Bruins Fall At Stanford, 75-62
Feb. 2, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford was looking for retribution after losing by 13 to UCLA in Westwood a month ago. The Cardinal evened the score with a 13-point victory of its own in Maples Pavilion Saturday afternoon,75-62.
UCLA had a strong start to the game, jumping out to a 9-2 lead after just three minutes. Erica Tukiainen led the Bruin charge with seven-straight points in less than a minute. Stanford jumped back in the game with an 8-1 run to tie the game at 10 with 13:02 on the clock and gained its first lead, 17-16, at the 8:51 mark on a Kayla Pedersen layup. The Bruins regained the lead after a pair of Chinyere Ibekwe baskets, but Stanford scored 11 unanswered points to claim a 10-point lead with four minutes left in the half. The Cardinal closed the half with a 14-4 run for a 33-24 halftime lead.
The Bruins again started quickly in the opening of the second half, scoring four-straight points to pull to within five, but Stanford went on a 19-3 run in a five-minute span to extend its lead to 21, 53-31, at the 13:55 mark. The Cardinal eventually finished with a 23-3 run to claim its biggest lead of the game at 56-31. UCLA's pressure defense helped cut the lead down to 11 points but with less than a minute left in the game.
UCLA senior Lindsey Pluimer led the Bruins wtih 16 points, and Tukiainen added 11 points. Chinyere Ibekwe had another productive game off the bench with nine points and five rebounds, and Doreena Campbell had eight points, six rebounds and five assists.
Pedersen, who had just two points in Stanford's earlier loss at UCLA, had a huge game for the Cardinal, totaling 28 points with 10 rebounds. Candice Wiggins led all players with 31 points.
UCLA played without starting center Moniquee Alexander, who sat out with concussive-like symptoms. UCLA was also hampered by foul trouble, going into the bonus just five minutes into the half. Center Regina Rogers picked up her fourth foul less than two minutes into the second half and fouled out with four minutes left in the game.