UCLA Rallies to Win in Pac-10 Opener at Arizona
Jan. 1, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz.- UCLA (8-4, 1-0), which trailed for most of the contest, closed the second half with a flurry and earned a 67-58 win over Arizona (6-5, 0-1) in the Pac-10 opener for both teams on Friday afternoon in McKale Center in Tucson. Junior guard Doreena Campbell scored a season-high 20 points to lead the way for the Bruins, her fifth-straight game in double-digits.
UCLA jumped out to an early lead in the game and enjoyed a 7-0 cushion after a three-point shot by junior guard Darxia Morris. However, Arizona answered by scoring the next 19 points in the contest and held a 19-7 edge with 9:27 to play in the first half. A pair of free throws by Campbell broke the Wildcat run and was the first of five straight points for the Bruins. UCLA trailed 19-12 with 6:53 to play in the half and had connected on just four of its first 19 shot attempts from the field.
Arizona built the lead back up to as many as nine and led 26-17 with 1:16 remaining in the first half. A pair of three-point shots, one each by senior guard Erica Tukiainen and sophomore guard Rebekah Gardner left UCLA down by 28-23 at the intermission. The Bruins finished the half shooting just 25.8% from the field (8-31)
A three-point shot by Tukiainen brought UCLA to within two, 28-26,at the start of the second half. Arizona was able to respond and stretched the lead out to seven at 39-32 with 13:12 to play. UCLA again closed to two points, 41-39 on a basket by Morris with 9:03 on the clock. An Arizona basket moved the home team back up by four at 43-39. A basket by Bruin sophomore transfer Jasmine Dixon kicked off a decisive 12-0 run which left UCLA in control, 51-43 at the 5:30 mark. Campbell had two baskets in that run and scored 16 of her points in the second half. Arizona never got closer than five points after that.
Morris finished with 18 points and Dixon was a third Bruin in double figures with 10. UCLA shot 50% in the second half of the game and hit 38.1% for the contest.
UCLA will play next on Sunday afternoon at #19-ranked Arizona State. The tip-off is set for 2 p.m. MT and 1 p.m. Pacific. The Bruins return home to Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 8 to host California and will meet #2-ranked Stanford on Jan. 10.