Bruin Defense Keys 73-52 Win Over LMU

Dec. 28, 2009

Freshman forward Markel Walker's career-best 20 points helped UCLA wrap up its non-conference schedule with a 73-52 win over LMU on Monday evening in Pauley Pavilion. Junior guard Doreena Campbell added a season-high 14 points, her fourth straight game in double-figures, as the Bruins outscored LMU 36-17 after halftime to improve their record to 7-4 on the season.

UCLA took the lead at the start of the contest and enjoyed a 17-9 edge at the 11:47 mark. LMU stormed back and went on a 17-6 run to take a 26-21 lead with 6:21 on the clock. The Bruins then answered with seven straight points to go back up by two, 28-26 with 4:50 remaining. After three ties and a couple of lead changes, senior guard Erica Tukiainen's three-pointer with 31 seconds left in the half handed UCLA a 37-35 margin at the break. LMU shot an opponent season-high of 47.6% in that first half of play.

The second half was a different story. LMU misfired on 13 of its first 15 shot attempts from the field and the Bruins scored the first six points of the second half and began to take control of the game.UCLA went up 51-40 with 14:24 to play after a basket and a couple of free throws by Campbell and held a double-digit advantage for the rest of the second half. All of Campbell's points came in the second half. LMU connected on just seven of thirty-four shot attempts after the intermission for 20.6%.

Junior guard Darxia Morris joined Walker and Campbell in double-digit points for the Bruins with 11. UCLA sophomore transfer Jasmine Dixon led all rebounders with 10. The Bruins owned the boards with a 49-33 edge for the game. LMU, now 6-7 on the year, was topped by sophomore guard Alex Cowling's 11 points.

The Bruins open Pac-10 Conference play on the road on Friday afternoon, Jan. 1, at 2 p.m. MT (1 p.m. Pacific) against the University of Arizona (5-4).

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