Dec. 6, 2002
Athens, GA - The UCLA women's basketball team outscored No. 14 Georgia, 59-47 in the second half, but time ran out on the Bruins' rally, and Georgia won the match, 91-83 Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia (3-2) trailed just once -- at 2-1 -- and led by as much as 24 early in the second half, but the game got tight coming down the stretch. The Lady Bulldogs were up 81-67 with just under three minutes remaining. UCLA responded with a 14-3 run to make it 84-81 on a Whitney Jones three-pointer with 30 seconds left. Georgia sealed the win at the line, hitting 7-of-8 free throws in the closing seconds.
"Any time you spot a team that many points, it's hard to come back," UCLA coach Kathy Olivier said. "We got it down to three, but Georgia didn't fold under the pressure, so my hat's off to them."
UCLA (4-2) got 20 points from Julia Pitts, 12 points each from Michelle Greco and Lisa Willis, 11 from Nikki Blue, and 10 from Gennifer Arranaga. Greco led the Bruins with eight rebounds and four assists.
Kara Braxton poured in a career-high 30 points for Georgia, hitting 10-of-16 shots from the floor and 10-of-12 from the free-throw line. The 6-foot-6 sophomore also pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked two shots. Christi Thomas pitched in 23 points (7-of-11 from the floor, 9-of-13 from the stripe) and also recorded 11 rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs opened the game with a 15-2 run, setting the tempo early for their first-half success. By the break, Georgia had pushed its lead to 20 points at 44-24.
Georgia coach Andy Landers -- who won his 649th career game and his 22nd home opener in 24 years with the Lady Bulldogs -- was not happy with how his team protected the ball. Georgia committed 25 turnovers, including 18 in the second half.
"In the press, we just turned the ball over with some ridiculous decisions," Landers said. "We hope we can cut down some on turnovers on Sunday (when Georgia hosts Oakland). We want to improve."
Georgia improved to 3-1 in its series with UCLA and to 13-13 against PAC-10 foes.