UCLA Women's Basketball Routs Southern, 79-52
Dec. 2, 2007
UCLA stopped a three-game losing skid with a 79-52 win over Southern University in the consolation game of the Nugget Classic. The Bruins received contributions from all 13 players on the roster and were led by senior forward Lindsey Pluimer, who recorded game-high totals of 19 points and eight rebounds. Nina Earl was also in double-figures with 11 points off the bench.
UCLA got off to a slow start, falling behind 9-4 after five minutes, but the Bruins quickly found their bearings and went on a 14-0 run to regain the lead, 18-9. A Doreena Campbell 3-pointer with 13:42 on the clock gave UCLA its first lead at 11-9, and the Bruins never looked back, outscoring Southern 27-2 over nine and a half minutes to go ahead 31-11. The Bruins went into the locker room with a 44-19 halftime advantage after shooting 47% in the half, including 4-5 from three-point line, while holding Southern to 28.6% shooting from the field and forcing 13 turnovers.
In the second half, the Bruins jumped ahead by 31, 53-21, with 16:35 to play after a Campbell jumper. A 16-2 run midway through the half increased the lead to 73-36 with 5:01 to play, and the Bruins cleared the bench, eventually settling for a 79-52 victory.
The all-around contributions from all 13 players stood out. The Bruins had 53 rebounds, 17 assists and 16 steals. In her first start of the season Tierra Henderson scored eight points with four rebounds and two steals. Darxia Morris, Chinyere Ibekwe and Erica Tukiainen each had three steals. Candice Brown played in a season-high 14 minutes and contributed six points and six rebounds. Campbell scored nine points with four offensive rebounds. Regina Rogers scored eight points with four offensive boards. Christina Nzekwe had six rebounds off the bench. Alexis Olivier had a career-high three assists, Allison Taka scored a point and added an assist, and Moniquee Alexander scored five points.
UCLA improves its record to 4-3, while Southern falls to 0-4.