Muscle Milk Rotator Sponsor
UCLA Athletics
Seniors Atonye Nyingifa and Thea Lemberger and sophomore Nirra Fields all topped 20 points.
No. 25 UCLA Defeats Pepperdine in Home Opener
By: UCLA Athletics

Follow on Facebook

LOS ANGELES -- The No. 25 UCLA women's basketball team opened its home slate with an 82-78 victory over the Pepperdine Waves at Pauley Pavilion on Monday afternoon. The Bruins' first win of the season evened their record at 1-1, while the Waves dropped to 1-1.

Three Bruins topped the 20-point mark, led by senior Thea Lemberger with 25. Senior Atonye Nyingifa scored 24, while sophomore Nirra Fields added 20 and 10 rebounds. It was Fields' second double-double of her career. The first occurred last season--also in a win over Pepperdine.

The Waves were led by junior Bria Richardson with 25, including 17 in the second half. Sophomore Amanda Lovely and freshman Allie Green each grabbed seven rebounds off the bench.

UCLA used a three-pointer by Lemberger to take a 4-2 lead that they did not relinquish. Lemberger added another from beyond the arc the next trip up the court to spark a 9-0 run. The lead reached a game-high 14 before the Waves were able to cut their halftime deficit to five, 38-33.

The Bruins opened the second half on a 7-0 run to regain control before the Waves mounted a comeback behind Richardson and defensive pressure that held UCLA to 35.0 percent shooting over the final 20 minutes. Pepperdine cut the UCLA lead to two with 10 seconds remaining before Lemberger iced the contest at the free throw line. The guard converted 12 straight to close the game.

The Waves held a slight advantage shooting from the field, as they converted 42.6 percent to the Bruins' 40.0 percent. Pepperdine also made four three-pointers to the Bruins' three (all by Lemberger).

The Bruins next play Sunday at home versus the No. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels. The game will tip off at 3:00 p.m. and air on the Pac-12 Networks.

Pepperdine at No. 25 UCLA

  1 2 F
Pepperdine 33 45 78
No. 25 UCLA 38 44 82


UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Nov 01
vs. Vanguard
Los Angeles, CA
W, 113 - 42
Friday, Nov 13
vs. St. John's
Los Angeles, CA
W, 73 - 58
Friday, Nov 20
vs. James Madison
Los Angeles, CA
W, 90 - 61
Sunday, Nov 22
vs. South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 65 - 68
Friday, Nov 27 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Saturday, Nov 28 - TBA PST
vs. Denver or Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Saturday, Dec 05 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 13 - 11:00 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Wednesday, Dec 16 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 18 - 7:05 PM PST
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
Monday, Dec 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Monday, Dec 28 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
Wednesday, Dec 30 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 02 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Jan 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 10 - 6:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 15 - 6:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 17 - 12:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Jan 22 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 24 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 29 - 6:00 PM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Sunday, Jan 31 - 1:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, Feb 05 - 5:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Feb 07 - 12:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Friday, Feb 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Feb 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR