UCLA Surges To 73-67 Win Over Washington
Jan. 26, 2007
Los Angeles, Calif. - Four UCLA players scored in double-figures as the Bruins handed Washington a 73-67 defeat Friday night in Pauley Pavilion. Noelle Quinn recorded her sixth double-double of the year, scoring 21 points with a season-high 12 rebounds, to lead all players in both categories. Lindsey Pluimer added 12 points, Amanda Livingston scored 11, and Tierra Henderson had 10 points for UCLA (11-11, 5-5 in the Pac-10). Cameo Hicks led Washington (13-8, 6-4) with 20 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort.
UCLA led throughout the entire first half, jumping ahead 21-8 at the 11:21 mark after a 11-0 run. The Huskies embarked on a 10-0 run of their own to close the game to three, 21-18, at the 9:27 mark, but UCLA again jumped ahead to a nine-point lead and held on for a 34-32 halftime lead.
The Huskies gained the lead for the first time with 17:38 left in the contest when Erica Schelly hit a three-pointer that put Washington ahead, 41-38. Quinn quickly tied it up with a layup and foul shot. The teams traded leads the rest of the half until UCLA put the game away in the final minute. With Washington ahead 67-66 after a Hicks free throw, Husky forward Andrea Plouffe missed an open layup with 51 seconds to play. After a scramble for the ball, the Bruins fought for a jump ball and gained control on the alternating possession. Quinn then hit a three-pointer with 35 seconds left to give UCLA a two-point lead at 69-67. Tierra Henderson pressured Cameo Hicks into a bad shot. Chinyere Ibekwe grabbed the rebound for UCLA and was tied up, and Washington regained possession with 24 seconds remaining. Henderson then stole the ball on the inbounds play and passed to Pluimer, who was fouled with 15 seconds left. Pluimer hit both free throws to push UCLA ahead, 71-67. A pair of free throws by Quinn with three seconds left provided the final margin.
The Bruins took advantage of early fouls by Washington that put UCLA in the bonus just five and a half minutes into the second half. The Bruins shot 81.5% (22-27) from the foul line, while Washington shot 69.6% (16-23).