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Showdown in the high desert

UCLA tips off at Arizona in about an hour. Bruin Coach Nikki Caldwell and her assistants Tasha Butts and Tony Perotti will coach against fellow Tennessee alum Niya Butts, the Wildcats head coach.

It will also be all-in-the-family on the court, as Chinyere and Ify Ibekwe face off for their respective teams. Chinyere currently can boast more, as UCLA won the matchup last year – the only other time the sisters played each other.

Random statistics from the Bruin website:

– UCLA has held its opponents to an average 62.5 points this season.

– In 15 games, the Bruins have had seven different leading scorers: Moniquee Alexander, Doreena Campbell, Nina Earl, Ibekwe, Darxia Morris, Erica Tukianien and Christina Nzekwe.

– My favorite statistic – UCLA’s 50+ rebound games:
Total (Off-Def) – Opponent
54 (25-29) – vs. CSUF (11/16/08)
50 (18-32) – vs. Pepperdine (11/18/08)
54 (26-28) – vs. CSUN (11/30/08)
54 (29-25) – vs. CSUB (12/3/08)
54 (21-33) – vs. Nevada (12/7/08)
53 (21-32) – at Rice (12/17/08)
55 (23-32) – vs. USC (1/11/09)

– In games through Jan. 11, the following Bruins rank in the Pac-10:
Ibekwe, third in rebounding
Campbell, 11th in scoring, fifth in assists, fifth in assists/turnover ratio, third in FT shooting percentage
Nzekwe, sixth in steals, seventh in offensive rebounding, 12th in field goal percentage
Morris, seventh in assists and 11th in assists/turnover ratio
Earl, fifth in steals, 15th in field goal percentage

Finally, Campbell was named Pac-10 player of the week after leading her team to its first victory against USC in over four years last Sunday. She scored 21 points.

Today’s game can be heard via the Arizona website:

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