No. 9 UCLA Hosts Washington Schools
March 1, 2011
***GAME #29: Sat., Mar. 5, 2011
Bruins Host Washington Schools
UCLA captured its school record 12th road win of the season last Saturday night in a 61-45 victory against Arizona State. On Thursday night at Arizona, UCLA had clinched a top two conference finish and a first-and-second round bye at the Pac-10 Tournament in a 74-70 win. Darxia Morris was named the Conference Player of the Week for her performances in Arizona.
UCLA will play its first contest in the Pac-10 Tournament on Friday afternoon, Mar. 11 at 2:30 p.m. in the Staples Center against the winner of the Thursday game between the winner of the #3 seed/#10 seed game and the winner of the #6 seed/#7 seed game. The Bruins' Friday contest will be televised live by FSN.
With 22 wins in its first 24 games, UCLA achieved its best start of all-time. The previous best start was in 1976-77, when the squad, which featured Ann Meyers, began with 20 wins in the first 22 contests.
The 12-1 start in Pac-10 conference play was UCLA's best ever and surpassed the 10-1 start of the 1998-99 team. The '99 Bruin team went on to tie for first in the conference and advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
This is the first time UCLA has had back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1997-98 (20 wins)/1998-99 (26 wins). The Bruins currently have 24 wins after posting 25 last season. UCLA has now 11 20-win seasons in its history.
UCLA ended the first half of Pac-10 play with an 8-1 conference record, marking just the second time since Pac-10 play began in 1986-87 that the Bruins have won more than seven games in the first half of the conference season. The Bruins recorded the first 8-1 second half conference finish in school history last season.
The Bruins have posted a record of 39-6 in the last 45 games. Five of the six losses have come against teams ranked in the top-five nationally at the time of the contest (Stanford twice this season and twice last season; Nebraska last season in NCAA Tournament; unranked LSU earlier this season).
By The Numbers
UCLA tied the school record for most Pac-10 conference wins last season when it finished second with 15 (also 15 in 1998-99 when it tied for 1st).
UCLA had three players score in double digits in the game at Arizona State on Feb. 26. The Bruins are now 17-0 in games this season when at least three players score in double digits.
In Nikki Caldwell's two-plus seasons at the helm, the Bruins have held 57 (53-4 record) opponents to 60 points or less, 24 (24-0) to 50 points or less and four (4-0) to 40 points or less.
UCLA is 47-4 (16-0 in 2011) under Coach Caldwell when scoring at least 64 points in a game.
The Bruins captured 10 pre-season, non-conference games for the first time since beginning Pac-10 Conference play (1986-87).
Arizona, with 70 points last Thursday, became the first team this season to score more than 67 points in regulation against the Bruins. This season's 55.0 points per game allowed mark would better the current school record of 57.5 set a year ago.
The Bruins are ranked amongst the nation's top 50 in seven team categories-steals (14th-12.3), turnover margin (18th-4.85), rebound margin (18th-7.4), scoring defense (28th-55.0), fg% (26th-.444), scoring margin (29th-11.3), and assists (44th-15.1).
About The Huskies
Washington leads the overall series with the Bruins, 27-22. The Bruins have won the last three, including a 60-48 verdict in Seattle earlier this year.UW's last win came in Seattle by a score of 59-49 in 2009.
First Time Around V. UW
Last Year Vs. Washington
Jan. 23, 2010 - Seattle, WA
Dix-On The List
The Bruins now own a 45-9 record with Dixon on the active roster after her transfer from Rutgers. The junior post is currently averaging 12.0 ppg (2nd on team) and is leading the team in rebounding (7.4). Last season, Dixon led the Bruins in both scoring (15.3) and rebounding (8.0) and was a first-team All-Pac-10 performer.
Morris Reaches 1,000 Career Points
Morris is putting up career-best numbers in 2010-11, averaging a team-high 12.6 points and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 44.7% from the field. She has been the team's leading scorer in a team-best 11 games and poured in a career-best 24 points at USC on Feb. 6. She had scored a then career-high 22 points at Cal and followed up that game with a 21-point effort at home against Arizona State. Morris' back-to-back 20-point games were the first by a Bruin player since Jasmine Dixon had three-straight 20-point games (23, 25 and 20) last season on Jan. 21, 23 and 28.
Campbell Moves Up The Charts
Campbell is attempting to become the third Bruin (Ann Meyers '75-78, Nikki Blue '03-06) to ever record four straight seasons of 100 or more assists. (this season she currently has 87 assists).
With her two assists v. Stanford, Campbell became the fourth Bruin to record at least 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists for a career, joining Noelle Quinn, 2004-07 1,829 pts/450 a/794r; Nikki Blue, 2003-06 1,797 pts/602a/616r; Ann Meyers, 1975-78 1,685pts/544a/819r.
Back-To-Back Win Total Climbing
On the Other Side
When Cal scored 48 points in Pauley this season it marked the third straight game in which UCLA had limited the opposition to less than 50 points. The last time a Bruin team accomplished that feat was in the 1975-76 season (San Diego State 39/ USC 48/ Fresno State 47 --- it held five straight opponents under 50 in the 1974-75 season).The Oregon State away game marked the third time this season that a UCLA team has held two straight opponents (OSU 48, UO 48) under 50 points (the other times USC 42/Oregon St. 46 ; LMU 43/Montana State 44). In Caldwell's first season (2008-09), the Bruins accomplished this feat by holding Arizona (38) and Washington State (48) to under 50 points in back-to-back games, marking the first time a Bruin team had done so since the 1988-89 season.
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