Bruins Beat Beavers, 70-44
Jan. 30, 2010
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA overcame a slow start and raced to a 70-44 win over Oregon State in a Pac-10 conference game on Saturday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion. The win gave the Bruins a 7-2 Pac-10 mark after the first half of conference play, its best Pac-10 start since it began the 1999-00 season with the same mark.
Oregon State opened the game by scoring the first six points of the contest before UCLA answered with the next nine to stake the Bruins to a three-point advantage at the 11:38 mark.OSU briefly recaptured the lead at 10-9, but the Bruins then held the Beavers scoreless from the field for over six-and-a-half minutes and turned that deficit into a 24-12 UCLA lead. Sophomore guard Rebekah Gardner led the way for the Blue and Gold, scoring eight points in that stretch, including her second and third three-point shots of the half. UCLA went to the break in front 31-14, having outscored the Beavers 22-4 to end the first half. Gardner led the Bruins with 11 first-half points. The Bruins turned 17 Beaver turnovers into 17 points.
The Bruins scored the first six points of the second half, and Oregon State never got closer than 21 points the rest of the game. UCLA led by as many as 35 points, 58-23, at 9:54.
Freshman Markel Walker recorded her second consecutive and sixth overall double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. She was joined in double-figure scoring by Gardner (11, 3-for-4 from the three-point line), and Jasmine Dixon (10, all in the second half). Talisa Rhea led Oregon State with 16 points.
UCLA recorded a season-high with eight blocked shots, led by Christina Nzekwe's career-high three. The Bruins also forced a season-high 29 turnovers.
The Bruins improve their overall record to 14-6, while Oregon State drops to 9-10 overall and 1-8 in the Pac-10.
UCLA will go back on the road and head to the Bay Area to open the second half of conference play. The Bruins will square off against second-ranked Stanford on Thursday night and play at Cal on Saturday afternoon.