UCLA Defeats UC Riverside, 71-60
Dec. 21, 2007
The UCLA women's basketball team ended non-conference play with a 71-60 victory over UC Riverside on Friday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA senior forward Lindsey Pluimer led the Bruins with 16 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Sophomore center Moniquee Alexander contributed a career-high 11 points for the second-straight game and also had a season-high seven rebounds, and freshman forward Nina Earl added 10 points off the bench.
UCLA hit five out of its first six shots and held UCR scoreless for nearly five minutes, jumping out to a 13-0 lead. The Bruins led by as much as 20, 24-4, with 10:02 to play after an Erica Tukiainen steal and fast-break layup. UCR fought back with a 20-2 run over the next seven minutes to cut the lead to 26-24. The Bruins missed 14 of 16 shots before an Earl three-pointer put UCLA on the board again at 2:52 to up the lead to 29-24. Earl again hit a three-pointer to give the Bruins breathing room at 32-28 after the Highlanders pulled to within one, and a free throw by Pluimer provided the final halftime margin of 33-28.
The Bruins opened the second half with an 8-2 run to up their lead to double-digits, 41-30. UCR chipped away at the lead and closed to within three, 61-58, with less than four minutes to play on a layup by Roney Friend. But a layup by Regina Rogers and a pair of foul shots by Pluimer increased UCLA's lead to seven, 65-58. The Bruins scored six straight points over the final 2:17 on a pair of free throws by Darxia Morris and a layup and two free throws by Alexander to close out the game and end non-conference play with an 11-point victory.
Seyram Gbewonyo scored a game-high 17 points to lead UC Riverside. Tainoisouti Lott (14 points) and Amber Cox (11) also scored in double figures.
UCLA (5-6) outshot UCR (2-8), 41.7%-29.0%, and outrebounded the Highlanders, 51-38. The Bruins also tied their season-high with 20 assists, with Morris and Tierra Henderson leading the way with five each. Morris scored nine points and had career-highs in rebounds (6) and assists.
The Bruins open the Pac-10 Conference season on Friday, Dec. 28 at Arizona State.