Dec. 14, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA won its fifth straight with a 95-58 victory over San Diego on Sunday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins, now 7-1 on the season, are off to their best start to a season since the 1980-81 team opened its schedule with 12 straight wins. Five Bruin players scored in double-figures, led by sophomore guard Doreena Campbell's 18.
San Diego (6-5) scored the first five points of the game and jumped out to an 8-3 lead after just one and half minutes. The Toreros made five of their first six shots, including two three-pointers, to surge ahead, 13-6. San Diego led 19-12 at the 14:29 mark before the Bruins went on a 23-4 run to move in front, 35-23. Sophomore forward Nina Earl keyed the run with eight of her 13 points of the half.
UCLA led by as many as 18 points (43-25 at the 6:38 mark) in the first half before San Diego went on an 11-3 run of its own to close to within 10, 46-36 at 3:22. San Diego could not get any closer, however, and the Bruins led by a 52-40 count at halftime.
UCLA continued its strong play in the second half, scoring the first nine points of the half to take a 21-point lead, 61-40, at 15:45. The Bruins held the Toreros to just 18 points and 29.6% shooting from the field in the half.
The Bruins shot a season-high 59.6% from the field and recorded a season-best in points in a half with 52. They also edged out the Toreros on the boards, 36-35, to win the rebound battle for the eighth-straight game.
Joining Campbell in double figures were Earl with 17, sophomore guard Darxia Morris with 15, sophomore forward Christina Nzekwe with 11 and freshman guard Rebekah Gardner with 10. Just shy of double-figures was junior guard Allison Taka, who scored a career-best nine points. Campbell led all players with seven rebounds and tied her career-high with eight assists. She also had two steals, a block and zero turnovers. San Diego was led by senior forward Kiva Herman, who totaled 17 points.
UCLA next plays at Rice on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 5 pm CT. The Bruins will play at home again on Sunday, Dec. 21 in a nationally televised contest (FSN) against Kansas at Noon in Pauley Pavilion.