UCLA Falls To USC, 70-63

Jan. 17, 2010

Free throw shooting made all the difference as USC defeated UCLA, 70-63, at the Galen Center on Sunday afternoon. The Women of Troy made 24 of 27 free throws in the game, while UCLA was just 9-of-20. USC also had a 24-11 advantage in points off turnovers.

Erica Tukiainen scored eight of UCLA's first 12 points to help the Bruins take a 12-7 lead at the 13:51 mark. The Bruins led by as many as eight, 25-17, and were up seven, 31-24, before USC closed the half with a 7-1 run that cut the lead to 32-31.

The Women of Troy took a four-point lead in the second half, 44-40, after a three-pointer by Aarika Hughes at the 14:27 mark, but back-to-back threes from Doreena Campbell and Tukiainen gave UCLA a two-point advantage, 46-44.

Tied at 49, the Bruins went on a 7-0 run to surge ahead 56-49, keyed by a three-pointer by Tukiainen. However, the turning point of the game came at 9:01 when Jasmine Dixon's layup was called off for an offensive foul. She picked up her fourth foul less than a minute later, and USC went on an 11-1 run over the next four and a half minutes to move ahead, 60-57.

UCLA got to within one with 1:59 on the clock after a Morris jumper. A jumper by Briana Gilbreath with 1:20 to play put USC ahead by three, 64-61, and the Bruins turned the ball over with a shot clock violation at the other end with 57 seconds remaining. USC led by five after a pair of free throws by Ashley Corral with 41 seconds left, and Markel Walker cut the lead to three after putting back a missed free throw with 24 seconds on the clock. Gilbreath hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to five once again, and after UCLA missed on the offensive end, Hughes hit another pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to close out the game.

Tukiainen led the Bruins with 14 points, and Darxia Morris added 13. Walker had her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. With four three-pointers today, Tukiainen moved into a tie for seventh place with Lindsey Pluimer on the career three-point shots made list with 84.

USC's Corral led all players with 24 points and was 7-7 from the free throw line. Gilbreath was 9-9 from the line and had 19 points.

UCLA (10-6, 3-2) will travel to Washington next weekend to face Washington on Thursday and Washington State on Saturday. USC (10-6, 4-1) will play Washington State on Thursday and Washington on Saturday.

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