Quinn leads Bruins To 74-71 Win At Washington State

Dec. 29, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - A near triple-double by UCLA senior guard Noelle Quinn propelled UCLA to a 74-71 victory over Washington State in Pullman. Quinn scored a season-high 24 points and had 10 assists and nine rebounds, to go along with two blocks and a steal.

UCLA started out the game shooting lights out, hitting 13 of its first 17 shots for a 76.5% shooting percentage, to take a 32-23 lead. Quinn led the charge with 13 points, including three three-pointers that tied her single-game career-high. The Cougars stayed in the game with three-point shooting, making 5-of-8 treys for 62.5%.

The Bruins' hot shooting continued in the second half, as they scored the first five points to take a 41-32 lead a less than a minute into the half. But the Cougars roared back with a 6-0 run of their own to close to within three, 41-38. Washington State used more three-point shooting to tie the game at 53 with 9:42 to play, but UCLA regained the lead on a fast-break layup by Amanda Livingston and went up by six, 60-54, after a Quinn layup with 6:51 remaining.

Washington State then strung together nine consecutive points to take its first lead, 63-60 with 5:02 left on the clock after Marisa Stotler converted a three-point play. Tierra Henderson answered with a three-pointer to tie, and Lindsey Pluimer hit a jumper to regain the lead. The Bruin defense came up big, with Chinyere Ibekwe and Henderson making back-to-back steals that led to a pair of Ibekwe layups, giving UCLA a 69-63 advantage.

Adriane Ferguson brought the Cougars to within one, 72-71, with 37 seconds remaining hitting a three-pointer after an offensive rebound kept the ball alive. On the next possession, Pluimer missed a jumper with 20 seconds left. Ebonee Coates grabbed the rebound for Washington State, but Pluimer stole the ball back. After a Bruin timeout, Quinn was fouled and converted both free throws to give UCLA a 74-71 advantage with nine seconds left. The Cougars had one last chance to tie, but Quinn blocked an Amanda DuRocher three-point attempt and grabbed the rebound as time expired.

'When you're on the road in the Pac-10 it's tough,' said UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier. 'Noelle played exceptionally well. WSU played hard, made some big baskets. Defensively, we did some good things, but we can't allow 70 points. They got some rhythm, and it got a little dicey at the end. We had a lot of good energy, and we showed a good amount of maturity there at the end.'

Quinn's 10 assists moved her into ninth place on the UCLA all-time assist list with 361. Her nine rebounds moved her into 10th place on UCLA's career rebounding list with 676.

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