UCLA Falls To Idaho State, 76-64
Dec. 1, 2007
A second-half comeback was too little, too late for UCLA, who could not overcome a 19-point halftime deficit and dropped a 76-64 decision to Idaho State in the Nugget Classic at the Lawlor Event Center on the University of Nevada campus in Reno.
Freshman center Regina Rogers led UCLA with 12 points, with half of those points coming in the first four minutes of the second half to spark UCLA's comeback. Lindsey Pluimer and Darxia Morris each added 11 points.
Pluimer picked up her second foul five minutes into the game, and the Bruins missed her leadership, falling behind 22-9 with 7:11 on the clock after the Bruins went scoreless for four minutes. A Pluimer layup ended the scoreless drought at 5:47, but Idaho State reeled off another 8-0 run to increase the lead to 30-11 on a Kaylynn Fager 3-pointer at the 4:23 mark. Idaho State maintained its lead with three-point shooting, hitting seven treys in the first half, while UCLA shot just 9-32 (28%) from the field.
UCLA made a furious comeback at the start of the second half, cutting the lead to 10 at 50-40 with 12:45 on the clock after a 9-0 run. A three-pointer by Tierra Henderson and an and-one by Moniquee Alexander sparked the run. Each time the Bruins drew close, Idaho State kept them at bay with three-pointers. Down 67-51 at 5:48, UCLA went on a 13-2 run to cut the lead to five, 69-64, with 58 seconds left, but the Bengals made seven of eight free throws down the stretch to close out the game.
Idaho State's Natalie Doma had 19 points and 20 rebounds in the game, including 16 rebounds in the first half alone, to become the first UCLA opponent to record 20 rebounds since Ebony Hoffman of USC had 20 on Feb. 8, 2003. Andrea Lightfoot also had 19 points for the Bengals.
UCLA (3-3) will play Southern University (0-3) in the consolation game of the Nugget Classic on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 pm. Nevada and Idaho State will play in the championship game at 4 pm. Nevada was a 77-52 victor over Southern in the first game.