Jan. 29, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. -- UCLA led 23-22 at halftime but could not hold on in the second half, losing to fifth-ranked California, 64-48, in Berkeley on Thursday evening.
UCLA jumped out to an 11-2 lead to start the game after forcing turnovers on five of Cal's first eight possessions. The Golden Bears missed six of its first seven shots in the game but came back with a 9-2 run to close to 13-11. Cal claimed its first lead, 22-21, with 1:13 to play in the half on a jumper by Ashley Walker, but Darxia Morris answered with a jumper at 0:55 to reclaim the lead, 23-22, a score that they brought into the locker room at halftime. Erica Tukiainen sparked the Bruins in the first half, scoring nine of her 11 points with three steals in the period.
Cal's inside game asserted itself in the second period, with Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton scoring the Golden Bears' first seven points of the half to give their team a 29-25 lead. The Bears took a six point lead, 37-31, after Hampton fed Walker for a layup at 12:49 and then used an 11-2 run to take their biggest lead at the time, 50-38. UCLA did not get closer than 10 after that, and Cal extended its lead to 17 with less than two minutes to play.
The Golden Bears shot 65% in the second half after shooting just 28.6% in the first half.
Doreena Campbell led UCLA with 13 points before fouling out, and Tukiainen joined her in double-figures with 11 points. Freshman Atonye Nyingifa had eight points on 4-for-5 shooting. Moniquee Alexander was UCLA's top rebounder with seven.
Walker led all players with 17 points, 13 coming in the second half. Natasha Vital added 16, and Hampton recorded a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
UCLA (14-5, 5-3 in the Pac-10) will next face No. 8 Stanford (16-4, 7-1) on Sunday at 1 pm at Maples Pavilion.