Pluimer Leads Women's Basketball to Victory at Cal State Fullerton
Nov. 30, 2006
Lindsey Pluimer's hot hand keyed the UCLA women's basketball team to victory on Thursday night in a non-conference match-up at Cal State Fullerton as the Bruins defeated the Titans 84-74. Pluimer scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Bruins improved to 4-4 overall, while CSUF fell to 3-6 with tonight's loss. The win gives UCLA a 24-10 all-time record over the Titans.
Five total players scored in double digits, with Pluimer the leading scorer. Chinyere Ibekwe added 18 points, Noelle Quinn had 17, Amanda Livingston had 12 and Tierra Henderson chipped in a career-high 11 points. Quinn and Livingston led the team with eight rebound a piece.
The Bruins shot 47% for the game (16-34) and out-rebounded CSUF 41-27 throughout the game. The Titans shot 52% for the game, committing just 15 turnovers, compared to UCLA's 23.
CSUF pulled to within 51-50 with just under 16 minutes to play, but a 9-2 run by the Bruins would extend UCLA's lead to 60-52. Fullerton would stay within four points of the Bruins for the majority of the second half, but UCLA would never relinquish their lead, going on to win 84-74.
In the first half, the Bruins opened up the game with an 8-2 run, and quickly pushed their lead to 17-9, but consecutive three-pointers by Fullerton closed the Titans to within 17-15. CSUF would stay close for most of the half, but the Bruins turned on the offense with just over five minutes to play in the first period pushing their lead to 34-25. The Titans would close to 42-37 at the halftime break.
UCLA shot 47% from the field and 67% from three-point range (4-6) in the first half as Pluimer led the Bruins with 16 points. Ibekwe added 12 points despite injuring her ankle midway through the first period.
The women's basketball team will continue their local road trip as they head back to Orange County to face the UC Irvine Anteaters on Monday, December 4 at 7:00 pm. They will then hit the road and head to Albuquerque, NM for the New Mexico Tournament December 8-9. The Bruins will face Delaware State on December 8 and the winner of the New Mexico/Sam Houston State game on December 9. They will then return to Pauley Pavilion to take on Baylor on December 17 for their final non-conference game.