Dec. 3, 2002
Los Angeles, CA - The UCLA women's basketball team used 24 points from guard Nikki Blue to help win its fourth straight game of the season, 72-60 over St. Mary's, tonight in Pauley Pavilion. The 5-8 freshman from Bakersfield, CA scored all 24 of her game-high total in the second-half of play as the Bruins rallied from a 32-23 halftime deficit and improved their record to 4-1 on the season.
The game was tied seven times in the second half after the Bruins caught the Gaels and knotted the score at 38 at the start of the period. The last tie of the game came at 54 at the 7:19 mark. The Bruins scored the next six points of the contest, four by Blue to establish a working margin. The visiting Gaels got no closer than four points the rest of the way.
UCLA shot 61.3% in the second half with Blue leading the way, connecting on 9-11 shots after intermission. After St. Mary's closed to 63-57 with 2:20 remaining in the game, she scored the last nine Bruin points of the game to seal the win.
Freshman forward Julia Pitts added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Bruins. Junior forward Jamila Veasley grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds. St. Mary's, now 2-3 on the season, was led by sophomore forward Triola Jackson, who scored 18 points and grabbed 12 boards.
UCLA will play at the University of Georgia on Friday at 4 p.m. PST. The Bruins then return to the Los Angeles area on December 14 for a game at Pepperdine. The next home game is against Baylor on December 19 at 7 p.m.