UCLA Shoots Down Rice In Home Opener, 79-71
Nov. 18, 2007
Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA women's basketball team won its 2007-08 home opener, posting a 79-71 win over previously unbeaten Rice University today in Pauley Pavilion. Freshman guard Doreena Campbell's 14-point effort led a balanced UCLA attack which featured four players in double figures. Campbell also handed out a team-high total of six assists and did not commit a turnover in 35 minutes of action.
Rice (4-1) led for much of the early going and enjoyed a 20-12 advantage at the 12:24 mark of the first half. UCLA then went on an 11-2 run, with five different Bruins scoring, to take a 23-22 lead with 7:36 to play. The lead then changed hands five times before a Campbell three-point shot with 2:33 to play put the Bruins in front to stay at 34-31. UCLA (2-0) held a 38-33 lead at the half.
Rice narrowed the margin to as little as one point early in the second half but could not retake the lead. UCLA led by as many as 11 points on several occasions in the second half, the last coming at 59-48 with 12:16 to play. After Rice closed to 69-65 at the 4:00 mark, Bruin senior forward Lindsey Pluimer netted a jump shot to make it 71-65 with 3:29 to go. Rice never got closer than five points the rest of the way. Campbell converted all four of her free throw attempts in the final minute of play to help secure the Bruin win.
Pluimer finished with 12 points, three blocks and a game-high total of 11 rebounds. Freshman center Regina Rogers made her first career start and also scored 12 points for UCLA, which improved its record to 2-0 on the year. Freshman forward Nina Earl came off the bench to tally 11 points, while Tierra Henderson had nine points, four rebounds and three steals. Rice's junior guard Maudess Fulton led all scorers in the contest with a career-high 27 points for the Owls, who fell to 4-1 on the season.
UCLA will play host to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20 in Pauley Pavilion.