Bruins Come Up Short at #24 Kansas

Dec. 3, 2009

The UCLA women's basketball team fell to 4-3 on the year after dropping a 54-49 decision at #24-ranked Kansas (4-2) on Thursday night in the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS before a national television audience.UCLA Women's Basketball

UCLA took a 7-0 lead at the start of the game and was never headed for the rest of the first half. KU was held scoreless until the 16:43 mark. The Bruins took a 15-9 lead on a shot by junior guard Darxia Morris with 10:38 remaining in the half. Kansas then went on a 7-2 run to cut the Bruin margin to one point, 17-16 with 6:06 showing on the clock. Kansas managed to tie the game at 19-all with 3:44 to play, but misfired on a couple of chances to take the lead. Junior forward Nina Earl's basket at the 2:39 mark was the only score the balance of the half and the Bruins enjoyed a 21-19 lead at the break. Both teams played without a top player for significant minutes in the first half.

UCLA's freshman forward Markel Walker picked up her second foul at the 12:28 mark and went to the bench with no points. KU's senior wing Danielle McCray, the pre-season Big 12 Player of the Year, was sidelined for the home team, also with two early fouls, and totaled two first half points.

KU's Sade Morris gave the Jayhawks their first lead of the game, 27-25, on a basket and a free throw with 15:37 remaining. The lead then changed hands five times before the score was tied at 38 on a basket by Bruin sophomore Rebekah Gardner with 7:11 on the clock. KU then scored the next five points in the contest to take a 43-38 lead at the 5:07 mark on a three-point shot by McCray.

UCLA closed to two points at 48-46 after a steal by Darxia Morris with 1:10 to play. Walker then stole the ball for UCLA but missed a short shot in the lane and the rebound went out of bounds to KU. Kansas then turned the ball over again with 30 seconds to play, but the Bruins were called for a blocking foul at the offensive end of the court with 18 seconds showing on the clock.

UCLA was called for an intentional foul on the KU inbounds play. The Jayhawks sank both free throws and the Bruins were forced to foul on the subsequent inbounds pass. KU hit both ends of the double bonus free throw situation with 16.8 on the clock. Darxia Morris missed a three-point attempt for UCLA which was rebounded by KU. KU added a couple of more free throws after being fouled on the inbounds play. A Bruin three-point shot just before the buzzer made the final 54-49 Kansas.

The Bruins will take next week off for the final exams break and return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 15 for a game at UC Santa Barbara. UCLA's next home game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18 against Texas Tech in Pauley Pavilion. Tip-off is at 7:05 p.m.

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