Quinn Buzzer-Beater Downs Love And Basketball

Nov. 8, 2003

Los Angeles, Calif. - Freshman guard/forward Noelle Quinn hit a second-chance jumper at the buzzer to lead UCLA to a 74-72 victory over Love and Basketball in the Bruins' 2003-04 exhibition opener at Pauley Pavilion.

Quinn missed a jump shot just prior to her winning shot, but Lisa Willis grabbed the rebound and kicked it back out to her, and Quinn nailed the jumper from just beyond the free throw line as time expired.

The basket capped an 8-0 Bruin run to close the game. Down 72-66 with three minutes to play, Quinn and Nikki Blue led the UCLA comeback. Quinn hit a layup with 2:53 to play, then Blue hit two free throws to pull with two with 1:55 on the clock. Love and Basketball's Allah-mi Basheer was fouled by Willis on a block attempt but missed both foul shots. Although UCLA turned the ball over on the subsequent possession, Willis forced former Bruin Natalie Nakase into a turnover immediately thereafter. Blue drew a foul with 53 seconds to play and made both shots to tie the game. UCLA dodged a bullet when a Michelle Greco layup rimmed out with 26 seconds to play, giving Quinn the opportunity to win the game.

Love and Basketball started the game strong, outscoring UCLA 12-1 to start the contest. The visitors took as much as a 17-point lead in the first half, 35-18 with 4:53 to play in the half. UCLA came back with a 12-2 run to close the gap to seven, 37-30, with 50 seconds to play, but Nakase hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to increase the lead back to double-figures.

Quinn led all players with 22 points in her first game in a Bruin uniform. The 2003 Parade All-American from Bishop Montgomery HS also had four assists in 37 minutes of play. Blue, a 2002 Parade All-American, had 19 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Also in double-figures for UCLA was sophomore forward Julia Pitts, who scored 12 points in her first game back from knee surgery in 2002. Willis led all players with 10 rebounds.

Love and Basketball started an all-Bruin lineup of Greco (1999-2003), Nakase (2000-2003), Jalina Bradley (2000-2003), Marie Philman (1997-2000) and Janae Hubbard (1997-2000). Greco led the visitors with 18 points and also had five rebounds and five assists. Hubbard contributed 15 points and eight boards, and Nakase had 10 points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Bruins will play one more exhibition on Monday, Nov. 17 against the West Coast All-Stars. Among the players on the West Coast All-Stars team are former Bruins Natalie Jarrett (2000-2003) and LaCresha Scott (1998-2000).

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