Bruins Come Up Short in 59-58 Loss to Texas Tech
Dec. 18, 2009
Los Angeles, CA - Texas Tech held off UCLA down the stretch to record its eighth straight win of the season, earning a 59-58 decision over the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion on Friday night.
The Lady Raiders led the entire first twenty minutes in the hard-fought game in which the biggest margin for either team was six points. UCLA outshot the Tech 50.0%-35.5% in the half, but committed 14 turnovers and trailed 29-26 going into the intermission. Texas Tech senior guard Jordan Murphree had 12 of her game-high 22 points in the half to lead the Lady Raider attack.
UCLA battled back to tie the game at 41-41 on a three-pointer by senior guard Erica Tukiainen at 10:23, but Murphree promptly answered with a three-pointer of her own at the 10-minute mark to push Texas Tech back in front, 44-41. A basket by Bruin junior guard Doreena Campbell with 7:09 on the clock gave UCLA its first lead in the contest, at 47-46. However, another three-ball from Murphree put Tech up 50-49 with 5:19 to play. A Campbell jump shot with 4:43 to go lifted UCLA into a 51-50 lead with 4:43 to go, but it would be the Bruins' last lead of the game.
Lady Raider senior guard Tilmila Martin connected on a three-point shot at the 4:16 mark to put Tech up, 53-51, and the visitors held on down the stretch. A layup by Tukiainen off of an inbounds play made the score 57-55 with two minutes to play. The teams then traded missed shots before UCLA was awarded the ball on the alternating possession rule after a tie-up under the Texas Tech basket with 55 seconds remaining.
The teams then traded turnovers giving UCLA possession, still down by two points, with 23 seconds remaining. After a Bruin timeout, Campbell missed a shot in the lane with eight seconds to play and Bruin sophomore Jasmine Dixon grabbed the rebound. Dixon's put-back attempt rolled off the rim and was grabbed by Texas Tech with four seconds on the clock. A quick foul put Tech's Ashlee Roberson on the line for a double-bonus free throw opportunity and the senior forward sank both shots. Campbell connected on a three-point shot just before the buzzer sounded to leave the Bruins on the short end of a 59-58 verdict.
UCLA, which fell to 5-4 on the year, was led by Dixon's 14 points. Campbell added 12 points and five assists. Senior center Moniquee Alexander came off the bench to score 10 points and grab eight rebounds. Murphree, who went over the 1,000-point career mark in the game, was the lone Lady Raider in double digits. Texas Tech is now 9-1 on the season.
The Bruins will host St. Mary's College (8-4) on Monday, Dec. 21 at Noon in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA completes its non-conference slate with a game on Monday, Dec. 28 against LMU (5-5) at 7 p.m. in Pauley. The Bruins open the Pac-10 conference schedule on the road at Arizona on Jan. 1.
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