Dixon, Walker Lead No. 14 UCLA Over Saint Mary's, 76-62

Dec. 15, 2012

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NEW YORK (AP) - Jasmine Dixon scored five of her 13 points during a run in the second half and No. 14 UCLA beat Saint Mary's 76-62 on Saturday in the St. John's Holiday Classic.

The Bruins play St. John's in the championship game Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (ET)/11:30 a.m. (PT). The Gaels face Tennessee Tech in the consolation game.

Trailing 49-48 midway through the second half, Dixon sparked a 12-0 burst that lifted UCLA (6-1) to the victory. She had the first five points of the spurt.

Jackie Nared finally ended the 5-minute scoring drought for the Gaels, hitting two free throws to close the deficit to 60-51.

That's as close as they'd get as Atonye Nyingifa had eight straight points to seal the win. Nyingifa finished with 14 points for the Bruins. Markel Walker had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bruins. Alyssia Brewer added 12 points and 10 rebounds to complete her third consecutive double-double performance.

Danielle Mauldin scored a career-high 26 points while Nared added 17 to lead Saint Mary's (6-3).

Trailing 35-28 at the half, Saint Mary's rallied behind Mauldin. The junior scored 11 points in the first 10 1/2 minutes of the second half, including a free throw with 9:39 remaining that gave the Gaels their first lead since early in the first half.

The lead was short-lived as Dixon scored a layup and then had a three-point play to spark the decisive run. The senior forward, who missed all of last season with a right Achilles injury, is still working her way back. She only played 16 minutes.

The Gaels fell to 1-3 against the Pac-12 this season. They beat Oregon, but fell to Washington, Cal and now UCLA.

UCLA also received 13 points from Thea Lemberger to finish with five Bruins in double figures for the second time this season (the other was the home win over Loyola Marymount).

St. John's won the opening game of the tournament beating Tennessee Tech 58-46. Shenneika Smith had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Red Storm. Amber Thompson added 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

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Sunday, Nov 01
vs. Vanguard
Los Angeles, CA
W, 113 - 42
Friday, Nov 13
vs. St. John's
Los Angeles, CA
W, 73 - 58
Friday, Nov 20
vs. James Madison
Los Angeles, CA
W, 90 - 61
Sunday, Nov 22
vs. South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 65 - 68
Friday, Nov 27 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Saturday, Nov 28 - TBA PST
vs. Denver or Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Saturday, Dec 05 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 13 - 11:00 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Wednesday, Dec 16 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 18 - 7:05 PM PST
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
Monday, Dec 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Monday, Dec 28 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
Wednesday, Dec 30 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 02 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Jan 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 10 - 6:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 15 - 6:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 17 - 12:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Jan 22 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 24 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 29 - 6:00 PM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Sunday, Jan 31 - 1:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, Feb 05 - 5:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Feb 07 - 12:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Friday, Feb 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Feb 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR