UCLA Bests Cal State Northridge, 96-53

Nov. 30, 2008

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Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA, now 4-1 on the season, cruised to a 43-point victory, its largest in six years, with a 96-53 win over Cal State Northridge.

Bruin junior guard Erica Tukiainen scored seven of the team's first nine points as the Bruins jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the game. Cal State Northridge closed to within three, 20-17, at the 10:37 mark. Matador freshman center Jasmine Erving scored 12 of her points during that stretch. The Bruins answered with a 17-2 run to open up a 37-19 lead with 5:08 on the game clock. A basket just before the halftime horn sounded gave UCLA a 50-26 lead at the break.

UCLA, which had a season-high 22 steals, forced a season-high 32 turnovers and converted those turnovers into 39 points. The Bruins also won the battle of the boards for the fifth consecutive game, 54-36.

Tukiainen (16 points) and Christina Nzekwe (11 points) each finished with career-highs in points. They were joined in double-figure scoring by Chinyere Ibekwe (13 points) and Nina Earl (14 points). Ibekwe and Moniquee Alexander tied for team-high honors with eight rebounds. Darxia Morris recorded a season-best eight points and tied her career-high with six rebounds. All 12 Bruins scored in the game.

Erving had career-highs with 21 points and 13 rebounds for Northridge, which fell to 0-7 on the year.

UCLA's 43-point victory was the program's largest since a 106-43 win over Sacramento State on Nov. 24, 2002, and the Bruins are off to their best start since opening 6-1 in 2004-05.

UCLA will play next on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion when they host CSU Bakersfield.

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Sunday, Nov 01
vs. Vanguard
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13
vs. St. John's
Los Angeles, CA
W, 73 - 58
Friday, Nov 20
vs. James Madison
Los Angeles, CA
W, 90 - 61
Sunday, Nov 22
vs. South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 65 - 68
Friday, Nov 27
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
W, 68 - 57
Saturday, Nov 28
vs. Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
L, 84 - 92 (OT)
Saturday, Dec 05 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 13 - 11:00 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Wednesday, Dec 16 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 18 - 7:05 PM PST
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
Monday, Dec 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Monday, Dec 28 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
Wednesday, Dec 30 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 02 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Jan 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 10 - 6:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 15 - 6:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 17 - 12:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Jan 22 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 24 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 29 - 6:00 PM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Sunday, Jan 31 - 1:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, Feb 05 - 5:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Feb 07 - 12:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Friday, Feb 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Feb 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR