BYU Bests Bruins, 68-58, In Women's Basketball
Dec. 15, 2007
BYU pulled away from UCLA midway through the second half to record a 68-58 victory over the Bruins on Saturday in Provo, UT. The Cougars outshot the Bruins 52.2%-33.3% in the second half. Lindsey Pluimer and Nina Earl led the Bruins with 13 points each, while Christina Nzekwe added a career-best eight points. Pluimer was UCLA's top rebounder with eight.
BYU led by as many as 11 points, 22-11, in the first half thanks to five three-pointers in the first seven minutes, but the Cougars cooled off after that, allowing UCLA to close the gap to four points, 22-18, after going on a 7-0 run. The Bruins stayed close the rest of the half before going into the locker room down by just two points, 31-29.
The turning point in the game came with UCLA down by just two points with a little over 10 minutes to play. BYU's Shawnee Slade hit a desperation three-pointer with the shot clock about to expire to extend BYU's lead to 47-42. It was the start of a 15-0 run that gave BYU a 59-42 lead with 6:58 to play. UCLA never got closer than nine points after that.
Mallary Carling led all players with 16 points and nine rebounds. The BYU senior scored 13 of her 16 points in the second half.
BYU outshot UCLA, 38.6%-33.8% and won the battle of the boards, 46-40.
UCLA's record drops to 4-5, while BYU improves to 5-5. The Bruins next play host to top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Tennessee on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 pm. Advance tickets to the game are on sale at the UCLA Central Ticket Office (310-UCLA-WIN) for $12 (reserved)/$8 (general admission).