Second-half Comeback Lifts UCLA Over Cal, 46-42
March 1, 2002
Eugene, Ore. - The UCLA women's basketball team advanced to the secondround of the State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament with a 46-42 victoryover California at MacArthur Court on the University of Oregon campus.
TheBruins, seeded eighth in the tournament, made a spirited comeback in the secondhalf against the ninth-seeded Bears. Trailing 30-26, UCLA went on a 13-0 run totake the lead, 39-30 with seven minutes to play. Freshman center KrystleJohnson scored the first three points in that run on a basket and free throwto spark the Bruins.
Cal came back to cut the lead to one at 43-42 with 34seconds to play, but WhitneyJones hit two free throws with 28 ticks on the clock and one of two freethrows with seven seconds remaining to seal the victory. UCLA continued its hotshooting from the foul line, making 14-18 from the charity stripe.
SophomoreGenniferArranaga led all players with 17 points off the bench and is averaging 17.3points in her last three games. Between her points, steals and assists, Arranagaaccounted for more than half of UCLA's offense with her points, steals andassists. Jones led the Bruins with seven rebounds. The Bruin defense held Cal tojust 27% shooting from the field.
UCLA will next face top-seeded andsecond-ranked Stanford in the second round of the conference tournament onSaturday, Mar. 2 at 6:00 pm.