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.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Jan 29
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
W, 82 - 64
Sunday, Jan 31
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 69 - 63
Friday, Feb 05
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
L, 61 - 65
Sunday, Feb 07
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 73 - 39
Friday, Feb 12
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 73 - 61
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
W, 63 - 59
Friday, Feb 19
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 77 - 72
Sunday, Feb 21
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 54 - 64
Friday, Feb 26
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 80 - 53
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 74 - 61
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Arizona
Seattle, WA
W, 72 - 51
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. California
Seattle, WA
W, 73 - 67 (OT)
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. Oregon State
Seattle, WA
L, 57 - 69
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Hawai'i
Los Angeles, CA
W, 66 - 50
Monday, Mar 21
vs. South Florida
Los Angeles, CA
W, 72 - 67
Saturday, Mar 26
vs. Texas
Bridgeport, CT
L, 64 - 72
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