UCLA Makes Late Burst To Defeat Cal, 73-61

Feb. 18, 2005

Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA outscored California 20-3 in the final six minutes and handed the Golden Bears a 73-61 defeat in Pauley Pavilion. Junior guard Nikki Blue keyed UCLA's end-of-game spurt with 14 of her game-high 25 points to lead the Bruins.

The game began with the two teams trading baskets. UCLA had as much as a four-point lead early in the contest, 15-11. Cal took a 35-30 lead at 2:35 on a Khadijah Coakley third-chance layup and then extended the lead to seven on a Renee Wright jumper with 43 seconds left in the half. The Golden Bears ended the half on top, 37-32.

Cal led by as much as eight points in the second half, 49-41 at the 13:10 mark on a Coakley layup, then the Bruins went on a 6-0 run to trim the lead to two, 49-47. Lindsey Pluimer's layup at 8:20 kept UCLA within one, 52-51.

After Jessica Lawson's jumper gave the Golden Bears a 58-53 lead at the 6:12 mark, UCLA made another run, outscoring Cal 10-0 to take a 63-58 lead with 3:06 to play. UCLA picked up the defensive pressure and forced several Cal turnovers. With 3:58 left, Lisa Willis tied the game at 58-58 on a layup, then Blue stole the ball, which led to a Lauren Pedersen jumper for the lead at 3:35. Blue made another steal on the next possession and then took the ball to the basket for a spectacular layup and the foul that gave the Bruins a 63-58 lead with 3:06 to play and all the momentum shifting their way.

After a Jessica Lawson free throw cut UCLA's lead to four, 65-61, Blue increased the lead to 68-61 on a three-point play after hitting her free throw and then putting up her missed second free throw shot for a layup with 1:43 on the clock. Blue and Willis sealed the Bruin win with free throws in the final minute.

Blue finished the game with 25 points for her fifth consecutive 20-point game. She also had seven steals, seven assists and six rebounds. Willis had her fourth double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 rebounds and also added six steals. Pluimer joined them in double figures with 17 points on 8-12 shooting and also had eight rebounds.

Kristin Iwanaga led Cal with 15 points. Coakley had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Kiki Williams was also in double figures with 10 points.

UCLA improves its record to 16-9, 10-6 in the Pac-10. Cal drops to 9-15, 3-12 in conference play.

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