UCLA Women Open Season With Win Over UC Santa Barbara
Nov. 12, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - The 23rd-ranked UCLA women's basketball team opened its regular season with an 87-62 win over UC Santa Barbara Sunday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins were led by junior forward Lindsey Pluimer, who poured in a career-best 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
UCLA broke open a close game in the last five minutes of the first half when it went on a 12-2 run to stretch a 27-25 advantage at the 4:41 mark to a 39-27 margin with 1:23 remaining in the half. All 12 Bruin points in the run came at the free throw line, including three by Pluimer. A pair of baskets by senior guard Noelle Quinn in the last 27 seconds of the half sent the Bruins into the locker room with a 43-31 lead.
After UCSB had cut the Bruin lead to 47-36 with 18:55 to play, UCLA responded with an 11-1 run which put the Bruins up by 21 points with 16:26 on the clock. The visiting Gauchos never got closer than 19 points the rest of the ballgame. UCLA won the battle of the boards, 57-35, including a total of 30 at the offensive end, and limited the guests to 32.8% shooting from the field.
'We did a great job on defense and really focused on our defensive intensity,' said UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier. 'We didn't let up. They worked hard at practice against each other, and we took it to them today. We played aggressively, and our offensive boards proved that. Our defense created a lot of our offense.'
Quinn finished with 13 points and a team-high six assists for UCLA. Also in double figures for the Bruins were senior forward Amanda Livingston with 12 and sophomore center Chinyere Ibekwe, who finished with 11 points. Sophomore guard Tierra Henderson added career-highs in points (9), rebounds (6) and assists (3) in her first-ever starting assignment. Freshman center Moniquee Alexander came off the bench to grab 10 rebounds and score five points.
UCSB, now 1-1 on the year, was led by center Jenna Green, who scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jessica Wilson and Jordan Franey also scored in double digits with 12 points each.
UCLA will play next at fifth-ranked Tennessee on Thursday, Nov. 16 in Knoxville.