Bruins Beat Beavers, 72-59
Feb. 23, 2006
Corvallis, Ore. - Lisa Willis (24 points) and Noelle Quinn (17) combined for 41 points to propel the Bruins (16-10, 11-6) to a 72-59 victory over Oregon State (12-13, 6-11) Thursday night at Gill Coliseum in a Pac-10 Conference women's basketball game before 1,098.
The Bruins led by just five points at halftime, 32-27, but went on a 10-2 run to start the second half to seize control of the game. The run was highlighted by a three-point play by Willis at 17:50. After stealing the ball, Willis fed a pass to a streaking Quinn, who bounced a no-look pass back to Willis for the layup and the foul, giving the Bruins a 39-29 lead. The Beavers crept back to within seven points twice, the last on a Kim Butler lay-in at the 14:14 mark to make it 44-37. But UCLA then scored the next six points to push the lead back to 13 at 50-37.
UCLA outshot Oregon State, 43.7-34.5%, and won the battle of the boards, 48-35. UCLA had 19 offensive boards and converted them into 19 second-chance points.
The game was closely contested in the first half and was tied at 19-19 with 9:39 to play. UCLA had leads of eight points twice in the opening frame, but OSU pulled to within three at 30-27 with 1:42 to go.
Willis and Quinn did most of the damage for UCLA, with Willis scoring 24 with eight rebounds and four steals and Quinn recording her eighth double-double of the year. The duo got help off the bench as well, with Ortal Oren scoring six points and Lauren Pedersen providing an effective 17 minutes of play with three assists and two points. Chinyere Ibekwe scored four points with six rebounds before fouling out. Lindsey Pluimer and Amanda Livingston scored eight points apiece, and Livingston tied her season-high with five rebounds.
Butler led Oregon State with a career-high 31 points.
UCLA improves its record to 16-10, 11-6 in the Pac-10. Oregon State falls to 12-13, 6-11.