UCLA Runs Away With 104-80 Win Over Oregon
Jan. 28, 2010
Los Angeles, Calif. - Six players scored in double-figures as UCLA defeated Oregon, 104-80, in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday evening. The Bruins used a 16-2 run midway through the second half to pull away from the Ducks.
Sophomore Jasmine Dixon led the Bruins with her third-straight 20-point game, scoring 20 points with six rebounds and five assists. Freshman Markel Walker recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds, along with a career-high eight assists. Freshman Mariah Williams scored a career-high 15 points, Doreena Campbell added 17, Nina Earl scored a season-high 11, and Rebekah Gardner recorded 10 points. Five Oregon players were in double-figures, led by 18 points from Amanda Johnson.
UCLA scored seven unanswered points in a one-minute span to turn a 14-12 deficit into a 19-14 lead. The Bruins claimed a nine-point lead on a Campbell jumper at 8:33, but Oregon came back with a five-point possession after Amanda Johnson hit a three and Micaela Cocks hit two free throws after a foul was called while the basket was in the air, trimming UCLA's lead to 33-29 at the 8:22 mark. Oregon got within three, 33-30, at 7:51 before the Bruins ran off an 11-4 run to move ahead by 10, 44-34, at 4:03. The Ducks answered with a 9-2 run to close to within three again with two minutes to play in the half, and UCLA took a 50-47 lead into halftime.
Oregon took its first lead, 53-52, since early in the first half on a pair of free throws by Nia Jackson at 17:56 in the second half. UCLA responded quickly with seven straight points in a little over a minute. Williams keyed the 7-0 run with a three-pointer and layup to pull UCLA ahead, 59-53. A three-pointer by Campbell gave UCLA a nine-point advantage (66-57) with 14:54 to play, but Oregon went on a 10-4 run to trim the lead to three, 70-67. UCLA came right back with a 16-2 run to claim a 86-69 lead with 4:48 to play.
'This team has been very committed to executing our game plan,' said Nikki Caldwell. 'I'm very proud that we had a balanced attack. Oregon has a great team, and they put the ball up quickly, which played to our advantage, but they'll be a hard team to compete with as the season continues.'
Playing against the nation's top-scoring team, the Bruins allowed a season-high 80 points but scored a season-high 104 points and a season-high 50 first-half points. This was UCLA's first 100-point game since defeating CSU Bakersfield, 104-57 on Dec. 3, 2008. The Bruins had six players in double-figures for the first time since Dec. 20, 2006 vs. California.
With the win, UCLA improves to 13-6, 6-2 in the Pac-10. The Bruins are off to their best start in Pac-10 Conference play since winning their first six games en route to a 6-2 Conference start in 2002-03. Oregon falls to 12-8, 3-5 in the Pac-10.