UCLA Women Fall To Trojans
Feb. 17, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif. - The USC women's basketball team snapped a Bruin four-game home winning streak and captured a 49-36 decision over UCLA in a Pac-10 Conference contest played on Sunday afternoon before 8,013 fans, the fourth-largest women's crowd in Pauley Pavilion history. The result broke a fourth-place tie in the conference standings between the two teams. USC improved to 16-9 overall and 9-5 in the Pac-10. UCLA fell to 13-12 and 8-6.
Both teams experienced shooting anxiety at the outset of the cross-town battle as they combined to miss 19 of the first 22 shots in the game. After a pair of Nadia Parker baskets had put USC in front 4-0 at the 16:05 mark, the Bruins came back to score the next six points of the contest and took a 6-4 lead at the 12:46 mark. Parker, who finished with a game-high 18 points, went on to tally 10 of the Trojans first 12 points on the day.
USC used back-to back Parker baskets to break an 8-8 tie and take the lead for good in the game at 12-8 with 7:50 on the clock. The Women of Troy went on to enjoy a 22-12 advantage at the half. The 12 points marked the lowest scoring total in UCLA women's basketball history for a game played in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins were able to convert just four of 31 first-half shots for a 12.9% shooting percentage.
Bruin senior forward Lindsey Pluimer and freshman guard Doreena Campbell scored the first two baskets of the second half to slice the Trojan lead to 22-16 with 17:39 remaining in the contest. A layup at the 12:54 mark by Bruin freshman center Regina Rogers narrowed the gap to five points, 28-23, but it was as close as UCLA would come. Parker then answered with a basket at the 12:25 mark that ignited a 13-2 run by the Women of Troy. UCLA never got closer than nine points the balance of the contest.
Junior guard Tierra Henderson led UCLA with seven points. Campbell and Rogers each pulled down eight rebounds. Parker finished with a game-high 10 boards to go along with her 18 points. UCLA's 36 points tied the school mark for the lowest point total in a women's basketball game.
The Bruins honored the 1978 national championship women's basketball team at halftime of this afternoon's game. The players and staff from that squad received rings to commemorate their Mar. 25, 1978 AIAW title win over Maryland.
UCLA will travel to play at Oregon State on Thursday night in Corvallis, OR. The Bruins bested the Beavers, 74-70, in the first matchup of the season in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 26.
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