UCLA Rally Falls Short Against Arizona
Jan. 16, 2005
Los Angeles, CA - The 19th-ranked UCLA women's basketball team lost an 84-73 decision to Arizona in front of 2,893 fans in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.
The Bruins had a scare in the first half when the team's leading scorer Noelle Quinn went down with a left knee injury at the 5:11 mark while scoring on a fast-break layup. She returned to the game at 16:51 in the second half, but by then the Wildcats had extended a 26-22 lead at the time of her injury to a 44-29 lead.
Arizona went on a 20-4 run early in the second half to take a 54-33 lead with 15 minutes to play. The Bruins used pressure defense and big three-point shots from Lisa Willis to cut the lead to 11, 67-56, after a Quinn basket at 6:48. Arizona got the lead back up to 15, 73-58 at 5:45 on a pair of free throws from Katrina Lindner, then Willis hit another long-distance three to close to within 12, 73-61.
The Bruins kept chipping away at the lead, and a Nikki Blue free throw shrunk the Arizona lead to 75-68 with 2:15 to play. However, Blue fouled out 10 seconds later, and the Wildcats pulled away at the free throw line, hitting nine of 12 free throws in the final two minutes.
Willis finished with a game-high 24 points, 16 coming in the second half. She also added a team-high tying seven rebounds and had three steals. Blue scored 19 with six assists and four rebounds before fouling out. Quinn contributed 10 points with six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Dee-Dee Wheeler and Shawntinice Polk each had double-doubles for Arizona. Wheeler led the Wildcats with 19 points and a career-high 11 assists. Polk scored 12 with 11 rebounds. Ashley Whisonant added a career-high 17 points.
UCLA's record drops to 11-5, 5-2 in the Pac-10. Arizona improves to 12-4, 4-2 in the conference.