Fifth-Seeded Bruins Open Pac-12 Tournament Play on Wednesday
March 7, 2012
The Bruins (14-15, 9-9) earned the fifth seed into the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament and will square off against Arizona (14-16, 3-15) on Wednesday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. in the Galen Center. Links to live stats and live video will be available on the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament Central page located above. Free audio can also be found here.
The winner of Wednesday's first round matchup will advance to play #4 seed Arizona State (19-10, 10-8) on Thursday at 2:15 p.m. in Galen Center.
UCLA closed out the regular season with a 67-59 loss at Washington on Saturday. Markel Walker paced the Bruins with 20 points and 17 rebounds, her 12th double-double of the campaign. Thea Lemberger added 15 points.
The Bruins committed a season-high 27 turnovers at Washington State on Thursday night in Pullman and fell to the Cougars, 76-65. Walker led the team with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Two weekends ago, lone senior Rebekah Gardner 's 21-point effort carried the Bruins to a 72-58 win over Arizona (F25) and a split of the season series. Walker added 17 points and 12 rebounds. UCLA fought back from a 12-point first half deficit to post a 53-38 win over Arizona State (F23) and sweep the season series from the Sun Devils. Walker recorded 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way for UCLA. The 38 points allowed was the fewest since Cal scored 32 on Feb. 6, 2010.
GARDNER, WALKER, LEMBERGER RECEIVE ALL-PAC-12 HONORS
POINTS OF INTEREST
Rebekah Gardner's next game played will be her 127th, which is good for third on the all-time school list
UCLA's current mark of 62.8 points per game allowed ranks as the sixth-lowest total in school history ... It is the fifth-straight season in which the UCLA defense has givien up an average which has merited a listing among the top 10 lowest in school history -- 2010-11 No. 1 at 55.3; 2009-10 No. 2 at 57.5; 2008-09 No. 5 at 61.6; 2007-08 No. 7 at 66.3.
Thea Lemberger has 38 assists (3.5) and 28 turnovers (2.5) over the last 11 games. She has played at least 30 minutes in each of the last 27 straight games. The soph played a total of 108 minutes over the whole of the 2010-11 season. Lemberger's 133 three-point shot attempts are the seventh-most in school history (No. 6 Lisa Willis, 2002-03 134).
The last Bruin player to end a season with a double-digit rebounding average was Kisa Hughes (1994-95, 10.4). The last Bruin player to end a season with at least an 11.0 rebound per game mark was Natalie Williams (13.1in 1993-94).
UCLA made its 105th three-point shot of the season at Washington, the 8th-best season total in school history (No. 7 2008-09 107 / No. 6 2009-10 126).
Markel Walker (675) needs 17 boards to move into 11th on the all-time school rebounding list and move past Denise Corlett's (1977-80) total of 691.
UCLA set a single-game school record with 13 blocks against California on Dec. 29, which broke the previous mark of 12 on Dec. 4, 1980 against Texas A&M.
UCLA is 11-1 when leading at the half, with the only loss coming at Arizona ... The Bruins won three games (UW, at Colorado, at Utah), in their four-game conference win streak, when trailing at the five-minute mark, their only such wins on the season (now 3-13).
The school record for blocked shots in a season is 108 which was set in 1980-81 ... The current Bruin squad sits at 101 on the year, which is the fourth-most in school history (2007-08 102 / 2009-10 107 / 1980-81 108).
With her next blocked shot, Corinne Costa will move into a tie for 10th on the all-time school career list (now has 58).
Gardner leads the Bruins with a 15.7 points per game average and 59 steals, is second with 29 three-pointers and third with a 6.4 rebounds per game mark (each mark exceeds her previous season best). The senior is the only player to start all 29 games and has led the team in scoring 13 times. Her 91 career three-point shots rank seventh on the all-time UCLA list.
Gardner has produced at least eight points in all 29 games, at least two steals on 19 occasions and is first on the squad with 24 double-figure scoring games (45 career). She netted a career-high 24 against Tennessee (9-of-18 fg, 5-9 3fg). #23 Markel Walker led Bruins with 20 points and 17 rebounds (12th double-double of the year/19th career) at Washington. She totaled 18 points, nine rebounds at Washington State. In the final home weekend of the season, she recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds against Arizona after 21 points and 11 rebounds against Arizona State. Walker has climbed into 12th place on the all-time UCLA rebound list.
The junior earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors (second of her career) following her home court performances against the Washington schools which included UCLA's first triple-double since Noelle Quinn in the 2004 season.
Walker has achieved double figure rebound totals in 14 of the last 16 games (not at WSU - nine; at Cal - five). In her triple at home against WSU, she ripped down15 boards to go with 14 points and 10 assists. Walker grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds against Oregon State and was one assist shy of a triple-double in that game, adding nine assists, 16 points.
Of her 241 rebounds, 97 have come on the offensive end, as she is first on the team with 11.0 rpg, third with 14.6 ppg, second with 81 assists and second with 51 steals. Walker has scored in double figures in 20 of her 22 contests. She has more than one steal in 16 games and has at least four assists on 10 occasions this year. #1 Thea Lemberger is another of a Bruin quartet that is averaging double figures in points, coming in at12.3ppg, after hitting double digits in 11 of the last 12 games (not at USC - eight, and in 22 games overall). She is first on the team with 40 three-pointers and 87 assists.
Lemberger had 15 points, six assists, six rebounds in her last outing at Washington. She has at least one trey in 22 of her 29 contests (12 g with multiple threes) and netted a career-best four threes against Oregon. She has handed out a career-best six assists in games vs. Tennessee, at Washington and at Utah.
Lemberger is averaging13.5 ppg during Pac-12 play, while producing 14 double-figure games, including two with over 20. She had 22 at Arizona State and went for a career-high 26 at home against Cal (7-11 fg, 3-6 3pt, 9-10 ft).
#5 Mariah Williams is third on the team with 80 assists. She had two points at Washington and six at Washington State. On the final homestand, she dished off for five assists versus Arizona and totaled four assists, three steals against ASU. At Utah, she produced a career-high 21 points, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc in a career-high 37 minutes.
Williams has started 25 straight games (27 total) and has a 4.6 ppg average. Her total of 30 steals rates fourth on the club.She tied a season high with six assists at Arizona State and has produced at least four assists in 10 contests this season. #34 Corinne Costa's 49 blocked shots this year rank second on the Bruins all-time season list and are the most by a UCLA player since the 1980-81 season (Necie Thompson-53).She totaled eight points and a block last week at Washington and had eight points, eight rebounds, three blocks at Washington State. She saw only limited action against the Arizona schools on the final homestand of the year due to knee discomfort.
Costa set a UCLA single-game record with seven blocks earlier this season in the first meeting with California (then tied it at home v. Washington), which broke Natalie Williams' record of six set on March 6, 1992 against Arizona. She has at least one block in 21 of her 26 games (2+ nine times) and is averaging 4.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg.
#20 Rhema Gardner has brought down 57 rebounds over the past 10 games. She had one board at Washington before fouling out and snagged two rebounds before fouling out at WSU. Gardner pulled down a career-best 12 boards in a career-high 38 minutes of action in the home game against Arizona. In the ASU game, she had nine boards and eight points in 37 minutes.
Gardner is averaging 3.7 ppg and 4.4 rpg this season, adding 15 blocks, which is second on the squad. Gardner's personal high in points happened versus McNeese State, when she poured in 18. Defensively, she has a block in 11 games, including three at home against Cal and two at home versus USC.
#10 Kacy Swain is averaging 3.2 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 26 contests. She grabbed five caroms at Washington and had four points and three boards at WSU. In her fourth start of the year, she produced a career-high 14 points and seven rebounds in a best of 28 minutes in the season's final home contest against Arizona. The freshman pulled down four boards against ASU in 25 minutes of action.
Freshman walk-on #3 away/ 22 home Madeline Brooks has seen action in 12 games and made her first start at USC. She played a career-high 16 minutes against Oregon, knocking down a three-pointer and grabbing a rebound. She made her collegiate debut against Colgate and scored two at LMU.
Two Bruins, junior Jackie Shepard (foot/shoulder) and freshman Alexis Perry (shoulder), have yet to see action this season as they recover from off-season surgeries, but have resumed some practice activities.
Atonye Nyingifa, who had 14.7 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 11 blocks and 18 steals in nine games, tore her right ACL against Tennessee (Dec. 17) and will miss the remainder of the season. The redshirt junior had seven double-figure scoring contests and five double-doubles. Nyingifa poured in a career-best 28 and tied a personal high with 14 rebounds against LMU.
Moriah Faulk, tore her left ACL against Arizona State (Jan. 7) and will miss the rest of the year. The freshman came off the bench in 15 contests, averaging 5.7 ppg and totaling 15 three-pointers. She had multiple treys in five games and scored a season-best 11 points at LMU.
Senior Jasmine Dixon ruptured her Achilles tendon in a team workout in September and will miss the season, while 6-3 senior transfer Alyssia Brewer (Tennessee) will redshirt in '11-'12 and play her final season next year.
CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT HISTORY
2011 - Los Angeles, CA (1-1) *Semifinals #2 UCLA 63 def. #6 Cal 50 (Atonye Nyingifa 17 pts., nine reb.; Darxia Morris 14 pts.) *Championship #1 Stanford 64 def. #2 UCLA 55 (Doreena Campbell 16 pts., Jasmine Dixon 8 reb.)
2010 - Los Angeles, CA (2-1) *Quarterfinals #2 UCLA 60 def. #10 Oregon St. 44 (Jasmine Dixon 14 pts., 9 rebs., Markel Walker 10 pts., Darxia Morris 8 ast.) *Semifinals #2 UCLA 59 def. #3 USC 53 (Darxia Morris 16 pts., Markel Walker 15 pts., Jasmine Dixon 10 pts., 12 rebs.) *Championship #1 Stanford 70 def. #2 UCLA 46 (Jasmine Dixon 20 pts., Markel Walker 8 reb.)
2009 - Los Angeles, CA (1-1) *Quarterfinals #4 UCLA 62 def. #5 Oregon St. 56 (Atonye Nyingifa 18 pts., 10 reb., Doreena Campbell 10 pts. ) *Semifinals #1 Stanford 73 def. #4 UCLA 45 (Nina Earl 8 pts.)
2008 - San Jose, CA (1-1) *Quarterfinals #5 UCLA 73 def. #4 USC 52 (Darxia Morris 19 pts. 9-11 shooting, Doreena Campbell 13 pts. ) *Semifinals #1 Stanford 78 def. #5 UCLA 45 (Doreena Campbell 9 pts.)
2007 - San Jose, CA (0-1) *1st Rd. #7 UCLA 72 def. #10 Washington State 58 *Quarterfinals #2 Arizona State 74 def. #7 UCLA 64
2006 - San Jose, CA (3-0, Tournament Champs) *Quarterfinals #3 UCLA 80 def. #6 Cal 63 *Semifinals #3 UCLA 60 def. #2 Arizona State 59 *Championship #3 UCLA 85 def. #1 Stanford 76 ot
2005 - San Jose, CA (0-1) *Quarterfinals #3 Arizona St. 73, #6 UCLA 71
2004 - San Jose, CA (1-1) *Quarterfinals #4 UCLA 70 def. #5 Arizona St. 50 *Semifinals #1 Stanford 70 def. #4 UCLA 66
2003 - San Jose, CA (1-1) *Quarterfinals #4 UCLA 71 def. #5 Oregon 58 *Semifinals #1 Stanford 69 def. #4 UCLA 64
2002 - Eugene, OR (1-1) *1st Rd. #8 UCLA 46 def. #9 Cal 42 *Quarterfinals #1 Stanford 96 def. #8 UCLA 61
Bruin All-Tournament Team selections
2009 - Atonye Nyingifa
2007 - Noelle Quinn
2005 - Nikki Blue
2004 - Nikki Blue
2003 - Nikki Blue
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