UCLA Edged By #24 Arizona State, 62-59
Dec. 28, 2007
The UCLA women's basketball team was edged out by 24th-ranked Arizona State, 62-59, at Wells Fargo Arena. The game went wire-to-wire, with Darxia Morris making a steal and layup with 1:35 remaining to give UCLA a 59-58 lead. ASU's Sybil Dosty answered with a jumper 15 seconds later for what proved to be the final margin after UCLA's shots did not fall down the stretch.
The Bruins had a rough start to the game, falling behind 8-2 after three minutes when Moniquee Alexander and Kathy Olivier were assessed back-to-back technical fouls, but UCLA rebounded in a big way, going on a 17-2 run and holding Arizona State scoreless for nine minutes to take a 21-14 lead with six minutes to play in the half. Arizona State regained the lead, 23-21, on a three-pointer by Briann January and back-to-back threes by Jill Noe. A pair of Doreena Campbell free throws tied the game up again at 23-23, but Lauren Lacey scored six of ASU's final eight points in the half as the Sun Devils took a 31-27 lead into halftime.
UCLA used a 10-2 run early in the second half to take a 37-33 lead and extended the lead to eight, 45-37, with 12:47 to play after an 8-0 run. But ASU regained the lead at 48-47, with 9:10 remaining thanks to an 11-2 run and extended the advantage to six points, 53-47, after a Dosty layup. UCLA battled back at the free throw line, with Morris going 4-4 and Regina Rogers and Doreena Campbell each shooting 2-2 from the line to close to within one, 56-55, with 2:38 left. A Morris steal and layup gave UCLA the lead, 59-58, with 1:35 to play, but Dosty answered for ASU with a jumper.
After Nina Earl missed a layup on the other end, January missed a layup, and Rogers forced a jump ball on the rebound, giving the Bruins possession with 36 seconds left. Morris missed a jumper with 25 seconds on the clock, and Earl grabbed the offensive board but lost the ball out of bounds. UCLA was forced to foul, and Lacey missed both free throws. Lindsey Pluimer grabbed the rebound, but missed the layup in heavy traffic. Noe grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 2.7 seconds remaining. She made both shots, and Morris lost the ball on the inbounds play.
Morris led the Bruins with 14 points. Pluimer and Campbell had 12 points each. Campbell added career-highs with eight assists and six rebounds. Rogers scored nine points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The Bruins shot a season-best 77.3% (17-22) from the foul line.
UCLA (5-7, 0-1 in the Pac-10) will next play at Arizona on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 pm. The Wildcats lost to USC, 77-70. Arizona State (7-5,1-0) will host USC on Sunday.