No. 13/12 Bruins Host Montana State
Dec. 4, 2010
Bruins Host Montana St.
Coach Nikki Caldwell's 13th-ranked (AP)/12th-ranked (USA Today/ESPN) Bruins (6-0) are set to host Montana State (2-6) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins will then break for exams. The game will be internet broadcast on uclabruins.com.
UCLA will head out on the road after the break and not return to Pauley Pavilion until a Dec. 28 date with LSU (5-4). First up for the travelling Bruins is a game on Sat., Dec. 11at St. Mary's College (4-4, wins over Wash. St. and Wisconsin). UCLA will then head to the islands for a couple of contests to be played in Hilo, HI against Hawaii (4-3, Dec. 19, wins over Mississippi and Oregon State) and East Carolina (3-3, Dec. 20).
UCLA has opened up the 2010-11 season with six straight wins, posting a 6-0 record to start a season for the first time since the 1980-81 campaign, when it began play with a 12-0 mark.
Dix-On The List
Junior forward Jasmine Dixon is on several pre-season award lists - the Naismith Trophy watch list, the Wooden Award watch list, Lindy's 3rd team pre-season All-America team and the conference media's preseason All-Pac-10 squad. Last season, Dixon led the Bruins in both scoring (15.3) and rebounding (8.0) and was a first-team All-Pac-10 performer.
By The Numbers
The Bruins have earned the #13 ranking in this week's Associated Press poll and the #12 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN listing. The last time a UCLA team was ranked higher in the Associated Press poll was in late January of the 1999-2000 season when it was listed #10 by AP. The last time a UCLA squad was ranked higher in the USA Today/ESPN poll was at #9 in late December of the 1999-2000 season.
UCLA has won its last 10 home games played in Pauley Pavilion. Its last setback at home came on Jan. 10, 2010 to Stanford (65-61).
In Coach Caldwell's two-plus seasons at the helm the Bruins have held 41 (38-3 record) opponents to 60 points or less, 15 (15-0) to 50 points or less and four (4-0) to 40 points or less.
UCLA has captured its last 20 straight games when holding an opponent under 60 points, dating back to a 59-58 loss to Texas Tech on Dec. 18, 2009 in Pauley.
About The Opponents
Montana State has never met the Bruins on the hardwood. The Bobcats opened the season with six straight road games before hosting Denver in a 74-68 loss on Tuesday. MSU lost at UC Riverside on Friday night. Junior guard Katie Bussey leads four Bobcats in double digits with a 13.6 ppg average.
Campbell JOINS THE CLUB
Guard Doreena Campbell made her first basket in the Notre Dame contest (Nov. 18) at the 8:05 mark of the first half and became the 24th member of UCLA's 1,000-point club. Campbell finished with eight points and seven assists in the win. The senior has averaged over 10 points per game in her four years as a starter. Campbell will attempt this season to become the third Bruin (Ann Meyers 1975-78, Nikki Blue 2003-06) to ever record four straight seasons of 100 or more assists.
Season Tickets, Mini-Plans
Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale now. A season ticket gets you a floor-level reserved seat for all 15 home games for $99 for adults and $49 for youth. A season ticket family plan (2 adults and 2 youth) costs $199 ($97 savings). Faculty/staff season tickets cost just $79.
The Big Game Mini-Plan ($29) includes a floor-level reserved seat to game vs. Temple, USC, Cal and Stanford, plus a ticket to the 2011 LA Sparks Home Opener. The 3 Pack ($20) offers a floor-level reserved seat to games against LSU, USC and Cal.Tickets are available for purchase at the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310/UCLA-WIN or online at tickets.ucla.edu.
The fabulous and over forty Ole Skool Crew Supreme Dance Team has officially been confirmed to perform at three more home matches the balance of the season. During the WNBA season, the Ole Skool Crew Supreme Dance Team exclusively performs at the Staples Center for the LA Sparks but in the offseason will perform for the UCLA Bruins at legendary Pauley Pavilion. Be sure to catch this high energy dance team when the Bruins host LSU (Dec. 28, 7 pm), USC (Jan. 8, 1:30 pm), and Cal (Feb. 18, 7 pm). Check out the Ole Skool Crew Supreme Dance Team and other upcoming entertainment and promotions on the Women's Basketball promotional calendar page at UCLABruins.com.
Head coach Nikki Caldwell's squad hopes to use one of the program's most successful seasons as a springboard to further ascend up the ladder of women's basketball hierarchy.
Caldwell became the first UCLA coach ever to garner the Pac-10 Coach of the Year Award after leading her team to a 25-win season, an NCAA Tournament bid and a second-place finish in the conference.The victory total was the fourth-best in UCLA history. The 15 conference wins matched the program's highest-ever league win total. The opponent scoring average of 57.5 points per game established a new school record.
Four starters and six of the top seven scorers are set to return. The returnees include the top three rebounders, the top seven players in assists, four of the top five in blocked shots and the top six leaders in steals.
as the lone Bruin chosen to the Pac-10 All-Tournament team that year. She led the team in rebounding during the Pac-10 games only with a mark of 5.6 caroms a contest. In her starting assignments, Nyingifa averaged 7.7 points and 6.1 boards as a freshman.
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