UCLA Wins Fourth Straight Over Oregon, 63-57

Jan. 4, 2004

Eugene, Ore. - UCLA came back from a 14-point second-half deficit Sunday afternoon to hand the University of Oregon its fifth straight loss, 63-57. The win was UCLA's fourth consecutive over the Ducks.

Senior guard Gennifer Arranaga scored a career-high 22 points in a reserve role, and freshman Noelle Quinn added 12 to lead the Bruins (6-6, 1-2) to their fourth consecutive win over the Ducks (8-6, 0-4) dating to last season. It's Oregon's worst start to the Pac-10 season since going 0-4 in 1995-96.

'I think is a game where we battled as hard as we could,' Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'We made every effort possible in diving for loose balls, and getting rebounds, but when you turn the ball over 20 times, it's difficult to score.'

Oregon, which led 26-25 at the half, went on a 13-2 run to open the second half. UCLA, though, went to its full-court press and created havoc in the Oregon back court as the Ducks turned the ball over five times in a five-minute stretch. Arranaga did most of her damage during the 23-5 run, scoring 11 points thanks to three 3-pointers as UCLA reclaimed the lead at 50-46 with 7:31 left. Freshman forward Amanda Livingston was also key during this stretch, scoring eight of her career-high nine points. Livingston tied the game, 45-45, at 8:54 on a jump-shot and then gave UCLA its first lead of the second half, 47-45, at 8:14 on a running hook shot.

Arranaga made 8-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range.

'(Arranaga) came in and was very precise in her shooting,' Smith said. 'She's very quick and she did a good job of taking the ball to the hoop strong.'

Oregon found itself trailing 57-50 with 3:44 remaining, but a lay-in by Andrea Bills and a long 3-pointer by Chelsea Wagner pulled the Ducks to 57-55 with 2:47 on the clock. A 3-pointer by UCLA's Nikki Blue, her only one of the game in six attempts, and free throws down the stretch sealed the Bruin victory.

Wagner led the Ducks with a season-high 12 points, making 4-of-10 from long distance and grabbing three rebounds off the bench. Bills was Oregon's only other double-digit scorer with 10 - her 10th double-figure scoring game this year.

UCLA outrebounded Oregon, 43-41, with Whitney Jones and Quinn tying for team-best honors with seven apiece.

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