Feb. 1, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Second-chance baskets made the difference as No. 8/9 Stanford defeated UCLA, 68-51, on Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal outscored UCLA on second-chance points, 20-6.
The Bruins, which trailed by just two at halftime, were outscored 43-28 in the second half as the Cardinal shot 58.6% in the second period. Jillian Harmon did most of the damage for the Cardinal, scoring 17 points and pulling down nine rebounds, including seven offensive. Stanford also outrebounded UCLA, 46-34.
After Stanford scored the first basket of the game, UCLA reeled off 10 unanswered points to take a 10-2 lead at the 14:45 mark. The Bruins forced Stanford into four turnovers and 1-for-8 shooting before Kayla Pedersen ended the drought at 14:00 with a three-pointer. Pedersen's three started a 12-2 run that opened up a 14-12 lead for Stanford. The two teams traded baskets and leads for the next three minutes before Stanford scored six straight to take a 22-17 lead. Erica Tukiainen launched a long three to stop the run and close to two, 22-20, and Stanford ended the half with a slim 25-23 lead. The Bruins kept All-American center Jayne Appel off the scoreboard in the first half.
In the second half, Doreena Campbell scored the first bucket of the period to tie the game, but Stanford reeled off eight straight points to assume a 33-25 lead. Stanford went up by 20 points, 59-39, after a second-chance layup by Jeanette Pohlen, and the Bruins never got closer than 15 points after that.
Campbell led the Bruins in scoring for the eighth straight game with 11 points and five assists. She was joined in double-digits by Tukiainen, who had 10 points, all in the first half. Christina Nzekwe set a career-high with three three-pointers made and finished with nine points and a team-high nine rebounds.