Bruins Rally Past Ducks For 63-59 Win
Jan. 24, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA outscored Oregon 19-2 during the final stages of the contest to help pull out a 63-59 win over the visiting Ducks tonight in a Pac-10 conference game played in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins had trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half, 49-35, with 10:10 to play, but forced the Ducks into 18 second-half turnovers to key the comeback.
The Bruins trailed 54-43 with 6:57 remaining the game before going on a 13-0 run. UCLA took the lead on a scoop shot by Tierra Henderson at the 3:18 mark after a steal by Doreena Campbell to take a 56-54 lead. Another steal led to a Henderson free throw to increase the lead to three, 57-54, with 2:46 remaining. With 2:11 left, Oregon's Ellie Manou trimmed UCLA's lead to one with a layup. Regina Rogers answered with a put-back basket at 1:36 to give UCLA a 59-56 lead. The Bruins increased the lead to 61-56 on a pair of free throws by Lindsey Pluimer with 26 seconds remaining. Nina Earl added one of two free throws with 21 seconds to play after a Duck turnover. A Duck three-point shot cut the margin to three with 13 seconds on the clock. Pluimer then stepped to the line with 10.8 seconds remaining and made the second of two free throw attempts for a four-point Bruin cushion. Oregon misfired on its final shot of the night, and the Bruins walked away with the comeback win.
Oregon held UCLA without a basket in the final 4:42 of the first half and mixed in a 13-0 run to help the Ducks to a six-point halftime lead. Pluimer converted two free throws with 4.8 seconds to go in the first half to break the scoring drought and sliced the Duck lead to 30-24 at the break.
Pluimer led UCLA, which improved its records to 10-9 overall and 5-3 in Pac-10 play, with a game-high 19 points. Oregon was led by guard Kaela Chapdelaine's 16 points. Chapdelaine had five three-pointers, which tied her career-high. UCLA forced the Ducks into 29 turnovers in the game, including 18 in the second half.