UCLA Runs Past Washington State, 78-58
Jan. 9, 2004
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA used big scoring spurts at the start of the first and second halves and handed Washington State a 78-58 loss Friday night in Pauley Pavilion. Sophomore Lisa Willis led UCLA with a career-high 22 points, 19 in the second half, as the Bruins won consecutive games for the first time this season and improved their record to 7-6, 2-2 in the Pac-10. Freshman Noelle Quinn added a career-high 20 points and seven assists, to go along with six rebounds. Sophomore Nikki Blue joined them in double figures with 10 points.
The Bruins, who scored the game's first eight points, ran off to a quick 18-3 lead after eight minutes of play in the first half before Washington State came back to cut the lead to five, 28-23 with 5:47 remaining in the half. UCLA regained control, however, taking a 41-28 halftime lead after shooting 57.6% from the field. The Bruins shot a season-high 54.8% overall. Quinn led all players in the first half with 14 points on 7-11 shooting and also dished four assists. The Bruins forced 15 turnovers in the half.
UCLA started the second half much the same way as the first, scoring the first 16 points of the stanza and keeping the Cougars scoreless for the first five minutes to take a 57-28 lead. UCLA led by as much as 31, 69-38 at the 11:23 mark.
The Bruins outrebounded their opponent for the fourth consecutive game, beating out Washington State on the boards, 35-34. Quinn and Whitney Jones tied for team-high honors with six apiece.
Washington State, which was led by Candace Fields' season-high 16 points in addition to seven rebounds, drops to 4-10, 0-5 in the Pac-10.
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