UCLA Defeats California, 80-63, In Pac-10 Tournament
March 4, 2006
San Jose, Calif. - UCLA advanced to the semifinals of the State Farm Pac-10 Women'sBasketball Tournament with an 80-63 victory over California at the HPPavilion in San Jose. Four Bruins were in double-figure scoring, withdouble-doubles from Noelle Quinn (18 points/10 rebounds) and Nikki Blue(14 points/11 assists).
The Bruins shot 53% from the field and forced 23 California turnovers,with a Pac-10 Tournament record 20 steals. Blue added yet anotherPac-10 Tournament record to her resume, tying the record with 11assists. Lisa Willis was one steal shy of Blue's Tournament stealsrecord, finishing with seven. Willis also had 14 points, and ChinyereIbekwe added 10 off the bench to join Quinn and Blue in double-figures.
Cal led 5-3 to start the game, but UCLA went on an 8-0 run to take an 11-5 lead that it never relinquished. Cal made a run in the second half, using a 6-0 run to close to within eight, 50-42, with13:05 on the clock, but Willis stopped Cal's momentum by burying athree-pointer. Willis' three jump-started a 17-4 Bruin run that gaveUCLA a 67-46 lead and put the game away. UCLA led by as many as 22 points, 75-53.
The Bruins received 21 points off their bench, led by Ibekwe's 10 andOrtal Oren's eight. In contrast, Cal had just two points off the bench,and all five starters played 36 minutes or more. Blue and LindseyPluimer were UCLA's only two players to log 35 or more minutes.
Devanei Hampton led California (18-11) with 23 points and 14 rebounds.Alexis Gray-Lawson was Cal's only other double-digit scorer with 13points, but she also had nine turnovers.
UCLA (18-10) will face the winner of the Arizona State/Oregon Stategame in Sunday's semifinal. The game will take place at 3 pm and willbe televised live on Fox Sports Net.