UCLA Upsets Stanford in Los Angeles

Jan. 4, 2008

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Darxia Morris scored 20 points, Lindsay Pluimer added 12 and UCLA upset No. 2 Stanford 69-56 Friday night for the first victory over a top 3 team in school history.

The Bruins (7-7, 2-1 Pac-10) led virtually the entire game against a Cardinal team that had been blowing out opponents by an average of 20.2 points.

UCLA's only other win against a team ranked higher than fourth was a 63-60 victory over No. 3 Texas on Nov. 28, 2004.

Candice Wiggins had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Jayne Appel added 17 points for Stanford (12-2, 2-1), which had its nine-game winning streak snapped. Kayla Pedersen added 13 rebounds, but was held to 2 points -- 11 below her average.

After trailing by 16 points, the Cardinal rallied to get within seven twice in the final 8 1/2 minutes. Wiggins scored 10 straight points, but the Cardinal was doomed by 29 percent field goal shooting.

They missed some open shots and committed more of their 17 turnovers before being forced to foul down the stretch.

The Bruins had already lost to 2006 national champion Maryland and 2007 champion Tennessee at home this season. But their defense came up big late in the game.

UCLA dominated the start of the second half, running its lead to 50-34 while Stanford stumbled with four turnovers and 0-for-7 shooting. Pluimer scored off Morris' steal, then Nina Earl hit a layin off a give-and-go with Morris.

Morris beat the shot clock with a jumper that made it 57-42.

Then the Cardinal got rolling with eight straight points. Appel hit two free throws and Wiggins scored six in a row capped by a 3-pointer to cut Stanford's deficit to seven.

The Bruins led most of the first half, with their biggest lead being 11 points. The Cardinal was plagued by 10 turnovers and 40 percent field goal shooting.

Stanford outscored UCLA 13-8 to end the half, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Wiggins and JJ Hones, but the Bruins went into the break ahead 38-34. Chinyere Ibekwe scored their final two baskets, hitting a bank shot that caused her to throw her arms up in amazement.

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