Bruins Defeat WSU On Road, 73-63
Jan. 14, 2006
Pullman, Wash. - UCLA won its first Pac-10 road game of the season, defeating Washington State in Pullman Saturday afternoon, 73-63. Junior guard Noelle Quinn recorded her fourth double-double of the season, scoring 23 points with 10 rebounds. Three other Bruin players joined her in double-figure scoring - Lisa Willis and Lindsey Pluimer with 12 points apiece and Amanda Livingston with 11.
The Bruins (10-7, 5-3 in the Pac-10) won the battle of the boards, 45-38, and outshot the Cougars (6-10, 0-7), 48.4%-34.3%, while forcing 18 turnovers.
UCLA led by as much as 11 points in the first half but took a narrow 34-31 advantage into the locker room at halftime after Washington State freshman Amanda DuRocher led a Cougar charge at the end of the half. With the Bruins up 30-22 at the 4:31 mark, DuRocher scored the Cougars' final nine points while she and her teammates held the Bruins to four points in the stretch.
The Cougars kept within three at various times in the second half, including the 8:03 mark, when UCLA's lead was chopped to 52-49. But the Bruins answered with an 8-1 run, capped off by back-to-back layups by Tierra Henderson and Quinn off steals.
Quinn shot 10-15 from the field and added six assists while recording her 19th career 20-point game. Pluimer and Nikki Blue had seven rebounds apiece.
UCLA will next face USC on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1 pm in the Sports Arena.