Nov. 18, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA improved to 2-0 on the year after a 66-55 win over Pepperdine on Tuesday evening in Pauley Pavilion. Bruin senior forward Chinyere Ibekwe recorded her third career double-double, scoring 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Ibekwe hit her first seven shots in the game and seven of eight shots overall.
Ibekwe scored eight of UCLA's first 10 points of the game as the Bruins jumped out to an early 10-4 lead. UCLA led by as many as seven in the half, 14-7 at the 11:59 mark, scoring 10 of the points off of Wave turnovers. Pepperdine rallied and took its first lead, 23-21, at the 3:19 mark on a Katie Menton layup. UCLA closed the half with a Doreena Campbell layup with 18 seconds remaining in the half to take a 30-27 lead, and Tierra Henderson blocked Nakeya Isabell's layup attempt at the buzzer to send UCLA into intermission with a three-point lead. There were four lead changes and six ties in the the half.
In the second half, UCLA used a 9-2 run to turn a slim 34-32 advantage into a 43-34 lead on a basket by sophomore forward Nina Earl with 11:42 on the clock. Junior guard Allison Taka hit a three-pointer from the right corner with 9:09 left to up the Bruins' lead to double-digits for the first time in the contest at 46-36. Pepperdine twice closed to within five points in the final five minutes, but the Bruins scored six unanswered points to take an 11-point advantage with 1:56 left to play to regain control.
UCLA owned a significant rebound advantage, 50-28, and outshot Pepperdine, 42.3% to 35.3%. Earl joined Ibekwe in double-digits for the Bruins with 14 points. Freshman guard Jazmine Jackson led the Waves, now 1-1 on the season, with 16 points.
The Bruins (2-0) will next face 11th-ranked Maryland (1-1) on the road on Sunday, Nov. 23.