UCLA Women Drop 62-55 Contest To USC

Feb. 10, 2007

Los Angeles, Calif. - Another close contest between the UCLA and USC women's basketball teams resulted in another USC victory, 62-55, at the Galen Center on Saturday morning. UCLA limited USC to just 34% shooting from the field, but the Women of Troy had 24 offensive boards to offset the poor shooting and made 12 free throws in the second half to hang on to the victory.

UCLA jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead after just two minutes and maintained a 25-17 lead at the 5:51 mark after a three-pointer by Lindsey Pluimer. The Women of Troy stormed back with an 11-1 run, however, to take their first lead of the game, 29-28, on a Chloe Kerr second-chance basket with 45 seconds left in the half. UCLA regained the lead on the next possession on a pair of Pluimer free throws and held on for a 29-28 advantage at the half.

USC led for most of the second half and had a four-point lead with 6:01 to play, 53-49. Noelle Quinn tied the game with a layup at 5:31 and a pair of free throws with 4:57 to play. After a Shay Murphy basket, Amanda Livingston tied the game once again with two free throws at the 3:53 mark. A minute later, Chinyere Ibekwe had a chance to give UCLA its first lead since early in the half but missed two free throws at the 2:54 mark. USC increased its lead to three after a Murphy free throw and a Jamie Funn layup with 1:38 to play. The Bruins had a chance to tie with a minute left, but Shaina Zaidi missed on a three-point attempt. Pluimer grabbed the offensive rebound but missed a shot inside and was forced to foul. Kerr made one of two free throws to five USC a four-point lead with 1:03 to play, and UCLA could not convert on their next possession and had to foul again. Allison Jaskowiak made one of two foul shots with 21 seconds left to essentially clinch the game for USC.

Pluimer scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half, while Quinn scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half. Livingston added 10 points. Tierra Henderson and Quinn harassed leading scorer Murphy into 12.5% shooting from the field (2-16), but Murphy was 8-12 from the free throw line and finished with a team-high 13 points.

With the loss, UCLA drops to 13-13, 7-7 in the Pac-10. USC improves to 15-9, 9-5.

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