Dec. 8, 2012
HOUSTON (AP) - Alyssia Brewer had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 17 UCLA held No. 12 Texas to 24 percent shooting en route to a 62-42 victory Saturday in the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Showcase.
"True confidence is only earned by conquering hard things, and we beat a good team today," UCLA Head Coach Cori Close said. "It means something to us because of the respect we have for Texas, especially along the front line. We are really pleased that we were able to defend and rebound and play with great passion. I think that helped us earn a very good win."
UCLA's defense held Texas to a season-low 42 points, a season-low 23.8 percent shooting and forced a season-high 29 turnovers by the Longhorns. Those figures were also season-bests for UCLA, defensively.
"I really focused on things I wasn't doing in other games," Brewer said. "I focused more on a leadership role and keeping the team involved on every possession and keeping them focused."
Jasmine Dixon added 10 points for the Bruins (5-1), who have played three ranked teams already this season (2-1 in those contests).
"I would say we went out there and stuck to our principles," Dixon said. "We were focused on getting better, running the plays and executing, just playing Bruin basketball."
Nneka Enemkpali had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Texas (5-1) - her school-record sixth straight double-double. No other Longhorn player had more than six points as Texas hit just 15 of 63 field goals.
UCLA led 13-12 midway through the first half when it scored 15 straight points to pull away for good.
The game was played at Reliant Stadium, home to the NFL's Houston Texans, as part of a Texas-UCLA men's and women's doubleheader.
"Credit to UCLA because I thought they really did a great job of out-executing our team," Texas Head Coach Karen Aston said. "You can't look at a loss like this by the point difference. I was extremely disappointed by our effort plays in this game. That has a lot to do with not shooting the ball well. Young kids get discouraged and stop making effort plays when they start basing things on offense. We got really discouraged today. That is a sign of youth, immaturity and lack of leadership."
The Bruins return to action next weekend when they travel to Jamaica, N.Y., to face Saint Mary's on Dec. 15 in the first game of the St. John's Chartwells Holiday Classic. Tip-off is slated for 11:30 a.m. (PT).