UCLA Locks Down Arizona, 48-38
Jan. 17, 2009
Tucson, AZ - UCLA held Arizona to a paltry 23.4% shooting from the field in the game and 8.7% shooting in the second half en route to a 48-38 victory on Saturday afternoon at the McKale Center. Sophomore guard Doreena Campbell led all players with 17 points and added a team-high tying seven rebounds and four assists.
UCLA opened up a 21-13 lead at the 8:14 mark in the first half, thanks in large part to the play of Doreena Campbell, who had eight points, including a pair of three-pointers. The Bruin offense went cold after that, however, as UCLA had just one basket for the final eight minutes, allowing the Wildcats to tie the score at 24 at the half. UCLA shot just 28.1% in the first half on 9-32 shooting. The Bruins were also out-rebounded by a 22-18 margin.
To start the second half, two Bruin steals led to two unanswered buckets, and UCLA scored six straight points to claim a 30-24 lead. Arizona answered back with a 5-0 run of their own, to close to within one, 34-33, with 8:19 to play, but two baskets, including a three-pointer, by Darxia Morris brought UCLA's lead back to six, 39-33, at the 6:33 mark. Arizona shot just 2-23 from the field in the second half and did not score a field goal for the last nine and a half minutes but stayed in the game thanks to free throw shooting, getting to the line 13 times in the second half and 25 times overall to UCLA's six. The Bruins finally broke away from the game after a Chinyere Ibekwe steal led to a Campbell three-pointer with 1:46 left in the game to give UCLA a 46-37 lead, its biggest of the game at the time.
Campbell was the only Bruin in double-figures with 17 points. Freshman Atonye Nyingifa tied for the team lead with seven rebounds in her first career start. She also had two steals in 28 minutes. Morris added nine points off the bench. Amina Njonkou and Ify Ibekwe led Arizona with 14 points each. Njonkou added 12 rebounds for the double-double.
The Bruins improve their record to 12-4, 3-2 in the conference, while Arizona drops to 7-10, 0-6 in the Pac-10. UCLA will next host Washington State on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 pm.