Oregon Hands UCLA First Home Loss of Season, 73-56
Jan. 4, 2009
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA lost for the first time in nine home games, falling to Oregon, 73-56, on Sunday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion. The Ducks shot an opponent season-best 55.6% (25-45) from the field in the game, while UCLA shot 36.8% (21-57).
Oregon (4-8, 1-1 in Pac-10 play) led from start to finish and used 56% first-half shooting to jump out to a 32-26 lead at the break. The Ducks enjoyed as much as a nine-point edge on two occasions, at 20-11 and at 32-23. UCLA made just one of its first seven shots from the field and fell behind 8-2 at the 15:43 mark. A three-point shot by junior guard Erica Tukiainen in the last minute of play cut the Duck lead to six at intermission. Junior guard Micaela Cocks connected on four of her five first-half shots, including both of her three-point shot attempts and led Oregon with 10 first-half points.
In the second half, a Tukiainen three-pointer cut Oregon's lead to four, 36-32, but the Ducks went on an 8-1 scoring run over the next three minutes to increase their lead to 11, 44-33 at the 13:57 mark. UCLA responded, however, with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 44-41 at 11:50. A three-point play by Cocks ended that run and started an 11-2 Oregon run that increased the Duck lead to 55-43 with 8:14 on the clock. But UCLA responded once again with four points in four seconds on a pair of free throws by Darxia Morris and a steal and layup by Christina Nzekwe to make the score 55-47. Oregon brought the lead back to 11 after a Jasmin Holliday three-pointer which just beat the shot clock buzzer, and the Bruins could get no closer than nine points after that.
Sophomore guard Doreena Campbell was the lone Bruin in double-figures with 12 points. Tukiainen added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds. Junior guard Taylor Lilley led Oregon with 21 points. Cocks finished with 17 points for the Ducks.
UCLA (10-3, 1-1) will next host cross-town rival USC (8-5, 2-0) on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 2:30 pm in Pauley Pavilion. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. The first 500 UCLA fans through the door will receive a free UCLA t-shirt.
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