UCLA Upends Arizona, 67-58
Jan. 1, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. -- UCLA scored 33 points over the final 11 minutes to post a 67-58 win over Arizona, Friday afternoon in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.
UCLA jumped out a quick 7-0 lead after 3:21 as Jasmine Dixon hit a pair of jumpers and Darxia Morris knocked down a three-pointer.
However, Arizona answered with a run of its own, scoring the next 19 points over seven minutes of play to stake a game-high 12-point cushion. Freshman guard Davellyn Whyte hit a trio of three-pointers while Ify Ibekwe had six points to help the Wildcats recover.
The physical game went back and forth through the break with the Wildcats holding a 28-23 advantage. Arizona held UCLA to just 8-of-31 shooting (.258) in the first half, but committed 13 turnovers and gave up nine offensive rebounds.
Arizona added two points to its halftime cushion for a 39-32 advantage with 13:12 to play before the game turned for the Bruins.
After tallying a 12-for-44 (.273) shooting percentage through the first 27 minutes of play, UCLA caught fire and outscored the Wildcats, 35-19, hitting 12-of-19 shots (.632) to finish the game.
Doreena Campbell struck the first blow with a jumper at the 12:26 mark that ignited a 17-4 run for the Bruins. Meanwhile, Arizona suffered through a nearly seven minute stretch where they got just two field goals, both from Whyte, while missing five field goal attempts, two free throws and committing five turnovers.
Ashley Frazier ended the drought for the Wildcats with a three-pointer, but UCLA responded with a trey by Campbell. Arizona got as close as five points with 1:35 left thanks to two free throws by Reiko Thomas, but Campbell followed that up with another three-ball and two late free throws to seal the game.
UCLA scored 23 points off 22 Arizona turnovers and grabbed 18 offensive rebounds to help take 12 more field goal attempts. The Bruins were also 6-of-13 (.462) from three-point range after intermission and shot 50 percent overall in the second half.
Campbell led all scorers with 20 points for UCLA (8-4, 1-0 Pac-10) while Darxia Morris had 18 points and 5 rebounds to go along with 10 points and 7 rebounds from Dixon.
Whyte tallied 16 points to lead the way for the Wildcats while Ibekwe had 12 points and 17 rebounds. Soana Lucet also chipped in with 12 points and 8 rebounds as both frontcourt players logged all 40 minutes.
Arizona (6-5, 0-1 Pac-10) returns to McKale Center on Sunday, January 3 to host USC, a 60-56 upset winner over #17-ranked Arizona State, with tip-off set for 2:00 p.m.