Women's Basketball Falls To No. 23 UCLA, 73-45

Jan. 2, 2005

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 23 ranked UCLA used a big second half en route to a 73-45 victory against Oregon State University in Sunday's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action at Pauley Pavilion.

As has been the trend over the past two games, Oregon State's shooting woes continued throughout the first half. The Beavers (4-8; 0-3 Pac-10) were shooting just 3-for-17 from the field at the 11-minute mark as the Bruins (8-3; 2-0 Pac-10) held a 14-6 advantage.

Ebony Young's scoop shot sparked the OSU offense and Casey Bunn used a put-back on the next possession to bring the Beavers within four (14-10) but the Bruins continued to answer.

Offensive rebounding and defensive pressure kept Oregon State in the game, but UCLA took a 27-18 lead into the locker room when Lisa Willis became the Bruins' all-time 3-point leader with a trey at the first half buzzer.

The Beavers were 0-for-12 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes and shot just 25-percent from the field. The Bruins didn't fair much better, hitting 36-percent of their shots.

UCLA opened the second half on a 7-2 run and pushed the tempo as well as its lead.

The Bruins pulled in front by as many as 27 points (70-43) until OSU post Brittney Brown buried an off-balance jumper with just under one-minute left.

Freshman Tiffany Ducker led the Beavers in scoring with eight points and pulled down eight rebounds. Young added seven points on 3-of-7 shooting and grabbed three boards.

Junior guard Mandy Close suffered a concussion when she was kicked in the head late in the second half after hustling for a loose ball. Beaver junior post Kim Butler saw limited action after spraining an ankle in practice on New Year's Eve.

Three Bruin players reached double figures in scoring with Noelle Quinn's 20 points, 12 rebounds, and eight steals leading the way.

OSU finished the game shooting just 1-for-23 from 3-point range.

Oregon State returns to action on Tuesday against USC. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Lyon Center.

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