Oregon State Women Hand UCLA 56-52 Defeat

Jan. 5, 2007

Los Angeles, Calif. - Oregon State earned its first Pac-10 conference win of the season and snapped a five-game losing streak in the series with a 56-52 win at UCLA in a game played in Pauley Pavilion.

Poor shooting and turnovers plagued both teams in the first half. The two teams combined to miss the first 10 shots in the game, and UCLA shot 34.5% in the half to Oregon State's 38.5%. The Bruins, however, entered halftime with a 24-21 lead when Noelle Quinn made a running banked three-pointer at the buzzer.

Casey Nash, the conference's leading scorer, got Oregon State off to a good second half start, hitting five of the first six shots taken by the Beavers and scoring eight consecutive points in the process. Nash's fifth basket pushed the Beavers out to a 31-26 lead at the 15:14 mark. UCLA cut the lead to one, 39-38, on a Quinn jumper with 8:27 to play, but Ashley Allen answered with a three-pointer to kick off a 7-0 run that ended with OSU holding its biggest lead, 46-38, with 4:36 to play.

The Bruins went seven minutes without a field goal until a Lindsey Pluimer layup with 1:44 to play, which made the score 50-42. With 1:36 to play, Mercedes Fox-Griffin made one of two free throws to put the Beavers up 51-42, but UCLA made another quick comeback. Freshman Jerica Williams hit a second-chance basket with 1:23 left, followed by a pair of free throws from Pluimer at the 55-second mark to cut the OSU lead to 51-46. Another Williams basket after a Quinn steal cut the margin to three, 51-48, with 45 seconds remaining.

Nash was then fouled in the backcourt and made both free throws in the double bonus situation to return the Beavers' lead to five points. After a miss by Quinn, Judie Lomax grabbed the rebound and passed it off the Fox-Griffin, who was fouled and made both ends of the double bonus for a 55-48 advantage with 28 seconds remaining. UCLA was unable to get a three-point attempt off, and Quinn scored inside with 14 seconds on the clock to make the score 55-50, OSU. Pluimer stole the long Beaver inbounds pass, and Williams connected again to pull the Bruins within three points at 55-52 with 5.6 seconds on the clock. Lomax was fouled on the inbounds play and made the second of two free throw opportunities with 4.6 seconds on the clock to make it a two possession game. Quinn misfired on a three-point shot at the buzzer, and the Beavers had the win.

Nash led four Beavers in double digits with 18 points as Oregon State upped its record to 6-6, 1-2. UCLA was led by Quinn's 13 points. Quinn also led UCLA with eight rebounds and seven assists. Pluimer added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Bruins, who fell to 8-9 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-10. UCLA will play next on Sunday when it hosts Oregon at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

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