March 14, 2009
Los Angeles, CA - Second-ranked Stanford eliminated UCLA from the Pac-10 Tournament with a 73-47 win late Saturday night at the Galen Center. The loss marked the fourth time Stanford has eliminated the Bruins in the semifinals of the Tournament. UCLA shot just 34% in the game and had 24 turnovers. Sophomore Nina Earl led the Bruins with eight points, as no UCLA player scored in double-figures. Freshman Atonye Nyingifa had a team-high 10 rebounds.
Stanford used hot three-point shooting to take a 22-9 lead after seven minutes. Rosalyn Gold-Onwude had three in the first seven minutes, including back-to-back threes on what was essentially a six-point play. Gold-Onwude's first three occured as UCLA was fouling away from the ball, giving the Cardinal possession, and she drained a second consecutive three-pointer after the inbound to increase the Cardinal lead to 12-5. Gold-Onwude's third three-pointer of the half gave Stanford a 22-9 lead. The Cardinal led by as many as 20 points before settling for a 39-21 halftime advantage.
The Bruins shot just 23.1% in the half and committed 11 turnovers, one more than they had in the entire game the previous day against Oregon State. Stanford, meanwhile, shot 59.3% in the half and 43.5% overall in the game.
The second half started out similar to the first, with UCLA turning over the ball on its first two possessions and Stanford scoring both inside and out. Jayne Appel scored three straight layups to start the half but also committed her third and fourth fouls by the 17 minute mark. Stanford barely missed her, using a 18-1 run to start the half to go up 57-22, and the rout was on. The Bruins did not score a field goal until 12:22 mark with a jumper by Nyingifa.
Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike led all players with 15 points and added 10 rebounds. Four other Stanford players scored in double figures.
The loss drops UCLA's record to 19-12, while Stanford improves to 28-4. The Cardinal will face USC in the Pac-10 championship game Sunday night.
UCLA's 19 wins mark the most by a Bruin team since the 2005-06 squad won 21 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.