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Nirra Fields led the Bruins with 18 points and Atonye Nyingifa had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
UCLA Wins Another Nail-biter, Defeats Oregon State, 66-63
By: Andrew Sinatra

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LOS ANGELES -- The UCLA Bruins withstood another tough Pac-12 contest as they pulled out a 66-63 win over the Oregon State Beavers Monday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion. With the win, the Bruins moved above the .500 mark for the first time this season at 10-9 (4-3 in Pac-12 play), while the Beavers dropped to 10-8 (2-4).

Sophomore Nirra Fields led the way for the Bruins with 18 points, while senior Atonye Nyingifa posted her sixth consecutive double-double (10th of the season) with 17 points and 11 rebounds and added five steals. Sophomore Ruth Hamblin led the Beavers with 19 points going 8-for-9 from the field. Freshman Sydney Wiese added 17 for Oregon State, which lost to UCLA for the ninth-straight time.

Both teams started hot from the field as the score was knotted at 14 with 11:58 left in the first. Oregon State made six of its first 12 shots, while UCLA converted seven of its first 12. Cold spells soon plagued both sides, as the Beavers missed nine straight and the Bruins failed to capitalize with poor shooting of their own, including a two-for-10 stretch.

Oregon State recovered by going to Hamblin down low, as the center scored eight points in the last 6:17 of the half. The UCLA bench answered the call, including a career-high-tying six points from junior Madeline Brooks on two three-pointers. UCLA took a 30-28 lead to the break.

The visiting Beavers started the second half on an 8-3 run behind Wiese and  forced the Bruins to overcome a second-half deficit for its second consecutive game. Fields and the Bruins responded, as the guard took a Nyingifa steal coast-to-coast and used a three-point play to retake the lead. A 9-1 Bruin run put them up by a game-high six at 55-49 (6:03). The Beavers countered with a 6-0 run of its own, but the Bruin big three of Fields, Nyingifa and Thea Lemberger scored 10 of UCLA's last 11 points to clinch the victory. Lemberger finished with 13 points, a career-high seven rebounds and added five assists and two steals. Junior Luiana Livulo made a late free throw and grabbed rebounds off of Oregon State's final two possessions, including a desperation three-point attempt by Wiese.

In the win, UCLA made just two from beyond the arc after it posted a season-high nine in its win over Oregon Friday. The Bruins turned the ball over a season-low seven times (including just one in the second half) and forced 16 by the Beavers. UCLA scored 18 points off of the turnovers to Oregon State's six.

The Bruins will look to ride their current momentum when they travel north to take on the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal Friday. The game will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. and air on the Pac-12 Networks.

Oregon State at UCLA

  1 2 F
Oregon State 28 35 63
UCLA 30 36 66

 

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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
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
W, 68 - 57
Saturday, Nov 28
vs. Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
L, 84 - 92 (OT)
Saturday, Dec 05
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
W, 82 - 68
Sunday, Dec 13
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 86 - 77
Wednesday, Dec 16
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 48
Friday, Dec 18
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
W, 109 - 76
Monday, Dec 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 104 - 108 (2OT)
Monday, Dec 28
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
W, 70 - 56
Wednesday, Dec 30
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 78 - 73
Saturday, Jan 02
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 80 - 69
Monday, Jan 04
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 71 - 51
Sunday, Jan 10
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 68 - 71
Friday, Jan 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 56 - 64
Sunday, Jan 17
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
W, 75 - 73
Friday, Jan 22
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 75 - 56
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 56 - 36
Friday, Jan 29
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
W, 82 - 64
Sunday, Jan 31
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 69 - 63
Friday, Feb 05
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
L, 61 - 65
Sunday, Feb 07
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 73 - 39
Friday, Feb 12
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 73 - 61
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
Friday, Feb 26 - 8:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - 11:00 AM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
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