UCLA Wins Third Straight, Defeats Delaware State, 64-54
Dec. 8, 2006
Albuquerque, NM - After trailing by one point at halftime, the UCLA women's basketball team outscored Delaware State by 11 in the second half to win game one of the Southwest Airlines Lobo Shootout in Albuquerque, NM, 64-54. The Bruins (6-4) will play the winner of the New Mexico/Sam Houston State game on Saturday evening at 8 pm MT for the tournament championship. Delaware State (2-4) will play the loser of that game at 6 pm MT.
UCLA senior guard Noelle Quinn led all players with 17 points. She also had seven rebounds and six assists. Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer added 16 points and seven rebounds, five on the offensive end. Also scoring in double figures for UCLA was senior forward Amanda Livingston with 11 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore center Chinyere Ibekwe was one point shy of a double-double, grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds and scoring nine points.
The Bruins scored the first six points of the game after forcing three consecutive turnovers, but Delaware State settled down and eventually went up by as much as seven, 21-14 with 10:02 left in the first half. The Bruins went on an 8-0 run to regain the lead with 7:20 remaining in the half on a Quinn three-pointer, and the teams went back-and forth the rest of the period until the buzzer found the Hornets up by one, 30-29.
A Tierra Henderson three-pointer with 12:48 remaining in the game gave UCLA a 40-38 lead it would not relinquish. The Bruins went on a 12-2 run to go up by 12 points with 8:40 left and led by as many as 14 with 2:29 on the clock.
'Delaware State is an aggressive team with a lot of quickness. We executed our defense very well and didn't allow them to penetrate,' said UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier. 'I was impressed with our freshmen; they didn't get intimidated tonight. Erica Latimer did some good things early; she crashed the boards and was active. Jerica (Williams) came out and showed some leadership. She was communicating and getting after it defensively. It was nice to see someone else step up. And Moniquee (Alexander) came in and did some good things and made herself available in the press.'