UCLA's Comeback Effort Falls Short Against No. 14 Stanford
Dec. 22, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA nearly came back from a 23-point deficit in the second half, using a 19-2 run to pull to within six, but the Bruins' comeback effort fell short, and Stanford pulled out the 68-59 victory at Pauley Pavilion on Friday afternoon. Bruin senior Noelle Quinn led all players with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Stanford made seven of its first 10 shots in the game and shot 50% in the half but could not shake the Bruins, who kept close thanks to aggressive defense. UCLA harassed the Cardinal into 10 first-half turnovers and successfully converted 10-13 free throws to keep within striking distance.
After Quinn tied the game at 14 with 13:20 on the clock, Stanford went on a 13-2 run to take a 27-16 lead at the 8:48 mark. Down 33-23 with 3:54 remaining in the half, UCLA went on a run of its own, scoring five straight points to pull to within five, 33-28, with 1:28 left in the period. Michelle Harrison's three-pointer with seven seconds left gave the Cardinal its eight-point cushion at intermission.
Stanford quickly pulled away in the second half, tallying the first 10 points of the period to take a 46-28 lead. The Cardinal continued its hot shooting, hitting its first seven shots and forcing three turnovers before the 16 minute mark, which saw Stanford claim a 50-31 lead after a 14-2 run. The Cardinal went up by as many as 23, 59-36, after a Brooke Smith jumper, but the Bruins answered with a 19-2 run to trim the lead to 61-55. Lindsey Pluimer and Quinn keyed the run with seven and six points, respectively, and Tierra Henderson hit a three-pointer with 4:35 to play to pull UCLA to within six points.
The Cardinal went up by eight, 65-57, on an Jayne Appel layup with 2:31 remaining and worked the clock with offensive rebounds until getting a jumper from JJ Hones with 59 seconds to play to spread its lead to 10. Henderson answered with a jumper with 40 seconds left, but the Bruins ran out of time in their comeback.
Pluimer joined Quinn in double-figure scoring with 15 points. She also had five rebounds. Jillian Harmon led Stanford with 14 points, Smith had 13 before fouling out, and Hones and Appel each scored 11. The Cardinal (7-3, 2-0 in the Pac-10 outshot UCLA, 52.6%-33.9%, but the Bruins (7-7, 1-1) won the battle of the boards, 36-35.
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