UCLA Drops 79-70 Exhibition Opener To Love And Basketball
Nov. 1, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - Love and Basketball, a group of former collegiate all-stars, spoiled UCLA's 2006-07 debut with a 79-70 exhibition win over the Bruins in a game played Wednesday night in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA was led by returning starters Noelle Quinn, Amanda Livingston and Lindsey Pluimer, who each scored 14 points. Love and Basketball's Jessica Cheeks led all scorers in the contest with 16 points.
Love and Basketball led the majority of the game but never by more than the final margin of nine points. After the visitors jumped out to a 41-37 lead at the half, UCLA came out strong and started the second half on a 7-2 run to go in front, 44-43, with 17:58 to play on a basket by Livingston. Cheeks put L&B back on top by four with a three-point shot, 48-44, only to see a pair of free throws by Quinn tie the game at 48 with 16:06 to go. Another three-point shot by Cheeks, at the 9:23 mark, gave L&B its largest edge of the night at nine points, 65-56. The Bruins sliced the lead to 68-66 with 5:48 to play on a basket by Pluimer but could get no closer.
Pluimer and Livingston each had double-doubles for the Bruins, pulling down 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively. Quinn added a game-high seven assists. Senior Shaina Zaidi started at one guard position for UCLA and added 10 points. Bruin freshman Erica Latimer started at a forward slot and scored six points.
Former Bruins Natalie Nakase, who added 11 points and five assists, and Sandra VanEmbricqs, who scored a point and had one steal, played for Love and Basketball.
UCLA, which will host Team Concept on Sunday in its final exhibition tune-up, played tonight without the services of sophomore center Chinyere Ibekwe and sophomore guard Tierra Henderson, who sat out the contest due to a violation of team rules. The Bruins open up the regular season on Nov. 12 by hosting UC Santa Barbara.