Pepperdine Crashes Bruins
Nov. 28, 2007
Malibu, CA - The UCLA women's basketball team came up on the short end of a 91-79 decision in a game played at Pepperdine on Wednesday night. The Waves converted 30-35 free throws on the night to help thwart several Bruin comeback attempts. Junior guard Tierra Henderson and senior forward Lindsey Pluimer led UCLA tonight with 15 points each but it was not enough to overcome to home team's clutch shooting. It was a career-high point total for Henderson.
UCLA jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the contest's early going only to see the Waves answer back with a 10-0 run to make it 13-9 Pepperdine at the 12:12 mark. The Waves kept the lead the balance of the first half until UCLA managed to even the score at 33-all on a free throw by freshman center Regina Rogers with 25 seconds remaining. Pepperdine's Alisha Bryant put the home team back into the lead at the break when she netted a three-point shot with four seconds to go which gave the Waves a 36-33 lead at halftime.
A Pepperdine spurt early in the second half propelled them to a 51-41 lead at the 13:44 mark. UCLA battled back to tie the game at 56-all on a three-point play by freshman guard Doreena Campbell with 9:46 on the clock. The Bruins never could get the lead back though and trailed by three points, 71-68, after sophomore guard Erica Tukiainen sank a jump shot with 4:49 remaining. Over the next minute of play, Pepperdine used a basket and five free throws to go on a 7-0 run which increased their lead to 78-68.Henderson scored on lay up with 3:27 on the clock to cut the margin to 78-70, but that was as close as the Bruins would get. Pepperdine converted 11-12 free throws in the final 2:23 to ruin any Bruin hopes at a comeback.
Rogers pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds in the contest and was a third Bruin in double figures scoring with 12 points. Campbell added nine points. Freshmen Darxia Morris and Nina Earl each scored seven.
The Bruins are now 3-2 on the year and will play next on Saturday in the Nevada (Reno) Tournament against Idaho State at 7 p.m. Nevada and Southern University are also in the tournament field.