UCLA Women Win at Oregon State, 55-52

Feb. 21, 2008

Corvallis, OR - The UCLA women's basketball team rallied in the final seconds for a 55-52 win over Oregon State in a Pac-10 conference game played Thursday night in Gill Coliseum on the Oregon State campus in Corvallis, OR. The Bruins improved their record to 14-12 overall and 9-6 in the Pac-10 with the win.

UCLA junior guard Tierra Henderson hit the front end of a one-and-one free throw situation with 7.8 seconds to play to put UCLA into the lead, 53-52. She missed the second, but freshman center Regina Rogers grabbed the rebound and scored a basket with five seconds to play to give the Bruins a 55-52 lead. Oregon State failed to get off a final shot and picked up its ninth-straight loss. The Beavers are 10-17, 3-13 in Pac-10 conference action.

UCLA trailed by a score of 51-44 with just 3:31 to play in the contest. Two free throws by sophomore guard Erica Tukiainen cut the gap to 51-46 with 3:08 to go. Rogers then made one of two free throws with 2:29 to play to cut the lead to 51-47. A Henderson basket sliced the Beaver lead to 51-49 with 1:53 on the clock. After the teams traded turnovers, Lindsey Pluimer was fouled and made both ends of a one-and-one situation with 1:00 on the clock to tie the game at 51-all.

Rogers was called for a foul of OSU center Alex Mitchell with 35.7 seconds to play. The Beaver freshman made the first free throw but missed the second and Oregon State led 52-51. Rogers was then fouled at the Bruin end of the floor with 18.8 seconds showing on the clock. The Bruin freshman made the first but missed the second free throw attempt to tie the score at 52. Pluimer rebounded the Rogers miss, and UCLA called time out with 17 seconds remaining. Henderson was then fouled with 7.8 on the clock and proceeded to put the Bruins into the lead after she made the first attempt. Rogers rebounded Henderson's miss and put it back in the basket with four seconds to play for the final score.

UCLA jumped out to a 16-6 mark in the early going after Oregon State managed to connect on just two of its first 12 shots in the contest. The Beavers cut the Bruin lead to 16-11 on back-to-back baskets with 8:49 to play. UCLA then went on a 9-2 run, holding OSU without a field goal for almost six minutes on the clock, and enjoyed a 25-13 lead with 4:17 remaining in the half on the second of two straight baskets by Pluimer. UCLA took its largest lead of the first half, 27-15, on a bucket by sophomore center Moniquee Alexander at the 3:19 mark. The host Beavers then scored the final seven points of the first half to narrow the halftime deficit to 27-22.

Pluimer, who recorded three blocked shots in the contest to move into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time UCLA career list with 86, led all players with 17 points. Henderson added 10.

UCLA will conclude its regular season road schedule with a trip to Eugene on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game against the University of Oregon.

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