Bruins Close Out Regular Season With 80-70 Win Over Arizona
March 1, 2008
Los Angeles, CA - Lindsey Pluimer, the lone senior on the UCLA women's basketball team, scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Bruins to an 80-70 win over Arizona in final regular season game of the season played on Saturday morning in Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA improved its record to 15-14 on the season and finished tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with a 10-8 record. It is the seventh time in the last 11 seasons in which the Bruins have finished among the conference's top four teams. Arizona fell to 10-19 and 4-14 in conference play.
The Bruins raced out to a 16-0 lead, keeping the Wildcats off the scoreboard for five and a half minutes. Arizona, which missed its first nine shots, made its first basket at 14:28 on a three-pointer by Rheya Neabors. UCLA led by as many as 21 points, at 26-5 with 12:13 to play in the first half, but Arizona outscored the Bruins 24-10 the rest of the way to trim the lead to just seven, 36-29 at halftime.
In the second half, Arizona got as close as seven with 3:08 left on the clock after a Neabors three-pointer, but UCLA scored five straight points in one minute of play to up the lead to 12.
Pluimer helped the Bruins off to the hot start by netting three of the first six UCLA baskets of the game. She led the team with 16 first half points and moved up to No. 12 on the all-time school scoring list in the process. The senior also grabbed 11 rebounds to finish with her fourth double-double of the season.
UCLA connected on a season-high eight three-point shots in the contest, including four from freshman guard Doreena Campbell, who finished with 12 points. Bruin junior guard Tierra Henderson added 10 points and matched her career-high with seven assists. Freshman forward Nina Earl tossed in 17 points to give UCLA four players in double figures for the game. Arizona was led by junior forward Amina Njonkou's 18 points and Ify Ibekwe's double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds.
UCLA will open up play in the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament on Saturday, March 8 against USC in a game scheduled to tip-off at 7:15 p.m. The conference tournament will be played at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
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