Bruin Women Win Easily At Arizona, 90-64
Feb. 4, 2006
Tucson, Ariz. - The UCLA women's basketball team shot a season-high 55.4% from the field (36-65) in a dominating 90-64 win over Arizona at the McKale Center in Tucson. Junior guard Noelle Quinn once again had the hot hand for the Bruins, leading all players with 26 points. She has scored 20 points or more in six consecutive games. Senior guard Lisa Willis added 20, and sophomore forward Lindsey Pluimer scored 16 on 8-10 shooting.
UCLA, which has scored 90 points in three of its last four games, jumped out to an 15-5 lead, but the Wildcats cut it to two (19-17) at the 11:59 mark. The Bruins answered with 13 straight points, holding Arizona scoreless for more than eight minutes, to take a 32-17 lead.
The Bruins entered the second half with a 40-25 lead and increased it in a hurry, making 14 of its first 19 shots in the second half. UCLA led by as much as 29 (51-32) and never allowed the Wildcats to get closer than 23 after that.
The Bruins shot a blistering 61.8% from the field in the second half and were also impressive from the foul line, shooting 85% for the game. UCLA also won the battle of the boards, 37-27, and forced 26 Arizona turnovers.
UCLA point guard Nikki Blue joined Quinn, Willis and Pluimer in double figures with 11 points, and she tied with Willis for the team lead in rebounds with six. Natalie Jones led Arizona with 22 points.
UCLA improves its record to 13-9, 8-5 in the Pac-10. Arizona falls to 7-16, 3-10. The Bruins will next host Washington State in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 pm.