UCLA Women's Basketball Team Defeats Oregon State, 79-64

Dec. 22, 2005

Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA senior guard Lisa Willis scored a career-high tying 31 points to lead UCLA to a 79-64 Pac-10 Conference victory over Oregon State in Pauley Pavilion. Willis scored 16 of her 31 points in the final 4:22 of play to turn a close three-point game into a 15-point victory.

The Bruins ran out to a quick 10-4 lead after three and a half minutes of play then jumped out ahead 27-13 at the 10:41 mark after a Noelle Quinn layup. But Oregon State came back with a big 18-3 run of their own to take the lead for the first time at 1:23 on a Tiffany Ducker jumper that made the score 31-30. Ortal Oren's three-pointer at 1:03 gave UCLA the lead again, and the Bruins maintained the lead into the half, 35-32.

Oregon State stayed close in the second half. After UCLA built up a 58-48 lead at 9:11 on a Lauren Pedersen three-pointer, the Beavers rallied back to score six unanswered points to pull to within three, 60-57 with 4:38 to play. Willis hit a jumper to extend UCLA's lead to five again, but a Karen Vickery jumper at 4:02 helped the Beavers pull to within three, 62-59. Willis took over from there, however, converting a three-point play on a driving layup and then hitting an NBA-range jumper after a Nikki Blue steal to extend the lead to 68-59. Mandy Close hit a three-pointer at 2:59 to close to six, but a Quinn free throw and three consecutive Willis steals leading to six points put the game out of reach at 75-62 with 2:03 remaining. Willis finished the game with a career-high nine steals (tied for the fourth-best total in school history) and also added six assists and six rebounds.

Joining Willis in double-figure scoring were Quinn (11 points, six assists and a team-high seven rebounds), Amanda Livingston (season-high 11 points) and Lindsey Pluimer (10 points, season-high three steals). Blue tied her season best with nine assists and added four points and four steals.

Close led Oregon State with a career-high 24 points. Kim Butler added 14, and Vickery totaled 10. The Bruins' 79 points scored were the most given up by the Beavers this season.

UCLA improves its record to 7-4 (2-0 in the Pac-10), while Oregon State drops its second straight in falling to 6-3 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10.

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