Jan. 21, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Senior Rebekah Gardner scored 22 points and added a career-high 15 rebounds and six assists, sophomore Corinne Costa added a personal-best 10 points and sophomore Thea Lemberger recorded 18 points with a career-best three treys, but the Bruins dropped an 83-62 decision to Oregon on Saturday at the John Wooden Center.
UCLA falls to 8-10 overall and 3-4 in Pac-12 play, while Oregon improves to 11-9 and 3-5 in league action.
It was Gardner's third double-double of the season. Costa added four blocks and four rebounds, as she made 5-of-9 from the field. Junior Markel Walker posted 12 rebounds, her fifth-straight game with double figures in boards. The Bruins shot 30.4% (24-79) from the floor for the game.
UCLA missed its first nine attempts from the field, as Oregon raced out to a 9-2 lead, with the only Bruin points coming on two free throws by Gardner. An 8-2 UCLA run over the next two minutes cut its deficit to one at 11-10 with 14 minutes left in the half. Lemberger had a three, while Gardner recorded a layup and a trey to get the Bruins to within one.
The Bruins went cold again though, going without a point for the next 4:40, as 11 in a row by Oregon gave the visitors a 22-10 advantage at the 9:20 mark. With the score 29-17, Oregon went on a 23-6 run over the last seven minutes of the half to take a 52-23 lead into the locker room. Gardner nearly had a double-double in the first half with nine points and eight rebounds. The Bruins shot just 22% (9-41) from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
With a trey to open the second half, the Ducks saw their lead go to a game-high 31 at 54-23. Down 56-25, the Bruins scored six in a row on a free throw and layup by Gardner and a three from freshman Madeline Brooks to make it 56-31 three minutes into the second half, but Oregon's lead remained in the 20's for most of the rest of the game.
Trailing by 24 at 77-53 with four minutes remaining, the Bruins got their deficit to under 20 thanks to a 9-0 run. Seven straight points from Lemberger on two jumpers and a trey, as well as a layup from sophomore Rhema Gardner, made it 77-62 with two minutes to go. However, Oregon scored the last six points of the contest to win it by 21. Lemberger paced the Bruins with 15 points and three treys in the second half. Rebekah Gardner added 13 points and seven rebounds, Costa posted six points and Walker recorded eight boards. The Bruins shot 39.5% (15-38) from the field in the second half.
The Bruins are on the road next weekend, traveling to the Pac-12's two newest teams, Utah and Colorado. UCLA faces the Utes on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. PT and the Buffaloes on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. PT. Both games will feature free audio at UCLABruins.com. In addition, the UCLA-Colorado matchup will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net.