UCLA Tops Team Concept In Exhibition Opener

Nov. 1, 2007

Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA women's basketball team opened its 2007 exhibition season with a 94-82 win over Team Concept, a group of former college players. Sophomore guard Erica Tukiainen led four Bruins in double figures with a 19-point, seven-rebound effort. Senior forward Lindsey Pluimer registered a double-double with 15 points and a game-high total of 12 rebounds.

UCLA jumped out to a 13-4 advantage in the early going and held the lead most of the first half before heading into the locker room at the break with a 46-38 margin. Tukiainen connected on three of her total of five three-point shots in the final minute and a half before the intermission.

The Bruins opened the second half with a 12-2 run to take a 58-40 lead with 16:11 to play. Five different UCLA players scored during that stretch, reflecting the overall balance in the Bruin attack, which featured eight players totaling at least seven points on the night. UCLA took its largest lead of the contest, at 75-52 at the 10:30 mark, on a lay-up by freshman forward Christina Nzekwe and maintained a double-digit advantage for the rest of the second half.

In addition to Tukiainen and Pluimer, also scoring in double figures for the Bruins were freshman center Regina Rogers (11) and freshman forward Nina Earl (10). Starters Moniquee Alexander (7 points, 9 rebounds), Darxia Morris (8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) and Doreena Campbell (9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and zero turnovers) contributed solid numbers as well.

Former Bruin Noelle Quinn (Minnesota Lynx), one of three current WNBA players on the Team Concept roster, recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds. Another former Bruin standout, Nikki Blue (Washington Mystics), led Team Concept with 14 points, and Natalie Jarrett scored nine points. Jessica Moore (LA Sparks) added six points.

UCLA will play its final exhibition game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7 against Love and Basketball in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins open the regular season on November 14 at Cal State Northridge. The home opener for UCLA will be against Rice on November 18 at 1 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

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