Bruin Women Open Hoops Season With Exhibition Win

Nov. 2, 2008

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The UCLA women's basketball team began the 2008-09 season with an 86-80 win over Love and Basketball, a group of former collegiate players, in an exhibition game played this afternoon in Pauley Pavilion. The contest marked the first game for the Bruins under new head coach Nikki Caldwell.

Sophomore guard Doreena Campbell topped a balanced Bruin attack with 16 points. Senior guard Tierra Henderson added 11 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Junior guard Erica Tukiainen and junior center Moniquee Alexander also totaled 11 points for UCLA which led from start to finish in the victory.

UCLA connected on six of its first 10 shots from the field and opened up a 13-6 lead at the initial media timeout which came at the 15:27 mark of the first half. Eight of the Bruin points came on second-chance looks. Senior center Chinyere Ibekwe had two offensive rebound baskets during the stretch. Ibekwe went on to lead the Bruins with 12 rebounds and finished with eight points. UCLA won the team battle of the boards 57 to 45.

The Bruins extended the margin to as many as 16 points in the first half of action, taking a 31-15 lead with 8:03 on the clock, before settling for a 41-29 advantage at the break. The Bruins shot 53 percent from the field in the half.

In the second half, UCLA once again built the lead up to 16 points, taking a 77-61 lead on a Campbell jump shot with 3:20 remaining. After Love and Basketball closed to within eight points, 80-72, with 1:07 on the clock, the Bruins hit six of eight free throws in the final minute of play to hold off the challenge.

A Love and Basketball three-point shot just before the buzzer made the final score 86-80. Former Bruin guard Natalie Nakase (1999-2003) scored four points in the game for Love and Basketball and handed out three assists.

The Bruins will play their final exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 9 against Team SRP at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA opens the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 16 at home against Cal State Fullerton also at 2 p.m.

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
Sunday, Mar 20 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Mar 25 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Sunday, Mar 27 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Sunday, Apr 03 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, Apr 05 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Indianapolis, IN