UCLA Downs California, 44-32
Feb. 6, 2010
UCLA held California to just eight points in the first half and handed the Golden Bears a 44-32 defeat at Haas Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.
Cal scored the game's first eight points, keeping UCLA off the scoreboard until Christina Nzekwe made a free throw at the 10:01 mark. The Bruins missed their first 12 field goals of the game before Dixon finally hit a jumper at 9:20. The tables turned for Cal, however, as the Golden Bears did not score for the final 11 minutes of the half, allowing UCLA to not only get back into the game, but take the lead. The Bruins used a 14-0 run to end the half with a 14-8 lead. Nina Earl had seven of the Bruins' 14 points in the scoring run. The Golden Bears shot a paltry 8.7% (2-for-23) from the field in the half. UCLA did not fare much better, shooting 20% on 5-for-25 shooting.
Cal started the second half with a 10-4 run to tie the game at 18 with 14:01 to play, but UCLA reclaimed the lead, 29-20, using an 11-2 run, highlighted by a banked three-pointer by Darxia Morris as the shot clock was expiring. The Golden Bears cut UCLA's lead to six, 33-27, after a Rachelle Federico three-pointer at 4:30 but were unable to get any closer.
Earl and Doreena Campbell led UCLA with nine points apiece. Cal's Alexis Gray-Lawson was the only player in double-digit scoring with 11.
The two teams set a UCLA record for fewest points scored by both teams in a game with 76. The previous record was 85 in a 49-36 loss to USC on Feb. 17, 2008. Cal's 32 points in the game was the fewest by a Bruin opponent since UC Santa Barbara scored 31 on Dec. 15, 1984. UCLA's 44 points were the most ever by a Bruin squad in a winning effort.
With the win, UCLA improves to 15-7 on the year and 8-3 in the Pac-10. Cal drops to 12-10, 6-5 in conference play.
The coaching staffs of both UCLA and Cal went shoeless in today's game as part of the 'Bearfoot for Barefeet' Coaches Initiative to raise awareness and money to purchase shoes for the impoverished children affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti.