UCLA Defeats UC Riverside, 70-60
Nov. 18, 2006
Riverside, Calif. - The 20th-ranked UCLA women's basketball team improved to 2-1 on the year with a 70-60 victory at UC Riverside. Noelle Quinn led all players with 19 points and added nine rebounds, and Amanda Livingston recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
UCR (0-3) jumped out to an 8-5 lead to start the game but went scoreless for six minutes, as the Bruins ran off 11 straight points to move ahead, 16-8, with 9:03 to play in the first half. UCR closed to within four in the half, but the Bruins ended the period with a 9-1 run to take a 32-18 halftime lead.
The Highlanders came out firing at the start of the second half, going on a 16-3 run to pull to within one, 35-34, with 15:26 to play. The Highlanders tied the game at 10:52 on a three-pointer by Seyram Gbewonyo, but a pair of baskets by Livingston and Erica Latimer made UCR's lead short-lived. A three-point play by Lindsey Pluimer increased UCLA's lead to 50-44 with 8:26 to play, and Shaina Zaidi hit a three-pointer at 4:51 to increase the lead to double digits, 59-48 with 4:51 to play.
Jessie Schmuckal's three-pointer with 1:43 to play enabled the Highlanders to pull to within eight, 63-55, but Zaidi answered with a jumper at 1:23 and with a three-pointer with 45 seconds remaining to bring the lead back to double-digits.
Fouls and poor foul shooting plagued the Highlanders. Kemie Nkele fouled out at the 12:15 mark, and Amber Cox fouled out with 7:44 to play. UCR shot just 42.9% (6-14) from the line in the game and missed several front ends of one-on-one opportunities. The Bruins, meanwhile, made 19-27 free throws (70.4%) and shot 51.1% in the game (24-47). UCLA out-rebounded UCR, 43-28.
'Riverside, they come after you,' said UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier. 'They play well at home, they play aggressive defense. We never got into the flow; there were a lot of fouls called. But we'll take it.'
The game was delayed by 30 minutes due to heavy traffic throughout the Southland that delayed the Bruins' bus from Westwood.
UCLA will next host third-ranked Oklahoma on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in Pauley Pavilion.