Jan. 12, 2013
UCLA Game Notes | Washington Game Notes
THE LAST MEETING
March 3, 2012
UCLA Comes Up Short at Washington
UCLA (14-15, 9-9) dropped a 67-59 decision to Washington (16-12, 8-10) in a Pac-12 Conference women's basketball game played in Alaska Airlines Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Sunday, Jan. 13
2:05 p.m. PT
Washington (10-4, 2-1) at No. 14/15 UCLA (12-2, 3-0)
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No. 14/15 UCLA (12-2, 3-0 Pac-12) hosts the Washington Huskies (10-4, 2-1 Pac-12) in a conference game on Sunday, Jan. 13. Tip-off is slated for 2:05 p.m. The game will be on live on AM 1150 KTLK. UCLA is the only team in the Pac-12 with five players averaging in double figures. Arizona is second with four players in double figures. Stanford, Washington, California and Utah each have three players averaging in double digits in 2012-13.
With its road sweep of the Oregon Schools last week, the UCLA Bruins moved up two spots to No. 14 in the AP Top 25 Poll and two spots to No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Bruins slid four spots to No. 14 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 55th meeting between UCLA and Washington with the Bruins leading the series 28-26. UCLA has won nine of the last 11 overall meetings and the last 10 in Los Angeles. But it was Washington that won the last meeting, a 67-59 victory in Seattle on March 3, 2012. The Bruins defeated the Huskies at home earlier in the year, posting a 79-73 overtime win in the Wooden Center on Feb. 2. In that meeting, Rebekah Gardner, made a layup to tie the game with two seconds left in regulation and had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead five Bruins in double figures. The Bruins went on to outscore UW 13-7 in the overtime period. In the loss at Washington, the Huskies led 31-25 at halftime and for the entire second half. Former Bruin Regina Rogers led all scorers with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Markel Walker had 20 points and 17 boards for UCLA.
UCLA IN STATISTICAL RANKINGS
The UCLA Bruins are 4th in the Pac-12 and 27th in the country in rebounding margin (+8.6) and 4th in Pac-12 and 22nd in NCAA in winning percentage (.857). The Bruins lead the Pac-12 and rank 30th in the nation in assists (16.8). UCLA also leads the Pac-12 in steals (12.2) and rebounds per game (45.9) and offensive rebounds (18.4).
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).
Alyssia Brewer has six double-doubles in her first 13 games, which ranks tied for 2nd in the Pac-12 and tied for 35th in the country. She has had double-doubles in five of her last nine games. Markel Walker has four double-doubles this season, which ranks sixth 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 four of the 13 Bruins have played in all 14 games of the 2012-13 season and nobody has started in all of those contests, forcing Head Coach Cori Close to go with eight different starting lineups in the first 14 games. Thea Lemberger has started all 12 games she has played, but missed the Notre Dame (Nov. 23) and Princeton (Nov. 25) games due to a knee sprain. Lauren Holiday (11 games) and Corinne Costa (eight games) have both missed contests with head injuries. Kacy Swain missed both of the games in New York with a back injury. Nirra Fields missed the upset win at Oklahoma (Nov. 14) due to personal reasons. Jasmine Dixon missed two games (Princeton on Nov. 25 and Loyola Marymount on Dec. 2) with a left knee sprain and Alyssia Brewer missed the Saint Joseph's game (Dec. 31) with a right ankle sprain. The Bruins have already used 175 different combinations of players on the court at the same time this season. In a total of 565 minutes of game action, the leading combination on the floor in terms of minutes played together is Thea Lemberger, Mariah Williams, Atonye Nyingifa, Markel Walker and Alyssia Brewer, but they have only been on the court at the same time for a total of 37:09.