Jan. 28, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Behind Lindsey Pluimer's 18 points and 13 rebounds, the UCLA Bruins (12-11 overall, 6-5 Pac-10) edged out the Washington State Cougars (5-16 overall, 1-10 Pac-10) 73-70 Sunday at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
After scoring only two points against the USC Women of Troy Friday, freshman forward Marisa Stotler came back to lead the Cougars with 15 points, ten of which came in the first half. The Cougars also received 13 points from freshman Colleen Betteridge. Kate Benz was WSU's top rebounder with nine boards while Stotler collected seven.
As a team, WSU committed a season-low ten turnovers and had ten steals.
The Cougars went into halftime leading 33-24 and extended their lead to 12 points when Dani Montgomery hit a three-pointer just after the start of the second half. UCLA's Tierra Henderson brought the Bruins to within six after back-to-back steals that led to successful lay-ups. With 12:27 remaining in the game, Kate Benz knocked down a three-pointer with two seconds on the shot clock, giving WSU a nine point advantage. Shaina Zaidi, however, brought the Bruins to within one, and then tied the game at 47 with 9:53 remaining.
Both teams exchanged the lead until UCLA used an 8-1 run to take a 60-54 lead with 4:49 remaining. UCLA extended their lead to nine with 1:40 remaining but Colleen Betteridge hit two straight shots from beyond the arc to cut the Bruin lead to three.
With less than a minute to play, UCLA hit two free-throw shots to regain a five point lead. Amanda DuRocher hit a jumper off the glass to bring the score to 69-72 in favor of the Bruins. UCLA's Chinyere Ibekwe made 1-of-2 free throws to seal the Bruin victory.
UCLA had three players finish in double figures. Beside Pluimer's 18 points, Zaidi recorded 14 points and Henderson added ten.
In the first half, Katie Appleton started a 12-2 WSU run by sinking two free throws with 15:34 remaining. The Cougars took their first lead of the half when Appleton stole the ball at half court and scored on a layup. After a successful three-point shot by Kate Benz, UCLA briefly interrupted WSU's 9-0 run with two free throws, but the Cougars extended their lead to seven when Amanda DuRocher sank her first three pointer of the day.
The Cougars committed a mere four turnovers and had six steals during the first 20 minutes of play, while the Bruins had 12 turnovers and only one steal. WSU shot 42 percent from the field while the Bruins, the conference's fifth best shooting team, were limited to 32 percent shooting. UCLA out-rebounded WSU 27-16.
The Cougar defense also limited the Bruins' Noelle Quinn to only four points. Quinn owns a 17.0 ppg average, fifth highest in the Pac-10, but finished with eight points.
WSU returns to Beasley Coliseum to host Arizona and Arizona State. The Cougars will meet the Wildcats Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Friel Court before taking on the Sun Devils, ranked tenth nationally, Saturday at 2L00 p.m.