UCLA Remains in Fourth Place After Win Over Washington State
Feb. 8, 2008
The UCLA women's basketball team used a season-high tying 19 points from senior forward Lindsey Pluimer to help the Bruins down Washington State, 68-56, in a Pac-10 Conference contest played on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion. Pluimer, who also pulled down six boards in the win, upped her career rebound total to 693 to move past Denise Corlett (691) and into 10th on the all-time Bruin list.
UCLA led for most of the first half and by as many as eight points, 29-21 at the 3:33 mark, before the visiting Cougars closed to 33-30 at the break. UCLA netted the first four points of the second half and took a 37-30 lead on a Pluimer basket with 18:42 to go. WSU came back to tie the game at 39-all, with 17:06 on the clock, on a three-point shot by Katie Appleton but could not get the lead.
UCLA responded with a 10-2 run to move ahead by a 49-41 margin with 14:26 remaining. Pluimer sparked the Bruins with two more baskets. Freshman guard Doreena Campbell also scored a couple of baskets in the stretch which was capped off by a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Erica Tukiainen. The Cougars never got closer than five points the rest of the way. The Bruins took their biggest lead in the contest, 13 points at 66-53, with 1:18 to play and walked off the court with a 68-56 win.
Pluimer, the lone Bruin in double figures tonight, also scored 19 points in earlier games this season against Oregon and Southern University. Tukiainen and junior guard Tierra Henderson added nine points each for the Bruins who upped their record to 12-11 on the year and 7-5 in Pac-10 conference play. Appleton led the Cougars, who fell to 3-19 overall and 0-11 in the conference, with 18 points.
The win helped the Bruins keep pace with USC, which defeated Washington, in a tie for fourth place in the Pac-10 standings. UCLA will host the Huskies on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The game is being televised by ESPN2 and is 'Think Pink' day. The Bruins will wear special pink uniforms in the Sunday contest to help promote breast cancer awareness. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive special Bruin 'pink' t-shirts.
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