November 30, 1998
HONOLULU (AP) - No. 12 UCLA used strong team rebounding and 19 points from Marie Philman for a 64-54 victory Sunday over Kentucky in the championship game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
Kentucky (5-1) pulled within 51-47 with 4:08 left on a basket by LaToya McDole, but the Bruins (4-2) scored the next five points on a put-back basket by Janae Hubbard and three free throws by Maylana Martin to subdue the Wildcat threat.
Martin finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds, and was named the tournament's most valuable player, while Hubbard added 9 points and 14 rebounds. Shantia Owens paced Kentucky with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Laura Meadows had 12 points.
UCLA capped a 12-4 first-half run with a 3-pointer by Melanie Pearson with 1:51 before the break for a 34-16 lead.
Kentucky closed the half with two baskets, then went on a 10-2 run to open the second half, closing within 36-30 on a basket by McDole with 15:34 remaining.
UCLA then began asserting itself on the glass, and used second-chance baskets to push its lead to 42-30.
Both teams shot horribly, UCLA making 34.4 percent of its shots, and Kentucky 32.8 percent.