Bruin Rally Falls Short In Washington

Dec. 31, 2006

SEATTLE-- A late comeback fell just short in Seattle, as UCLA dropped a hard-fought 72-67 decision at Washington. Senior guard Noelle Quinn led the Bruins with 19 points and six assists and also added five rebounds.

UCLA jumped out to a 11-4 lead as the Huskies started the game cold, missing 11 of their first 12 shots. The Bruins led by as many as nine, 15-6, with 13:05 to play after a pair of Amanda Livingston free throws, but the Huskies hung in and closed the gap to one on three occasions before taking the lead, 34-33, on a pair of free throws by Cameo Hicks with 24 seconds left in the half.

The Bruins regained the lead in the second half, 40-37, after a Pluimer three-pointer, and the lead shifted back and forth between the teams until a Cheri Craddock jump shot at the 12 minute mark gave the Huskies a lead they would not relinquish, 47-46. A Lindsey Pluimer jumper pulled the Bruins to within two, 53-51, with 7:48 left to play, but the Huskies reeled off eight straight points to take a 61-51 lead with 5:55 left on the clock.

UCLA made a furious comeback late in the game. Trailing by 11, 71-60, with 1:49 left in the game, the Bruins creeped to within four after a Pluimer three-pointer with 1:35 on the clock and a layup by Quinn with 55 ticks left. Quinn was fouled on the play and missed the free throw, but Livingston fought for the rebound and called time out. Quinn made a layup with 48 seconds to play to bring the score to 71-67, and the Bruins forced a 30-second violation on the other end of the court with 17 seconds left. In traffic, Quinn put up a shot in traffic with eight seconds to play but was blocked by Andrea Plouffe. The Huskies were then fouled, and Maggie O'Hara made one of two free throws to provide the final score.

Pluimer joined Quinn in double-figure scoring with 18 points and added two blocks and two steals. Freshman Erica Latimer was the leading scorer off the bench with nine points.

The Bruins (8-8, 2-2 in the Pac-10) outshot the Huskies, 43.1%-38.9%, but were outrebounded 43-36. The Huskies (11-4, 4-0 in the Pac-10) earned 23 offensive boards, three more than their defensive total.

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