UCLA Women's Basketball Defeats UCSB, 61-49

Dec. 15, 2009

Santa Barbara, CA - The UCLA women's basketball team improved its record to 5-3 and snapped a two-game skid with a 61-49 win against UC Santa Barbara (3-6) on Tuesday night at the Thunderdome on the UCSB campus. Sophomore transfer Jasmine Dixon made her first appearance as a Bruin a memorable one, as she led UCLA with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

After UCLA took an early 2-0 lead, UC Santa Barbara outscored the Bruins 17-6 to take a nine-point advantage at the 11:54 mark. UCLA misfired on 15 of its first 18 shots in its first contest after a 12-day break for exams. The Bruin offense got in gear with an 11-3 run which lifted the visitors to within one point, at 20-19, with 7:06 on the clock. UCLA regained the lead on a shot by Dixon, and after a basket by junior guard Darxia Morris, the Bruins a enjoyed a 27-24 lead at the break. Dixon, who was playing in her first game as a Bruin after transferring mid-season a year ago from Rutgers, had 10 points at the intermission, while Morris had nine.

UCLA extended its lead to six points, at 34-28, on a basket by Morris with the clock at 16:45, but had trouble pulling away from the host Gauchos. The Bruins built the lead up to a seven-point margin, 41-34, on a rebound basket by Dixon at the 10:27 mark, but UCSB cut it back to four on a three-point shot at 9:12. After UCSB got to within three points at 46-43 with 4:19 on the clock, junior guard Doreena Campbell triggered a decisive 9-2 run with a three-point shot and went on to score seven of the Bruin's nine points during the stretch.

Dixon finished with a game-high 19 points to top three Bruins in double digits. She tied freshman teammate Markel Walker for top rebound honors with 10. Morris added 17 points, and Campbell had 12. UCLA won the battle of the boards 46-31 and forced 18 UCSB turnovers. UCSB finished with 12 blocked shots.

The Bruins will return to action on Friday, Dec. 18, hosting Texas Tech in Pauley Pavilion in a game that will tip off at 7:05 p.m. That matchup is the first of three straight non-conference home games the Bruins will play leading up to the Pac-10 opener at Arizona on Jan. 1.

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