Feb. 7, 2013
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THE LAST MEETING
January 13, 2013
No. 14 Bruins Roll Past Washington, 85-68
Jasmine Dixon tied her season high with 13 points and also pulled down 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, and No. 14 UCLA overcame a turnover-plagued first half to post its sixth straight victory, beating Washington 85-68 on Sunday. Five Bruins scored in double figures. Atonye Nyingifa had 17 points, Markel Walker scored 11 and Alyssia Brewer and Thea Lemberger each scored 10. UCLA (13-2, 4-0 Pac-12) committed 16 turnovers in the first half, the most the Bruins have turned it over in any half this season, and trailed the Huskies by one at halftime. They only had eight turnovers in the second half.
Friday, Feb. 8
7:00 p.m. PT
No. 17 UCLA (17-4, 8-2) at Washington (16-5, 8-2)
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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 Regina Rogers led all scorers with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Markel Walker had 20 points and 17 boards for UCLA. Jasmine Dixon tied her season high with 13 points and also pulled down 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season to lead a well-rounded effort for UCLA, which beat Washington 85-68 in this year's earlier meeting (Jan. 13). UCLA had five players score in double figures. Atonye Nyingifa had 17 points, 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).
Alyssia Brewer has six double-doubles in her first 20 games, which ranks sixth in the Pac-12. 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 Cori Close to go with 10 different starting lineups. Rhema Gardner had knee surgery before the season began and has decided to redshirt the season. Thea Lemberger missed the Notre Dame (Nov. 23) and Princeton (Nov. 25) games due to a knee sprain. Lauren Holiday (18 games) and Corinne Costa (15 games) have both missed contests with head injuries. Costa is questionable for this week's games. Holiday has been shut down for the season and will seek a medical hardship. 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. She has played in all other contests, but is only playing 18 minutes per game as she is still suffering from pain in her knee and has occasional swelling. Alyssia Brewer missed most (only played three minutes) of the Pepperdine game (Dec. 28) and missed the entire Saint Joseph's game (Dec. 31) with a right ankle sprain. Most recently, 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 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 61:42.