UCLA Women Down Arizona, 76-73
Jan. 20, 2007
Tucson, Ariz. - UCLA senior guard Noelle Quinn posted 23 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds as the Bruins defeated Arizona in Tucson, 76-73, on Saturday afternoon in McKale Center. The win improves UCLA's record to 10-11 and 4-5 in the Pac-10, while Arizona drops to 7-14 overall and 1-8 in the Pac-10.
Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer also had 23 points, and freshman center Moniquee Alexander scored a career-high 10 points and added eight rebounds off the bench. The Bruins shot 50.9% (28-55) from the field and earned a 40-37 rebound advantage.
Arizona senior Joy Hollingsworth posted 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and junior Ashley Whisonant finished with 16 points.
The two teams battled close in the first half. After a three-pointer by Pluimer at the 8:46 mark gave UCLA a 22-19 lead, the Wildcats responded with six-straight points to lead, 25-22, with 5:55 left in the first. Malia O'Neal put Arizona ahead, 27-24, with 2:34 left in the first, but UCLA ended the half on a 10-0 scoring run to lead, 34-27, at halftime. Quinn keyed the run with five points, two assists and a steal during that sequence.
The Wildcats cut the UCLA lead to 38-34 at the 17:15 mark in the second half on a jumper by Suzy Bofia, but the Bruins rallied with six-consecutive points for a 44-34 lead with 15:38 left. Arizona cut the deficit to 49-46 at the 11:36 mark on a Whisonant lay in, but UCLA went on an 8-0 run in the next 1:49 to go up 57-46.
After trailing by 13 with 4:50 to play in the game, Arizona rallied with a 17-5 run to cut the deficit to 69-68 on a three-pointer by Jessica Arnold with 1:20 left to play. But Pluimer and Quinn sealed the Bruin victory down the stretch at the foul line.
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