Mar. 1, 1998Box Score
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's basketball team swept its sixth conference opponent this season, downing the 23rd-ranked Washington Huskies 96-72. Six Bruins were in double figure scoring, with reserve guard Melanie Pearson leading all players with 19 points. Point guard Erica Gomez had a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists.
UCLA (18-7, 13-3 in Pac-10 play) jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game then saw Washington go on a 7-0 run to take its first lead. The lead changed hands nine more times in the first half until UCLA, down 36-34 with 2:15 to play, tied it up at 36 when Maylana Martin hit an 18-foot jumper from the top of the key. Martin's basket keyed a 12-0 run to end the half for the Bruins, which were up 46-36 at intermission. UCLA made six of six free throws during that run, accounting for half of those 12 points. UCLA shot a blistering 51.4% (18-35) from the field in the first half, while Washington shot 36.4%.
Washington came out of the locker room smoking, going on a 11-6 run to cut the lead to 52-47 at the 15:07 mark after a Megan Franza three pointer. However, the Bruins, spark-plugged by a Gomez steal and layup and two consecutive three- pointers from Pearson, went on a 17-3 run to go up 69-50 with nine minutes to play. Gomez scored seven of her 12 points in that run.
UCLA went on another scoring run at the 4:38 mark, scoring nine unanswered points to take a 93-62 lead. Halfway through that run, UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier put the Bruin seniors (Tawana Grimes, Aisha Veasley, Jamie Oenning and Carla Houser) all on the floor at the same time in order to be able to play together as a group for the last time on their home floor.
Along with Pearson and Gomez, four other Bruins scored in double figures - Martin with 16, Grimes with 11 and Marie Philman and Janae Hubbard with 10 apiece. Martin led UCLA with seven rebounds.
Forward Amber Hall led the Huskies, which shot just 39.1% from the field (0.87% from three-point range) in the game, with 16 points. Franza added 15, while guard Jamie Redd scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. The Huskies drop to 17-9 overall, 8-9 in conference play.