UCLA Rallies For Win Over Washington State
Jan. 28, 2007
Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA women's basketball team won its third-straight game, improving its record to 12-11, 6-5 in the Pac-10 conference, with a come-from-behind 73-70 win over Washington State Sunday in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins were led by junior forward Lindsey Pluimer, who scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Tierra Henderson added 10 points and a career-high seven assists while senior guard Shaina Zaidi scored a career-best 14 points for the Bruins, who rallied from as many as 12 points down in the second half while shooting 59% from the field after the halftime break.
Washington State, which fell behind 7-4 at the 15:55 mark of the first half after misfiring on seven on it first eight shots from the field, suddenly caught fire and took a 13-7 lead at 14:24 following a 9-0 run. The Cougars went on to lead by as many as 10 points in the first half before settling for a 33-24 margin at the break. UCLA made just 9-28 field goal attempts (32%) in the half and committed 12 turnovers.
The Cougars, who fell to 5-16 on the year and 1-10 in Pac-10 play, took their biggest lead of the contest at 38-26 with 17:47 remaining in the game on a jump shot by Colleen Betteridge. UCLA then began its rally, which was keyed during a six-minute stretch by four baskets by Henderson and a couple of three-pointers from Zaidi. The Bruins evened the score at 47-all on the second of Zaidi's treys which came at the 10:04 mark. UCLA took the lead for good, at 54-53, on another Henderson basket with 7:36 to play.
The Bruins built the lead up to as many as nine points, 70-61, on a pair of free throws by Pluimer with 1:40 on the clock. Betteridge then answered for the Cougars with consecutive three-point baskets which sliced the UCLA lead to 70-67 with 1:00 to play. A couple of free throws by Zaidi, with 53 seconds to play, upped the lead to 72-67. Amanda DuRocher drove the lane for a WSU basket with 38 seconds remaining, trimming the Bruin lead back down to 72-69.
UCLA dribbled out some of the clock before Noelle Quinn missed a shot with 11 seconds to go, but the rebound went out of bounds under the Bruin basket off of Washington State. Chinyere Ibekwe was fouled by the Cougars on the inbounds pass, and she gave UCLA a 73-69 advantage with 8.2 seconds on the clock after making the first of two free attempts in the double bonus situation. DuRocher was fouled under the basket with 0.6 seconds on the clock and made the first free throw attempt to bring the score to 73-70. She intentionally missed the second shot, but the buzzer sounded as UCLA's Quinn grabbed the rebound.
The Bruins will continue Pac-10 conference play next week with games at the Oregon schools.