UCLA Completes Season Sweep of Washington Schools With 75-68 Win Over UW
Feb. 10, 2008
Los Angeles, CA - The UCLA women's basketball team jumped out to a 22-point first half lead and then held off a Washington rally to come away with a 75-68 win this afternoon in Pauley Pavilion on 'Think Pink' Breast Cancer Awareness/National Girls and Women in Sports Day. UCLA wore special pink uniforms during the contest to commemorate the occasion.
UCLA, now 13-11 overall and 8-5 in the Pac-10, used an early 14-0 run to move out to an 18-4 advantage at the 12:42 mark of the first half. Washington, which falls to 9-15 and 4-8, went without a field goal for almost eight minutes on the clock before Laura McClellan netted a lay up with 9:32 on the clock to make it 24-8 UCLA. The Bruins upped the margin to 22 points on two occasions in the first half, the last coming at 38-16 with 3:03 to play in the half, before settling for a 44-27 halftime lead.
Washington opened the second half with a 14-4 run to narrow the gap to six points, 51-45, after a basket and free throw from Sami Whitcomb at the 12:49 mark. UCLA responded by scoring the next nine points in the contest and held a 60-45 lead with 10:50 on the clock following a jump shot by Bruin freshman Doreena Campbell. The Huskies then ran off 17 of the game's next 23 points to pull within four, at 66-62, with 4:18 to go after a three-pointer from Whitcomb. Campbell ran down the rebound of a missed Bruin shot and scored from the lane for a 68-62 lead with 2:28 to play. After the teams traded baskets, Whitcomb, who finished with a career-high 27 points, connected on another three-point shot with 1:32 to help the Huskies close to 70-67.
Freshman center Regina Rogers scored inside off of an inbounds play with 1:01 on the clock to put the Bruins up by five. After a couple of missed shots by Whitcomb, Bruin senior forward Lindsey Pluimer made one of two free throws for a 73-67 lead with 15 seconds remaining. Freshman guard Nina Earl rebounded Pluimer's missed free throw and was also fouled, but failed to convert from the line on the front end of her one-and-one situation.
After Washington grabbed the rebound, Emily Florence misfired on a three-point attempt with nine seconds on the clock, but UW grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Andrea Plouffe made the second of two free throw attempts to help the Huskies close to 73-68 with eight seconds on the clock. Pluimer, who finished with a season-high tying 19 points, was fouled on the inbounds play with six seconds on the clock and sank both free attempts for the final score of 75-68.
Pluimer led the Bruins in scoring for the 15th time this season. Joining her in double-digits were Tierra Henderson with 11 points and Campbell, who had 13 points, six assists and four steals. Pluimer tied with Chinyere Ibekwe for the team lead in rebounds with seven.
The win helped the Bruins keep pace with USC, which defeated Washington State earlier today, at 8-5 in Pac-10 play which is good for fourth place in the conference standings. UCLA will host the Women of Troy next Sunday at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion on a day in which the Bruins will honor the National Championship team of 1978.
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