Bruins Blast Beavers
Feb. 25, 2010
The UCLA women's basketball team used 19 points from freshman forward Markel Walker to help improve its record to 19-7, 12-3 on the season with a 74-53 victory over Oregon State (9-17, 1-14) on Thursday evening in a Pac-10 conference game played in Corvallis, OR. The win marked the Bruins' ninth win in the last 10 games.
UCLA started strong, jumping out to an 11-8 lead at the 15:31 mark of the first half. Sophomore forward Jasmine Dixon scored eight of the Bruin's first 11 points. The Bruins extended the margin to 16-10 with 12:37 on the clock and then ran off the next 10 points in the contest to take a 26-10 lead with 9:16 to play. Oregon State managed just one basket over an almost 10-minute stretch and UCLA went to the locker room with a 43-21 advantage. UCLA shot 58% in the first half of play and forced 14 Beaver turnovers. Dixon ended the half with 10 points and Walker totaled 11.
The Bruins continued to dominate the action in the second half and built up as much as a 32-point lead before settling for the 74-53 decision. Walker finished the night with a game-high 19 points. Dixon added 17 more on eight-for-10 shooting from the field. UCLA shot 55.2% for the contest and scored 52 of its 74 points in the paint.
The win tonight at Oregon State was UCLA's sixth road win on the season in Pac-10 play, the most since the 1998-99 campaign when it captured a school-record seven away wins in conference. The 12-3 start to the Pac-10 season is its best since the 1998-99 squad won 13 of its first 15 games. The Bruins are now 30-3 under Coach Nikki Caldwell in games in which they have held the opponent to 60 points or less.
UCLA will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 27, when they will meet the University of Oregon at 2 p.m. in Eugene. The game will be televised on FSN. The Bruins will return home next week to host Arizona State (Thursday at 7 p.m.) and Arizona (Saturday at 12:30 p.m.).
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