Second-Half Surge Sends UCLA To 73-55 Win Over Washington

Feb. 18, 2010

Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA broke open a close game with a decisive run to start the second half and went on to run away with a 73-55 victory on Thursday evening in Pauley Pavilion. It was the seventh win in the last eight games for the Bruins.

Freshman forward Markel Walker had a lights-out first half, hitting her first five shots and scoring 12 of UCLA's first 24 points as the Bruins took a 24-20 lead in a see-saw first half that saw eight ties and six lead changes. A three-pointer by Washington's Christina Rozier with 17 seconds left gave the Huskies a 32-31 halftime advantage.

The Bruins opened the second half with a backbreaking 26-5 run to take a 57-37 lead with nine minutes to play. Sophomore forward Jasmine Dixon had nine points, and junior guard Doreena Campbell added seven in the run to lead the Bruin charge. Washington never got closer than 15 points the rest of the way, and UCLA extended its lead to as many as 23 points before ending the contest with the final 18-point margin.

Walker led all players with 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. She also had four steals and four rebounds. Dixon added 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting with five boards. Kristi Kingma led Washington with 10 points.

UCLA (17-7, 10-3) shot 54.2% from the field in the game and outrebounded the Huskies (9-15, 4-10), 35-27. Washington shot just 24% in the second half. The Bruins netted 58% of its shots after the intermission.

The Bruins will host Washington State, which won tonight at USC, on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. Saturday's game is UCLA's 'Pink Zone' game, which is held in conjunction with the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) and the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center to help support and promote breast cancer awareness.

Fans attending the contest are encouraged to wear pink. To help aid the cause, fans can purchase a pink UCLA Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt for $10 and receive free admission to the game and to the May 1 softball game vs. Oregon. The shirts will be available for sale at the BearWear stand outside Gate 2 of Pauley Pavilion. All proceeds from the t-shirt sales will benefit the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center.

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