UCLA Women's Basketball Team Loses at San Diego
Dec. 8, 2007
The UCLA women's basketball team dropped a 63-57 decision to the University of San Diego on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game in Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego. UCLA which fell to 4-4 on the season was led by the 12-point effort of freshman guard Nina Earl. San Diego improved to 5-4 on the year.
The Bruins fell behind early and trailed 34-26 at the half. USD used a 10-0 run to open up an 11-point lead midway through the first half. San Diego led 13-12 at the 12:43 mark and then scored the next 10 points in the contest, six by center Amber Sprague to take a 23-12 lead with 8:55 to go. The Bruins never got closer than eight the rest of the first half. Sprague, San Diego's six-foot five-inch junior center, scored 19 of her game-high 30 points in that first half, including 13 of San Diego's final 15 points before the break.
A furious Bruin second half comeback attempt came up short. San Diego enjoyed a 47-30 advantage with 13:50 to play in the contest. UCLA then went on a 21-5 spurt to narrow the margin to 52-51 with 4:35 to go. A layup by Earl provided the last two points in UCLA's run. A pair of free throws by Sprague put the Toreros back in front by three with 4:09 to play. The Bruins turned it over on the next two possessions before Sam Child connected for USD with 3:21 to go to make it 56-51. Earl made one of two free throw attempts with 1:47 to play to make it 56-52 with 1:47 on the clock. Child then scored just before the shot clock expired for a 58-52 San Diego lead with 1:16 to go.
Freshman guard Darxia Morris converted on the second of two free throw attempts with 53 seconds to play to pull the Bruins to 58-53. Sprague then made one of two free throws with 28 seconds to go and UCLA's freshman center Candice Brown did the same at the 17-second mark to make the score 59-54. Child was fouled and made both free throw opportunities with 16 seconds showing on the clock for a seven-point USD advantage. UCLA's Lindsey Pluimer misfired on a jump shot with 10 seconds left and San Diego made both free throws after being fouled on the rebound. Pluimer swished a three-point shot from the corner just before the final horn sounded to make the final score 63-57.
UCLA takes a brief break for exams before heading back out on the road for a Dec. 15 game at Brigham Young University. The next UCLA home game is on Dec. 19 against top-ranked Tennessee at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
Sprague totaled 19 points in the first half.