UCLA Nearly Upsets No. 10 Cal in Overtime Thriller

Jan. 6, 2008

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Natasha Vital scored 18 points, including two free throws in overtime, to lead No. 10 California to a 73-70 victory over UCLA on Saturday.

Devanei Hampton scored three of her 16 points in overtime for the Bears (13-2, 4-0 Pacific 10). She also stole the ball with 23 seconds to play and fed Vital, who was fouled and went to the line with Cal leading 71-70.

Alexis Gray-Lawson scored Cal's first three points of overtime and finished with 14. Ashley Walker had 15 points and 10 rebounds, her conference-leading ninth double-double this season.

Lindsey Pluimer scored 16 points for UCLA (7-8, 2-2), which beat No. 2 Stanford on Friday.

Darxia Morris scored six of her 14 points in a 10-0 run that gave UCLA its first lead, 55-50, with 9:41 left in the second half; and Doreena Campbell scored 10 points.

Walker's two free throws tied the score at 65 with 1:45 remaining in regulation.

Both teams had a chance to win in the last minute. Tierra Henderson missed a 3-pointer with 27 seconds to play for UCLA, and Hampton's inside jumper rolled off the right rim.

In overtime, Campbell missed a 3-point attempt with a second left.

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