UCLA Edged Out By Arizona, 66-63

Feb. 15, 2007

Los Angeles, Calif. - Arizona sophomore guard Malia O'Neal hit both ends of a one-and-one free throw opportunity with 0.8 seconds remaining to help push the visiting Wildcats past host UCLA by a score of 66-63 on Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion.

After a closely contested first half in which Arizona grabbed a 32-30 halftime lead, the Wildcats jumped out to a five-point lead at the start of the second half, 39-34, with 15:39 to play. The Bruins, however, went on a 9-0 run and took over the lead for the first time in the game on a Tierra Henderson jumper with 13:54 on the clock, and finished the run up 43-39 with 11:50 remaining.The Wildcats roared back with a 15-4 run that put them ahead 60-54 with 3:45 to play, but UCLA battled back to pull to within one, 60-59, with 1:44 remaining after running off five straight points.

Ashley Whisonant gave Arizona a 62-59 lead after making a layup at the 1:25 mark. She was fouled on the play but missed the free throw and UCLA grabbed the rebound. Bruin guard Shaina Zaidi missed a three-pointer at the other end with 1:08 remaining, and the Wildcats came down with rebound and called timeout with 57 seconds to play. Arizona's Rheya Neabors scored in the lane for a 64-59 advantage with 41 seconds on the clock.

UCLA's Chinyere Ibekwe rebounded a missed shot by Amanda Livingston and was fouled on her put-back attempt. The Bruin sophomore buried both free throws with 28 seconds left to narrow the margin to 64-61. Arizona was then whistled for a five-second violation after being unable to get the ball inbounds, and UCLA regained possession under their own basket. The Bruins worked the ball to Noelle Quinn, who hit a jumper in the lane with 18 seconds on the clock to pull UCLA to within one, at 64-64 with 17.6 seconds remaining.

The Bruins fouled Whisonant with 8.8 seconds left on the clock. The Wildcat junior missed the front end of a one-and-one, which was rebounded by Ibekwe. UCLA brought the ball up court but misfired on a pass in the frontcourt, which was stolen by UA's Jessica Arnold. UCLA then fouled O'Neal, who was sent to the line with eight-tenths of a second left. UCLA threw away the inbounds pass, and Arizona ran out the remainder of the clock.

With 17 points, Quinn led UCLA, which fell to 13-14, 7-8 in the Pac-10. Arizona, which improved to 10-18, 4-12, was led by senior guard Joy Hollingsworth, who totaled a game-high 18 points. UCLA will play next on Sunday at 1 p.m. when it hosts No. 8/10 Arizona State on Senior Day.

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