UCLA Women Defeat USC, 74-56
Feb. 13, 2010
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA jumped out to a 14-4 lead to start the game and were never seriously challenged, leading by as many as 27 points before settling for a 74-56 win over cross-town rival USC in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday. The game was played in front of 8,006 fans, the fifth-largest home crowd in UCLA history.
USC committed three turnovers in its first three possessions, helping the Bruins start out with a 14-4 advantage. The Bruins continued to build the lead, finishing the first half with a 37-18 lead. UCLA forced 14 turnovers in the first half and committed only three. The Bruins scored 16 points off turnovers, compared to just two from USC. Senior Erica Tukiainen led the charge in the first half, scoring 11 of her 13 points.
In the second half, UCLA missed its first four shots and USC scored the first six points, but the Bruins negated USC's start with an 8-0 run to claim a 21-point lead, 45-24. UCLA made it 55-28 with 11 minutes to play after an additional scoring run of 10-4, and the rout was on.
'Our team took an aggressive, intense approach to the game for many different reasons,' said UCLA head coach Nikki Caldwell. 'When we play together, we can do great things. We hang our hat on our defensive effort and rebounding. We had both today.'
Four UCLA players were in double figures, including three with 13 points - Tukiainen, Jasmine Dixon and Markel Walker. Also scoring in double-digits was Darxia Morris with 10 points. Ashley Corral and Kari LaPlante led USC with 11 points apiece.
The Bruins outshot (44.8-35.4%) and outrebounded (44-29) the Trojans.
With the win, UCLA improves to 16-7, 9-3 in the Pac-10. The Bruins have won six of their last seven games. USC drops to 13-10, 7-5. UCLA now holds a two-game advantage on USC for second place in the Pac-10.