Bruins Blast CSU Bakersfield, 104-57

Dec. 3, 2008

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Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA scored big with a 104-57 victory over CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday evening. The Bruins, now 5-1 on the season, led by 21 at the half and outscored the Roadrunners by a 53-28 count in the second half.

UCLA started the game with a 20-5 run before CSU Bakersfield re-entered the contest and closed to within seven points at 24-17 with 12:36 left on the first half clock. The Bruins extended their lead to 17 with an 11-1 run that put the team ahead, 35-18 at the 8:39 mark, and took a 51-29 advantage into the locker room at halftime. UCLA's 51 points in the half were a season-high for the team. The Roadrunners actually outshot UCLA in the first half, 47.6% to 45.2%, but attempted only two more field goals than the Bruins made and turned the ball over 16 times.

The Bruins extended their lead even more in the second half, going ahead by as many as 50 points, 104-54 with 29 seconds to play in the game.

UCLA set or tied season-highs in points scored (104), rebounds (54), three-pointers made (seven), blocks (five) and assists (23). For the sixth-straight game, the Bruins won the battle of the boards, 54-25, and even had more offensive rebounds (29) than Bakersfield had total rebounds (25).

Sophomore forward Christina Nzekwe, who made her first career start in the contest, set a career-high for the second-straight game. Just three days after scoring 11 points vs. Cal State Northridge, she totaled 13 with a season-high seven rebounds. She was joined in double-figure scoring by sophomore guard Doreena Campbell (13 points) and freshman guard Rebekah Gardner (career-high 12 points). Junior Allison Taka (eight points and two steals) and freshman Atonye Nyingifa (nine points, six rebounds, three steals) also posted career-bests. All 12 Bruins scored in the game for the second-straight contest. Senior Christine Kepenikian (Burbank, CA Burroughs HS) led Bakersfield with 17 points and eight rebounds.

With 104 points against the Roadrunners and 95 last Sunday in a win over Cal State Northridge, the Bruins recorded their first back-to-back 90-point plus games since scoring 90 in a pair of wins over Stanford and California in January of 2006. This was the Bruins' first 100-point game since a 107-83 win over Cal Poly on Nov. 20, 2007 and their biggest margin of victory since a 106-43 victory over Sacramento State on Nov. 24, 2002.

"It was a good effort by our team," said UCLA head coach Nikki Caldwell. "We did a good job with our offensive execution and transition defense."

The 5-1 start to the season is UCLA's best record to start a season since the 2004-05 Bruins began the season by winning six of the first seven games. The Bruins will have a chance to equal that on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion when they host Nevada.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
W, 82 - 68
Sunday, Dec 13
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 86 - 77
Wednesday, Dec 16
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 48
Friday, Dec 18
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
W, 109 - 76
Monday, Dec 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 104 - 108 (2OT)
Monday, Dec 28
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
W, 70 - 56
Wednesday, Dec 30
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 78 - 73
Saturday, Jan 02
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 80 - 69
Monday, Jan 04
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 71 - 51
Sunday, Jan 10
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 68 - 71
Friday, Jan 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 56 - 64
Sunday, Jan 17
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
W, 75 - 73
Friday, Jan 22
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 75 - 56
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 56 - 36
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 - 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
Friday, Feb 26 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Mar 03 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Friday, Mar 04 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Mar 05 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Friday, Mar 18 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
TBA
Sunday, Mar 20 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
Friday, Mar 25 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Sunday, Mar 27 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Sunday, Apr 03 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, Apr 05 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Indianapolis, IN
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