No. 17 UCLA holds off Washington 65-61

Feb. 9, 2013

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Alyssia Brewer had a season-high 20 points and 12 rebounds Friday night at Alaska Airlines Arena and No. 17 UCLA defeated Washington 65-61 for its fifth win in a row.

Atonye Nyingifa added 15 points and Thea Lemberger had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins (18-4, 9-2), now alone in third place in the Pac-12 behind No. 4 Stanford and No. 6 California.

Lemberger made four free throws in the final 32 seconds to help seal the win. Jasmine Dixon scored 11 points and Markel Walker contributed 10 rebounds and seven assists.

UCLA had a 54-33 edge in rebounding in a game neither team led by more than six points. The Bruins scored 30 points in the paint while Washington finished with 12.

Talia Walton led the Huskies (16-6, 8-3) with 18 points. Jazmine Davis scored 17, Kristi Kingma had 11 points and Aminah Williams had 13 rebounds for Washington, which saw a six-game winning streak end. The Huskies' last loss was at UCLA on Jan. 13.

The Bruins, playing on the road for the first time since Jan. 20, jumped to a 5-0 lead and stayed in front for nearly the entire first half. Washington went ahead for the first time at 32-31 when Davis made a free throw with 5 seconds before the break.

The Huskies kept the lead in the early stages of the second half and Walton's 3-pointer with just under 15 minutes left put them up 47-42. But the Bruins went ahead to stay with an 11-0 run, holding Washington scoreless for almost 5 minutes. Brewer's layup with 12:18 left gave UCLA a 48-47 lead--the second and final lead change of a game that had six ties.

The Huskies came within a point twice in the final 4 minutes, but couldn't get the lead back. Mercedes Wetmore's basket with 33 seconds to play got Washington within 59-58 before Lemberger made a pair of free throws. After a Huskies miss, Nyingifa was fouled and made two more free throws for a 63-58 lead.

Walton made a 3-pointer with 4 seconds to play, but Lemberger wrapped it up with two more free throws. She was 6 for 6 from the line for the Bruins, who made 15 of 20 foul shots. Washington was 9 for 17 from the line.

The Huskies stayed close with solid 3-point shooting, making 48 percent (12 for 25). Walton and Davis led with four each. But they struggled from closer range.

Washington shot just 31 percent from the field (20 for 64) while UCLA, thanks to an improved percentage after halftime, was at 40 percent (23 of 58). The Bruins made 43 percent in the second half.

UCLA has won 11 of the last 13 games in the series, including an 85-68 win in Los Angeles last month. The Bruins play at Washington State on Sunday while Washington hosts Southern California.

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