Jan. 26, 2013
THE LAST MEETING
February 23, 2012
John Wooden Center
UCLA Defense Shines in 53-38 Victory Over Arizona State
Junior Markel Walker recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds and sophomore Thea Lemberger scored all 11 of her points in the second half, as the Bruins held Arizona State to a season low in points in a 53-38 win on Thursday at the John Wooden Center.
Sunday, Jan. 27
2:05 p.m. PT
Arizona State (11-8, 3-4) at No. 19/20 UCLA (14-4, 5-2)
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The No. 19/20 UCLA Bruins (14-4, 5-2), tied for third in the Pac-12, look to keep pace with California and Stanford as the Bruins host Arizona State (11-8, 3-4) on Sunday in Pauley Pavilion. The game is slated to tip-off at 2:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard here on uclabruins.com and on AM 1150 KTLK. The game will be streamed live on Pac-12.com.
With its first two-game losing streak of the 2012-13 season on the road at two Top 10-ranked teams at No. 6 Stanford and at No. 7 California last week, the UCLA Bruins dropped five spots to No. 19 in the AP Top 25 Poll and five spots to No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Bruins also dropped one spot to 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 73rd meeting between UCLA and Arizona State with the Bruins leading the series 47-25. The Bruins have won the last six overall meetings, including sweeping the Sun Devils last year. The Bruins posted a 64-48 victory at Arizona State on Jan. 7, 2012 and later handed the Sun Devils a 53-38 defeat in the John Wooden Center on Feb. 23, 2012.
UCLA IN STATISTICAL RANKINGS
UCLA is first in the Pac-12 and ranks 39th nationally in scoring (71.5 ppg) and is 4th in the Pac-12 and 29th in the country in rebounding margin (+7.5). The Bruins lead the Pac-12 and rank 27th in the nation in assists (16.4) and also leads the league in steals (12.2), which ranks 27th nationally. UCLA is also second in the Pac-12 in rebounds per game (44.7) and in offensive rebounds (17.3).
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 17 games, which ranks tied for fourth in the Pac-12. She has had double-doubles in five of her last 13 games. Markel Walker has four double-doubles this season, which ranks 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 18 games of the 2012-13 season and nobody has started in all of those contests, forcing Head Coach Cori Close to go with nine different starting lineups in the first 18 games. Thea Lemberger has started all 16 games she has played, but missed the Notre Dame (Nov. 23) and Princeton (Nov. 25) games due to a knee sprain. Lauren Holiday (15 games) and Corinne Costa (12 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. Markel Walker missed the Arizona game (Jan. 25) with a back injury. The Bruins have already used 178 different combinations of players on the court at the same time this season. In a total of 685 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 56:43.