Bruins Beat Cougars In Pac-10 Tournament Opener, 72-58

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March 2, 2007

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San Jose, CA (AP) - Lindsey Pluimer scored 15 points, and Noelle Quinn added 14 points as UCLA beat Washington State, 72-58, in a first round game of the Pac-10 conference tournament on Friday night.

Quinn became the fifth Bruin to record over 1,800 points. She also has 792 career rebounds and needs eight more to become the second Pac-10 player, joining current WNBA star Nicole Powell, to score 1,800 points, grab 800 rebounds and record at least 400 assists.

Marisa Stotler scored 14 points to lead the 10th-seeded Cougars (5-24), who have yet to win a conference tournament game in six tries.

Kate Benz, Washington State's all-time leading rebounder with 899, also reached 1,000 points for her career by making a pair of free throws with 5:27 remaining to play.

The seventh-seeded Bruins (14-17), who beat Stanford in last year's championship game, opened an 18-point lead midway through the second half and held on for the double-digit victory. The Cougars never got closer than 10 points.

UCLA beat the Cougars twice by three points during the regular season.

Washington State missed its first seven shots while UCLA was 1-of-8 to start. The teams combined for 25 turnovers in the first half.

Pluimer and Quinn combined to score UCLA's first 14 points, but the Cougars held an 18-17 lead going into the final 6:06 of the first half.

Shaina Zaidi hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points to spark an 18-6 run that gave the Bruins a 35-24 halftime lead.

With a 1:15 p.m. Saturday matchup against second-seeded Arizona State looming, UCLA was able to rest its starters in the second half. No Bruins played over 30 minutes, with Quinn playing in a season-low 28 minutes.

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