UCLA Defeats Washington 69-65

Jan. 23, 2010

Seattle, Wash. - UCLA finished off a weekend sweep in Washington, recording a 69-65 win at Washington on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins kept the Huskies scoreless for six and a half minutes late in the game, turning a 52-50 deficit into a 59-52 lead they would not relinquish.

Sophomore Jasmine Dixon achieved a career-high in scoring for the second-straight game, contributing 25 points. She also had a game-high nine rebounds. Junior Doreena Campbell added a season-high 21 points.

UCLA opened the game with an 8-2 run then saw Washington use a 9-2 run of its to take its first lead at 9:22, 13-12. The lead switched hands six more times, with no team holding larger than a four-point lead. The half ended with Washington holding onto a 30-28 lead thanks to a Christina Rozier jumper with 26 seconds remaining. The Huskies shot 56.5% from the field in the half, while UCLA shot 41.7%.

The Bruins built a 35-31 lead with a 7-1 run to start in the half. Washington regained the lead, 42-41, on a three-pointer by Sami Whitcomb with 13:05 on the clock and extended its lead to as many as three before the Bruins tied it up again at 50-50 after a free throw by Mariah Williams and a steal and layup by Dixon.

The teams traded baskets before a Campbell free throw put UCLA ahead 53-52 with 5:12 to play. Dixon grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a layup to give UCLA a 55-52 lead with 3:59 left, and Darxia Morris took a charge at the other end, leading to a Campbell three with 3:03 remaining that gave UCLA a 58-52 lead. A free throw by Dixon increased UCLA's lead to seven.

Washington cut the lead to five with 30 seconds left after Whitcomb was fouled on a three-pointer and made all three shots. The Huskies forced a turnover on the next possession, but Whitcomb missed a three, and Campbell was fouled after the rebound and made both shots.

Down by four in the closing seconds, Washington made it interesting by forcing a turnover with six seconds left but promptly turned the ball over themselves, ensuring the victory for UCLA.

The Bruins (12-6, 5-2 in the Pac-10) outshot the Huskies (8-10, 3-5), 50%-46.8% and had a 31-23 rebound advantage. Whitcomb led Washington with 16 points.

UCLA will next host Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 pm.

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