UCLA Puts Clamps Down On Utah, 69-33
Nov. 22, 2009
San Diego, Calif. - UCLA held Utah to just 33 points and cruised to a 69-33 victory late Saturday night in San Diego's Viejas Arena.
The game got off to an inauspicious start when Utah scored a basket two seconds in ... into the wrong basket. The Bruins went on to score 14 more unanswered points to jump out to a 16-0 lead. Utah would not score its first points until a free throw by Diana Rolniak with 14:37 left in the half, and the Utes did not score a field goal until hitting a 3-pointer with 13:20 left. Utah got to within five at 16-11 at the 10:12 mark, but UCLA surged ahead with 15-3 run to take a 17-point lead, 31-14, and went into the lockerroom with a 33-17 lead.
The second half was more of the same, with UCLA outscoring the Utes 10-2 to start the half and holding Utah to just two points in the final six minutes of the contest.
UCLA's Markel Walker and Darxia Morris led all players with 10 points apiece. Erica Tukiainen continued her hot shooting, hitting 3-for-4 from beyond the arc and scoring nine points. Doreena Campbell also had nine points, along with six assists and six rebounds. Walker tied Rolniak for game-high honors in rebounding with seven.
UCLA outshot Utah, 40.3%-24.3%, and forced 26 turnovers. The Bruins had 13 steals and just 11 turnovers.
The 33 points scored were the fewest by a UCLA opponent since the 1984-85 team defeated UC Santa Barbara, 94-31, on Dec. 15, 1984.
The Bruins improve to 3-1 on the year, while Utah falls to 1-2. UCLA will host Princeton on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7 pm before traveling to face Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 28.