Bruins Rally To Down Matadors, 74-66.

Dec. 17, 2003

Northridge, Calif. - UCLA held Cal State Northridge without a basket for an eight minute stretch during the last nine minutes and came from behind to defeat the Matadors, 74-66 on Wednesday in the Matadome. Julia Pitts scored six of her 13 points in the final three minutes of the contest as the Bruins took the lead and never looked back.

The Bruins took an 18-17 lead with 11:38 to go in the first half and would not lead again until a Pitts free throw at the 3:00 mark gave the Bruins a 62-61 lead. Northridge led by as many as nine points (33-24) in the first half and held an eight-point lead (43-35) with 17:26 left in the game.

Sissy Pickett jump-started UCLA's comeback in the second half. With the Bruins down 47-42, Pickett entered the game and hit her first three shots in two minutes of play, closing the gap to 49-48. Northridge came roaring back, however, and Ofa Tulikihihifo banked in a three-pointer with the shot clock expiring to give the Matadors a 59-52 lead with 8:59 remaining. After that, however, Northridge got outscored 22-7 the rest of the way, including a stretch of nearly eight minutes when the Matadors would only cash in two Rhodes free throws.

Nikki Blue and Whitney Jones led four Bruins in double-figure scoring with 14 points each. Jones scored 12 of her points in the first half. Pitts and Lisa Willis added 13 points apiece. Jones and Emma Tautolo led the Bruins with six rebounds each, and Blue had a game-high eight assists and four steals.

UCLA shot a season-best 50.8% from the field and shot 56.7% from the field in the second half.

With the win, UCLA evens its record at 3-3, while the Matadors fall to 1-4.

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