UCLA Rally Falls Short Against ASU
Feb. 28, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA women's basketball team saw its second-half rally come up short, and Arizona State earned a 73-67 Pac-10 conference win over the Bruins on Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion. The Sun Devils improved to 19-9 on the year and 13-4 in conference action. UCLA fell to 14-14 and 9-8 in Pac-10 play.
Arizona State jumped out to an early 11-2 lead at the 15:48 mark and built the margin up to as many as 17 points in the first half. The Sun Devils led 27-10 with 8:21 to play in the half before UCLA rattled off nine straight points, the last four coming on back-to-back baskets by freshman guard Nina Earl. UCLA never got closer than eight points after that, and Arizona State settled for a 40-28 lead at halftime.
UCLA came out strong at the start of the second half and scored eight of the first 10 points to close the gap to 42-36 with 16:29 remaining in the contest. Freshman center Regina Rogers scored a couple of baskets in the Bruin run. UCLA sliced the ASU lead to 49-46 after another basket by Rogers at the 10:57 mark. The Bruins got as close as three points on three occasions, the last coming at 59-56 after a basket by Earl with 6:13 on the clock.
The Bruins trailed by just five points after senior forward Lindsey Pluimer's bucket with 2:36 to play made the score 65-60. An ASU three-point shot by Jill Noe lifted the Sun Devils back to an eight point cushion at 68-60 with 2:07 to play. After the teams traded free throws, the Bruins trailed 70-64 at the 1:19 mark. ASU turned the ball over on its next possession, but Bruin could not capitalize as freshman guard Doreena Campbell shot missed the mark with 36 seconds remaining.
The Sun Devils grabbed the rebound of Campbell's miss, and Noe hit the front end of the bonus situation to make it 71-64 with 26 seconds on the clock. Noe missed her second attempt, and UCLA grabbed the rebound. Bruin guard Tierra Henderson was fouled with 14 seconds to play and made one of two shots to make it a 71-65 game. The teams traded free throws down the stretch, and Arizona State held on for the 73-67 win.
Henderson and Earl led UCLA with 12 points each. Earl also had a team-best eight rebounds and three steals. Arizona State's Briann January totaled a game-high 17 points. The Bruins will close out the regular season on Saturday morning, March 1, with an 11 a.m. contest against the University of Arizona in Pauley Pavilion. Saturday's game will mark the last home game for UCLA's lone senior Pluimer, who will be honored in pre-game festivities.