22nd-Ranked Bruins Host Tennessee Tech

Nov. 13, 2011

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Sunday, Nov. 13
2 p.m. - Tennessee Tech at #22 UCLA
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The 22nd-ranked Bruins host Tennessee Tech in the second round of the Preseason WNIT on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the John Wooden Center. UCLA is coming off a wire-to-wire, 67-59 victory over McNeese State on Friday in the first round.

Sophomore Rhema Gardner paced the Bruins with a career-high 18 points, while junior Atonye Nyingifa recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Gardner was 5-of-7 from the field and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. Nyingifa was 7-of-12 from the field, tied a personal best with her dozen boards and added three blocks. Sophomore Thea Lemberger and freshman Moriah Faulk each scored 10 points, with Faulk adding six rebounds. Senior Rebekah Gardner added nine points, seven rebounds and four assists, junior Mariah Williams tallied six assists and sophomore Corinne Costa had five rebounds and two blocks. The Bruins shot 54.3% (25-for-46) from the field for the game.

Tennessee Tech, out of the Ohio Valley Conference, won at East Tennessee State on Friday, 87-76, to advance to Sunday's game. Junior Kellie Cook had a career-best 36 points, going 12-of-18 from the field and making 9-of-12 from three-point land. Senior Tacarra Hayes, the OVC Preseason Player of the Year, added 21 points, as the Golden Eagles led 48-27 at the half.

Tennessee Tech returns all five starters and 11 letterwinners from last season's OVC regular-season championship team (23-8). However, the Golden Eagles fell in their conference tournament and lost to Auburn in the first round of the Postseason WNIT. The Bruins have never faced Tennessee Tech and have played just one team from the Ohio Valley Conference (Eastern Illinois, W - 73-70 at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 24, 1989).

The winner of Sunday's game will face the winner of the Baylor/Chattanooga second-round matchup on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the WNIT semifinals.

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