The UCLA Bruins women’s basketball team was ranked 9th in the NCAA Division 1 standings posted on February 28th.
UCLA will be entering the Pac-10 with an overall record of 25-3 and a conference record of 15-2. They will complete regular conference play with their final game at Pauley Pavilion on March 5 against Washington State University. After that, tournament play will begin and UCLA will be in the fight with the other teams for a NCAA Championship.
The Season So Far
The Bruins have had a stellar season so far. They have a total of 25 wins, which ties for the fourth-most wins in UCLA history. This is the first time UCLA has had back-to-back 20-win seasons. They have also tied the school record for most Pac-10 conference wins.
In the most current game against University of Washington, three players scored double digits and it is important to note that they are 18-0 when three or more players score in the double digits. Scoring is very balanced on the Bruins team with six players averaging 8.3 points or more per game.
In addition to this there have been seven different players leading the team in scoring during a game this season. UCLA has always been tough on defense and this is evident by their being ranked second in the Pac-10 for scoring defense, holding opponents to 54.6 points per game, and 13 teams to under 50 points.
Head Coach Nikki Caldwell leads the Bruins, but on court play is lead by Jasmine Dixon, Darxia Morris, and Doreena Campbell.
About The Bruins
Head Coach Nikki Caldwell is in her third season at UCLA but is already creating an impressive resume. During the 2009-2010 season she was named Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year. She is known best for her roles as assistant coach to Pat Summitt (University of Tennessee) and Debbie Ryan (University of Virginia).
Seniors Doreena Campbell and Darxia Morris, as well as junior Jasmine Dixon lead UCLA. Campbell currently ranks 15th on UCLA’s all-time Top 20 in scoring with 1,232 points, Top 10 in three-point shots made with 84, and sixth for games played at 122. She is also trying to become the third Bruin to have four seasons of 100 or more assists.
On February 10, Morris became the 25th UCLA player to join the 1,000-point club. She currently has 1,060 points and climbing. She is averaging 12.1 points per game and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 44.6% from the field.
Dixon has also put up impressive marks with 12 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She has also been named to the prestigious John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 list and the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 list.
UCLA is located in sunny Los Angeles, CA with a student enrollment of about 37,500. UCLA is consistently in the rankings for the best and most well known universities both nationally and internationally. In addition to this The National Research Council placed many of the graduate programs in its highest ranks.