Jan. 19, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Junior Markel Walker had a career-high 18 rebounds and nine assists to go with 16 points, while senior Rebekah Gardner added 19 points, eight boards and four steals, as the Bruins knocked off Oregon State 69-60 on Thursday at the John Wooden Center.
The Bruins even their Pac-12 record to 3-3 and improve to 8-9 overall, while the Beavers fall to 11-7 and 2-5 in league action.
Gardner made eight of 13 from the field, as the Bruins shot 46.8% (29-62) for the game. The Bruin sophomore class also factored in the victory, as Rhema Gardner added nine points and three steals, Thea Lemberger posted nine points and Corinne Costa totaled eight points and six rebounds.
The first half featured five ties and three lead changes. After the teams exchanged the first eight baskets, the Bruins went on a 10-0 run over the next three minutes to take an 18-8 advantage with 12 minutes left in the first half. A jumper from junior Mariah Williams, back-to-back hoops by Walker and consecutive buckets from Rebekah Gardner put UCLA up by double figures. Oregon State cut its deficit to five at 25-20 with 6:35 left, but five in a row by UCLA on a three and a pair of free throws by Rebekah Gardner brought the home squad's edge back up to 10 at 30-20 with five minutes to go.
The Bruins went cold though over the next 4:30, scoring just one point on a Walker free throw, as an 11-1 run by the Beavers equaled the score at 31 with 90 seconds left in the half. UCLA broke the field goal drought with a layup from Rhema Gardner with 25 seconds left and a fast-break layup from the elder Gardner as time expired gave the home team a 35-31 lead going into the locker room. Rebekah Gardner had 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the opening stanza, making her lone trey and both of her free throws to go with five rebounds. Walker added seven points, six rebounds and four assists. The Bruins shot 46.9% (15-32) from the field in the first 20 minutes.
Oregon State scored the first basket of the second half, but the Bruins came back with eight straight over the next 3 1/2 minutes on two layups by Costa, a pair of free throws from Walker and a layup by Williams to put them back up by 10 at 43-33. After an OSU basket, UCLA rattled off six more in a row on back-to-back jumpers by Lemberger and a jumper from Walker to put the home team up by a game-high 14 at 49-35 with 13:21 left.
The Bruins' lead never dipped below eight for the rest of the contest, as they went on to win it 69-60. Walker had nine points, 12 boards and five assists in the second half, Rhema Gardner added seven and Lemberger added six. The Bruins shot 46.7% (14-30) from the field after intermission.
The Bruins conclude their three-game homestand on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Oregon at the John Wooden Center. Gametracker, free video and free audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.