. Stanford came in at No. 3, while Notre Dame was ranked 7th and California was ranked 9th. Also on the Bruins' schedule is No. 11 North Carolina, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 14 Oklahoma and No. 19 Colorado.
ON THE TUBE
This year UCLA will have the distinction of having the first televised conference game when they host USC on Dec. 30, 2013 (7:00 p.m.) 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 three of the first four games will be against teams ranked in the top 12 (at #12/17 Nebraska, vs. #12/14 North Carolina and vs. #10/13 Oklahoma).
In the Bruins’ last game, UCLA had three players record double-doubles in the loss to No. 12 North Carolina (Atonye Nyingifa - 18 pts., 11 rebs.; Nirra Fields - 12 pts., 10 rebs.; Lauren Holiday - 10 pts., 11 rebs.). They became the first trio of Bruins to record a double-double in the same game in over 23 years. In a 79-65 home win over Oregon on Feb. 23, 1990, Sandra VanEmbricqs (22 pts., 14 rebs.), Michele Wooton (17 pts., 10 rebs.) and Rehema Stephens (12 pts., 10 rebs.) were the last to pull off that feat.
In UCLA’s 82-78 home win over Pepperdine (Nov. 11), the Bruins had three players score 20 or more points in the same game (Thea Lemberger 25 pts., Atonye Nyingifa 24 pts., Nirra Fields 20 pts.). It marked the first time since a 91-58 home win over Oregon State on Jan. 31, 2004 (Noelle Quinn 24 pts., Nikki Blue 23 pts., Lisa Willis 21 pts.) that that feat has been matched.
The Bruins have already lost two key players for the season as they will be without sophomore guard Kari Korver (4.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg) and junior forward Kacy Swain (3.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg). Both suffered torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) within a week of each other. Korver also had a tear in her lateral meniscus.
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 41-27 (.612).