Aug. 21, 2011
Rome, Italy - In the second consecutive meeting against the Dutch National Team in Rome, Italy on Sunday evening, the UCLA women's basketball team lost a close contest, 50-46. The Bruins had two chances to tie in the final seconds but were unable to score.
UCLA got off to a slow start, falling behind 12-2 to start the game and 22-10 at the end of the first quarter. The Bruins picked things up in the second quarter, using a 12-0 run to pull to within two, 25-23. Jasmine Dixon and Mariah Williams keyed the run with five and four points apiece, and Rhema Gardner hit a three-pointer with 3:42 left in the quarter to cap the run. But the Dutch came back with a 6-0 run of its own to extend the lead to 31-23 at the half.
The Bruins continued to chip at the lead in the third quarter and got the score down to 36-35, after another three by Gardner with 27 seconds left in the period. In the fourth quarter, Dixon put the Bruins on her shoulders and ran off six consecutive points to tie the game at 44 with 2:45 to play. But a three-point play by center Naomi Halman gave the Dutch the 47-44 advantage with 1:56 to play.
A pair of Dixon free throws with 22 seconds left put UCLA to within one, 47-46, and the Bruins fouled with 18 seconds remaining. The Dutch made one of two free throws, giving UCLA possession again with 18 seconds left and a chance to tie or go ahead. Dixon missed on a layup attempt but got her own rebound. However, her second attempt, in heavy traffic, failed to go down, and the Bruins fouled with one second left. The Dutch made both free throws for the final score.
Dixon led the Bruins in scoring once again with 13 points. Rebekah Gardner added nine, Rhema Gardner had eight, and Williams scored six. Moriah Faulk scored four, and Thea Lemberger and Atonye Nyingifa each added three to contribute to the Bruins' scoring total.
UCLA will next travel to Venice and will play Italian club team Udine on Wednesday, Aug. 24.