UCLA Women Drop 67-53 Decision To Ninth-Ranked Cal

Jan. 31, 2008

Berkeley, Calif. - The Bruins dropped a 67-53 decision to ninth-ranked California at Haas Pavilion on Thursday evening. Freshman Doreena Campbell was the only Bruin to reach double-figures in scoring with 10 points, and she also added four assists and three steals. Darxia Morris and Tierra Henderson added eight each. Chinyere Ibekwe added six points with a team-best nine rebounds.

UCLA stayed with Cal in the first half, leading early before the Golden Bears jumped ahead by nine, 20-11, on an Ashley Walker layup with 10:52 to play. The Bruins cut the lead to five with 4:21 to play in the half after a Campbell jumper but were unable to score the rest of the half, and Cal ran off eight straight points to take a 36-25 halftime lead.

Cal was quick to extend its lead in the second half, going up by as much as 19, 55-36, at the 12:10 mark. The Bruins' full-court press, which was so effective a week ago against the Oregon schools, did not work as well against Cal's experienced guards, who often used the advantage to score layups.

UCLA's pressure defense began to get to the Golden Bears, however. The Bruins kept Cal scoreless for five minutes and trimmed the lead to 61-50 with a 10-0 run. A Lindsey Pluimer three-pointer at 3:19 brough the Bruins to within 10, 63-53, but that was as close as they would get.

The Bruins were outshot, 47.3%-32.4% and outrebounded, 42-39. UCLA forced 19 turnovers while committing just 14.

UCLA (11-10, 6-4) will next face No. 7 Stanford on Saturday at 2 pm. California (18-3, 9-1) will host USC on Saturday.

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