UCLA Runs Away With 93-58 Win Over Washington State
Feb. 20, 2010
Los Angeles, Calif. - Sophomore guard Rebekah Gardner scored 17 of her career-high 19 points in the first half and UCLA went on to defeat Washington State, 93-58, in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. It was UCLA's eighth win in the last nine games.
Washington State started the game with a 10-4 run, which UCLA quickly erased with a 6-0 run of its own to tie the game at 10. A fast-break layup by Gardner gave UCLA its first lead at the 15:39 mark, 14-12. The Bruins extended the margin to as many as 16 points, 38-22, after a 19-4 run. Washington State answered back with a 13-3 run of its own to trim the lead to just six, 41-35, with 37 seconds to play in the half, and UCLA entered intermission with a 43-35 advantage.
UCLA (18-7, 11-3) never let Washington State (7-19, 2-13) back into the game in the second half, outscoring the Cougars, 50-23, in the final 20 minutes.
The Bruins shot 58% in the first half and in the game, paced by Gardner's six-for-seven effort from the field, which included three-of-four from beyond the arc. The 17 first-half points surpassed Gardner's previous career best of 15 points earlier this season against Hawaii.
Gardner led all players in the game with 19 points. Jasmine Dixon recorded her fourth double-double of the year with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Joining them in double figures were Doreena Campbell with 13 points and five assists, Nina Earl with a season-high 13 points, and Moniquee Alexander with 11 points, seven rebounds and a career-high tying three blocks. Carly Noyes led Washington State with 15 points.
'It was a good effort,' said UCLA head coach Nikki Caldwell. 'In the second half, we turned up our defensive intesity. Washington State beat USC and ASU with quality wins on the road, and we had to make sure we did what we did here.'
'Moniquee (Alexander) lost her mom to breast cancer, and she's very passionate with her crusade for breast cancer,' Caldwell continued. 'She played very inspired today, with 11 (points) and seven (rebounds), and with her defensive presence.'
UCLA will now take to the road and play next on Thursday night at Oregon State. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. The Bruins' 11-3 start to the conference season is its best since the 1998-99 team won 12 of its first 14 Pac-10 games.