UCLA Jumps Into Third Place In Pac-10 After 83-75 Win Over Washington
Feb. 11, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA women's basketball team used a near triple-double from guard Noelle Quinn and a pair of double-doubles from Lisa Willis and Lindsey Pluimer to defeat Washington in Pauley Pavilion Saturday afternoon, 83-75. The win was UCLA's sixth in its last seven games and catapulted the Bruins into third place in the Pac-10 Conference.
Quinn had a terrific all-around game, scoring a game-high 23 points with nine assists and eight rebounds. Willis recorded her first double-double of the year with 16 points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds, to go along with five assists and four steals. Pluimer also had her first double-double with 15 points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds. Nikki Blue added 11 points and six assists.
Washington had the hot hand to start the game and jumped out to a 10-7 lead after hitting five of its first eight shots. But that would be the last time the Huskies led, as the Bruins roared back with a 14-2 run to gave UCLA a 21-12 lead at the 10:40 mark. UCLA extended the lead to 12 with 5:42 to play before Washington scored seven unanswered points within one minute to cut the lead to five. The Bruins ended the half with a 12-4 run in the final four minutes and took a 44-31 lead into the locker room at halftime.
UCLA continued its momentum in the second half, leading the Huskies by double-digits until the two minute mark, when a pair of free throws by Andrea Pluoffe trimmed the Bruins' lead to eight, at 74-66. An Emily Florence fast break layup brought Washington to within six with 1:42 to play, but Willis slowed the Huskies' momentum with a layup at 1:16 and a free throw with 54 seconds remaining to increase UCLA's lead to nine, 77-68. With 27 seconds left, Florence made one of two free throws to cut the lead to five, 78-73, and Washington tried to trap the Bruins on the inbounds, but Blue broke the press and launched a pass to Tierra Henderson, who made the layup and was fouled with 25 seconds on the clock to essentially seal the win.
The Bruins outshot the Huskies, 50.8%-33.3% and won the battle of the boards, 52-45. Like UCLA, Washington had four players in double figure scoring, with Cameo Hicks leading the way with 21 points. Plouffe added 16, Breanne Watson had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Florence added 10 points.
UCLA's record improves to 15-9, 10-5 in the Pac-10. Washington drops to 16-7, 9-5.
The Bruins will next host USC (15-9, 9-6) on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 pm in a game televised nationally by Fox Sports Net.