California Reverses UCLA's Fortunes In 88-69 Bruin Loss

Feb. 24, 2007

In the regular season finale at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif., the UCLA women's basketball team saw California come back from a 17-point first-half deficit, leading to an 88-69 Golden Bears victory.

UCLA jumped out to an 18-4 lead 10 minutes into the game and led by as many as 17 points, 34-17, with 3:55 to play after a three-point play by Lindsey Pluimer before closing the half with a 39-28 halftime advantage. The Bruins forced 11 turnovers and committed just two in the half.

The second half was an entirely different story, however, as Cal dominated the half, scoring the first eight points and taking the lead at 14:33, 44-43, on a Natasha Vital layup after a steal. The Golden Bears never looked back and increased their lead to as many as 23 points. The Golden Bears forced nine second-half turnovers and committed just three of their own. Cal shot 57.6% from the field in the game, while UCLA shot just 38.6%.

Noelle Quinn led the team with 19 points and had 10 rebounds and seven assists for her seventh double-double of the year and 28th of her illustrious career. Lindsey Pluimer added 18 points. For Cal, Lauren Greif and Devanei Hampton each scored 21 points. Hampton led all players with 13 rebounds.

With the loss, the Bruins lost an opportunity to grab the No. 6 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament. UCLA (13-17, 7-11) will instead finish in seventh place in the Pac-10 and will play 10th-seeded Washington State on Friday in the opening day of next weekend's State Farm Pac-10 Tournament. Cal finishes in third place with a 22-7 overall record, 12-6 in the Pac-10.

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