Dec. 29, 2002
CORVALLIS, OR - Michelle Greco scored a game-high 29 points as the Bruins defeated Oregon State, 58-54, in Gill Coliseum on Sunday to complete a road sweep of the Oregon schools.
The loss was the first for the Beavers in Gill Coliseum this season and dropped OSU's record to 7-4 on the year and 1-1 in the Pac-10. The Bruins broke a five-game losing streak against Oregon State and bolstered their record to 7-4 on the season and 2-0 in conference action. Turnovers proved costly for the Beavers as UCLA turned 26 OSU miscues into 22 points.
"They had great traps," said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. "A lot of the turnovers were errors on our part."
Oregon State held the lead for most of the contest, including a six-point advantage on a pair of occasions in the first half, but the Bruins wouldn't go away.
A Greco layup with six seconds remaining knotted the score at 26 to end the half. Greco buried 6-of-11 first half field goals for 16 points, while the rest of the Bruin team connected on only 3-of-22 field goal attempts in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second half, Kristina Rukstelyte's field goal at the 14:48 mark gave Oregon State a 39-34 advantage but UCLA used a 7-0 run over the next three minutes to garner its first lead of the contest on a jumper from Gennifer Arranaga.
With the game swaying back-and-forth, Greco buried a 3-pointer with just over five minutes to play that gave UCLA a four-point cushion (50-46) and sparked a 6-0 Bruin run that put the game out of reach.
Oregon State went scoreless for a five-minute stretch until Leilani Estavan hit a jumper with 1:20 remaining to make the score 53-48. UCLA sank five free throws in the final minute to secure the win.
Joining Greco in double-digit points for UCLA was freshman Nikki Blue, who added 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Chaney recorded her second consecutive double-double and the sixth in her career, while knocking down 5-of-6 shots from the floor and 5-of-7 free throw attempts. The 6-5 post tallied a career-high four assists and matched her career-best with six swats. Hollye Chapman just missed a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds, while Estavan finished with 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
Oregon State held a 40-34 rebounding advantage but the Bruins had a 16-12 edge on the offensive glass.
UCLA's win completed a road sweep in Oregon, the Bruins' first since the 1998 season. After one week of play, the Bruins are tied for first in the conference standings with Stanford.