UCLA Falls To LSU, 58-41

Dec. 13, 2011

Box Score

Baton Rouge, La. - Markel Walker's return to action was not enough as UCLA fell to LSU, 58-41, at Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Tuesday evening. Poor second-half shooting and a season-high tying 24 turnovers contributed to the Bruins' loss.

Walker was the Bruins' leading scorer on the night with 11 points in her season debut. She sat out the first seven games recovering from thumb surgery.

"LSU did a great job playing to their strengths, using their lengths in the back of their zone," head coach Cori Close said. "They played with great purpose, intensity and energy tonight. Our team had a lot of fight tonight and I know we are going to learn from this. LSU put us in situation that brought our weaknesses to the front. The emotions got away from us when there was adversity. We were never able to gain our composure that we needed to play to our strengths. We will learn from this and make it a stepping stone on who we need to become."

LSU (5-3) kept UCLA's leading scorers, Atonye Nyingifa (16.6 ppg) and Rebekah Gardner (16.6 ppg), in check, holding them to six and eight points, respectively.

The Tigers led from start to finish, aided by 10 Bruin turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the contest. The Bruins kept it close in the first half and had the lead down to three, 23-20, with 1:38 to play after Walker made a free throw off a LSU flagrant foul. But the Tigers reeled off seven straight points to close the half and went into the locker room with a 30-20 advantage.

UCLA (5-3) could not get their shots down in the second half, shooting just 25% from the field in the period and a season-low 31.5% overall. UCLA forced an opponent season-high 29 turnovers.

The Bruins will next face Tennessee at home on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Wooden Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 pm.

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