Bruins Second-Half Rally Falls Short Against Georgia

Dec. 6, 2002

Athens, GA - The UCLA women's basketball team outscored No. 14 Georgia, 59-47 in the second half, but time ran out on the Bruins' rally, and Georgia won the match, 91-83 Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.

Georgia (3-2) trailed just once -- at 2-1 -- and led by as much as 24early in the second half, but the game got tight coming down thestretch. The Lady Bulldogs were up 81-67 with just under three minutesremaining. UCLA responded with a 14-3 run to make it 84-81 on a Whitney Jones three-pointer with 30seconds left. Georgia sealed the win at the line, hitting 7-of-8 freethrows in the closing seconds.

'Any time you spot a team that many points, it's hard to come back,'UCLA coach Kathy Olivier said. 'We got it down to three, but Georgiadidn't fold under the pressure, so my hat's off to them.'

UCLA (4-2) got 20 points from Julia Pitts, 12 points each from MichelleGreco and Lisa Willis, 11 from Nikki Blue, and 10 from GenniferArranaga. Greco led the Bruins with eight rebounds and four assists.

Kara Braxton poured in a career-high 30 points for Georgia, hitting 10-of-16 shots fromthe floor and 10-of-12 from the free-throw line. The 6-foot-6 sophomorealso pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked two shots. Christi Thomas pitched in 23 points (7-of-11 from the floor, 9-of-13 from thestripe) and also recorded 11 rebounds.

The Lady Bulldogs opened the game with a 15-2 run, setting the tempoearly for their first-half success. By the break, Georgia had pushed itslead to 20 points at 44-24.

Georgia coach Andy Landers -- who won his 649th career game and his 22ndhome opener in 24 years with the Lady Bulldogs -- was not happy with howhis team protected the ball. Georgia committed 25 turnovers, including18 in the second half.

'In the press, we just turned the ball over with some ridiculousdecisions,' Landers said. 'We hope we can cut down some on turnovers onSunday (when Georgia hosts Oakland). We want to improve.'

Georgia improved to 3-1 in its series with UCLA and to 13-13 againstPAC-10 foes.

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