Jan. 29, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Freshmen Devanei Hampton and Alexis Gray-Lawson combined for 46 points, but UCLA came away with a 90-87 win in overtime over California Sunday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion. The Golden Bears fell to 14-7 overall and 6-5 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins improved to 12-8 and moved into a tie for second in the Pac-10 at 7-4.
Hampton tallied 24 points, and Gray-Lawson contributed 22 points. Freshman forward/center Ashley Walker posted 18 points and 10 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Freshman guard Jene Morris had 14 points. Four of Cal's five starters played at least 43 of 45 minutes.
Free throws were the difference in the game for Cal for the second time in three games. Cal shot 57.7 percent from the charity stripe, while UCLA sank 81.8 percent of its attempts.
In overtime, Gray-Lawson gave Cal an 85-83 lead and an 87-86 edge with 1:23 to play, but Blue and Quinn each made two free throws in the final 26 seconds to give the Bruins a three-point edge with 6.4 second on the clock. Gray-Lawson launched an unsuccessful closely-guarded three-pointer that would have tied the game on the Bears' final possession.
After Cal led 4-3, UCLA went on a 6-0 run to go ahead 9-4, but the Bears battled back to 14-14 after a basket from Morris with about 14 minutes left in the first half.
A baseline jumper from Lindsay Pluimer gave the Bruins a 22-16 lead, but Cal closed to within 22-20 following baskets from Gray-Lawson and Renee Wright. Wright led Cal with 13 rebounds and nine points.
UCLA temporarily broke away from Cal with a 15-7 run, with five different players contributing points, to jump ahead 37-27 with 5:35 to go in the opening 20 minutes. The first-half shootout got even wilder as the final minutes of the opening half ticked off. The Bears unveiled an 18-7 run, which included six points and a steal from Morris and five points from Hampton, to grab a 45-44 edge with 48 seconds until the break.
However, the lead was short lived as a three-pointer from Noelle Quinn, who had 16 first-half points, helped the Bruins reclaim a 51-46 edge. The Bears entered the locker room down only two as Hampton hit a 30-foot three-pointer as time expired.
UCLA got off to a fast start in the second half and went ahead 56-49 on a three-pointer from Lisa Willis. Morris tied the game at 56-56 after a UCLA turnover, and Cal tied the game three more times, including at 62-62 following a post move from Hampton.
After the Bruins secured a 69-62 edge with 12:05 remaining in the second half, Cal drew even at 71-71 following Gray-Lawson's first three-pointer of the game and a post move from Walker with 8:02 on the clock.
Cal took a 75-71 advantage following a steal by Hampton and a layup by Gray-Lawson at the other end of the court. UCLA briefly regained the lead before a layup by Walker off an inbounds play and a free throw from Wright put their team ahead 80-76 with 3:55 to go.
After Morris missed two free throws, Pluimer got a rebound for UCLA and tied the game at 80-80 with 12:2 left. Gray-Lawson took the ball up the court and missed a short jumper after a spin move in the key, and Nikki Blue missed a desperation heave as time expired in the second half.
Cal held a 43-42 rebounding advantage and converted 50.7 percent from the floor, while UCLA shot 46.8 percent.
Five UCLA players scored in double figures, led by 25 from Quinn and 20 from Willis. Quinn also grabbed 11 rebounds.
The Bears return home to host Oregon State Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.