Second-Half Surge Leads UCLA To 77-70 Win Over Oregon

Jan. 7, 2007

Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA women's basketball team used a strong second-half effort to defeat Oregon, 77-70, on Sunday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion. Lindsey Pluimer and Noelle Quinn each scored 21 points, and Amanda Livingston contributed a season-high 18 in the Bruin victory.

The Ducks took a 37-31 halftime lead thanks to the sharp shooting of center Carolyn Ganes, who was 6-10 from the field, including 2-3 from the three-point line. Ganes scored 15 points in the half, 12 from outside. UCLA had just one basket in over 10 minutes after Oregon turned a 22-20 deficit at the 11:51 mark into a 37-27 lead with a 17-5 run.

UCLA started the second half strong, hitting nine of its first 12 shots to regain the lead, 50-49. The lead bounced around a few times before the Bruins used a 15-3 run to jump ahead 67-56 with 4:12 to play. Oregon, however, roared back with a 10-2 run to close to within three, 69-66, with 1:22 to play. A Livingston free throw made it a two-possession game with 1:01 to play, and ferocious defense by Tierra Henderson forced Tamika Nurse into a wild shot that was missed on the other end. The Bruins rebounded, and Livingston was fouled. She made both free throws to extend UCLA's lead to six, 72-66, with 41 seconds left. The Bruins made eight of their last nine free throws over the last 1:01 to seal the victory.

The Bruins had a season-low six turnovers in the game, including zero in the second half. They also outrebounded Oregon, 45-39, after being outrebounded by a 20-15 margin at the half. Quinn led all players with nine rebounds. Livingston added eight.

Ganes led Oregon with 20 points but had just five in the second half. Nurse contributed 18 points, and Cicely Oaks had 10.

UCLA improves its record to 9-9, 3-3 in the Pac-10. Oregon drops to 9-5, 1-3 in the Pac-10. UCLA will next host cross-town rival USC on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 2 pm.

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